Council One meeting Saturday 21st March
The Taupo club was the host to the Council One meeting.
One of the main items on the programme was the Speech Contest.

Christine Beavis - Taupo, was the Speech Contest compere. The contestants from the left are:
Pam Smith - Kirikiriroa, Anna Blackett - Taupo, Lormar Bell - Taupo and Judy Benton - Kirikiriroa
And the winners were...

1st     Judy Benton          Kirikiriroa
2nd     Lormar Bell          Taupo
3rd     Anna Blackett       Taupo
Congratulations Judy and Lormar and all the best for the region finals in Rotorua in July

Christine Beavis - Taupo, congratulates Judy Benton and hands Judy her certificate.

As well as the speech contest, two workshops were presented.
Aletta Lamprecht from the Taupo club presented a craft workshop.

The two workshops were very well received.  Aletta Lamprecht (Taupo) presented an extremely well prepared workshop. Aletta’s workshop was a craft workshop using real leaves as stencils – printed onto a non-woven fabric called Evolon. Members stencilled the leaves – then painted them. Two members using hair dryers dried the painted leaves – the final product could be used to sew on to clothing etc. 

Aletta wore a jacket that she had appliquéd painted leaves on, to show the members what a finished article could look like.

Maureen Alderton (Kirikiriroa) presented a workshop titled ‘Using Gestures’  - using power point, an informative hand out - great audience participation, especially when the group activities  involved charades. The author of this report wishes she had taken photos of Maureen's workshop - but she was so engrossed in the workshop - she forgot!

WOW Judging Criteria Combo Conference May 2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:03 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 8:12 PM ]

Not long to go now….before we all meet in NZ to reunite at the Combo Conference. I hope you are all working on your fabulous creations for our wonderful night of glamour at the Masquerade Night and WOW Fashion Parade on the Friday evening, 4th May.

Please note; the change in date to submit your WOW entry now 1st April 2018

Also for your planning ….we will be allowing 5-6 mins time on the catwalk to parade each of your exhibits.

Judging Criteria is now available so you can have an idea what we will be looking for in your creation.  (a PDF version available for downloading, including entry form, can be found at the bottom of this post). It is such fun…and I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what talents we have among the membership.  LB

Excited co-ordinator waiting to WELCOME YOU to Combo Conference May 2018

posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:26 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

Below is first page of Combo Conference Flyer 5 with lots of interesting information for members attending conference in May 2018.  The programme will be out soon . . . so stay tuned.  A full, 3 page PDF version of Flyer 5 is available at the bottom of this post for you to download.  Also available are the draft CAG (conference at a glance), registration form and WOW rules for your weird and wonderful creations.

Young Leaders Seminar off to flying start

posted Aug 9, 2017, 3:53 PM by Nissa Elsey

IMG_5486Young Leaders Seminar off to a flying start with 23 students from Waimea College attending the first nights of the 4 week course. The “Young Leaders Seminar,” in its 17th year, and run by POWERtalk Waimea, is an introduction to the internationally acclaimed  POWERtalk International Short Course on Effective Speaking.  IMG_5510Students are given the opportunity to gain a hands on approach and build personal confidence through articulation and impromptu speaking skills, platform presence, vocal effectiveness, listening skills, interview tips and the opportunity to write and present a formal speech.   The course concludes with the students presenting their own formal speech.  Each student is presented with a certificate of participation and a written personal evaluation, and a speaker of the seminar is a selected.


posted Jul 12, 2017, 2:29 AM by Nissa Elsey

We are thrilled and excited to announce that the next Powertalk New Zealand Region Conference will be held in Nelson in May 2018 and we are delighted that Powertalk Waimea's very own Linda has been appointed conference co-ordinator; she is already buzzing with ideas to make this the best Powertalk NZ conference ever!

The Waimea Club contingent to the recent NZ Region Training Weekend in Wellington presented particpants with a very entertaining “Call to Conference 2018.”

Members and clubs will be put on notice that each club is to bring along a WOWee creation to model and be judged.  More information will be available shortly.

Nelson is the birthplace of the world famous World of Wearable Arts show that is now an international event which is held in Wellington.  However, Nelson is still the home of the WOW museum where many of the winning creations are on display.

So, watch out for more details and come along for an exciting weekend extravaganza of fun and laughter and, of course, our outstanding training.

What a Fabulous Waimea Club Meeting!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 5:27 PM by Nissa Elsey

What a fabulous meeting - members buzzed with energy and enthusiasm! The theme for the evening was "Our Future World" and the word for the night was "Conservation." What an amazing and talented group of members we have: all members spoke with passion and knowledge during our "off-the-cuff' session with table topics ranging from 'the benefits of trees' and 'is nuclear power our future?' to 'what difference can we make?' and 'saving our rivers and waterways'. Annett gave a passionate and inspirational speech about how every little bit that we can contribute to conservation now, will benefit all of us and our world in the future - everything from not buying processed foods and reducing the use of plastics to turning off lights and recycling everything that we can.

Come along to our next meeting and see what we do.  All Welcome.

Date:  Wednesday, 2nd August 2017.  Time:  7pm-9pm.  Venue:  360 Annesbrook Road, Stoke.  For more details, please Contact Us

Waimea Club is turning 40!

posted Feb 28, 2016, 4:27 AM by Reg WM

POWERtalk International Waimea Club is celebrating the big 40 - a very special Ruby Anniversary. Waimea Club are extending a warm invitation to NZ members for a very special dinner. Details at a glance:
Date: Friday 8 April 2016
Time: 6.30-10.00 pm
Venue: Church Hall, corner of Darcy and Croucher Street, Richmond.
RSVP: 28 March 2016
Contact: Linda via email: or 021 910 621
The attachment below outlines more details of the programme. Sounds like it will be a fabulous event!

Nomination Form for Region Board - Make a Difference to this Organisation

posted Feb 28, 2016, 4:00 AM by Reg WM   [ updated Feb 28, 2016, 4:28 AM ]

Have you held positions at club level and want to extend your skills further? Need to progress your accreditation levels? Is POWERtalk your passion? Do you have administrative, financial or organisational skills that would be great on the board? Or is a matter of shoulder tapping someone in your club?  If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, please fill in the nomination form that you would have received via your Club Liaision Officer (CLO).  Please email complete forms to Sue Martin on: by 5 March 2016. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

NZ Region Conference Information 2016

posted Feb 20, 2016, 12:24 PM by Reg WM   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 1:04 PM ]

Exciting update - conference information for Queenstown is hot off the press! The following
documents are now available:

1. Conference Information
2. Conference at a Glance
3. Conference Education Session Information 
4. Registration Form
5. Rydges Hotel Booking Form

We look forward to reconnecting with members in Queenstown and welcoming international visitors to New Zealand.

Speakwell - 45 years young and still going strong

posted Feb 19, 2016, 7:51 PM by Reg WM   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 12:55 PM ]

Speakwell had an amazing meeting on Monday night with club members to celebrate
45 years of existence in the Wellington region. Previous members were invited to 
come along to join the festivities. One lucky attendee won a free membership - 
congratulations Christine!

Queen recognizes POWERtalk member

posted Jan 13, 2016, 2:28 PM by Kleo Zois   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 2:29 PM ]

Everyone in the POWERtalk world knew Hilary Brown was an amazing woman.  It's great news that Hilary has now been recognized by the Queen.

Since 1975, the Queen has recognized outstanding individuals for their voluntary service to the community with the Queens Service Medal.  
talk NZ Region are very lucky that one of our own was recognized for the QSM this year!  QSM Honours List 2016.  Hilary Brown's accomplishments in public speaking include being the first NZ International President, representing New Zealand in the World Speech Contest in Indianapolis.  Hilary is not only a high achieving member of POWERtalk, but is also a founding donor of the Geyser Community Foundation Taupo Fund, which contributes to a range of local causes in Taupo and Turangi.  

Hilary's leadership shaped the organization with work on the Master Manual and Short Course modules has been invaluable and she is an inspirational POWERtalk fellow, member, mentor and friend.  We are proud to acknowledge Hilary as a POWERtalk member and thrilled with the wider recognition of her contribution to the community and Public Speaking. Congratulations Hilary!

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