This committee is responsible for Service and Advocacy locally and internationally. This committee also organises applications for a variety of Zonta scholarships and awards, including:

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowships
  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA)


Status of Women is also responsible for various projects:

  • Current International Service projects
  • Zonta International Strategies to Prevent Violence Against Women (ZISVAW)
  • Local service projects and Z Clubs


Women in Business Grant

Each year, women business owners in Canterbury are invited to apply for a grant of $5000 for a specific purpose within their business that will enable them to take it to another level. This grant is offered only by the Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury and is funded by club members’ fundraising efforts. Applicants need to show they have been working in their business from two to five years to qualify. A highlight of our Club’s year is the grant presentation evening, which is an awards cocktail function and celebration.


Past Recipients of the Women in Business Grant

2013Cate Grace Leap2it Fitness and Motivation
2010Abbey ParsonMovementor Pilates $5,000
2008Karen LoveRhythm in Your Shoes $5,000
Pre-school dance
2007Tracey TishreiTracey Tishrei Designs $5,000
Art designs on fabric, etc.
2006Ruth GreenawayTapestries $5,000
Oral histories, life histories, research
2005Frauke JohnFrauke John Photography $5,000
2004 Jenny WilsonJenny Wilson Ltd $5,000
Gluten Free products
2003Chrissie TukakiMini Swim $5,000
Private swimming pool
2002Lene AlexandesenLanowool Breastfeeding Pads $3,500
2002Rima HerberRima Herber Photographer $3,500
2001Suzanne GibbsSoapworks $3,500
2001Michelle ShermanCar Seat Buddy $3,500
2000Sharon ScreenToybox to the Rescue $3,500
2000Marilyn MarshallThe Beautiful Box Co Ltd $3,500
1999Chryssie RussellUnique Style Image Consulting $3,500
1999Susan LouiseThe Candlemaker $3,500

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Women in Business Grant, and close on 1st August. For more information, contact the Chair of our Status of Women Committee, Melissa Haberfield:
Phone: 027 6838 223 Email: