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CALLING ALL
CANTERBURY
CHANGEMAKEHERS

We believe that young women are the trailblazers of the future.

That's why we're thrilled to launch the inaugural Canterbury GirlBoss Awards.

The Canterbury region is home to some of the most brilliant and inspiring young women who are breaking stereotypes and carving out new paths. From Christchurch to Kaikoura, these young change-makers are leading the charge towards a brighter future.

In partnership with Orion and Connetics, we are thrilled to have the backing of local Canterbury businesses. Together, we are seeking young Cantabrians who are making a difference for themselves and others. 

Join us in this movement to empower and celebrate the next generation of female leaders in our region.

 

Nominate a young woman or apply today and let's show the world what young women in Canterbury can achieve.

All Canterbury regional applicants will also be automatically entered into the Nationwide Awards.

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Our Canterbury Categories

Each category winner will receive
a $1000 cash grant.

Inclusion

A GirlBoss who empowers others to dream more, do more, and be more.

Sponsored by Lyttelton Port Company

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Trailblazer 

A leader who defies stereotypes, inspires others, and creates change.

Sponsored by Orion & Connetics

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Sport

A GirlBoss who plays like a girl - giving it her all and helping others do the same. 

Sponsored by Sport Canterbury

Arts & Culture

A GirlBoss whose love for arts and culture see her leading the way.

Sponsored by Chapman Tripp

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Innovation

A GirlBoss who imagines a better future and sets out to create it in new and innovative ways.

Sponsored by Enable

Emerging Leader

A GirlBoss (aged 11–14) who is not afraid to speak up and embodies the question:
‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

Sponsored by Christchurch Engine Centre

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Activator 

A GirlBoss in the Primary Industries who takes action, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and lets her strength and determination lead the way.

Sponsored by Synlait

Community

A GirlBoss with the heart to make a difference and the courage to take a stand.

Sponsored by St Margaret's College

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

A GirlBoss whose love for STEM has her thinking, researching and creating, to make our world a better place.

Sponsored by Stantec

Enterprise

A GirlBoss who is stepping out and making it happen in the world of business.

Sponsored by Jade

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Judges

Our Judges

Trailblazers leading the way
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Isabella Carmichael
Development Programme
Co-Lead
Orion NZ

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Suzanne Given
Senior Manager Materials
Christchurch Engine Centre

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Kate Selway
People and Capability Director
Jade Software

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Renu Fernando
Quality CI &
Standards Manager
Synlait

Sponsors
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Josie Lewis
Managing Counsel
Stantec
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Alexia Khan
Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer
Enable

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Lesley Fleming
Chief of People & Culture
Lyttelton Port Company

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Grace Ward
Play & Active Recreation
Co-ordinator
Sport Canterbury

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Diana Patchett
Executive Principal
St.Margaret's College

Proudly sponsored by

New Zealand's leading companies

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2018 

Trailblazer : Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond

STEM : Mikayla Stokes

Innovation : Tulsi Lathia

Emerging Leader : Greer Wilson

Enterprise : Simone Renee Peers

Community : Zoe Palmer

2019

Trailblazer : Georgia Tiata Fa’atoese Latu

Innovation : Brooke Moore

STEM : Yashna Kumar

Emerging Leader : Maia Filisita Mariner

Online Impact : Tayla Nasmith

Community : Emily Hacket Pain

Sustainability : Sophie Handford 

Arts & Culture : Rosetta Lopa

Activator : Hailey Jay Bolton 

2020

Trailblazer : Gina Dao-McLay

STEM : Rangipo Takuira-Mita

Emerging Leader : Richelle Wahanga

Innovation : Oriwa Hakaraia

Leadership : Aigagalefili Fepulea’I Tapua’I

Arts & Culture : Verity Howells

Community : Molly Hillman 

Activator : Anamaya Taylor

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