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The Weaving House 2019 ~ Master of Ceremonies
Liz Breslin writes plays, poems, stories and a fortnightly column, ‘Thinking Allowed’, for the Otago Daily Times. Her poetry collection, Alzheimer’s and a spoon (OUP), was listed as one of The Listener’s Top 100 Books of 2017. At home on the page and on the stage, Liz’s recent performances include ‘Love in a time of netball’ at the sold-out Wanaka season of Tall Tales and True, and a stint as the back end of Jill the Cow for her 2018 pantomime, Jac and the Beansprouts.
Alexa Forbes ~ Councillor of The Queenstown Lakes District Council QLDC
As a Councillor and chair of the Infrastructure Committee, I work to improve community life in the Lakes District in ways that also improve the state of, and our interaction with, our environment.
As a facilitator in the Leadership for Change programmes at Otago Polytechnic, I support people working together to find innovative and collaborative solutions to issues.
At Scope Media I provide mentor-ship and strategic governance advice. Prior to these roles, I worked for many years as a communicator – as a journalist and later as director of a PR company.
I’ve lived in Queenstown for 35 years. My partner and I have a 21 year old son. I am inspired equally by the natural world, young people and what can happen when people truly connect.
Lillian Tahuri is a board member of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee that supports the mission of UN Women through public awareness initiatives about global women’s rights and development issues, and fundraising efforts to support UN Women programmes in the pacific.
Lillian represents the board on the Women’s Empowerment Principles Committee (WEPs). The principles are for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.
She has represented her iwi as a Treaty of Waitangi Negotiator and mandated representative to settle historic claims against the Crown. Lillian has worked in treaty sector roles in central and local government and in later years has been ensuring Treaty of Waitangi legislative obligations and commitments for Māori engagement are implemented across strategy, policy, planning and programmes.
The environment, gender equality and human rights are her passions. She is an active member of a leadership group to improve gender equality and improve the experiences of a diverse workforce. While working in Afghanistan she experienced first-hand the trauma and plight of women and children living in a war zone, and the negative impacts of strict religious regimes, this increased her motivation to improve the livelihood of women and children around the world.
Lillian has worked in senior management, political and programme management roles in central and local government, parliament and in private security. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) in Philosophy from Massey University, a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Coach, Master Hypnotist and trained in neuro science based personal development. She is a personal development and transformational leadership coach.
Lisa Lawrence ~ Vice President, National Council of Women New Zealand an umbrella organisation leading the new Gender Equal NZ conversation campaign. She is the Manager of a community health and social service based in a provincial town at the top of the South Island and has numerous leadership roles across the region.
During her working career, she has been in advisory and governance level roles in the heath and social service sector, including PHARMAC, a regional GP management Māori Strategic Advisory group; NZ College of Midwives and core stakeholder of three reducing family violence community networks. Lisa has previously managed an iwi based health and social service.
She is passionate about equality, improving community resilience and cultural relations through courageous community conversations. She is currently contributing to an expert advisory group to inform redevelopment of Aotearoa sexual harm and family harm sector.
Lisa believes in helping people to help themselves. This ethic has shaped her career & understanding that relationships are a key component to enabling positive community-led change. Her current conversations of interest are Māori, and men. Both marginalised, stereotyped populations & sadly, expected to fail. How do we as a community, cultivate an appetite for value, ownership and leadership in this current climate?
She is passionate about equality, improving community resilience and cultural relations through courageous community conversations.
Tamatha Paul ~ President of the student association University of Victoria Wellington.
Tamatha hails from the mighty Waikato, descending from Ngāti Awa and Waikato-Tainui. Being the first in her whanau to go to university. Tamatha spent majority of her time at university working for the student association at Victoria University of Wellington trying to make university accessible to all, and in particular for those from her hometown of Tokoroa. This included tackling major issues like sexual violence, poor mental health and rental conditions in the student community.
Tamatha recently graduated in political studies and is now the full-time President of the student association at Victoria University. ~ Victoria University’s first wahine Māori student president.
Laura Williamson ~ published poet and columnist.
Laura is the co-writer of The Blue Moments Project song and spoken word cycle, an exploration in music and words of what it is to be foreign. She is also the former editor of Spoke, a national New Zealand mountain bike magazine and the general manager of the Festival of Colour biennial festival of arts and ideas. Laura’s first book, The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand, is out now as part of the BWB Text series from Bridget Williams Books.
Kayla Stewart ~ is a PhD candidate in the Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology Programme at the University of Otago.
Using a feminist lens, her research examines the prevalence and context of sexual violence at a New Zealand university as well as examining the way sexual violence statistics are collected and reported.
She has taught women’s sexual violence resistance to university and high school students. She is also employed at the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and undertakes projects focussing on access to justice.
Kayla enjoys undertaking research where the fields of law and sociology intersect. She is passionate about social justice and social responsibility.
Reetah Mitchell is the Leader of the Days for Girls, Christchurch Team. days for Girls ia an international grass roots organisation that creates washable reusable menstrual hygiene kits for girls in developing countries.
They are passionate about the education of girls. It’s outrageous simple biology is one of the main issues forcing girls out of education – not just in developing countries, but also our own. A dignified way to deal with your period shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right.
Reetah is also an ‘Aunty’ with the Christchurch Aunties which helps mobilise, donate, and coordinate to help families at four of the women’s refuges in Christchurch city. The ‘Aunties are a network of people providing practical support and co-ordinating donations to four Women’s refuges in Christchurch. Anyone can be an Auntie – regardless of whether you identify with a particular gender or not.
And Reetah has created a community partnership with MyCup NZ to distribute menstrual cups to Women in need within the Refuge system.
Traci Houpapa MNZM JP CFInstD
Traci is an award winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She is also a trusted advisor to Māori, public and private sector entities on strategic and economic development. Traci is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Traci has been named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand. She won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award and has been named on Westpac’s New Zealand Women Powerbrokers list. Traci was awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Māori, and was also named by the BBC amongst the 100 Most Influential Women in the World. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.
Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant
Rachel Froggatt ~ Chief Executive Officer, Women in Sport Aotearoa ~
Appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2018, Rachel brings considerable global experience to the task of developing Women in Sport Aotearoa into the leading research and advocacy body for gender equity in sport nationally, and supporting opportunities for women and girls to be visible, valued and influential across all facets of New Zealand sport.
A senior commercial communications strategist, over the past 18 years Rachel has collaborated with numerous international sporting bodies, including FIFA, FIA and World Rugby, as well as working extensively with many high-profile global brands and rights holders across Formula 1, football, cricket, rugby and Paralympic sport. Rachel also has extensive experience in grassroots communications and in the charity/CSR sector.
Heather Henare Chief Executive of Skylight Trust since February 2015.
Skylight supports people of all ages throughout New Zealand, who are facing any kind of tough life situation. Skylight’s aim is to provide the right help, at the right time, in the right way.
Heather began her working career as an advocate for Rape crisis and Women’s Refuge, in the late 1970’s. She has been a strong advocate forwāhine toa, whānau, rangatahi and tamariki throughout her 35-year career in the domestic and sexual violence sector. It has been a personal journey, commitment and career choice.
Heather is passionate about working for the rights of women, children, young people and whanau, so that their safety is prioritised, and they are empowered and supported to make healthy choices. Heather’s on-going commitment to a safer whānau kaupapa, is what drives her to being part of the solution, and not just talking about the problems.
Saunoamaali’i Dr Karanina Sumeo
Saunoamaali’i Dr Karanina Sumeo is the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.
She is of Samoan descent and originally from the village of Vailima in Upolu, Samoa.
Dr Karanina has a strong commitment to improving equal employment opportunities, particularly bringing a Pasifika perspective to human rights issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand.
For 20 years, Dr Karanina has worked as a public advisor and social worker, advocating for the interests of children, women, families, the rainbow community, social protection, youth employment, gender equality and an end to gender violence.
She believes pay equity and equal employment opportunities are key avenues for youth empowerment, women’s empowerment, reduction of family poverty, freedom from gender based violence, and community wellbeing.
Dr Karanina holds qualifications in social work, social policy, mediation and science, including a PhD in public policy from AUT.
Profesor Marilyn Waring
In 1975, Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the MP for Raglan. Aged just 23, she was one of only a few female MPs who served through the turbulent years of Muldoon’s government.
While Rogernomics was changing the landscape of business and trade in New Zealand, Waring created her own brand – feminist economics. She argued strongly that gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights must be valued, cared for and included in economic modelling and performance – and soon became internationally known.
For nine years, Waring was at the centre of major political decisions, until her parliamentary career culminated during the debate over nuclear arms.
When Waring informed Muldoon that she intended to cross the floor and vote for the opposition bill which would make New Zealand nuclear-free, he called a snap election. And the government fell…
From the time she became the youngest member of the Parliament of New Zealand Prof Waring has dedicated her career to advancing the status of women internationally. In particular, she is known as the principal founder of feminist economics, which argues that women’s work has not traditionally been factored into economic study.
Her 1988 book, If Women Counted, persuaded the United Nations to redefine gross domestic product and inspired new accounting methods in dozens of countries, all to make women a more significant factor in the economy.
“In my life I have tried to use the privileges and skills I have, and the relative safety of my precious New Zealand passport, to unapologetically speak truth to power, to serve as a bridge and access for those who are silenced, bullied or invisible.
“My early years in Parliament were very lonely for a feminist activist. In subsequent decades I have been part of local and international inter-generational networks working for social justice, as the Zonta organisation does with its focus on stopping male violence. In my academic and international roles, I look at the creative, strategic, exciting work of the young feminists. I celebrate this, and I feel that all my efforts have been worthwhile.”
Prof Waring has been at AUT since 2006. Her work in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy focuses on governance and public policy, political economy, gender analysis and human rights. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the 2013 Amnesty International New Zealand’s Human Rights Defender Award, a Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University for her outstanding international contribution towards the understanding of feminism and female human rights, and the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to women and economics.
Marilyn’s recent book Still Counting: Wellbeing, Women’s Work and Policy ~ marks 30 years since the release of that ground-breaking book Counting for Nothing.
Still Counting is one of the first books to address the current work on wellbeing in New Zealand. It offers a strident critique of the current approach: Waring argues that the planned Living Standards Framework risks reproducing the biases of the traditional economic indicators. She also lays out a vision for what a new, genuinely transformative economic measure would look like.
Terry Bellamak has served as National president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa since 2015.
Terry is a former executive at Goldman Sachs. For many years, she owned and managed a consulting practice providing technology services on Wall Street.
Terry has been a citizen of New Zealand since 2011. She completed her LLB at Victoria University of Wellington in 2014.
Under her leadership ALRANZ has brought a human rights complaint against the New Zealand government for its discriminatory abortion laws. The case will go before the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
Julie Anne Genter
Julie Anne Genter ~ Minister For Women
Growing up, Julie Anne saw how transport and urban design impacted the environment and influenced peoples lives, from their health to their ability to access education.
From a young age she engaged in activism on social and environmental issues. Julie Anne is passionate about creating a fairer society that puts people and the environment first.
She graduated from UC Berkely, taught english and studied economics in France, before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Prior to becoming an MP, Julie Anne worked as a transport and planing consultant for some of New Zealand’s leading firms ~ she advocates for building towns and cities that put people at their heart, that support strong healthy communities and enhance our environment.
Julie Anne has been Green Party spokesperson on a range of issues, including climate change, transport, health, finance and women. She is now Minister for Women, and associate Minister of Health and Transport.
Michelle Duff ~ Is a National Correspondent and columnist @nzstuff. Covering topics such as Health, social issues and feminism. This includes writing on Gender Based Violence and the #MeToo movement.
Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and news websites in New Zealand, Australia, the US and the UK, including The Dominion Post, North & South, The New Zealand Herald, Vice.com, The Melbourne Age and the Irish Independent.
She is a five-time finalist in the New Zealand’s premier journalism awards, for feature writing and news reporting. She won General Feature writer of the year in 2016, for a piece on the widening race gap in education.
Professor Juliet A. Gerrard
Professor Juliet A. Gerrard ~ FRSNZ Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor ~ Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia
Professor Juliet Gerrard trained at Oxford University, where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biological Chemistry.
In 1993, she was appointed as a research scientist at Crop & Food Research, where her multidisciplinary research portfolio included a substantial element of applied research in the food science area.
She was appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury in 1998, where she became Professor and Co-Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre.
In 2014, she moved to the University of Auckland as a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemical Sciences and is now the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science.
Juliet’s research has a broad base and is interdisciplinary, cutting across biochemistry, chemistry, health, agricultural and food science and biomaterial design. It also incorporates a full spectrum of fundamental and applied research, ranging from Marsden projects to research for industry, and includes collaborations in the UK, USA and Australia.
From 2012-2016 she held a Callaghan Innovation Industry and Outreach Fellowship (at 50% FTE) focussed on creating an integrated research programme across Callaghan Innovation and the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland. During this time she also founded a start-up company, Hi-Aspect Ltd, which went on to receive seed funding from a private investor in 2017.
Juliet has over 150 publications, as well as three books. She won a National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2004 and has served on FRST panels and domain reviews. She enjoyed her role as Chair of the Cellular, Molecular and Physiological Biology Marsden Panel and Deputy Chair of the Marsden Council prior to being appointed Chair in 2012. She stepped down from this role early in 2018, having overseen an increase in the fund from around $54 million to over $80 million and steered the Marsden Fund Council through the creation of the Fund’s first investment plan.
Making Ripples ~ organisations up to good.
Further guest speakers for this session are still to be announced.
Sarah Trotman, ONZM ~ is a respected business and community leader, a Trustee and Director and a celebrant.
Currently Founder of charity Spend My Super, Sarah has run her own fast growth businesses, and been the driving force behind many major initiatives for New Zealand’s business sector. She was Chief Executive of Business Mentors New Zealand, supervising the mentoring of almost 5,000 small businesses annually. She is a former Trustee of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and Leadership New Zealand, and is a member of Be.Accessible’s Fab 50 Network and the Sir Peter Blake Trust Awards Selection Panel.
Sarah helped establish the Lifewise Big Sleep-out fundraising event to support people out of homelessness and is an active mentor. Sarah lives in Auckland and has two children, Matilda 20 and Elliott 19.
Sarah is a strong supporter of the YWCA and an advocate for the advancement of women. Whether it’s taking on the State Services Commission, Radio NZ or the National Business Review, Sarah is not one to back down from highlighting the ongoing sexism that holds Aotearoa, New Zealand’s women and girls back. A career highlight was meeting Hillary Clinton and representing New Zealand at Clinton’s APEC Women’s Entrepreneurs Summit in Japan.
Sukhi Turner ~ The Wānaka Community House for the Upper Clutha Region
Dame Sukhi Turner is a well-known figure primarily from her 3 terms as the Mayor of Dunedin, and prior to that 3 years as Councillor. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of governance, leadership and democratic processes. She has led and been a member of various organisations in the areas of community development, education, local government and also been a director of various Local Authority owned companies.
In Wānaka , in the last 10 years, Sukhi has been an active community member, being part of the Wanaka library Association, Chair of Alpine Community Development Trust (Community Networks) and Chair of the Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust
Sukhi was one of the 500 Women and men who were rewarded with the NZ Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993 to celebrate 100 years of votes for Women in New Zealand and to recognise those who have by their virtues and talents made a recognisable contribution to the rights of Women in New Zealand, to Women’s issues or to both.
Suze Cruse ~ Early Childhood
Suz Cruse is a passionate teacher and learner within the Early Childhood Education sector. She currently holds 2 roles. One as Head Teacher of a community preschool in Christchurch and the other as a professional development and learning facilitator for early childhood teachers through Teacher Empowerment Ltd.
Suz believes we need to empower others both young and old, to grow as component and capable learners and communicators. She feels the power of language , what we say and how we say it , can inform how learners perceive themselves and others and wants us to be intentional in growing the capacity of others through language.
Rebecca Parnham ~ Krama & Co
Rebecca Parnham ~ has made empowering women her business. After taking a trip to Cambodia in 2009 and seeing the usefulness of the humble krama, hand woven scarf, she could see that she could do something to make a real and meaningful difference for women. The idea is simple to use this multipurpose product to celebrate the resilience and ingenuity of Cambodians while also creating an income for the women who weave the krama.From this idea, she has started Krama & Co., a social enterprise that is dedicated to supporting education for girls and opportunities for women.
Rebecca has seen when you empower a woman you empower her child, family and community. She draws of her qualifications and experience as a social worker to inform her business decisions and believes that those skills have been invaluable to ensuring she is working in a way that makes a meaningful difference. This journey has led Rebecca to a passion for ethical fashion and sustainability. She is the chair of the New Brighton Stitch-O-Mat Trust, on the board of a newly formed charity called Navigate Your Way and an administrator of a growing Facebook group called Second Hand Christchurch, which promotes and supports second hand shopping as a more sustainable way of shopping.
Anna van Riel ~ Pastic Bag Free Wānaka
After the explosion of a facebook thread on the growing concerns of plastic use in our town, local musician Anna van Riel compiled the shared posts and data in a newly formed social media group ‘Plastic Bag Free Wanaka-group’.
Gaining 200 members overnight it became apparent that talking wasn’t enough. So we are creating solutions to stop single-use plastic bags, and generally single-use plastic.
Margaret Pittaway ~ Rural Women New Zealand
Margaret completed her nursing training at Balclutha Hospital and then moved on to further her career, beginning with gaining a Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing at Wellington Hospital. A three year stint overseas involved her in ICU work in Edinburgh in a renal transplant unit, and then after extensive travel she worked as an agency nurse in London and Essex. On her return to NZ she continued ICU work for some time before moving onto the Blood Transfusion Service and then to work as a Practice Nurse in Dunedin and Cromwell.
In 2012 Margaret took up a new role as a councillor for Rural Women New Zealand in Otago/Southland, a role that involved both governance and working with the membership. During her time with the organisation she has worked on the Health Portfolio, working as a strong authoritative voice to represent the continuing health needs of the rural population and communities.
Dellwyn Stuart ~ CEO ~ YWCA Auckland
As the new CEO of YWCA Auckland, Dellwyn is proud to have taken the lead of this legacy organisation that has been prioritising the needs of young women for more than 130 years. Dellwyn is passionate about gender equality and wants to amplify the voice of young women as New Zealand moves to more equitable outcomes for all its people and embraces the changes that will face us this century.
Dellwyn regularly shares her unique perspective and well-informed opinions on social issues, innovations and trends as a member of RNZ’s Panel with Wallace Chapman and has been profiled by Canvas (NZ Herald), Jesse Mulligan (RNZ), Carly Flynn (Radio LIVE) and others in the media. She has 30 years’ experience in corporate and private business, has led a family foundation (the Stevenson Foundation) and a major charity (Cure Kids).
Among her governance roles she has served on the Board of Philanthropy NZ. In 2017, Dellwyn founded New Zealand’s first Women’s Fund, bringing an idea to New Zealand that is mobilising women around the world.
Dellwyn welcomes speaking invitations and freely shares her time and insights to celebrate the impact of generous women, women’s needs and women as change makers
Evening Show as below
Detailed list of artists & talkers to be announced.
Lis Breslin ~ is a New Zealand based writer, working on plays, poems, short stories and articles. Her writing has been published at home, overseas and online. Lis is offering us a taste of Spoken Word ~ “Some things that I write: poems, plays, stories, columns, reviews, essays, H&S plans, to-do lists, infrequent updates here and at www.lizbreslin.com”
Nina Powell is a Certified Somatic Sex Coach and Educator, Sexological Bodyworker and Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner.
She has trained in many modalities including Somatic Experiencing, Tantra and Taoism. She also holds a BSc Hons in Psychology and MSc. in Human Factors.
She lives in Wānaka, New Zealand with her partner after stepping away from corporate life and stepping into her true passion for helping others live a life of their full potential.
Her work is very much rooted in her Tantrik meditation practice from the Vajrayana lineage of Chogham Trungpa under the teachings of Reginald Ray and Caroline Pfohl.
She supports others in healing from past experiences and living fully aligned and pleasure filled lives.
The Fan Brigade ~ is an award-winning musical stand up comedy duo in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Livi Reihana & Amanda Kennedy are stupid ugly feminazi bitches who should gas themselves… or talented comedians taking the New Zealand and Sydney comedy scenes by storm (depends who you ask)
Winners of the Director’s Choice Award 2018 – NZ International Comedy Festival
The Fan Brigade are coming to Wanaka with their award winning show Feminazi Bitches with their show that sold out before opening night during the NZ International Comedy Festival
The Fan Brigade won Best Newcomer NZICF 2016 for their debut and sold- out show Ask the Fan Brigade and smashed a second sold-out season in 2017 with the hit sequel Don’t Ask the Fan Brigade.
Their third show Feminazi Bitches brings more of their brilliant musical comedy hits.