Welcome our September 2023 New Members!

Give a warm embrace to our new Global Women members and explore their aspirations for women of Aotearoa, New Zealand!

Tracey Kai

Chief Executive, Electricity Networks Aotearoa (ENA)

This African proverb resonates with me, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together”. I’m grateful to both the men and women who have paved the way and let me stand on their shoulders to thrive, both personally and professionally. I would like to now return this favour to others, so they can stand on my shoulders to reach their potential and new heights.

Mihi Blair

Kaiwhakahaere Hauora Māori, Mana Taurite GM Māori Health and Equity, ProCare Health

As a passionate and authentic leader, my aspirations for wāhine are rooted in a commitment to making a tangible difference for our people of Aotearoa. My aspirations for wāhine include creating an enviornment where every wāhine has the opportunity to thrive, lead, and smash through the barriers to contribute to a more equitable and prosperous world.

The most important role I play is a sister, aunty and especially a mama of three daughters, which makes me a naturally staunch advocate and leader for improving the present for the sake of our next generation. As my own mother would say – “it’s not just about you, it’s not just about my moko’s, but my moko’s moko’s and beyond.

Monique Forbes

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Inzone Education Foundation

My aspiration of the women of Aotearoa New Zealand is to never forget that “you can be whomever and whatever you want to be”. A quote that I remember from my high school days that was reminded to me and the amazing young women in my class, as we progressed through the next five years together. In our world, we came to believe that there was nothing that existed that was going to stop us from succeeding.

As my journey traveled beyond university, I needed reminding of these words while navigating through the various challenges faced by women in the corporate world, and would curiously and confusingly ask, but why?

My hope is for all young women in our country to “Mauria te Pono” (believe in yourself) and to never give up, no matter what life stage you are at.

Hayley Horan

Director Digital Strategy, Te Pukenga

The aspirations for the Women of Aotearoa New Zealand are centered around fostering a more inclusive and equitable society, where everyone, regardless of their gender, can thrive and contribute to the nation’s growth and well-being.
Firstly, digital equity is a key focus. Ensuring that all individuals have equal access to digital resources and opportunities is crucial. By bridging the digital divide, we empower women and all New Zealanders to participate fully in the digital economy, thereby boosting productivity and innovation across the nation.

Secondly, embracing the principles of tangata te tiriti is fundamental. By honoring the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles, we strive for a society where everyone’s rights and interests are respected and upheld. This commitment to inclusivity and partnership creates a strong foundation for social and economic progress for all.

Thirdly, strategic alliances are essential for collective progress. Women and all individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand should actively engage in collaborations, partnerships, and networks to amplify their voices and influence. By working together, we can address common challenges and advocate for positive change.
Staying current with global technology trends is another vital aspiration. As technology continues to shape our world, it’s essential that women and all members of society remain informed and adaptable. By embracing emerging technologies and digital skills, we can unlock new opportunities and stay competitive on the global stage.

Lastly, education for the neurodiverse is a critical aspect of our aspirations. Recognizing and accommodating the diverse needs and abilities of all individuals, including those with neurodiverse traits, is essential for creating an inclusive and supportive society. Quality education and support systems can help unlock the potential of every person in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In summary, the aspirations for all individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand, including women, revolve around digital equity, embracing tangata te tiriti principles, forming strategic alliances, staying updated with global technology trends, and ensuring education for the neurodiverse. These goals are not only essential for empowering women but for fostering a more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous society for everyone in the nation.

Sophie Schwass

CEO, Meredith Connell

For bright minds to realise their potential – from within any body they are born into.