Women of Influence 2016: The finalists

The winners of the 2015 Women of Influence awards.

The winners of the 2015 Women of Influence awards.

The finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2016 have been announced.

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.

Chris Skelton/FAIRFAX NZ

Women of influence / Question 4, If you were Prime Minister for a day how would you help women?

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.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner at SKYCITY in Auckland on October 12.



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Arts and Culture

Dr Anna Crighton, Chair of ​Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust

Angie Farrow, Associate Professor of Massey University

Nicola Legat, Publisher of Massey University

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Lizzie Marvelly, Editor of Villainesse

Deborah McCormick, Director of SCAPE Public Art

Angela Meyer, Managing Director of Double Denim Ltd

Anne O'Brien, Festival Director of Auckland Writers Festival

Kristina Pickford, Chair of CSA Canterbury Society of Arts Charitable Trust

Anna Pierard, Creative Director of Festival Opera / Project Prima Volta

Gaylene Preston, Founder of Gaylene Preston Productions

Dr Huhana Smith, Head of School of Art of Massey University


Board and Management

Michelle Boag, Director of Boag Allen SVG

Jolie Hodson, CFO of Spark New Zealand

Glenda Hughes, Board Chair of New Zealand Racing Board

Lisa Jacobs, CEO of Anthony Harper

Candace Kinser, Director / Advisor of Palantir Technologies, Livestock Improvement 

Corporation (LIC), EROAD

Pauline Lamb, Chief Operating Officer of Airways New Zealand

Victoria MacLennan, Managing Director of OptimalBI / Co-Chair NZ Rise

Parekawhia McLean, Chief Executive of Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Lands Trust

Helen Robinson, Co-Founder / Executive Director of Organic Initiative

Teresa Tepania-Ashton, CEO of Maori Women's Development Inc

Sue Tindal, Group CFO of Auckland Council

Renee Walker, General Manager, Customer Reinstatement of IAG New Zealand

Business Enterprise

Jennifer Boggiss, Director of Heilala Vanilla

Tracey Bridges, Managing Director of SenateSHJ

Lisa King, Director of Eat My Lunch

Chelsea Millar, Owner / Consultant of Grass Roots Media

Sachie Nomura, Founder of Sachie's Kitchen

Carolyn Oakley-Brown, CEO of Oakley Brown Pharmacy Group

Fiona Shepherd, Owner / Manager of Arohanui and Harinui Early Childhood Learning Centres

Dr Catherine Stone, Founder of The Face Place MedSpa

Carmen Vicelich, Founder / Managing Director of Data Insight Ltd


Community / Not for Profit

Katerina Bennett, Trustee of Maori Women's Development Inc

Kaila Colbin, Curator of Singularity University

Carla Donson, Manager of Wanganui Women's Network

Marianne Elliott, National Director of Action Station

Jennifer Gill, CEO of Foundation North

Shirley Julich, Senior Lecturer of Massey University

Mawera Karetai, Managing Director of AIMS Limited

Moira Lawler, General Manager of The Lifewise Trust

Rebecca Lees, Co-Founder of Incredible Edibles

Marama Pala, ​Executive Director of INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation​ and ​Chair of the International Council of AIDS Service ​O​rganisations (ICASO)

Annah Stretton, Governing Director of Stretton Clothing Company Limited

Awerangi Tamihere, Director of Strategy, Innovation & Design of Te Whanau o Waipareira

Sue Van Schreven, CEO / Founder of Orphans Aid International

Catriona Williams, Communications & Marketing Manager / Founder of Little Avondale, Catwalk



Sandy Burgham, ​Director of ​Play - Contemporary Leadership Colab

Allyn Danzeisen, ​Assistant National Coordinator of ​Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ)

Shelley Huang, ​Media & Community Relations Manager of ​IAG NZ Ltd

Sue Kedgley, Board Member of ​UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ

Sarah Leberman, ​Professor of Leadership of ​Massey University

Marina Matthews, ​Partner of ​Chen Palmer

Neelusha Memon, Social Change Advocate​ of ​Limitless with Support

Mahsa Mohaghegh, Senior Lecturer / Academic Leader of ​Unitec

Julie Raine, ​Bid Manager of ​Downer New Zealand

Sue Sheldon, Chair / Director of ​New Zealand Global Women, Real Journeys Ltd



Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Independent Director & Chair Finance and Risk Committee of Jasmax

Katherine Corich, Founder / Managing Director of Sysdoc

Mary Fenwick, Business Coach / Journalist / Fundraiser

Dr Frances Hughes, CEO of International Council of Nurses

Rachel Petero, Founder of RP Enterprise Group Ltd

Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor-General of New Zealand of Office of the Auditor-General

Sian Simpson, Community Manager of Kiwi Landing Pad


Innovation and Science

Rachna Bhasin, Chief Business Officer of Magic Leap

Michelle Dickinson, Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd

Chris Duggan, Director of House of Science

Lillian Grace, CEO of Figure.NZ

Anna Guenther, Co-Founder of PledgeMe

Natasha Lampard, Co-Founder / Director of Webstock

Lisa Miles-Heal, General Manager of Unleashed Software

Robyn Phipps, Academic Program Director of Construction Programs / Professor of Massey University


​Public Policy

Cath Atkins, Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomics and Growth of The Treasury

Ann Brower, Lecturer of Lincoln University

Jo Cribb, Chief Executive of Ministry for Women

Naomi Ferguson, Commissioner of Inland Revenue

Dr Agneta Fullarton, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon of Hutt Valley District Health Board

Nettles Lamont, Managing Director of Conquest Training Ltd

Aileen Lawrie, Chief Executive of Opotiki District Council

Rachael Moore, Industry Advocate of Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Tusha Penny, National Manager Prevention of NZ Police

Tracie Shipton, Director of Dingwall Trust


Sharon Barton, Co-Owner of Glen Emmreth Farm ​/ Fo​under of​ ​Taupo Beef​

Rebecca Keoghan, Director / Business Manager of Landcorp, Keoghan Farm, Westland Milk Products

Dianne Kidd, Partner of RJ & DJ Kidd Partnership Whenuanui Farm

Natasha King, Agribusiness Manager of Meridian Energy

Chelsea Millar, Owner / Consultant of Grass Roots Media

Mavis Mullins, Chairman of Rangitane Tu Mai Ra

Sarah Paterson, Founder / Consultant of Blue Circle Consulting Ltd

Bex Warburton, Owner / Leadership Coach of BexWarburton.com

Philippa Wright, Director of Wright Wool Limited


Young Leader

Fatumata Bah, Project-Temp at API Consumer Brands

Andrea Brewster, Communications Advisor of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Alexia Hilbertidou, Founder / CEO of GirlBoss NZ

Anna Hoek-Sims, Community Education Officer of Rape Crisis Dunedin

Abbe Hyde, CEO of SuchCrowd

Sharndre Kushor, Co-Founder / Chief Operations Officer of Crimson Consulting

Tammavisa Piumsomboon, Analyst, New Zealand Equities of New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Jess Quinn, Founder of Limbitless

Loren Skudder-Hill, CEO of Ukuda

Kaitlyn White, Co-Chairperson of Christchurch Youth Council


Women of Influence ForumTickets available

The Women of Influence Forum is for women who aspire to lead at a senior level within an organisation or community. It provides the opportunity to hear valuable insights, learnings and strategies from recognised and high achieving leaders.

We will also be holding two panel discussions, each focussing on one aspect of the theme for the Forum: 'Turning ideas into action, investing in yourself.'

Find out more and register here

About the awards
Women of Influence alumni: Kerry Prendergast
Women of Influence alumni: Lesley Elliott
Women of Influence alumni: Therese Walsh
Women of Influence alumni: Marilyn Waring
Women of Influence alumni: Shona McCullagh
Women of Influence alumni: Margaret Brimble
Women of Influence alumni: Dame Wendy Pye

 - Stuff.co.nz

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