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February 2017 edition of SDW newsletter
27 February 2017
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Welcome to the February 2017 edition of the SUPERdiverse WOMEN (SDW) newsletter. One of the objectives of SDW is to challenge the definition of diversity and broaden how diversity is viewed. We are welcoming more SDW members, including sponsors and corporate members who understand and support the vision of SDW. This newsletter includes profiles of new members and corporate sponsors, as well as profiles of two SDW advisory board and the work they are leading with other SDW members on strategic commercial opportunities and a TEDx conference.
This newsletter also looks at the launch of SDW on 15 February 2017. We would like to pay special thanks to New Zealand Asian Leaders, major foundation sponsors for SDW, for their support in helping make the launch such a success.
Launch of SUPERdiverse WOMEN

SDW was successfully launched on 15 February 2017 with an audience of over 300 people including many of the 124 SDW foundation members.

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) hosted the launch, where more than 300 people were entertained by SDW foundation member Bic Runga.

SDW was officially launched by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, with nib New Zealand CEO Robert Hennin, ATEED’s General Manager Destination and Marketing Vivien Bridgewater and Perpetual Guardian’s Investment and Philanthropy Manager Sumita Paul speaking.
The launch of SDW was preceded by the inaugural meeting of SDW foundation members, who established Leadership Groups to organise and facilitate actions for SDW members including a TEDx conference with super diverse women speakers; mentoring for SDW members; events in Auckland, Wellington and the South Island; and strategic commercial opportunities. You can read more about some of these Leadership Groups in this newsletter.

Mai Chen, Chair of SDW, also launched her new publication, The Diversity Matrix: Refreshing what diversity means for law, policy and business in 21st Century.
Welcome to new SUPERdiverse WOMEN members
Since our last communication before launch of SDW on 12 February 2017 we have welcomed 10 new members:
Established members
  1. Cathy Parker, Publisher and Managing Director, Adrenalin Publishing
  2. Hana O’Regan, General Manager Oranga/Wellbeing, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
  3. Karen Knight, Managing Director, Crash Management
  4. Kiri Nathan, Designer
  5. Nivi Sethi, Managing Director, Kuddles Limited
  6. Shashi Kumar, Audit Manager, Suncorp
 Emerging Leaders
  1. Aimee Kaio, Programme Manager, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
  2. Ana Morrison, Director
  3. Karmin Mudaly, Senior Museum Programme Manager, Auckland Museum
  4. Melodie Robinson, Commentator and Reporter, Sky Television
New SUPERdiverse WOMEN Corporate Members – Adrenalin Publishing
We are pleased to welcome Adrenalin Publishing as a Corporate Member of SUPERdiverse WOMEN.
Adrenalin Publishing is a specialist magazine media company publishing eight magazine titles in the business, trade and automotive industries including NZBusiness and New Zealand Management magazine.

Cathy Parker, Publisher and Managing Director for Adrenalin, said “SDW brings together a powerful network of superdiverse leaders and organisations, and is looking to broaden how diversity is viewed. We support this vision 100 per cent”.
Cathy is currently the owner and Publisher\MD of Adrenalin Publishing Ltd who publish eight titles, mainly in the Business to Business area. Cathy has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with 1st class honours. She held a number of sales, operations and management roles in the corporate area before starting Adrenalin in 1992. She is currently on the board of the MPA (Magazine Publishers Association) and is Treasurer of the Auckland Wheelbreakers (Wheel Chair basketball club), she is a past Chair of Genderbridge. She has two teenage daughters and has a longstanding interest in diversity especially in the LGBT and disability sectors.
New SUPERdiverse WOMEN Corporate Members – Crash Management
We are pleased to welcome Crash Management as a Corporate Member of SUPERdiverse WOMEN. Crash Management has been operating since 2004 and is New Zealand’s largest independent automotive accident repair management provider.

Karen Knight, Crash Management Managing Director, is a long-time member of Rainbow Auckland, and serves on the GABA Charitable Trust board.
Crash Management supports SDW’s leadership in recognizing and celebrating the success of SDW, including providing a forum to discuss the superdiverse identity of New Zealand

In this newsletter, we highlight the Leadership Groups of SDW.

SDW Advisory Board member, Glenis Philip-Barbara, is leading the Leadership Group tasked with organising the TEDx SUPERdiverse WOMEN conference. The TEDx Leadership Group is made up of:
  • Angela Lim, Catalyst Point
  • Catherine Pearce, Cisco
  • Dana Iti, Abletech Ltd
  • Hine Waitere, Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • Karmin Mudaly, Auckland Museum
  • Lili Tuioti, New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • Mathuri Santhi, Growth Faculty
  • Rashmi Modhwadia, Orion Health
  • Shireen Chua, Third Culture Solutions
Glenis is of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Uepōhatu decent and connects to a range of Marae on the East Coast of the North Island.  A committed advocate for Māori culture and language, Glenis has remained engaged and active in sustaining and supporting the growth and development of Māori communities and initiatives.
As the Associate Deputy Chief Executive for Child, Youth and Family she is responsible for leading innovation, change and corporate support services while supporting the establishment and growth of strategic relationships with iwi partners. Glenis was formerly the Chief Executive of the Māori Language Commission where she established a focus on community led language regeneration, a research centre for language revitalisation and strengthened the overall business performance of the organisation.
Glenis has held a number of key roles in tertiary education spanning teaching, research, senior leadership and governance.  Glenis’s primary strength is in strategy and co-design, in particular the alignment of organisational intent with the needs and aspirations of the people it serves.

The Leadership Group tasked with “Strategic Commercial Opportunities and Entrepreneurs” is being led by Traci Houpapa – Chair, Landcorp and Mavis Mullins – Chair, Atihau-Whanganui Inc.  The Leadership Group is currently identifying SDW members who may be interested in having initial discussions about commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The Leadership Group will organise and facilitate these discussions to coincide with the ‘Next Big Thing’ event. If you are interested in this event, then please contact Traci Houpapa.
Traci Houpapa is a member of the SDW Advisory. She is an award winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She specialises in strategic and economic development advice to Maori, iwi, public and private sector clients through New Zealand. In 2012 Traci was named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness.  In 2013 she was named amongst the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand and was a finalist in the Fairfax Media Westpac Women of Influence Awards (“WOI”).  In 2014, Traci won the WOI Board and Management award.  In 2015, Westpac named Traci on its “NZ Women Powerbrokers” list.  Traci has also recently been awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Maori.
Mavis Mullins is a director of Paewai Mullins Shearing Ltd, a Dannevirke based family business that handles in excess of 1 million sheep per annum and has achieved ISO 9002 certification.Mavis was named Business Woman of the Year at the AUT Business School Aotearoa New Zealand Maori Business Leaders Awards this year.

Mavis has held numerous directorships and received widespread recognition for her services to the agricultural industry, including membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 Queens Birthday honours.
SDW Advisory Board members, Amanda Malu and Kiri Nathan, are leading the Leadership Group that will organise mentoring of SDW members (either as a mentor or mentee or both). Amanda Malu said “It is important to keep it simple” regarding mentoring, and Kiri Nathan said “We're putting the emphasis on the mentee and mentor to mill out how it will work for them”.  Kiri is a current mentor for the inaugural MOKO foundations recent mentoring initiative led by previous NZ'er of the year Dr Lance O'Sullivan. 

The Mentoring Leadership Group comprises of:
  • Anya Satyanand, Ara Taiohi
  • Edwina Mistry, Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Nivi Sethi, Kuddles Limited
  • Renay Taylor, Thomson Reuters
  • Sangeeta Kamokar, Women Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Shelley Huang, IAG
  • Taima Fagaloa, Capital & Coast District Health Board
  • Teresa Tepania-Ashton, Maori Women’s Development Inc
The Leadership Committee will come together in March.
Amanda Malu was confirmed as Chief Executive of Plunket in September 2016, following six months as Acting Chief Executive. Amanda joined Plunket in 2014 as the Chief Marketing Officer and brings a wide range of senior leadership experience to the organisation.
Working across government and education institutions, Amanda has led significant marketing and behaviour change campaigns, including the highly successful ‘It’s not Ok’ campaign against family violence while at the Families Commission. Most recently she has held senior management roles within the science and tertiary education sectors. Amanda is passionate about the opportunity that Plunket has to make a real difference in the lives of all children and their families and through her leadership, aims to ensure every family is able to access Plunket support when they need it most. Of Ngā​i Tahu descent, Amanda grew up in Christchurch and she has lived in Wellington for the past 18 years.​​​
Founder and head designer Kiri Nathan started the label in 2010. KN is inspired by the strength and beauty of New Zealand and Maoridom.  For Kiri, it is paramount that the people who work in her business adhere to Kawa and Tikanga (Protocol, customs, Integrity). Since its inception KN has showcased at London Fashion Week & New Zealand Fashion Week.
Kiri and husband Jason Nathan have met and gifted Pounamu and contemporary Korowai (Maori Cloak) to Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Demi Lovato as well as Will.I.Am and Ed Sheeran. With a keen interest in Kiwi youth, Kiri sits on the board of the 'I have a dream programme' supporting and mentoring young Kiwi's.  KN is also a member of the 'Wahine Toa Initiative' in cunjunction with the US Embassy.  Identifying and mentoring leadership in young Maori Women. KN is synonymous with great craftsmanship and unique and innovative designs.  It represents the natural and cultural beauty that is proudly what Kiwi's call home...Aotearoa...New Zealand. 

Lynda Chanwai-Earle of Radio New Zealand leads the Media and Communication Leadership Group. Other members of this Leadership Group are Kamila Camilo of Dole, Ngarangi Walker, Communications and PR consultant, Priti Ambani of The Next Billion, Shuchi Kothari, Film maker and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and Ziena Jalil of SenateSHJ.
This Leadership Group will form and manage the branding, media (including social media) and communications strategy for SDW.

Lynda Chanwai-Earle is both a playwright of some standing in New Zealand’s literary community and a Spoken Features Producer for Radio New Zealand, National. Along with making radio documentaries she brings you the weekly Voices programme.

Networking Events
Sumita Paul of Perpetual Guardian, is leading the Auckland Networking events team. The team consisting of Kamila Camilo of DoleNZ, Stacey Morrison, Broadcaster, and Susan Zhu, Deputy Chair, Whau Local Board will put together a programme of events that will begin with Professor Hinemoa Elder sharing her story at the first Auckland event on Thursday 16 March 2017.

Loretta Mamae of Ministry of Primary Industries, is leading the Wellington Networking events team joined by Samantha Naidoo of the Overseas Investment Office and Teresa Tepania-Ashton of Maori Women’s Development. The programme of events in the Capital kicks off on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Catarina Gutierrez of WWGSD Christchurch, is leading the South Island Networking team. Catarina wrote this interesting blog on her experience from the launch of SDW.
SUPERdiverse WOMEN and KEA celebrate International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day, KEA New Zealand and SUPERdiverse WOMEN will host an event on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The guest speaker will be Audette Exel, who will speak on “Girls Can Do Anything: the role of women, leadership and entrepreneurship in an era of polarity”. Audette’s speech will resonate with a wide audience of senior managers in positions of influence within business, politics, media, public sector and not for profits.
Audette Exel, Philanthropist and Adara Group Director, is originally from Dunedin. She was a Kea World Class New Zealand Award Winner 2015 and is back in New Zealand to receive a lifetime achievement award in 2017.
SUPERdiverse WOMEN - Dinner in Auckland
There will be a dinner for SDW members in Auckland on Thursday 16 March 2017.
We are fortunate to have Professor Hinemoa Elder, (Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Maori Strategic Leader CORE Ageing Brain, University of Auckland) a foundation member of SDW, speaking at the dinner. Professor Hinemoa Elder is of Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Nga Puhi descent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and a Professorial Fellow in Indigenous Research at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.
She is the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow for the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and also the Maori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence for the Ageing Brain at the University of Auckland.

Professor Hinemoa Elder will be speaking about her story of being a super diverse women. The dinner is an opportunity for SDW members to catch up and network with each other, and hear from an inspiring super diverse woman leader.
This event is exclusive to SDW members only.
SUPERdiverse WOMEN – Networking event in Wellington
There will be a networking event in Wellington on Wednesday 29 March 2017. Further details about the venue and special guest speaker will be announced soon.
This event is exclusive to SDW members only.
‘Next Big Thing’
SDW will be holding the ‘Next Big Thing’ event in May 2017. Watch this space for more information about this not to be missed event.
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