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ARE YOU THE NEXT GIRLBOSS?

Now, more than ever, the  world  needs confident, energised and resilient leadership from young women just like you.

That is why we have developed the GirlBoss Awards - a nationwide search for trailblazing young women (aged 11–18) who are defying stereotypes and creating change in their communities. We're after inspiring young leaders, facilitators, role models, and innovators.

We have two award events: The Nationwide Awards and the Canterbury Awards. The Nationwide Awards are open to every young woman in New Zealand, while the Canterbury Awards are reserved for young women who reside in the wider Canterbury region. All Canterbury based applicants will be automatically entered into both Awards.

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A nationwide search for trailblazing young women aged 11 - 18

Our Categories

Our National 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 PwC New Zealand

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Trailblazer 

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

Sponsored by Citycare Property

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Sport

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

Sponsored by ANZ

Arts & Culture

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

Sponsored by Grandkid Power

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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 Spark 

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 Delta Insurance

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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 the Ministry for Primary Industries

Community

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

Sponsored by Serato

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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 Orion & Connetics

Enterprise

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

Sponsored by Lyttelton Port Company

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Digital Impact Award

A GirlBoss who uses technology to bring communities together and make the world a better place.

Sponsored by Harvey Norman

Our Judges

Trailblazers leading the way
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Erin Venter
Partner, Chief People Officer,
PwC New Zealand

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Heather Polglase
People & Culture Director,
Spark

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Michelle Russell
General Manager, Talent & Culture
ANZ

Sponsors
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Young Ly
Chief Executive,
Serato

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Jen Rolfe
Director
Citycare Property 

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Miranda Cook
Head of Marketing
Delta Insurance

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Lesley Fleming
Chief People and Culture Officer
Lyttelton Port Company

 

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Karen Adair
Deputy Director,
General Agriculture and Investment Services 
The Ministry for Primary Industries

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Emma Lloyd
Intermediate Electrical Engineer
Connetics

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Paul Keenihan
General Manager
Harvey Norman

Previous Winners

Proudly sponsored by

New Zealand's leading companies

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Previous Winners

We are so proud of them!

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

2021

Trailblazer : Bella Powell

Activator : Tessa Berger

Emerging Leader : Lilah McDonald

Inclusion : Meadow Bodkin-Allen

Sport : Eva-Sky Gundry

Sustainability : Sophie Weenink

Volunteering : Huda Mazharuddin

STEM : Anna Skiffington

Arts & Culture : Jazz Vidamo

Community : Nora Quigley

Wellbeing
 : Rosalie Norton

Enterprise : Abby Green

Innovation : Luisa Dewar

 

2022

Wellbeing: Layba Zubair 

STEM: Georgia Cruse

Emerging Leader: Nuzhin Gardi 

Community: Jasmine Yip 

Inclusion: Hope Cotton

Arts & Culture: Nikau Grace Chater

Activator: Nora Paicu

Volunteering: Abby Armstrong Green

Sport: Mary Ieremia Allan 

Innovation: Lola Fisher

2023

Trailblazer: Qiana Ram

Digital Impact Award: Elaine Zhang

STEM: Lucy Butterfield


Emerging Leader: Zaria Bourne

Community: Lucia Murphy

Inclusion: Iqra Ali

Arts & Culture: Jaya Rees

Activator: Bianca Bayly

Enterprise: Monique van der Westhuizen

Sport
: Rosie Falcous

Innovation: Hawwa Niyaz

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