Inspiring Women

"I’d like to be remembered as a woman who kept farming simple"

Katie Milne is the Dairy Women’s Network’s Dairy Woman of the Year for 2015. She and partner Ian Whitmore own a farm at Rotomanu, near Lake Brunner on the West Coast, where they run 200 Jersey cows. Katie is the West Coast president of Federated Farmers and is on the organisation's national board.

Swimming instructor, sailor, student

Alice Leslie enjoys challenging people’s expectations. She has a passion for teaching and is determined to help all of her students recognise their potential. 

Chief executive of the Dairy Women's Network

Taking a chance is the key to growing confidence says Zelda de Villiers, who heads an organisation that leads the world in championing women’s contribution to agriculture.

Physiotherapist, health entrepreneur, director

When Lou James struck a problem with no solution, she came up with one herself. Now she is helping hundreds of people affected by cancer take their first steps on the road to recovery.


Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles stands up for science. She’s encouraging others to be confident about their calling.

Siouxsie heads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology.

Flight attendant, netballer, aspiring mentor

Blessed with a supportive family, self-confidence to burn and an innate drive to succeed, Tatiana Hirovanaa knows she’s one of the lucky ones. That’s why she’s determined to help other young women reach their potential.

Web developer, tech entrepreneur

Kendall Flutey took a risk by following her heart into the IT industry. Now she’s encouraging others to follow her lead.

Clinical sleep physiologist

Saying yes opens doors, says Stephanie Black.

A sleep physiologist at the University of Otago’s WellSleep Sleep Investigation Centre based at Wellington’s Bowen Hospital, the 25-year-old says a positive attitude is the key to success.

Deputy Children's Commissioner

Justine Cornwall has a reputation for supporting people without a voice. As the Deputy Children’s Commissioner, she works to ensure New Zealand’s one million children under 18 have the opportunity to thrive.

Entrepreneur, disability advocate

Genevieve McLachlan set up a business to provide a service she knew was desperately lacking. Her commitment to the community is changing people’s lives.