Women of Influence 2015: About the awards

Judge Traci Houpapa is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her focus on building prosperity for Maori and ...

Judge Traci Houpapa is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her focus on building prosperity for Maori and all New Zealanders.

Diversity, particularly in leadership has become a priority internationally.

Presented by Fairfax Media and Westpac, the New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life who make a difference to everyday Kiwis.

The Women of Influence programme is committed to increasing the visibility of women's leadership in New Zealand, highlighting the important contribution women take in creating a bold and diverse future for New Zealand. 

We are dedicated to uncovering women who have committed time and energy to help and encourage other women in their industry, and who are fighting for change every day - be it in their workplace, their community or among their peers.

Key Dates:

Nominations & Entries open: Thursday, June 11

Nominations & Entries close: Friday, August 14

Finalists Announced: Monday, September 28

Women of Influence Forum: Wednesday, November 4 (9am-12pm)

Awards Gala Dinner: Wednesday, November 4

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For all enquiries please contact womenofinfluence@fairfaxmedia.co.nz or call (09) 374 4759


Dame Rosanne Meo

Dame Rosanne Meo is a prominent New Zealand businesswoman. In 1991 she was the first female president of the Employers' Federation and in her time as a public director, has chaired Television New Zealand and sat on the board of Mercury Energy, Sky TV, Ports of Auckland, Forestry Corporation and Baycorp. 

She currently chairs Briscoes and the Real Estate Institute, is a Director of Overland Footwear, James Dunlop Textiles and a Trustee of Kelliher Trust and the Middlemore Foundation. 

Dame Rosanne is renowned for bringing her business expertise into non-profit organisations such as the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Trust Board, Liggins Institute, South Auckland Health Foundation and the Kelliher Charitable Trust. 

She was awarded a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for services to business and community and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

Karen Silk

Karen Silk is General Manager, Commercial, Corporate & Institutional for Westpac New Zealand. Prior to joining in November 2012, she was Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets at Westpac Institutional Bank in Sydney.

Karen first joined Westpac New Zealand in 1987 as part of their graduate programme. She has held various senior positions at Westpac and Banque Indosuez in New Zealand, leading businesses in both the institutional and middle market segments.

Karen led the Westpac Agribusiness team for almost four years, before moving to Sydney in 2007 when she was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Corporate Banking and Property in Westpac Institutional Bank Sydney.

Peter Tennent QSO

 Peter served on the New Plymouth District Council for 15 years (stepping aside at the 2010 elections). Three of those years he was Deputy Mayor, and then for 9 years was Mayor.

Under his leadership New Plymouth was transformed. This was recognised in 2008 when it was voted the 'Best small city in the world' in the International Awards for Liveable Cities and New Plymouth's iconic coastal walkway was named as the world's best environmentally sustainable project for 2008.

Peter served as President of Sister Cities New Zealand for 5 years and chaired the Provincial Councils in New Zealand. He serves on the board of many community organisations, is the patron for many others, and is one of New Zealand's White Ribbon Ambassadors.

He has been married to Rosemary for 32 years and they have three children, Gemma (27) and Lauren (25), both lawyers, and William (22).

Peter is committed to making the world a better place and says The Women of Influence Awards do just that. "The recognition (and encouragement) of our county's most influential women is important, and goes some way to shattering glass ceilings. I am proud to be involved as a judge."

Jamie Tuuta

Jamie is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests. 

Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is currently a director of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd,Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Wools of New Zealand, Taranaki Investment Management Ltd and is a board member of Tourism New Zealand. 

He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, Te Runanga o Ngāti Mutunga and the Ngati Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business and was a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.

Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of the Māori primary sector.

Jamie is also a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award.

Traci Houpapa

Traci is an experienced company director and holds a number of directorships and Ministerial appointments.  She also advises public  and private sector clients on strategic and economic development. 

In 2012 Traci was named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness. In 2013 she was named amongst the Listener's top ten influencers in New Zealand and was a finalist in the Fairfax Media Westpac Women of Influence Awards.  In 2014, Traci won the DLA Phillips Fox  WOI Board and Management award and was named amongst the top  the most influential people in Agribusiness by Rural News.  In 2015,  Traci was named amongst Westpac's New Zealand Women Powerbrokers. 

Traci is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and for her clear focus on building the  wealth and prosperity for Maori and all New Zealanders. Traci has an MBA from Massey  University and is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace, and a Marriage Celebrant.

Sinead Boucher

Sinead Boucher is Group Executive Editor of Fairfax Media,  and is responsible for more than 650 journalists working across almost 100 digital, newspaper and magazine productions.

Sinead has been instrumental in growing stuff.co.nz to become New Zealand's biggest news site, developing Fairfax's digital strategy and content approach - including the launch of products and services such as Stuff's mobile apps, Stuff Nation and Essential Mums.

Sinead's history with Fairfax Media began in 1993 as a reporter for The Press in Christchurch. She moved up the ranks in her six-year stint, before heading to the UK on her OE. She worked as a digital journalist for the Financial Times site, FT.com, before moving to Reuters' London bureau, where she was a general correspondent responsible for reporting on terrorism in the UK post 9/11. In 2004, she returned to New Zealand and to Fairfax Media to take up the role of Assistant  Editor at The Press, charged with developing the online presence for press.co.nz. Since then, her  roles have included Group Online Editor in 2007 and a title change to Group Digital Editor in 2011, followed by a promotion to her current role as Group Executive Editor in 2013.

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