Women of Influence 2017: Finalists announced

Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.
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Alison Mau is one of the finalists this year for our Women of Influence.

From farmers to fund managers and fashionistas, this year's Women of Influence Award nominees have come from diverse fields around the country.

Fairfax Media and Westpac announced the award finalists on Tuesday.

In their fifth year, the awards celebrate women across 10 categories who have built on their personal and professional successes to help and inspire others. 

From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.
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From the boardroom table to the farm stable, women of influence finalists have stories from every corner of the country.

Categories include arts and culture, board and management, business enterprise, community/not for profit, diversity, global, innovation and science, public policy, rural, and young leader.

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Previous Supreme Award winners include Helen Robinson, Joan Withers, Lesley Elliott, and Dame Therese Walsh. 

GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou won the Women of Influence Young Leader award last year.
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GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou won the Women of Influence Young Leader award last year.

Robinson, last year's supreme winner, is the chief executive of social enterprise Organic Initiative and former chief executive of Microsoft New Zealand.

In a recent interview with Stuff Robinson said of her win: "We have so many incredible women in New Zealand so I was taken aback when it was announced."

Awards judge and Fairfax Media group executive editor Sinead Boucher said the breadth in backgrounds of this year's finalists highlighted the significant contribution women were making all over the country towards New Zealand's growth and development. 

Women of Influence awards judge Sinead Boucher said those nominated were both widely celebrated women as well as some ...
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Women of Influence awards judge Sinead Boucher said those nominated were both widely celebrated women as well as some quieter operators.

"Every one of the finalists has a wonderful story to tell and the Women of Influence Awards provide a perfect opportunity to recognise our country's outstanding women on a national stage."

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"Many of the finalists are well-known and widely celebrated."

Some of household name nominees include Maramena Roderick, the head of news and current affairs for Māori Television, Denise L'Estrange-Corbet , the founder of fashion brand World, and life insurance industry leader Naomi Ballantyne.

Last year's Women of Influence supreme winner Helen Robinson at the podium.
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Last year's Women of Influence supreme winner Helen Robinson at the podium.

"Others operate more quietly, but all have made a positive difference to their communities," Boucher said.

Some are the women behind well known enterprises and firms, like Anna Curzon of Xero and Pip Greenwood of Russell McVeagh, others play a part in solving nationwide problems like Housing New Zealand manager Leonie Freeman.

Westpac New Zealand consumer bank and wealth general manager Simon Power said the awards were an opportunity to recognise and thank the nominated women for what they do to make New Zealand a better place. 

The nominees for this year's Women of Influence Awards have come to light.
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The nominees for this year's Women of Influence Awards have come to light.

"As much as we hope their achievements inspire the next generation, these awards are also an opportunity for an incredible group of people to get together and draw inspiration from each other."

The winners will be announced on September 7 at the awards dinner at SkyCity in Auckland. Tickets can be purchased online

2017 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE

ARTS AND CULTURE​ 

Simone Anderson - Director, The Incubator

Dr Morva Croxson - Former Chancellor, Massey University

Carrie Rae Cunningham - Artistic Director, New Zealand Dance Festival Trust

Denise L'Estrange-Corbet - Co-Founder & CEO, WORLD

Stefanie Lash - He Tohu - Lead Curator, Archives New Zealand

Lizzie Marvelly - Founder and Editor, Villainesse

Dr ​Paula Morris - Writer and Writing Activist

Professor Claire Robinson - Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Creative Arts, Massey University

BOARD AND MANAGEMENT 

Naomi Ballantyne - Founder & Managing Director, Partners Life 

Anna Curzon - New Zealand Managing Director, Xero

Pip Greenwood - Board Member and Senior Partner, Russell McVeagh

Maria Johnson - Managing Director, Little School

Janice McNab - General Manager, Tradestaff

Liz Mellish - Chairperson, Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust

Anne-Maree O'Connor - Head of Responsible Investment, New Zealand Superannunation Fund

Connie Norgate - Operations Manager, Department of Conservation

Kirsten Patterson - CEO, Institute of Directors in New Zealand

Bronwyn Rhynd - Director, CKL

Maramena Roderick - Head of News & Current Affairs, Māori Television

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE 

Lani Evans - Foundation Manager, Vodafone Foundation and Director & Founding CEO, Thankyou Payroll 

Leonie Freeman - Director, Goodman Property Trust

Lillian Grace - Founder & CEO, Figure.NZ

Ezel Kokcu - CEO and Co-Founder, Passphere 

Vikki Maclean - Partner, Kerridge & Partners

Bronwyn Rhynd​ - Director, CKL

Cecilia Robinson - Founder & Co-CEO, My Food Bag

Sarvnaz Taherian​ - Research Psychologist and Co-Founder, Thought-Wired

COMMUNITY / NOT FOR PROFIT

Minnie Baragwanath - Co-Founder & CEO, Be. Accessible

Willow Duffy - Co-Founder and General Manager, Safeguarding Children Initiative

Lani Evans - Foundation Manager, Vodafone Foundation and Director & Founding CEO, Thankyou Payroll 

Elaine Gill - Founder and Chair, Taranaki Arts Festival Trust and Taranaki Employment Trust

Dr Cindy Hall - Clinical Supervisor, Rape Crisis Dunedin and Pregnancy Help Dunedin/Otago and Registered Clinical Psychologist

Nurain Janah - Founding Chair, Waitematā Youth Collective and Accountant, William Buck Christmas Gouwland 

Lisa King - Founder and Director, Eat My Lunch

Deborah Manning - Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Sue McCabe - Chief Executive, Who Did You Help Today Trust, and Co-Founder, Community Comms Collective

Liz Mellish - Chairperson, Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust

Amanda Oakley - Founder & Editor in Chief, DermNet NZ 

Wendy Preston - Director, MIXIT

Anjum Rahman​ - Trustee, Sharma - Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre and Assistant to National Co-ordinator, Islamic Women's Council

Victoria Yao - Founder and Director, Auckland Night Markets 

DIVERSITY

Minnie Baragwanath - Co-Founder & CEO, Be. Accessible

Andrea Blair - Business Development Manager, GNS Science

Berlinda​ Chin - Strategy Specialist, Ethnic Communities, State Services Commission

Di Daniels - Social Responsibility Manager, Remarkit

Adrienne Duarte​ - CFO, Bank of New Zealand and CFO, Latitude Financial Services

Carla Forbes - Creative Director and Client Services Manager, Market South

Alison Mau - Host, RadioLIVE Drive

Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh - Founder She# (SheSharp) and Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computer Science, AUT University

Anjum Rahman​ - Trustee, Sharma - Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre and Assistant to National Co-ordinator, Islamic Women's Council

Robyn Scott-Vincent - Founder & CEO, Attitude

GLOBAL 

Andrea Blair - Business Development Manager, GNS Science

Rez Gardi - Solicitor, Chapman Tripp and Founder, Empower

Anna Hansen - Owner, The Modern Pantry

Samantha Jones - Founder & CEO, Little Yellow Bird

Anne-Maree O'Connor - Head of Responsible Investment, New Zealand Superannunation Fund

Amanda Santos - CEO, Tekron International Limited

Sian Simpson -  Director of Community, Kiwi Landing Pad

INNOVATION AND SCIENCE 

Dr Cheryl Doig - Leadership Futurist, Think Beyond

Chris Duggan - Founder and National CEO, House of Science NZ

Hinemoa Elder - Māori Strategic Leader Roro Rangahau Aotearoa Brain Research NZ, CoRE for the Ageing Brain

Professor Marlena Kruger - Professor of Nutritional Physiology, Massey University

Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh​ - Founder She# (SheSharp), and Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computer Science, AUT 

Amanda Oakley - Founder & Editor in Chief, DermNet NZ 

Professor Robyn Phipps - Professor in Construction, Massey University

Rebecca Sowden - Founder, Hookdshot

Sarvnaz Taherian - Research Psychologist and Co-Founder, Thought-Wired

PUBLIC POLICY 

Dorothy Adams - Lead, Social Investment Unit

Marewa Glover - Associate Professor, Massey University 

Rebecca Kitteridge - Director of Security, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Liz MacPherson - Government Statistician & Chief Executive, Stats NZ

Deborah Manning - Barrister, Landmark Chambers

Judy McGregor - Head of School Social Sciences & Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology

Sarah Sundgren - Station Officer, Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade/Extended Care Paramedic, Wellington Free Ambulance

RURAL

Tracy Brown - Chair, DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Programme

Harriet Cameron - Community Organiser

Sarah Douglas - Director, Young Rural Ladies

Carla Forbes - Creative Director & Client Services Manager, Market South

Hayley Hoogendyk - Dairy Professional

Carla Muller - Board Member, New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) 

Professor Nicola Shadbolt - Professor of Farm & AgriBusiness Management, Massey University

Pamela Storey - Volunteer Board Chair, Waikato Environment Centre (WEC) and Formative Chair Community Energy Network (CEN)

YOUNG LEADER

Sharnay Cocup​ - Founder, Taupiri Youth Group Trust 

​Rachel Ji - Founding CEO, YouthXCo and ThrivoNZ

Shahd Abu Jwaied - Founder & President, ATFYC and Regional Representative, IWCNZ

Ezel Kokcu​ - CEO and Co-Founder, Passphere

Carla Muller - Board Member, New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM) 

Poppy Norton - Co-Founder, Collaborate

Grace Stratton - Founder & Writer, Grace Georgia

​Hayley Yu - Founder, Social Innovation New Zealand

 - Stuff

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