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Women in Governance Awards 2022 - Finalists announced

Honouring women around the board table, the New Zealand Women in Governance Awards is an annual celebration of of women and organisations making a positive impact on gender equality in governance.

The Women in Governance Awards, hosted by Women on Boards New Zealand in conjunction with Governance New Zealand, celebrate and honour the achievements of women and organisations who are governance leaders, directors, change-makers, and rising stars within their community and public and private sector organisations, all making a difference to achieving gender diversity on boards.


Women on Boards NZ announces 28 finalists in the 2022 Women in Governance Awards



Women on Boards NZ and Governance NZ are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2022 Women in Governance Awards.

From a record number of nominations in this year’s awards, 26 women finalists have been selected across seven governance categories, with an eighth award category honouring organisations making a significant contribution to gender diversity and equity.

The finalists represent a wide range of industries and boards including accounting, sports, education, start-ups and beyond.

Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 4 August 2022 at the Banquet Hall in Parliament, Wellington hosted by the Minister for Women. 

Celebrated keynote speaker Ziena Jalil will be the MC for the evening.

WOMEN IN GOVERNANCE AWARD FINALISTS 2022 (in alphabetical order)

Gender Diverse Organisation Leader, sponsored by Cybercraft

  1. Paralympics NZ
  2. WE Accounting

Not-For-Profit Governance Leader, sponsored by Ministry for Women

  1. Kylie Hawker-Green
  2. Lyn McMorran
  3. Mele Wendt
  4. Sally Morrison
  5. Susan Doughty

Māori Governance Leader, sponsored by Te Puni Kōkiri

  1. Bella Takiari-Bame
  2. Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe
  3. Tania Simpson

Pacific Governance Leader, sponsored by Ministry for Pacific Peoples

  1. Erolia Eteuati Rooney
  2. Jemaima Tiatia
  3. Meleane Burgess
  4. Pauline-Jean Luyten

Rising Governance Star, sponsored by Sports New Zealand

  1. Adrienne Miller
  2. Claire Bourne
  3. Meleane Burgess
  4. Kylie Leonard
  5. Robyn Morete
  6. Susannah Leydon-Davis

Ethnic Communities Governance Leader, sponsored by Ministry for Ethnic Communities

  1. Nurain Janah
  2. Nuwanthie Samarakone
  3. Puspa Lekinwala
  4. Dr. Sunita Gautam

Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by the University of Waikato

  1. Elle Archer
  2. Sally Morrison

Gender Champion, sponsored by Tompkins Wake

  1. Elle Archer
  2. Susan Doughty

Be a part of the biggest event in the governance calendar and find out who will be a winner at this year’s Women in Governance Awards. Tickets are now on sale.