International Bulletin - July 1998
Eunice Nieukerke O.B.E.
Eunice Nieukerke died April 8, 1998, following a heart attack. Mrs. Nieukerke was elected National President Of PPSEAWA New Zealand in 1968. She lead the N.Z. delegation to the T welfth International Conference in Hawaii. Later that year she was elected the International President, the first New Zealander to hold that office. Her tenure with the International Council dated from 1964.
Nieukerke first became interested in PPSEAWA while a student at Christchurch Teacher's College when she attended a lecture given by Mrs. T.E. Taylor, our first New Zealand President. Later she came in contact with Miss Elsie Andrews and in 1948 joined the Auckland Branch.
Nieukerke has represented New Zealand at all International Conference in 1961, holding many Executive positions on the International Council. When New Zealand was host to the International Conference in Auckland in 1972 the able leadership of Nieukerke added greatly to its success.
After teaching in New Zealand and Samoa, Nieukerke was Dean of Women at Ardmore Teacher's College. She was a foundating member of the Arahina Branch of the Maori Women's Welfare League and the Board of Christian Education. Her interests included the Play Centres Association Maniage Guidance Council National Council of Women and Business and Professional Women.
Stella Rolls, Q.S.O.
Miss Stella Rolls was born February 9, 1911. Rolls trained as a nurse and served the hospital at Christchurch and three vears overseas with the N.Z. Army in Egypt and Italy. She lived in Christchurch until 1962, moving to Nelson.
Rolls Joined PPSEAWA in 1952 and attended six PPSEAWA International Conferences. As President of New Zealand, she led the delegation to Japan in 1975. Other interests of hers included National Conference of Women, Soroptimist International, Citizen's Advice Bureau, Prisoner's Aid and Rehabilitation Society, Public Health Association and the International Council of Nurses.
Letitia Coleman, Q.S.M.
Bom in Port Chalmers in 1912, Miss Coelman had a lifelong career in education. She taught primary and secondary school, worked for the New Zealand Oepartment of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She had a special connection with Overseas students she made welcome in her home. Coleman was active in the Anglican church. She was awarded the Queens Service Medal in 1985 for community service.
She was a member of the Christchurch PPSEAWA group since 1954. Coleman attended the conferences from 1964 to 1988, leading the New Zealand delegation to New York in 1981. She was also a member of National Council of Women.
Other New Zealand Obituaries noted
PPSEAWA New Zealand has also bid farewell to Nancy Price of Nelson, life member and International Conference attendee; Marie Blackman and Joy Grice, also of Nelson. Mary Grant of Christchurch and Dunedin; Matelita Wendt, a Fijian member of Auckland and Connie Broadmore of Wellmgton. Their PPSEAWA New Zealand sisters will miss them
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