Award categories & presenting partners

Award categories

Board and Management

Women working in senior management or as directors whose influence extends beyond the confines of their role and incorporates the personal support and mentoring of others in their communities.

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Public Policy

Women working in the public sector at either a local or national level who use their influence to work towards better social inclusion and equality.

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Science and Innovation

Women who are driving scientific, technological, or other significant innovation either within their business or workplace or within the broader community.


Business Enterprise

Women who have substantially developed a business and led its strategy and direction, as an owner or an operator.

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Community/Not for Profit

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

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Arts & Culture

Women who contribute to the advancement of arts and culture, either as creative artists or by enabling others to further New Zealand arts and culture.



Rural Women who demonstrate leadership and a positive influence in rural communities and in the primary production sector.



Women whose work is having an impact internationally; New Zealanders whose influence is being felt beyond New Zealand.

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Women whose advocacy has helped to create a more diverse workforce. This may include advocacy in the workplace, in government, lobby groups, or the community.

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Young Leader

Aged under 25 (as at 28 May 2017) who demonstrate a capacity to act as a catalyst for change, and represent a new generation of leader who advocates for and gives a voice to younger women and their concerns.



Key dates

Dates to note

11 April 2017 Nominations and entries open
28 May 2017 Nominations and entries close
28 June 2017 Kate Sheppard Women of Influence Event - Wellington
10 July 2017 Finalists announced on
7 September 2017 Women of Influence Forum, SKYCITY Auckland
7 September 2017 Awards Gala Dinner, SKYCITY Auckland






Presenting Partners

Westpac NZ has been helping New Zealanders find the right financial solutions for 154 years.


  • With almost 4,700 employees looking after 1.27 million customers Westpac is one of the country’s largest banks.
  • With 51% percent of our customer base being female and more than 51% of Westpac’s leaders being women, Westpac NZ has long been a supporter of gender equality in New Zealand.
  • In 2014 Westpac Group was ranked number one in ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland."

Fairfax Media is the largest integrated metropolitan, rural and regional, magazine and digital media company in Australasia.


  • Fairfax Media’s businesses based in New Zealand include community, regional and national newspapers, magazine, events, digital, print and distribution.
  • Fairfax Media New Zealand platforms reach 92% of all males and females 10yrs+, with a combined reach of 3.453 million.


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