Date posted: 28/10/2019 2 min read

NZs first Pasifika woman journalist wins CA ANZ Diversity award

CA ANZ members were among the finalists in the NZ 2019 Women of Influence Awards.

In brief

  • Tapu Misa, New Zealand's first Pasifika woman journalist and an industry pioneer for women and Pacific people, wins Diversity award sponsored by CA ANZ
  • Catherine Savage FCA, Justine Smyth FCA and Anjum Rahman CA were WOI finalists in the Board and Management and Diversity categories
  • The awards recognise the passionate women who are creating real change and forging a path for others

Medical professor Jane Harding was named the supreme winner at last week’s 2019 Women of Influence Awards for her contribution to neonatal hypoglycaemia research.

The awards’ Diversity category, sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) was won by Tapu Misa, New Zealand's first Pasifika woman journalist and an industry pioneer for women and Pacific people. She brought Pacific current affairs and perspectives to mainstream New Zealand audiences.

The Women of Influence (WOI) Awards celebrate women who make a difference in their communities and organisations. They aim to increase the visibility of women in leadership and highlight the important contribution made by women.

Among the 82 award finalists for this year’s awards were three CA ANZ members – Catherine Savage FCA, Justine Smyth FCA and Anjum Rahman CA.

Savage and Smyth were finalists in the Board and Management category won by Abbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council.

Savage is chair of the NZ Super Fund and Smyth, Chair and Director of Spark and Auckland International Airport.

Rahman, a finalist in the Diversity category, is a board member on various not-for-profit organisations, including Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women Centre, the Waikato Community Broadcasting Charitable Trust, the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand and the Ethnic New Zealand Trust.

2019 Women of Influence winners

The awards highlight the women that weren't household names and often "flew under the radar".

Read more about the winners

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