Women of Influence finalists announced

Michelle Dickinson has been nominated for the third time in the Women of Influence awards, innovation and science category.
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Michelle Dickinson has been nominated for the third time in the Women of Influence awards, innovation and science category.

The founder of Eat My Lunch, "Nanogirl" and Waikato-Tainui's chief executive are among 100 women named as finalists in this year's Women of Influence awards.

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.

Lisa King founded social enterprise Eat My Lunch, which gives one free lunch to a child in need for every lunch that is bought, and is a finalist in the business enterprise category.

This is King's first time as a finalist of the awards.

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Nanotechnologist and science educator Michelle Dickinson, also known as "Nanogirl", is a finalist in the innovation and science category.

Dickinson was a finalist in the same category in 2014 and 2013.

Waikato-Tainui chief executive Parekawhia McLean is a finalist in the board and management category.

McLean was a finalist last year in the community and not-for-profit category.

Other finalists include fashion designer Annah Stretton, PledgeMe founder Anna Guenther, FigureNZ founder Lillian Grace and singer and women's rights activist Lizzie Marvelly.

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The winners will be announced on October 12.

 - Stuff

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