Women of Influence 2016 launches

Luke Parker
Women of Influence 2016 launches

Women of Influence 2016 kicked off today with a breakfast to recognise International Women's Day and then announce the 2016 dates, line-up for the forum and new judges for this year.

Now entering its fourth year, the WoI programme aims to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand.

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Presented by Fairfax Media and Westpac, the 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.

Culminating in the Women of Influence Awards Gala dinner, it's dedicated to uncovering women from all walks of life 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.

For more information, go to Women of Influence 2016 and join the conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter (#WOINZ) and Facebook.

 Here are the 2016 key dates, special events and award categories below.

Key dates:

1st June - Women of Influence awards launch

15th July – Nominations close

22nd August – Finalists announced

12th October – Women of Influence awards gala dinner

28th July – Kate Sheppard Women of Influence Lecture, Massey University, Wellington

12th October – Women of Influence Forum – ‘Turning ideas into action, investing in yourself’ (8.30am – midday)

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Women of Influence 2016 - Award Categories

Board and Management

Women working in a management role or on a board in either public and private companies. These women might be running a team, a key project, or influencing policy. Their influence extends beyond their formal role to personal support, mentoring and networks.


Public Policy

Women working in the public sector at either a local or national level. This may include those working in agencies or in an advisory role to influence and change public policy to support better social inclusion and equality.


Science and Innovation

Women who are driving innovation within a business or workplace - through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, technology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.


Business Enterprise

Women who are business founders, owners, part-owners or operators who are actively involved in the business. This category recognises women who have substantially developed a business and led its strategy and direction.



Women who have dedicated themselves to consistently advocating for a more diverse workforce and who have helped make the change happen. This includes advocacy in the boardroom, in government, lobby groups, in business or the community.


Young Leader

Young women aged under 21 (as at 14 August 2015) who demonstrate a capacity to influence and act as catalyst for change. They represent a new generation of leader in advocating for and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns.


Community/Not for profit

Women working in community projects or campaigns in the not for profit sector, which may cover health, local education, domestic violence, financial literacy, cultural or ethnic diversity programmes.


Arts & Culture

This category recognises women who are contributing to the advancement of arts and culture. This may include women who have achieved exemplary artistic accomplishments, or those who are contributing to arts and/or cultural initiatives - empowering others and demonstrating advocacy for the arts and culture industry.



Women who are demonstrating leadership and influence in the rural and agricultural sector. This may be in advocating for women or in demonstrating initiative which is having a positive impact on this sector.



Celebrating New Zealand women whose work is having an impact internationally, the Global category recognises those who are leading and influencing outside of New Zealand.

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