Inspiring Women

Kidscoin founder

Brittany Teei is determined to pass on the lessons she learned in the tough world of professional tennis. Through Kidscoin, a software programme that teaches kids financial literacy, she’s found just the way to do it.

Specialist colorectal surgeon

"The feminisation of the medical workforce is bringing about positive change," says colorectal surgeon Liz Dennett. Liz is a senior lecturer in surgery at Otago University and is the first New Zealand female general surgeon appointed to the court of examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

District councillor, communications consultant, artist

Bonita Bigham is not ashamed to admit that she gets bored easily. That’s one reason why she’s got so much on her plate – she’s in her second term as a South Taranaki district councillor, runs her own communications business and is studying fine art. She's had her fair share of adversity too, which makes her even more determined to help her community.

Computer engineer, lecturer, She Sharp founder

An early introduction to computers has turned out to be career-defining for Mahsa Mohaghegh. Now the Auckland-based computer engineer, senior lecturer and Unitec outreach manager is trying to give more girls the same opportunity through her tech networking platform, She Sharp.

Managing director, AbacusBio

As the managing director of international agribusiness consultancy AbacusBio, Anna Campbell stands at the crossroads of science, tech and business. A combination of scientific rigour, commercial acumen and personal drive has helped her succeed in a competitive and ever-changing industry.

General manager, civil construction & forestry

Bailey Gair never meant to end up in the civil construction industry, but she's found "literally building your community" - and breaking new ground for women - immensely rewarding.

Medic, lecturer, NZ Defence Force

Joining the Royal New Zealand Army has brought Corporal Kelly Whittle some of the best times of her life. Currently training the next generation of Defence Force medics, Kelly is a strong advocate for women joining the armed services.

'Every role is about leadership'

Sheridan Broadbent is the only female chief executive to lead one of New Zealand's 26 electricity networks. Hard work, drive and tenacity have seen her rise from humble beginnings to tackle a series of challenging roles.

Mayor, Mackenzie District

Claire Barlow never thought of herself as a risk-taker or the sort of person to put her hand up for difficult roles. But a desire to help her community overruled any self-doubt when she decided to stand for local government.

Tiler, trades advocate

It’s been 20-odd years since Mandy Regan started paving her own way in the construction industry. Now she wants to help other women find their path into trades.