14 February to 10 March 2019


The Women's Network is proud to coordinate this festival, and so much more, in Whanganui

The Women's Network is a great little community agency that achieves big things with a huge amount of heart. As a cheerleading service for women we provide all sorts of activities and services that create positive change.
Our team is lead by our Manager, Carla Donson. Carla has 15 years of experience in the role, and prior to that came from education and youth development. In 2016 Carla was selected as one of the top 100 women in the country at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards, and was also awarded a Local Hero Medal for the Manawatu-Whanganui region in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. She is well-regarded in the Whanganui community, and also writes a regular column for the Whanganui Midweek newspaper. La Fiesta is Carla's "brain-child" and she coordinates the festival annually. It takes months of preparation, and with a whole heap of enthusiasm, the community helps to make it happen.
The Women's Network is a registered charity that is  governed by a Committee, and we have a diverse team that represents the community. With over thirty years operating in Whanganui, we also work in partnership with a variety of other community agencies, and have representation on advisory groups with the Whanganui District Council and Whanganui District Health Board.

You can find us located in the iconic Ladies' Rest Building at 75 St Hill Street, Whanganui [right next door to the Royal Wanganui Opera House].

Drop in and see us: Tuesday 10am-12pm; Wednesday through Friday 10am-2pm. Appoinments are available outside of these times from 9am-4pm each weekday.

Whanganui's unique in New Zealand festival is 10 years young in 2019 [logo by Fleur Wickes].

The Women's Network has proudly operated from the Ladies' Rest Building for over 30 years.

Our Fabulous Festival Sponsors and Event Partners