2017 Summit Auckland

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The second Women in Public Sector Summit for 2017 was held in Auckland at SkyCity on Thursday, 2 November 2017. The theme for this Summit was 'Auckland Leadership Pathways'  recognising and honouring Auckland's diversity and exploring how the intersectionality of gender and other diversity dimensions’ impacted on women leaders in Auckland.

The Auckland Summit was an opportunity to bring women in the public sector together to provide professional development and networking that: 

  • Inspired women for a full career regardless of sector
  • Acknowledged that the Auckland public sector values them
  • Promoted diversity and inclusion across the public sector
  • Connected them to the public sector communities across Auckland

Conference Programme


 8.00am Registrations open 
 9.00am Introduction / Karakia - Miriama Kamo

Keynote speaker -  Carolyn Tremain Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment


From small town New Zealand to Public Sector CE. 


Plenary Panel: Stephen Town, Chief Executive, Auckland Council; Dame Rosanne, Professional Director; Julie Read, Chief Executive and Director, Serious Fraud Office


Auckland/ Wellington Public Sector -same same but different?

 10.20am Morning Tea
 10.55am Concurrent Sessions


Debbie Chin


Leadership - Walking and talking across the "divides"

View Debbie Chin presentation pdf.




Paula Knapp


Stepping Up and Standing Out


View Paula Knaap presentation pdf.


Naomi Ferguson


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

 11.30am Concurrent Sessions


Margie Apa


Something old, something new , something borrowed, something blue - portfolio careers in public sector. 


View Margie Apa presentation pdf.


Diane Maxwell


"Women, know your limits!" and other stupid statements. 



Karen Wilson


What should I wear - If being me doesn't suit. 


Keynote speaker: Precious Clarke

A place of inner strength and confidence. 


View Precious Clarke presentation pdf.

 12.40pm Lunch

Keynote speaker: Ranja Patel

Unconcious Bias in Business


View Ranja Patel presentation pdf.

 2.10pm  Concurrent Sessions


Sina Wendt-Moore


Coco-Complexities - ask me to do anything - just don't ask me to say the prayer! 


Wen Chin Powles


Bringing  myself to the table


View Wen Chin Powles presentation pdf.


Patricia Reade


Influence - the power of being yourself

 3.25pm Afternoon tea

Plenary Panel: Grainne Moss, Michele Embling, Fiona Michel

My public/ private sector career journey


Ministerial address


Wrap-up: Miriama Kamo

Closing Karakia/ Waiata

 5.00pm MartinJenkins Networking Function
 6.00pm Summit concludes


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

Summit Feedback

"Loved it! I got so much out of it, it was relevant, smart and inspiring. Looking forward to the next one!" - Alison Francis

"Absolutely inspired and empowered to be more confident and deliberate in my future and having a great mentor to challenge and encourage me" - Mareta Hunt

"Overall it was inspiring and I took away four clear actions to improve my ability to serve the Auckland region" - Erin Fowler


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

State Services Commission GWN