Women of Influence category finalists

Congratulations to all our finalists for the 2016 Women of Influence Awards!

In its fourth year, the Women of Influence Programme is designed to identify, recognise and celebrate the 100 most influential women shaping New Zealand across 10 categories: Arts and Culture, Board and Management, Business Enterprise, Community and Not for Profit, Diversity, Global, Innovation, Public Policy and Rural.

With a record number of nominees this year, our panel of experienced judges said selecting the top 100 was tough and determining the category winners and overall winner will be a challenging task.

The 2016 Women of Influence category winners and the supreme award winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner at SKYCITY Auckland on Wednesday.

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Arts and Culture

Name

Organisation

Position

Dr Anna Crighton  Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust  Chair
Angie Farrow  Massey University  Associate Professor
Nicola Legat  Massey University Press  Publisher
Lizzie Marvelly  Villainesse  Editor
Deborah McCormick  SCAPE Public Art  Director
Angela Meyer  Double Denim Ltd  Managing Director
Anne O'Brien  Auckland Writers Festival  Festival Director
Kristina Pickford CSA Canterbury Society of Arts Charitable Trust  Chair
Anna Pierard Festival Opera / Project Prima Volta  Creative Director
Gaylene Preston  Gaylene Preston Productions Founder
Dr Huhana Smith  Massey University  Head of School of Art

Board and Management

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Name

Organisation

Position

 Michelle Boag  Boag Allen SVG Director 
 Jolie Hodson  Spark  Chief Financial Officer
 Glenda Hughes  New Zealand Racing Board  Board Chair
 Lisa Jacobs  Anthony Harper  Chief Executive Officer
 Candace Kinser Palantir Technologies and Board Director of Livestock
Improvement Corporation and EROAD
 Corporate Advisor and Board Director
 Pauline Lamb  Airways New Zealand  Chief Operating Officer
 Victoria Maclennan  ThunderMaps  Independent Director
 Parekawhia McLean  Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Lands Trust  Chief Executive
 Helen Robinson  Organic Initiative  Co-Founder / Executive Director
 Teresa Tepania-Ashton  Maori Women's Development Inc  CEO
 Sue Tindal  Auckland Council  Group Chief Financial Officer
Renee Walker  Customer Reinstatement, IAG New Zealand  General Manager

 Business Enterprise

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Name

Organisation

Position

 Jennifer Boggiss  Heilala Vanilla  Director
 Tracey Bridges  SenateSHJ  Managing Director
 Lisa King  Eat My Lunch  Director
 Chelsea Millar  Grass Roots Media  Owner / Consultant
 Sachie Nomura  Sachie's Kitchen  Founder
 Carolyn Oakley-Brown  Oakley Brown Pharmacy Group  Chief Executive Officer
 Fiona Shepherd  Arohanui and Harinui Early Childhood Learning Centres  Owner / Manager
 Dr Catherine Stone  The Face Place MedSpa  Founder
 Carmen Vicelich  Data Insight Ltd  Founder / Managing Director
     

Community & Not for Profit

Name

Organisation

Position

Katerina Bennett  Maori Women's Development Inc  Trustee
Kaila Colbin  Singularity University  Curator
Carla Donson  Whanganui Women's Network  Manager
Marianne Elliott  Action Station  Director
Jennifer Gill  Foundation North  Chief Executive
Dr Shirley Julich  Massey University, School of Social Work  Senior Lecturer
Mawera Karetai  AIMS Limited  Managing Director
Moira Lawler  The Lifewise Trust  General Manager
Rebecca Lees  Incredible Edibles  Co-Founder
Marama Pala  INA (Māori, Indigenous & South Pacific) HIV/AIDS Foundation and Chair of the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations (ICASO)  Executive Director
Annah Stretton  Stretton Clothing Company Limited Governing Director
Awerangi Tamihere  Innovation & Design of Te Whanau o Waipareira  Director of Strategy
Sue Van Schreven  Orphans Aid International  CEO / Founder
Catriona Williams  Catwalk Trust and Little Avondale Stud Founder, Communications & Marketing Manager

Diversity

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Name

Organisation

Position

Sandy Burgham  Contemporary Leadership Colab  Director of Play
Allyn Danzeisen  Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ)  Assistant National Coordinator
Shelley Huang  IAG NZ Ltd Media & Community Relations Manager 
Sue Kedgley  UN Women National Committee Aotearoa NZ Board Member
Sarah Leberman  Massey University  Professor of Leadership
Marina Matthews  Chen Palmer  Partner
Neelusha Memon  Limitless with Support  Social Change Advocate
Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh  Computer Science at Unitec Institute of Technology  Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader
Julie Raine  Downer New Zealand  Bid Manager
Sue Sheldon  New Zealand Global Women, Real Journeys Ltd  Chair / Director

 Global

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Name

Organisation

Position

Melissa Clark-Reynolds Finance and Risk Committee of Jasmax  Independent Director & Chair
Katherine Corich Sysdoc Group  Founder and Managing Director
Mary Fenwick    Business Coach, Journalist, Fundraiser
Dr Frances Hughes  International Council of Nurses  Chief Executive Officer
Rachel Petero  RP Enterprise Group Ltd  Founder
Lyn Provost  New Zealand of Office of the Auditor-General  Controller and Auditor-General
Sian Simpson  Kiwi Landing Pad  Community Manager

Innovation and Science

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Name

Organisation

Position

Rachna Bhasin  Magic Leap  Chief Business Officer
Dr Michelle Dickinson  Nanogirl Labs Ltd  Director
Chris Duggan  House of Science  Founder and Director
Lillian Grace  Figure.NZ  CEO
Anna Guenther  PledgeMe  Co-Founder
Natasha Lampard  Webstock  Co-Founder / Director
Lisa Miles-Heal  Unleashed Software  General Manager and Chief Technology Officer
Robyn Phipps  Massey University  Academic Program Director of Construction Programs / Professor

Public Policy

Name

Organisation

Position

Cath Atkins  Macroeconomics and Growth of The Treasury  Deputy Secretary
Ann Brower  Lincoln University  Lecturer
Jo Cribb  Ministry for Women  Chief Executive
Naomi Ferguson  Inland Revenue  Commissioner
Dr Agneta Fullarton  Hutt Valley District Health Board  Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Nettles Lamont  Conquest Training Ltd  Managing Director
Aileen Lawrie  Opotiki District Council  Chief Executive
Rachael Moore  Tourism Industry Aotearoa  Industry Advocate
Tusha Penny  NZ Police  National Manager Prevention
Tracie Shipton  Dingwall Trust  Director

Rural

Name

Organisation

Position

Sharon Barton  Glen Emmreth Farm / Taupo Beef  Co-owner / Founder
Rebecca Keoghan  Landcorp Farming Ltd, Keoghan Farm Ltd, Westland Milk Products and Buller Holdings Ltd  Business Manager and Director
Dianne Kidd  RJ & DJ Kidd Partnership Whenuapai Farm  Partner
Natasha King  

Meridian Energy

 Agribusiness Manager
Chelsea Millar  Grass Roots Media  Owner / Consultant
Mavis Mullins  Rangitane Tu Mai Ra Trust  Chair
Sarah Paterson  Blue Circle Consulting Ltd  Founder / Consultant
Bex Warburton  Bex Warburton Ltd  Agribusiness Consultant, Transition Coach and Workshop Facilitator
Philippa Wright  Wright Wool Limited  Director

Young Leader

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Name

Organisation

Position

Fatumata Bah API Consumer Brands Project-Temp
Andrea Brewster  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Communications Advisor
Alexia Hilbertidou  GirlBoss NZ  Founder / CEO
Anna Hoek-Sims  Rape Crisis Dunedin Community Education Officer
Abbe Hyde SuchCrowd  CEO
Sharndre Kushor  Crimson Consulting Co-Founder / Chief Operations Officer
Tammavisa Piumsomboon  New Zealand Equities of New Zealand Superannuation Fund  Analyst
Jess Quinn  Limbitless  Founder
Loren Skudder-Hill  Ukuda  CEO
Kaitlyn White  Christchurch Youth Council  Co-Chairperson