Governance NZ

Women in Governance Awards 2021

The national Women in Governance Awards programme recognises and celebrates innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals.

Announcing our 2021 Award Winners!

L to R - Sina Cotter-Tait, Caren Rangi ONZM, Evelyn Taumaunu, Jessie Chan and Jo Cribb

Congratulations to all of our Award winners who were announced at the Awards Gala Dinner held 10 June at the Hilton Auckland.

Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year - WinnerRuralco
Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year - Highly CommendedThankyou Payroll
Not-for-Profit Governance Leader - WinnerJo Cribb
Not-for-Profit Governance Leader - Highly CommendedSalome Nduta
Māori Governance LeaderEvelyn Taumaunu
Pacific Governance LeaderCaren Rangi ONZM
Emerging Governance LeaderSina Cotter-Tait
Inspiring Governance LeaderJessie Chan

Ruralco - Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year Award winner

Congratulations to all of our Women in Governance Award finalists!

Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year BNZ
Thankyou Payroll
Not-for-Profit Governance Leader Jo Cribb
Sally Morrison
Salome Nduta
Lindy Nelson
Maddy Surie
Māori Governance Leader Dr Nicola Ngawati
Rachel Petero
Liana Poutu
Sharon Shea
Evelyn Taumaunu
Pacific Governance Leader Meleane Burgess
Caren Rangi ONZM
Sina Cotter-Tait
Emerging Governance Leader Meleane Burgess
Sina Cotter-Tait
Nurain Janah
Nuwanthie Samarakone
Nora Swann
Inspiring Governance Leader Elle Archer
Jessie Chan


Lee Shelley
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View 2019 Women in Governance Award winners and photo gallery

A few words from previous Award Winners...

"We are extremely proud of our achievement in winning the prestigious award of Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year 2019. We have worked hard to ensure that we are a positive example of a law firm committed to gender equality and diversity. We have developed a culture which enables women to succeed, removing obstacles, rather than creating them. It is fantastic to be recognised for this."
Anna Fox, Managing Partner, Saunders Robinson Brown Law

"Winning the Emerging Leader at the Women in Governance NZ awards was a career defining moment in my governance journey. The acknowledgement gave me a newfound confidence to pursue Boards I thought were out of my league and empowered me to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It’s an honour and privilege to stand beside other amazing women and be inspired by the many stories of strength, courage, hard work and determination."
Sara-Jane Elika

Business Partners