Women of Influence Forum

Shaping the next 125 years

Tuesday, 18 September - 8am-12pm
SKYCITY Convention Centre, 88 Federal St

The Women of Influence Forum is an opportunity for people who aspire to make a significant contribution to their community and to fully realise their own potential to learn from some outstanding leaders who have done just that.

Our amazing line up of keynote speakers include:
Dame Anne Salmond – Writer, Anthropologist and Environmentalist
Dr. Hinemoa Elder – Psychiatrist, Researcher and Māori Advocate
Chlöe Swarbrick – Politician, Community organiser and Former journalist

Followed by 2 panel discussions on:

Government legislation, business policy or a change in mindset?
2018 and beyond – what is the next big goal for women?

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Keynote speakers:


Dr. Hinemoa Elder  Dr Hinemoa Elder 100x100px

Dame Anne Salmond ANNE SALMOND 100x100px

Chlöe Swarbrick WOI Chloe Swarbrick

Dr Hinemoa Elder
Māori Strategic Leader Roro Rangahau Aotearoa Brain Research New Zealand, CoRE for the Ageing Brain

Hinemoa leads Māori strategy at the Centre of Research Excellence for the Ageing Brain, working with over 400 researchers at the cutting edge of research from the laboratory to the community. She was the first to articulate a Māori theory of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and develop two evidence-based resources for Māori with TBI – an area where Māori are over-represented. These published resources, ‘Te Waka Oranga’ and ‘Te Waka Kuaka’ have drawn interest from a wide range of other fields. She is now working on augmented reality and gameification of these resources to bring them right into the hands of whanau. In 2014, Hinemoa was awarded the prestigious Health Research Council of New Zealand Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellowship enabling her to extend the work of her doctorate. Hinemoa is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and the Professor of Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.


Dame Anne Salmond
New Zealand anthropologist, environmentalist and writer

Dame Anne Salmond is often referred to as a national treasure, if a person can be such a thing. She is an eminent historian, anthropologist, environmentalist and writer with a unique understanding of New Zealand from both a Maori and Pakeha perspective. She was New Zealander of the Year in 2013. Through her many books and public appearances she has outlined a vision for a successful future for all New Zealanders. She has a keen ability to grasp the challenges and opportunities facing society and their likely impacts on the country. Dame Anne has been the recipient of numerous literary awards, scholarships and academic prizes. In 1995, she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history and in 2013, she was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s highest honour, the Rutherford medal. Most recently, she hosted the acclaimed television series Artefact, which tells the story of New Zealand’s past, present and future through a range of artefacts and taonga.


Chlöe Swarbrick
Politician, environmentalist and youth advocate

Chlöe Swarbrick has been a law student, journalist, business owner and a community project leader. While interviewing politicians on daily issues she found that many had become out of touch with everyday people’s lives. So, in 2016, Chlöe did what any reasonable, disillusioned 22-year-old would do and ran to be the Mayor of Auckland up against former Labour MP Phil Goff. Though ultimately unsuccessful, almost 30,000 Aucklanders gave her their vote. After mulling her next steps and aware of the platform she was now privileged to have, Chlöe stood as a candidate for the Party that shared her values, the Green Party, and was elected into Parliament in 2017. She is the youngest MP in Aotearoa for over 40 years. Chlöe entered parliament to show people that politicians can look a little different, sound a little different, do things a little different, and to drive home the message that politicians work for the people.