About the awards

Last updated 05:00 11/05/2014

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Now in its second year, the Women of Influence Awards are about identifying the bold, energetic women who are helping shape New Zealand and its future across eight categories.

We are looking for women who are having an impact well beyond their formal roles and titles at local, regional and national levels.

We encourage you to get involved by either nominating yourself or someone you think deserves recognition for the work they are doing.

Dates to note
Entries are open on Sunday May 11, 2014
Entries close on Friday 4 July, 2014
Judging process will commence from July 14, 2014
Finalists will be announced on August 24, 2014

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at SKYCITY on Wednesday, October 8. You can buy tickets per person here, or for a table here.  

The categories
To capture a cross section of female influencers across New Zealand, there will be eight categories of awards.

All nominees must be based in New Zealand, and either a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

An inspiring panel of current leaders will judge each category:

1. Board and Management (Sponsored by DLA Phillips Fox)
Women working in a management role or on a board in either public or private companies. These women might be running a team, a key project, or influencing policy. They are breaking new ground in their work and ensuring they bring other women along with them.

2. Local and Regional
Women who are having an impact at a local or regional level. This may be across business or in local government.

3. Innovation and Science (Sponsored by MasterCard)
Women who are driving innovation within a business, workplace or community, through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, IT and biotechnology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management. This category also recognises new ways of tackling community and social issues and improving inclusion.

4. Business Entrepreneur (Sponsored by AUT Business School)
Women who are business founders, owners, operators or part-owners and are actively involved in the business. This category recognises women who have substantially developed their own business and led its strategy and direction. To enter the Business Entrepreneur Award, your business must have been operating for at least 36 months as at 4 July 2014.

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5. Emerging Leader (Sponsored by Hot Points)
Young women aged between 16 and 30 who demonstrate a capacity to influence and act as catalysts for change, particularly in advocating and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns. They represent the energy and style of a new generation of leaders. You must be aged between 16 and 30 as at July 4, 2014. Please note: this award will be adjudicated by an alternative panel of judges and public vote. A four person judging panel of peers will select their top 10 entries and the public will then have 10 days to cast their vote at Stuff.co.nz. A weighting of 20 per cent will be given to the public vote. This is a special award and is not eligible for the overall Supreme Award. 

6. Community
Women working on community or not-for-profit projects or campaigns, which may cover health, education, domestic violence, ethnic diversity programmes, financial literacy or cultural programmes.

7. Social Enterprise
This category recognises women who are taking an entrepreneurial approach to addressing social issues. This includes women working in a range of capacities with a social purpose, and thus supporting social, cultural, community or economic  change. These women are having a positive impact through contributing to the positive development of human and environmental wellbeing.

8. Arts
This category celebrates artistic excellence and recognises  women who are contributing to the advancement of the arts. This may include women who have achieved exemplary artistic accomplishments, those who are contributing to arts and cultural institutions or initiatives, women who are empowering others through their philanthropic giving to the arts, or those who demonstrate advocacy for the arts industry.

- Stuff

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