International Women's Day 2024 events

March 8th is International Women's Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

If you're keen to celebrate, grab a friend and check out this list of amazing things that are happening across Aotearoa – including with our own NCWNZ branches and action hubs. Keep checking back regularly as we add more events around the motu!




Gender Equal NZ Conference
Hosted by NCWNZ Wellington Branch 
Fri 8 Mar, 9:00am-4:00pm 

Cost: Pay-as-you-feel

Gender Equal NZ Conference is a one-day event for rangatahi to design their gender equal future for Aotearoa.

Attendees will:

  • Hear from interesting speakers on a range of issues affecting New Zealanders
  • Discuss and collaborate with young people from other Wellington-based schools and groups
  • Develop a vision for a gender equal NZ and begin thinking about how to achieve it

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Countering Misogyny: The Link Between Online Misogyny and Violent Extremism
Hosted by the NCW Influence and Decision Making Action Hub 
Fri 8 Mar, 12:30-2:30pm 
Online via Zoom 

Cost: FREE

The Influence and Decision-Making Action Hub is hosting its third Countering Misogyny webinar. This webinar will focus on the link between online misogyny and violent extremism, sharing findings from research done by Te Mana Whakaatu - Classification Office for the first time. 

The speakers are:

  • Caroline Flora, New Zealand’s Chief Censor who will present the Classification Office’s research
  • Caroline Cooney from the S. Department of State's Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues who will bring a global perspective to tackling online misogyny
  • Eva Hartshorn-Sanders who is NCWNZ's own local expert on online harm and gender-based violence.

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ZONTA celebrates International Women's Day
Hosted by Zonta East Auckland
Tue 5 Mar, 6.00am
Howick Club Inc, 107 Botany Rd Howick, Auckland

Cost: $26

Zonta are delighted to celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day with a special guest speaker, Dr Joyce Cowan who was Invested in 2023 as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Midwifery. Dr Cowan is best known for her work as a leading authority on pre-eclampsia (previously referred to as toxaemia).

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International Womens Day - #InspireInclusion
Hosted by Mark Averill, PwC CEO and Theresa Gattung, Global Women Chair
Wed 6 Mar, 5.30-8.30pm
PwC Tower, Level 27/15 Customs Street West, Auckland

Cost: FREE

This International Women’s Day let's celebrate the diversity and accomplishments of women from all walks of life. Together, let's inspire inclusion by championing equality, amplifying diverse voices, and creating environments where everyone feels valued and empowered. By embracing our differences, we can build a more inclusive world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. Storytellers include: Juliet Tainui-Hernandez, Mea Motu, Dr Marcia Walker, Carmen Doren, Judy O'Brien and Victoria Baldwin.

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She Sharp and Woolworths IWD event

She Sharp & Woolworths: International Women's Day
Hosted by She Sharp
Thu 7 Mar, 7:30-9:30am 
Level 8 (WooliesX), 4 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Cost: $15-20

Join us for our annual breakfast event at Woolworths. We will celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. Let’s have the opportunity to network and come together to leave the event with actionable outcomes to #inspireinclusion.

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Craigs Women's Wealth: Celebrating International Women's Day
Hosted by Craigs Investment Partners
Thu 7 Mar, 5.15pm
The Pavilion Café Level 6, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland Vero Centre, Auckland

Cost: FREE

We are thrilled to have Susan Peterson, independent director, business leader and absolute trailblazer in her field, joining us. Susan will share insights on the current business environment and its impact on women in business. Seats are limited, please RSVP early to reserve your place. Drinks and Canapes will be served.

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Her Seat Her Voice: Advancing Boardroom Decision-making
Hosted by Women on Boards NZ, Governance New Zealand and Govn365
Thu 7 Mar, 5.30-7.30pm
Room WZ100C, AUT Auckland City Campus

Cost: FREE

Women on Boards NZ, Governance New Zealand and Govn365, along with our sponsor AUT Business School, are delighted to bring you this networking event to celebrate International Women's Day. You will hear from Professor Margarethe Wiersema and our panel of experts discuss the topic of how the inclusion of women improves decision-making on boards. She will be joined by a panel of experts sharing their own experience, followed by Q&A and networking.

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International Women's Day
Hosted by Lean In NZ
Fri 8 Mar, 12-2pm
BNZ Highbrook Business Partners, RSM Prince Chartered Accountants, East Tamaki, Auckland

Join us in celebrating International Women's Day on March 8. This year, the theme is #InspireInclusion. We have two wonderful speakers, Ranjna Patel and Miranda Burdon, who will share their insights and experiences on fostering inclusion and advancing gender equality. Together we can forge women's equality, and collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.

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Empower & Connect for International Women's Day
Hosted by Lean In NZ
Fri 8 Mar, 5.45-8.30pm
22 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland Central, Auckland

Cost: $11.14

Join us for an evening of connection as we celebrate International Women’s Day with like minded women interested in growing their social and professional network, in focusing on personal & career development, and in joining a community dedicated to supporting women.

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EmpowHER // International Women's Day Event
Hosted by The Icehouse
Fri 8 Mar, 7.30-9.30pm
The Icehouse, Parnell, Auckland

Cost: FREE

Join The Icehouse, Dermalogica and Saben for an International Women's Day speaker session and launch of the 2024 EmpowHER scholarship. The panel will unpack 'leaving the ladder down and supporting other women in business'. Alongside an audience Q&A. Speakers include CEO of The Icehouse, Liz Wotherspoon, CEO of Dermalogica NZ, Natasha Bourke, Founder of Saben, Roanne Jacobson and Anna Barlow, winner of EmpowHER 2023 and Founder of Mom Store.

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International Women's Day | Bowl and Arrow @ Basecamp
Hosted by Bowl and Arrow
Fri 8 Mar, 6.30-7.30am
Basecamp Yoga, 18 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Cost: $25

Hosted at the beautiful Grey Lynn yoga studio Basecamp, come along and join us for International Womans Day. Sandey Hoskin will lead us through the flow, connecting to the divine feminine energy as we move through a playful and dynamic flow. We will flow a carefully curated music selection to bring out the playfulness and will finish with a blissful savasana and body scan. All levels welcome. Afterwards, either hang out and have some breakfast with us, or take your smoothie bowl to-go if you need to get to work!

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A Celebration of Women in Tech in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Hosted by GridAKL and Girls in Tech
Fri 8 Mar, 5:30pm-8:30pm 
Grid Auckland/John Lysaght Coworking Startup space 101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland

Cost: FREE 

🤝 Network, Connect, and Celebrate!

This isn't just a simple gathering; it's a community coming together. Come along to connect with like-minded trailblazers, and celebrate the strength that lies in collaboration. Whether you're a tech enthusiast, a seasoned professional, or just curious about the magic behind the screens, there's a place for you here!

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International Women's Day Brunch 
Hosted by Rotary District 9910
Sat 9 Mar, 8.30-10.45am
Wynyard Pavilion, Auckland

Cost: $45

Rotary District 9910 is hosting an IWD brunch celebrating extraordinary women making a difference in the world. Featured speaker is Paula Whetu Jones, talking about her new documentary on amazing New Zealanders working with the people of Gaza. The ticket cost includes a complimentary bubbles or non alcoholic beverage on arrival and a delicious breakfast.

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International Women's Day Event 2024
Invest in women power to accelerate global progress

Hosted by the Global Indian Organization New Zealand
Sat 2 Mar, 11am-2pm
YWCA 28 Pembroke Street, Hamilton

Cost: FREE

Join the Global Indian Organization New Zealand for an afternoon of infotainment, femme, fitness and food. Contact the organiser to confirm attendance. 


International Women's Day Event 2024
Invest in women power to accelerate global progress

Hosted by YWCA + Impact Hub
Tue 5 Mar, 11.30am-1.30pm
11 Somerset Street, Frankton, Hamilton

Cost: FREE – $45

You're invited to join Impact Hub Waikato and YWCA Hamilton for an interactive lunch event, exploring the intersectionality of gender equality and sustainable development, and showcasing how empowering women in leadership positively impacts multiple SDGs, including poverty reduction, education, climate and health. 

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Eco Waikato Environment Centre Women's Day event

Women's Day Power Tools 101: Make a Chopping Board, Go Eco
Hosted by the Recreators Adult Workshops
Fri 8 Mar, 6-9pm
Go Eco Waikato Environment Centre, 188 Commerce Street, Frankton, Hamilton

Cost: $10

In this workshop, The ReCreators will teach you about woodworking and how to safely use tools. You will leave with your own upcycled chopping board!

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UNA NZ - Wellington Branch – International Women’s Day 2024
Hosted by UNA NZ - Wellington Branch
Wed 6 Mar, 5.30-7pm 
Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, Wellington AND Online

Cost: $5-$15

Count her in: Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress.

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Sip & Shop | International Women's Day Fundraiser
Hosted by Yes for Success
Thu 7 Mar, 4-6.30pm 
90 The Terrace, Wakefield House, Wellington

RSVP by Mon 4 Mar

To celebrate Internationational Women's Day this year, please join us at Dressed on The Terrace | Recycled Clothing Boutique, for an evening of sustainable shopping with drinks, nibbles and stylists on hand to assist you! All proceeds help fund our programmes to empower women to find meaningful work and economic independence. Please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 4 March.

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Shaping the Future: Inspire Inclusion at International Women's Day
Hosted by SSS IT Security and The New Zealand Network for Women in Security, in collaboration with Xero
Thu 7 Mar, 5-8pm 
19 Taranaki Street Wellington

Cost: $5

For International Women's Day 2024 and beyond, let's unite to "Inspire Inclusion." By inspiring others to understand and value women's inclusion, we contribute to forging a better world. When women themselves are inspired to be included, a profound sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment ensues.

  • Shape the Future: Gain insights into shaping the future of IT security
  • Inspiration: Hear inspiring stories from women leaders and allies in the field
  • Networking: Expand your network and connect with like-minded professionals

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Pictured above: Forest & Bird Chief Executive Nicola Toki 

Women in Conservation
Hosted by Forest and Bird
Fri 8 Mar, 9:15am-12:45pm 
Online and in-person, the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Cost:  FREE

Guests will have an opportunity to be inspired by a panel featuring renowned women conservationists. The panel includes Stephanie Rowe, Deputy Director-General Biodiversity, Heritage & Visitors at the Department of Conservation; Amanda Black, co-director of BioProtection Aotearoa; Trish Kirkland-Smith, Head of Nature Solutions & Partnerships at Fonterra; and Nicola Toki, the Chief Executive of Forest & Bird. Students will have the opportunity to participate in smaller, more intimate workshops led by influential women. 

Note: Registration for an in-person event at the National Library of NZ is open exclusively to students from schools, colleges, and universities, identifying as females aged 14 - 24; the digital event, hosted via Zoom, is open to the public.

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Kapiti Chamber International Women's Day Lunch
Hosted by Kapiti Chamber of Commerce
Fri 8 Mar, 11:30am 
Southward Museum 

Cost:  $65

We are very excited to have guest Speaker Rosie Overcomer join us this year, along with MC Catherine Scullin. Rosie was a member of the religious cult, Gloriavale. Her story is a testament to the strength of human resilience and unwavering determination. Catherine is a broadcaster, producer, copywriter and actor. She is the program manager at Coast Access Radio. This will be a lunch not to missed, make sure you book your tickets, invite friends, work mates, get a table, it will be a fun afternoon. 

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International Women's Day Film Fundraiser
Hosted by Wellington Women's Health Collective
Fri 8 Mar, 7:30pm 
Penthouse Cinema and Cafe, Wellington

Cost:  $25 (includes treats)

We are hosting a fundraiser film screening of Cabrini for supporters of the Wellington Women’s Health Collective and International Womens Day! Get a few friends together and join us for a fun night out at the movies while supporting a great cause. All funds raised from the movie night will go towards the work of the Collective - supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of low income women, through the provision of a koha counselling service and free mental wellbeing support service.

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Zonta International Women's Day Event
Hosted by Zonta - Christchurch-Canterbury Club
Thu 7 Mar, 5.30-7.30pm
Richmond Club, The Borough, 75 London St, Christchurch

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International Women's Day - Fundraiser Event
Hosted by Pinot & Picasso Christchurch CBD
Thu 7 Mar, 8-10pm
99 Montreal Street, Christchurch 

Celebrate this International Women's Day by giving back to your community. $10 from each ticket sold at this session will be donated directly to the Battered Women's Trust. Battered Women’s Trust works hard to help create a society free of harm where all people experience safety and autonomy in their lives. Donations from this event will go towards funding their vital crisis response services, including our crisis line and safe housing.

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South Canterbury International Women's Day with Aoraki Foundation Women's Fund
Hosted by Aoraki Foundation Women's Fund
Fri 8 Mar, 7:00pm-10:30pm
Sopheze on the Bay, Virtue Avenue Māori Hill, Timaru 

Cost: $65

night of inspiration and empowerment to celebrate the incredible women of South Canterbury on International Women's Day at Sopheze on the Bay!

Enjoy canapes on arrival and be captivated by the speakers who will share their unique journeys, wisdom, and stories of triumph. It's an evening dedicated to honouring the strength and resilience of women in the community. They will also announce the Women of the Year for 2024 as part of the local International Women's Day event.

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Culinary Studio IWD event speaker Emma Henry

International Culinary Studio Women's Day Breakfast
Hosted by International Culinary Studio
Fri 8 Mar, 9-11am
International Culinary Studio, 1/57 Warrington Street, Mairehau, Christchurch

Join us for a morning of fun and laughter to celebrate International Women's Day with guest speaker, Emma Henry.

"Professional Juggler of two children, a husband, three dogs and a busy fashion agency. Born and raised in Christchurch. Previously owned and sold several businesses in and around construction before happily firing myself to start something more in line with what I love."

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International Women's day - Spoke Sisters ride
Hosted by Be Spoke
Fri 8 Mar, 6pm
Crocodile XC MTB Park, 900 Cashmere Rd, Halswell, Christchurch

Cost: FREE

Are you ready to conquer the trails and celebrate the power of womanhood this International Women's Day? Join us on March 8th for an epic celebration ride like no other! Ladies, it's time to saddle up, embrace the fun of riding your bike with fellow women. Whether you're a seasoned rider or just starting out, this event is for YOU! Spread the word, tag your riding buddies, and let's make this International Women's Day one to remember! Together, we'll pedal our way to empowerment and adventure.

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Hot Foundations Yoga Class with Sophie Farrar
Hosted by NAWIC Queenstown Lakes
Wed 6 Mar, 7-8am
Studio Sangh, 2 Industrial Lane, Queenstown

Cost: FREE for NAWIC members

'The Foundations of Re-patterning (aka Hot Foundations) is a bold, new science-backed sequence of 40 poses designed by Yogi and Author, Kyle Ferguson. It aims to shed light on how we can approach Yoga as a functional movement practice supporting a wide spectrum of diverse activity and also longevity. More than just “medicine”, it is a thoroughly enjoyable class! Come hydrated, bring Yoga mat, large towel an a bottle of water for the class.

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International Women's Day Movie - Shepherdess
Hosted by Heretaunga Women's Centre
Tue 5 Mar, 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Focal Point Cinema Hastings, 126 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings. 

Cost: $20

The Heretaunga Women's Centre celebrates International Women's Day annually with a movie and nibbles. All are welcome to attend. 

This year the Centre is thrilled with the permission of producer Nadia Maxwell to be screening two episodes from Shepherdess a specially commissioned for NZ television series. Even more exciting is one of the episodes Porangahau was filmed right here in the Bay! Shepherdess is an amazing dedication to the resourcefulness and depth of talent to the women of the land in Aotearoa. The women portrayed are all connected by a sense of place, and share their stories of courage, commitment and community. Explored in the episodes are their sense of self, their whānau, their community, and the landscape in which the women live.

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Mobilise Activating Allies event

Mobilise: Activating Allies this IWD
Hosted by Jess Stuart & Joe Consedine
Thu 7 Mar, 12:30-1:30pm 

Cost: from $54

Are you looking to do something new and exciting this international women's day (IWD)? Something that everyone can get involved in regardless of gender? Jess Stuart and Joe Consedine have developed a special Mobilise: Activating Allies webinar especially for International Women's Day and everyone is welcome. Across the world progress has been slow, it’s time for that to change. What if we stopped trying to fix women and focused on fixing the system? This is how we truly accelerate progress and invest in our women.

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Raglan Business Chamber’s International Women’s Day Gala
Hosted by Emma Langdon
Fri 8 Mar, 6:30-8pm 
Rock-It Kitchen, 248 Wainui Road, Raglan

Cost: from $28-38

Join charming and hilarious host Katie Lowes as she delves deep into the lives, careers, and untold stories of four Raglan entrepreneurs making a global impact. Speakers include: Marisa Twentyman from @DIRTYCOPY, Nami Hampe  from Goddess Shot, Gemma Rose - breathwork facilitator & self-Leadership coach, and Mariana Basilio from BEnvironmental. Free Cocktails on entry and rolling tasty snacks all arvo!

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