POWER of SMALL Conference

Rose Charities NZ is hosting the 10th international Rose Charities conference in Auckland, over the weekend of April 17 -19 2020. It will be a celebration of the founding of Rose Charities International 20 years ago; New Zealand joined the Rose family in 2002.

The theme is The Power of Small, chosen to express the Rose philosophy of people-to-people power, without bureaucracy or expensive admin structures.  The Conference is all about connecting people from the global Rose network, which operates in 18 countries, telling stories about Rose-power – and discussing how to make it more effective. Previous Rose conferences, and the inspiration gained from energy generated between participants have led to many great initiatives to help some of the poorest people on the planet.

We are hoping to welcome people from Nepal, Malaysia, Canada, Ethiopia, Afghanistan…..visas permitting. All friends of Rose in Auckland and beyond throughout New Zealand will be welcome.

‘Kia Ora’ from the Rose Charities NZ Board who – a ‘Power of Small’ welcome ! Left to right. Johny Veale, Jane Midgley (Hon Treasurer), Dr.Will Grut , Trish Gribben (Vice Chair) , Pip Neville Barton, Nicola Thomas, (Chair), Mike Webber . Pip Duncalf (Trustee) not present . Wanganui River backdrop..


Friday, April 17, 6 p.m:
Drinks and informal dinner to welcome overseas visitors, with Rose ‘activists’. At the home of a Rose NZ Trustee

Saturday, April 18, 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. All day conference:
Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. Free parking

Programme will include:

  • Welcome: The Power of Small – Rose NZ chair Nicola Thomas
  • Rose Around the World – presentation by Dr William Grut, Rose International
  • As good as it gives. Making ethical choices – Does charity begin at home? Panel discussion chaired by Josie Pagani, CEO of the NZ Council for International Development.
  • From small beginnings a BIG success: The Rose Eye Clinic in Cambodia –presentation by Rose NZ Trustee Trish Gribben with Dr Basant Sharma (Nepal), Dr Will Grut (Canada), and Rose NZ Trustees Mike Webber and John Veale
  • Our Neighbourhood kids –How Rose NZ is helping in Samoa – (speaker to be confirmed)
  • The Power of Hope in Palliative care with Liese Groot-Alberts
  • Rose Malaysia – small steps making big impact presented by Lawrence Cheah
  • Trees that Count – why Rose Charities NZ is engaged with planting ; https://grow.treesthatcount.co.nz/registry/rosesfortrees


  • Safe Birthing and motherhood project in Guatamala; with Dr Ruth Brighouse
  • Rose and public health in Ethiopia; with Woinshet Meku
  • Eye care off the radar—trekking and treating in Nepal; with Sakar Subedi
  • 180 Degrees Trust – A South Island project making a difference in the lives of young people; with Jeremy Nurse http://www.180degrees.org.nz/

Saturday April 18, 7 p.m:  Dinner at Tamaki Yacht Club, Tamaki Drive, Auckland

Sunday, April 19, 10.30 a.m. – to 3 p.m. Roses on Waiheke Island:
For the Rose Charities members and Rose activists, we will travel across to Waiheke for some more in depth discussion on the projects Rose around the World are running. Sharing ideas and inspirations. Strengthening that Power of Small. Followed by sightseeing and dinner at a restaurant on the Island. Cost to be confirmed. Venue: The home of Rose NZ Trustee Pip Neville-Barton and her husband Bill Barton

Conference Costs

Full Friday – Sunday Conference participation – costs to be advised Includes 3 nights accommodation, all transport, and meals  

Saturday Day only visitors; $45 Includes Morning tea, LUNCH and afternoon tea

Saturday Night dinner; $70 Includes Buffet Dinner and Wine on the table

All fees include a donation to Trees That Count.

Please Register interest before February 28, by email to: conference@rosecharities.org

Contacts are Nicola Thomas and Trish Gribben

Auckland – City of Sails (image by Holger Detje, Melbourne )

Tamaki Yacht Club – beautiful venue for conference official dinner Saturday 18th April
Waiheke Island (Image by pixelia from Pixabay