2017 Summit

The Women in Public Sector Summit 2017 took place on Wednesday, 12 April at TSB Arena in Wellington. The Summit was an opportunity to bring women in the public sector together to provide professional development that:

  • enable women to unleash their full potential
  • encourage a 'whole of self' approach to the work environment
  • promote diversity and inclusion across the public sector
  • life engagement among women
  • provide pratical tips and tools to hepp women build, navigate and accelerate their careers in government.

The Summit saw a diverse range of people come together for one day only to gain insight in navigating their aspirations, potential and identify influences involved in fulfilling their career ambitions.


 8.00am  Registrations open - arrival tea and coffee
 9.00am  Introduction / Karakia 
 9.10am   Welcome

 Opening Address Hon. Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Services, Minister for Women
 9.25am  Keynote: Lisa King, Founder, Eat My Lunch 
 9.55am  Morning Tea
 10.30am  Concurrent Sessions
  TSB Arena Room 1-2 Shed 6 Room 3-4 Shed 6


Dr Fleur Francois & Janet Blake


Getting into the driver's seat: taking control of your career.


Women's Network Panel


(Facilitator, Jill Walker)

Women's networks: lessons from the front lines.

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Matalena Leaupepe


Diversity in the Public Sector - but are we ready for it?



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 11.05am  Concurrent Sessions
  TSB Arena Room 1-2 Shed 6 Room 3-4 Shed 6


Naomi Ferguson


The growing influence of women is the one reassuring thing in our political life (Oscar Wilde: 1893)



Natasha Lewis & Ema Hao'uli


Millennial myth-busting: are we all just flaky and entitled?


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Suzy Morrissey & Maria Williamson


Experiences of public sector employees on parental leave and HR policies that support them.

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 11.40am Keynote speaker: Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General
 12.15pm  Lunch

 Keynote: Dr Farah Palmer, Maori Representative, New Zealand Rugby

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 1.45pm  Concurrent Sessions
  TSB Arena Room 1-2 Shed 6 Room 3-4 Shed 6


Gabriel Makhlouf & Mike Bush


From front lines to finances: champions of change driving diversity.


Dr Sharon Rippin


Nailing aspirations: why is it so damn difficult?


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Maxine Walker


Practical mentoring: finding the right person to help you grow.

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 3.00pm  Afternoon tea

Keynote: Grainne Moss, Chief Executive, Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki


Keynote: Peter Hughes, Head of State Services, State Services Commission  

 4.50pm  Wrap-up Conference / Closing Karakia
 5.00pm  Networking Function
 6.00pm  Summit concludes


View the gallery of the images from the Women in Public Sector Summit 2017 here 


Summit Feedback

"Excellent presentations and speakers. Loved the summit supporting eat my lunch" - Rachael Turnage

"Excellent speakers, all were inspiring and really appreciated how they were open about what worked and the difficulties & lessons to learn" - Carolyn Dick


This Summit is for the Public Sector, by the Public Sector