Combo Conference 2018

Members and "World of Wonderful People"
Do you love fun?  Do you love fashion?  Do you love a good old debate?  Do you love surprises? . . . Then you will love Combo Conference in Nelson, New Zealand in MAY 2018.  Get your bags packed and come on down under and join us for our New Zealand and Australia Combo Conference t
o celebrate "New Beginnings" . . . the Phoenix is Rising!
The gala night on Friday will be an extravaganza of razzamatazz and colour; the talents of members will be on show as they parade their wearable garment made from recycled material in a fashion show that will take your breath away.  Nelson, New Zealand where the World of Wearable Arts was born.  Then Saturday night will be another gala night of success that will take us all forward on a new path of effective communication.
Partners, former members, guests and friends are all welcome to register for conference to join in the workshops or just come along for the razzamataz social evenings.  Also, come and watch the great debate between our two countries . . . The Trans-Tasman Debate . . . go on . . . see you in May 2018

WOW Masquerade Gala Show

posted May 11, 2018, 5:15 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated May 11, 2018, 5:16 PM ]

The WOW Masquerade Gala Night Show had some amazing entries.  All members and clubs entered into the spirit of WOW with many hours of hard work producing some stunning entries.  If you would like to see some photos of the show, please look on the Powertalk Waimea Club Facebook page.

WOW - wasn't that Amazing!

posted May 11, 2018, 3:46 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated May 11, 2018, 5:16 PM ]

Dear Members of the combined conference Australia and New Zealand 2018

Matariki – New Beginnings… what a way to start our new beginnings.

What do I say to such a fabulous group of members and guests…….WORDS are not enough to just say thank you…. To You the Members…. What a really amazing conference we all had. I wish to thank you all for your wonderful warm and kind remarks and for the lovely comments on face-book . It was easy for me to enjoy when I knew you were all enjoying conference and the WOW factor that we wanted you all to have as a welcome to the city and birthplace off the World of Wearables.

I wish to thank Fay and Margaret for having the faith to allow me a free hand in the organisation of conference, and to the Amazing Nissa who, as my right hand, is the most capable person you could ever wish for to be your partner in any organisation….. couldn’t have done it without her.

As a committee of 2 we promised you the WOW factor….. and it was truly amazing.

Thank you to the boards of both Countries, to the workshop presenters, the speech contestants, the Debate teams and the fabulous Keynote speaker (Breffni O’Rourke) and Nelson City Councillor, Mel Courtney, who gave us the words to laugh and enjoy for the whole weekend “WOW isn’t that AMAZING!”

And a very BIG thank you to the clubs and members who went the extra mile to showcase garments for the WOW parade which were First Class.

Open Winner: Brisbane Central: Designer Mary Wong …The Phoenix
Runner up: Taupo Club: Wahine of the Lake
Bizarre Bra: Winner: Waitakere Club : Hot Mama Bra
Runner up: Beer Breasted: Designer: Waimea Club
People’s Choice: Winner: Taupo Club - Hilary’s Rosebowl
Runner up: Lady Medusa jellyfish: Waimea Cub
Supreme Winner: Hilary’s Rosebowl - Taupo Club

Trans-Tasman Debate:  Australia

Thank you all for a wonderful weekend

Linda Bergman
Co-ordinator.


WOW Judging Criteria

posted Jan 23, 2018, 7:54 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 8:13 PM ]

Not long to go now….before we all meet in NZ to reunite at the Combo Conference. I hope you are all working on your fabulous creations for our wonderful night of glamour at the Masquerade Night and WOW Fashion Parade on the Friday evening, 4th May.

Please note; the change in date to submit your WOW entry now 1st April 2018

Also for your planning ….we will be allowing 5-6 mins time on the catwalk to parade each of your exhibits.

Judging Criteria is now available so you can have an idea what we will be looking for in your creation.  (a PDF version available for downloading, including entry form, can be found at the bottom of this post.)  It is such fun…and I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what talents we have among the membership.  LB


Inspirations for your Wearables

posted Oct 10, 2017, 5:05 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 5:20 PM ]

If you are not sure what is involved in making a fantasy outfit then check out some of the WOW videos on YouTube.  
Bazaar (bizarre) Bras are fun and outrageous and easier to pack for members coming from overseas - for ideas, just search for bizarre bras on YouTube.

WOW - YouTube Video


WOW - YouTube Video


Call to Conference

posted Oct 1, 2017, 5:46 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 12:06 PM ]

We are thrilled and excited to announce that the next Powertalk New Zealand and Australia Combined Conference will be held here in Nelson in May 2018 and we are proud that our very own Linda has been appointed conference co-ordinator; she is already buzzing with ideas to make this the best NZ Region conference ever!

The Waimea Club contingent to the recent NZ Region Training Weekend in Wellington presented participants with a very entertaining “Call to Conference 2018.”

Members and clubs have already been put on notice that each club is to bring along a WOWEE creation to model and be judged.  Nelson is the birthplace of the world famous World of Wearable Arts show that is now an international event which is held in Wellington.  However, Nelson is still the home of the WOW museum where many of the winning creations are on display.

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