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26 October 2016

Global Women wants 30% target for female directors in updated NZX code

Diversity champion Global Women wants to see a minimum target of 30% female board composition of NZX-listed companies as a best-practice standard benchmarked globally by 2020

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10 August 2016

PwC Quarterly Review released

Read Adding Value, PwC's quarterly commentary, online on the PwC website or via digital magazine.

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11 July 2016

Not enough people to fill tech jobs

Global Women Member and founder of Mind Lab, Frances Valintine has joined forces with Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health, and Ian Taylor, CEO of Animation Research, in writing an open letter to Education Minister Hekia Parata calling for digital technology to be as significant as maths and science in schools.

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11 July 2016

What can we expect of our future business leaders?

Breakthrough Leader Alumni, Adithi Pandit, speaks to TVNZ's 'Breakfast' about millennials and a recent study into their attitudes and behaviours.

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23 June 2016

Auckland port boss: We should have been more open

Tony Gibson, Ports of Auckland CEO and Champion for Change, says plans to extend Bledisloe Wharf should have been better handled.

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22 June 2016

Pioneers inducted into the New Zealand hall of fame for women entrepreneurs

Wine industry pioneer, Erica Crawford and WhooHoo NZ Tax founder, Cilla Hegarty, both Global Women members, have been inducted into the prestigious New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.

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22 June 2016

Spark boss: Google, Facebook, Apple: Start paying your fair share

Champion for Change Governance Group member and Managing Director of Spark, Simon Moutter, is calling on global tech giants Google, Apple and Facebook to explain why they don't pay their "fair share" of tax in NZ.

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22 June 2016

Kevin Kenrick appointed to BNZ board

TVNZ Chief Executive and Champion for Change, Kevin Kenrick has been appointed to the board of BNZ as an independent non-executive director.

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15 June 2016

Entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson to inspire at Kea event

Global Women member and serial entrepreneur Linda Jenkinson is set to share her journey from "New Zealand farm girl to international businesswoman" at Kea Inspire.

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16 May 2016

CEO gender imbalance 'gobsmacking'

There are now no women listed as CEOs in any of New Zealand's top 50 businesses, while the disparity between chief executives and workers' pay continues to grow.

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4 May 2016

New Bunnings for Hamilton and Arch Hill

Global Women member and Bunnings NZ general manager Jacqui Coombes said last year that the business, which employs more than 3700 people, saw marked improvements in a wide range of areas and sales were well up on last year's $813 million.

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4 May 2016

Listen: Barbara Kuriger on the Dairy Woman of the Year

Global Women member Barbara Kuriger speaks to The Country's Jamie Mackay ahead of the Dairy Women's Network annual conference in Hamilton.

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18 April 2016

Women encouraged to be leaders

Fonterra's general manager of New Zealand industry affairs Jo Finer is encouraging other women to step up to the challenge of leadership.

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9 April 2016

Julia Xu - Taking NZ to China

Julia Xu says having Asians involved in leadership roles in the business community is important for New Zealand's economic success.

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8 April 2016

'Momentum growing' as more women on boards

The number of women on company boards has edged up slightly, according to new figures from the Stock Exchange.

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4 April 2016

Frances Valintine: Enhancing digital literacy at The Mind Lab by Unitec

Global Women member Frances Valintine chats to Andrew Patterson of NBR Radio on the fantastic work of The Mind Lab by Unitec to enhance digital literacy capability for both students and teachers.

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1 April 2016

Paid parental leave boost good for business

Employers should regard extended paid parental leave that comes into effect tomorrow [April 1] as a business boost in the long term rather than an extra burden, said Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand New Zealand Country Head Kirsten Patterson.

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30 March 2016

Impossible question time: What will it take to get NZ women into high-power roles? 10 successful Kiwi women respond

Fifty of the country's most influential CEOs and board chairs are taking part in a summit in Auckland today, tackling the lack of diversity in New Zealand's business leadership.

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14 March 2016

Diversity linked to business success

Fifty of the country's most influential CEOs and board chairs are taking part in a summit in Auckland today, tackling the lack of diversity in New Zealand's business leadership.

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14 March 2016

Workplace diversity summit begins in Auckland

Radio NZ National's Morning Report host Guyon Espiner chats to Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson ahead of the Champions for Change summit. More than 40 of New Zealand's top chief executives will meet in Auckland today to discuss how to encourage diversity and leadership.

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14 March 2016

Diversity in the workforce - Global Women 'champions for change' summit in Auckland

Paul Henry talks with Dame Jenny Shipley, Genesis Energy Chair and former Prime Minister of NZ, on attending the Global Women 'champions for change' summit in Auckland this morning.

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14 March 2016

Global Women member Traci Houpapa wins Defining Excellence Award 2016

Global Women member Traci Houpapa was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the Massey University Defining Excellence Awards for her work raising the profile of Māori agribusiness across the primary industry sector.

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9 March 2016

KPMG: Top business leaders address gender equality

New Zealand's top business leaders are meeting this month to help boost the country's economic performance through the power of diversity.

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9 March 2016

The best-and-worst places to be a working woman

To mark the United Nations’ International Women’s Day on March 8th, The Economist presents its “glass-ceiling index” which aims to reveal where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work.

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9 March 2016

Which industries have the most women in senior management?

The proportion of women in senior leadership roles around the world has also shown very little improvement over the past decade or so, currently standing at about 22 percent, according to Grant Thornton. The industries where women are most likely to progress into upper management positions are education and social services, along with healthcare.

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8 March 2016

NZ still lagging in top jobs for women

Businesses and organisations globally are today celebrating International Women's Day, which this year is being used to raise the issue of gender parity with the theme #pledgeforparity. Global Women chair Sue Sheldon leads the debate.

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8 March 2016

Leading across cultures is more complicated for women

What does it take for emerging-market female talent to break into the executive ranks of a U.S.-based multinational company? To be perceived as “leadership material,” women in growth markets will need to be apprised of various cultural expectations and prepared — indeed, trained — to meet them.

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26 February 2016

GW member Franceska Banga leaving the Venture Investment Fund

Banga, NZVIF's founding CEO, steps down next month after 15 years spent steering some $150 million of taxpayer money into 190 start-up and early stage companies.

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26 February 2016

Grainne Moss profiled in Irish Times

"From becoming the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel to taking over as the head of New Zealand’s largest aged-care home-provider, Gráinne Moss has always been ready to swim against the tide."

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12 February 2016

GW Chair Sue Sheldon elected to board of Real Journeys - Scoop.co.nz

"Sue is currently chair of Freightways and a director of Contact Energy. Through her role as chair of NZ Global Women, she is heavily involved in influencing corporate New Zealand to embrace the benefits that diversity and inclusion bring to senior leadership."

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5 February 2016

GW board member Grainne Moss, MD at GW support partner Bupa NZ, releases video about the privilege of leadership.

"It's a great privilege to be allowed to lead and for people to give you their trust - that they will have you as their leader."

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1 February 2016

PwC Australia CEO Luke Sayers on adversity, diversity and leadership for the future - CAANZ Acuity Magazine

"While global research now indicates the compelling fiscal arguments for diversity and difference, Sayers has a personal motivation. He puts this down to having a child with a disability, having four daughters and because 'creating an equal playing field is the right thing to do'."

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24 January 2016

GW investment partner PwC - CEO Bruce Hassall in Stuff.co.nz Q&A

"...continually reinvest in yourself, never stop growing as a person and as a professional. I've always tried to reinvent, change, evolve who I am as a business leader while always remaining authentic."

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18 January 2016

GW member Mai Chen on building cultural competence in New Zealand - NZ Herald

“I am often asked how you get cultural competence. Like anything else - through practicing (an attitude of openness, of being interested in other people and why they think and act the way they do), experience, exercising your cultural capability muscles and building up your strength.”

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18 January 2016

Breakthrough Leaders alumnus Anna Curzon, appointed new Xero MD for NZ - Computerworld

“Her blend of technology and digital banking experience is ideal for the next phase of our New Zealand strategy as we digitally connect Banks, large corporates and Government into our network of small businesses. We’ve been fans of Anna for a long time and are delighted to have her lead our New Zealand business.”

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14 January 2016

Breakthrough Leaders alumni Kirsten Patterson and Global Women speak out about worsened Gender Pay Gap - NZ Herald

Lawyer Kirsten Patterson said the pay gap increased because women were overlooked for top-paying roles, were expected to be the ones to take time out of their careers to care for children, were less likely to negotiate and were discriminated against despite the law.

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13 January 2016

Mai Chen on what NZ's new-found diversity means for our cultural identity as New Zealanders - RNZ podcast

[Cultural competence] is the ability not to presume that other people are like you and to see the differences as a benefit and not as a detriment" 

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13 January 2016

Maury Leyland featured in NZ Herald Q&A

The Fonterra managing director of people, culture and strategy talks about holidays, her life and the year ahead for NZ.

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8 January 2016

GW member Victoria Carter honoured 

Carter was honoured in the New Year Honours with an Order of NZ Merit for services to the arts, business and the community.

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6 January 2016

GW member Fiona Michel is now Chief of People & Capability at Auckland DHB

Moving on from Deputy Chief Executive (People) on the Executive team of the New Zealand Police, Michel is now leading the way at New Zealand’s largest public hospital and largest clinical research facility. 

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31 December 2015

Paula Rebstock made a dame companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit 

As chair of the Welfare Working Group, Dame Paula Rebstock led a revolution in the way the State approached sole parent beneficiaries by understanding their "customer needs" and taking a long-term view over the personal cost and cost to the taxpayer if outcomes were not changed.

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31 December 2015 

Victoria Carter made officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

For her services to the arts, business and the community. Global Women member Victoria Carter has been Chair of the Auckland Arts Festival since 1999, previously a bi-annual and now a permanent annual event, helping the Festival to attract international artists and provide a platform for local artists. 

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17 December 2015

Bruce Hassall, CEO of Global Women principal investment partner PwC, has been appointed to BNZ board of directors

“Bruce is an all-rounder with broad and deep experience and connections across the New Zealand economy including in the SME, government, not-for-profit and export sectors."

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10 December 2015

Success in NZ no longer just a guy thing - Theresa Gattung's opinion in Business Herald

Gattung writes 'It was great to see Joan Withers named Chairperson of the Year. Does this represent a breakthrough for women in leadership roles? Well, the world's called it too soon in the past.'

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7 December 2015

Breakthrough Leaders Alumni Suzie Marsden takes on new role at NZTE

Suzie leads the design and delivery of NZTE products and services that help to build capability and drive company and industry transformation.

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1 December 2015

Joan Withers, Vicky Robertson, Diane Foreman appear in Herald article on gender politics and feminism

It's a sign of how mainstream feminism has become, that today much of the gender politics agenda is about the women at the top - the broadcasters, CEOs, politicians and others in positions of power.

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1 December 2015

Frances Valintine's vision for the future of education

LinkedIn post: My dream for 2016 is for town halls across the country to be filled with members of the community who collaborate to identify the parts of the education eco-system that are failing in their community.

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13 November 2015

Gill Gatfield's Denmark work features in Art News New Zealand

During Denmark’s Suffrage Centenary, GW member Gill Gatfield was Artist in Residence at the Women’s Museum of Denmark. Reflecting on the history of women’s rights, Gill smashed 2 tonnes of glass and excavated 4 tonnes of granite, creating artworks that promote a future vision of equality and diversity. 

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12 November 2015

Victoria Crone elected to Contact Energy Board

Contact Energy has appointed Victoria Crone, managing director of accounting software firm Xero, as a director as the power company continues to refresh its board following the selldown by former majority shareholder Origin Energy in August. 

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3 November 2015

Simone Iles has been appointed CEO of APD NZ

APD NZ is the Kiwi representation of nearly 400 people located in Greater China, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, all delivering in digital growth to clients with strategy, technology and marketing. 

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31 October 2015

Geraldine McBride’s start up, MyWave, features in NZ Herald

What Geraldine’s interested in and what this start up is all about. 

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October 30, 2015

The Deloitte Top 200 finalists have been announced

We are super proud of our Global Women partners Westpac NZ and ANZ New Zealand for their finalist positions and the work they are both doing to champion diverse leadership here in New Zealand.

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October 1, 2015

MyWave capital raised

Geraldine McBride for MyWave raising immense capital on a great valuation. 

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October 27, 2015

Number of women on boards has lifted - NZX

Global Women member Joan Withers commenting on the fact the number of women on public company boards has lifted although the number of senior women executives has gone down slightly in the past two years, according to NZX's gender diversity statistics. 

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October 21, 2015

ANZ New Zealand works to address pay equity

Impressed by our major partner ANZ New Zealand and their work on addressing pay equity. Great piece on TV3 last night on the importance of talking about money.  

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October 13, 2015

Westpac NZ inclusivity of the LGBT community

Proud of our major partner Westpac NZ's movement to make NZ workplaces more inclusive! WestpacNZ LGBT employees sharing their personal experiences of accepting themselves and coming out. 

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September 30, 2015

Fiona MacKenzie ranked as 7th most significant public executive in the world

The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has ranked the NZ Superannuation Fund’s head of investments, Fiona Mackenzie, as the seventh most significant and impactful asset owner and public executive in the world in 2015. 

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Fiona MacKenzie listed as only New Zealander on the 100 strong list

Fiona, a Global Women member, is the only New Zealander on the 100-strong list and she ranks just ahead of the top Australian, Michael Pennisi, the chief strategy officer of the State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme. 

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Leanne Graham joins Velpic board

Leanne Graham joined the board of Velpic a month ago – it’s just secured AU$4 million in its latest funding round. 

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September 29, 2015

BUPA wins at the EEO Trust Diversity Awards NZ

Bupa Care Services for wins at the EEO Trust Diversity Awards NZ last week! Bupa's MD is Grainne Moss, a Global Women member. 

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Viv Maidaborn welcomes in UN's new goals

Viv Maidaborn of UNICEF welcoming in the UN’s new goals  

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September 28, 2015

Global Women well represented by Women of Influence Award Finalists

Huge Global Women representation among finalists for the Westpac Women of Influence Awards for 2015. Joan Withers, Sue Suckling, Pip Greenwood, Linda Jenkinson, Ranjna Patel, Monique Faleafa, Parekawhia MacLean, Mai Chen, Frances Valintine, Victoria Carter, Sue Paterson, Helen Anderson, Helen Robinson, Bronwyn Yates, Gill Greer, Vicky Robertson, have all been named as finalists. Congratulations! 

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Anna Stove in article about women at the top

Anna Stove of GSK the star of an excellent article on how more women can make it to the top.  

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August 21, 2015

Adrienne Young-Cooper appointed as Chair of Housing NZ Corporation Board

Congratulations to our Global Women member Adrienne Young-Cooper on her appointment as Chair of the Housing New Zealand Corporation board!

HNZC is a Crown Entity and New Zealand's largest organisation by assets employed on the Deloitte Top 200. It provides social homes for over 200000 of New Zealand's most vulnerable citizens and residents.

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August 6, 2015

Grainne Moss featured in NZ Herald

Global Women member Grainne Moss featured in NZ Herald 12 questions.
"You are where you are in the moment, and you just have to make the most of it, because the moment could change." 

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July 20, 2015

Breakthrough Leader Anna Curzon backs diversity

Anna Curzon, one of Global Women's amazing Breakthrough Leaders 2013, backing diversity. "All the really smart money is on the people with diverse views being celebrated in organisations. That's how we're going to get the best outcomes for our customers and shareholders and the communities." 

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6 July 2015  

Jane Taylor and Traci Houpapa appointed to board of OTPP NZ Forest Investments Ltd

OTPP New Zealand Forest Investments Ltd has announced the appointment to its board of two highly-experienced directors, Jane Taylor and Traci Houpapa.

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June 25, 2015

Tindall Foundation celebrates 20th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Tindall Foundation celebrating their 20th anniversary last night. Appreciate their support of scholarships for the Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

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