2018 Members' Retreat

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The Members’ Retreat comes around only once a year. It is your opportunity to connect with fellow Global Women members and be inspired by innovative thought-leadership and fresh vision.

Transformational leaders activate change in individuals and social systems, successfully developing their followers into leaders. We will focus on how you, as leaders, can create valuable, positive and sustainable change within your organisations. 


CPD Points: For members who are eligible for IoD CPD points, we suggest claiming up to 8 points for governance related learning at the Retreat. 


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The Location

After receiving so much positive feedback about the last year Retreat's location, we have decided to stay in Napier for another year!

The 2018 Retreat will be held at Napier Conference Centre, with Thursday's dinner at The Old Church and an optional networking lunch on Saturday at Elephant Hill


Leisure Activities

Relax and recharge with other Global Women members while taking a closer look at what the fabulous Hawkes Bay has to offer...


Wine tasting with Karen Fistonich

A tasting of superb Te Awa wines with wine aficionado Karen Fistonich, at Te Awa Winery.
Time: 2:15pm – 5.15pm
Location: Te Awa Winery, 2375 State Highway 50
(Your bus transport will depart from Napier Conference Centre at 2:15pm, and return at 5.15pm).
Cost: $45.00pp (includes transport to/from Te Awa winery and grazing platters.
Please note: this activity is limited to a maximum of 20 people


Art Deco Tour

Take a tour of Napier City’s Art Deco quarter with a private guide, visiting the interiors of some of the most stunning examples of this architectural style in the city.
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: meet at the Art Deco Centre, opposite the Masonic Hotel at 3pm
Cost: $19pp


Bike ride to Te Awanga

Feel energised with a one-way bike ride along Napier’s beautiful waterfront to Te Awanga, stopping in at Elephant Hill for refreshments, before being transported back to Napier.
Grade: Easy (mostly flat)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm (includes approx 1.5 - 2 hour ride to Elephant Hill and return transport to Napier).
Cost: $50pp (includes hire of Avanti 21 gear bike + return transport)


Book your leisure activities here (scroll down to end of the page)


Where to stay

We’ve organised some great accommodation options for you. Book your preferred room when you’re booking the rest of your retreat package.


The Hotel Te Pania is directly across the road from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering reduced rates on 2 types of rooms:

These accommodation packages do not include breakfast.

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel  is a 3-4 minute walk from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering 5 types of rooms:

These accommodation packages include breakfast.


Book your flights

There are a few flights each day to Napier from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch but these flights fill up quickly. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.


“It was a great event and I felt completely energised and inspired by the women I met and spent time with over the 3 days.”


“I loved the retreat. I was a new member and was warmly welcomed and embraced. I felt everyone had earned the right to be there and as a consequence it was a level playing field regardless of achievement. It was a unique experience. Thank you to the organisers.”


“I really enjoyed the meeting overall and am very glad to have attended. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet members, learn about their interests and experiences and make new friendships. And I'm looking forward to attending next year!”

Starts at 5.00pm
Thursday 3 May 2018

Please RSVP by
Tuesday 10 April 2018

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO
Governor General

Dame Patsy has had extensive experience in governance and consulting roles, both in the private and public sector.

Dame Patsy has also had significant involvement in governance of creative and charitable organisations, including as Trustee of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, the Victoria University Foundation, the Victoria University Art Collection Trust, the Spark Art Trust, the Wellington Jazz Festival Trust, the Symphony Orchestra Foundation, and Sky City Community Trust. She was a founding Trustee and advisory board member for New Zealand Global Women and has chaired the Board of the New Zealand Film Archive.

In 2014 she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM) for services to the arts and business.

Dame Patsy is married to Sir David Gascoigne and they divide their time between Wellington and the Wairarapa. Her interests include the arts in all forms - but especially film, the visual arts and opera - gardening, cooking and her miniature poodle, Coco.

Speakers Name
Ming Lim-Pollard
Independent Director

Ming currently serves as Director on several boards, including council controlled organisation, Gisborne Holdings Limited and on the Advisory Board of NZ Asian Leaders and Immigration Trust. She is the Founder and Director of Endeavour Services Limited, a licensed financial service provider, a funding vehicle to facilitate access to domestic and offshore investors for New Zealand & South Pacific corporates.

Ming was involved in the establishment of BNZ Facilities Management Limited since 2006, the entity responsible for BNZ RMBS and Covered Bond with assets of NZ$10 billion and Titan NZ funding vehicle, since 2003 with assets under management of NZ$2 billion, sponsored by NAB and BNZ. These two entities facilitate access to domestic and offshore investors for New Zealand corporates and financial institutions. 

Ming was the foundation staff in the establishment of NAB (NZ) Limited from inception and the takeover purchase of Bank of New Zealand. Ming has over 25 years’ banking experience in product development, marketing , credit card management, credit controller, transactional manager, corporate client syndication manager, securitisation business, domestic and international capital markets and funding solutions for complex transaction. She is a member of Australia New Zealand Chartered Accountants, Institute of Directors and is admitted to NZ High Court as Barrister and Solicitor 

Speakers Name
Amanda Ellis
Executive Director, Hawaii & Asia Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Ambassador Amanda Ellis served as New Zealand’s head of mission and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, where she co-chaired the High Level Group on humanitarian access into Syria while New Zealand served on the UN Security Council. Concurrently Amanda serves as a Visiting Senior Fellow, Special Advisor International Programs and Partnerships, East-West Center, Hawaii.

An economist specialising in international trade and development economics, Amanda’s substantive role is as Deputy Secretary International Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which she will take up again at the end of her Geneva assignment. The first woman to head New Zealand’s Aid Programme, managing expenditure of more than half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually, Amanda was previously Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group of the World Bank. Amanda also managed the World Bank's Global Private Sector Leaders CEO Forum.

In the late 1990s Amanda Ellis moved to Sydney to pursue senior executive opportunities with Westpac Banking Corporation where she oversaw the launch of a Women in Business Unit before moving in 2003 to Washington DC.

Amanda is the author of two best selling Random House titles, "Women's Business, Women's Wealth: Create the Life You Want at Work and in Business" (2002), and "Woman 2 Woman: New Zealand women share their experiences of career and business" (2004), and lead author of five World Bank titles in the Directions in Development Series on gender and growth in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.

Speakers Name
Louisa Wall
MP for Manurewa

Louisa (Ngati Tūwharetoa, Waikato) is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and has been a Member of Parliament since 2008.  She is currently the MP for Manurewa.

Prior to entering Parliament, Louisa held a variety of roles across the public sector as a policy advisor and community advocate in the social policy and public policy areas. She believes that people have the solutions to meeting their own needs and her responsibility is to ensure public resources are distributed in a way that meets the needs and aspirations of all of our communities 

Louisa’s work is founded on a commitment to universal human rights together with promoting the rights of LGBTQI, ending TB, promoting universal access to family planning and , strengthening women rights through increased political participation by women.  A priority for Louisa in her work with Manurewa community leaders is to help create and cultivate the environment for the next generation to dream and to fulfil their potential.  As a former Silver Fern and Black Fern Louisa knows that striving to attain goals can be achieved with the support and encouragement of our families and communities.

In 2013 same-sex couples gained the right to legally marry in New Zealand, a change in legislation driven by Louisa. 

Louisa is the New Zealand lead of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus and is also Co-Chair of NZ Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. 

In recent years, she has attended the 2016 4th Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Forum, Apia, Samoa and the 2016 Women Deliver Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Louisa is also an integral member of the Parly Ferns Netball team, which is made up of cross party female MP’s who play regular games against visiting nations including the Australian State and Federal Governments and the Chatham Island Parliament.

Speakers Name
Marilyn Waring
Professor of Public Policy, AUT

Marilyn Waring is a Professor of Public Policy at AUT University and has held Fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers Universities in the USA, at Queens University in Canada and at the Hawke Institute in Australia. In 2012 she was a Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University in China.

For the past 40 years, Marilyn has been challenging economic models and working for human rights and for ecological sustainability. In 2014 she was NZIOER’s Economist of the Year – New Zealand foremost prize in Economics, and became only the second person to be awarded AUT’s Research Medal.

Marilyn became the youngest member in the New Zealand Parliament in 1975, at the age of 23 and remained in the House of Representatives until 1984. Marilyn made history when she withdrew her support from her party over the issue of a nuclear-free New Zealand, precipitating a snap election in 1984.

Since 1984 Marilyn has worked in much of Asia and the Pacific for UNDP, FAO, UNIFEM, AusAID, NZAID, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Her most recent work has been writing the 12 UNDP training modules on Gender and Economics for senior bureaucrats in the Asia Pacific region. She is currently working for ActionAid in Myanmar. As a Professor she supervises an international community of over 20 PhD and M.Phil scholars at AUT University.

Speakers Name
Fiona Allan
CE, Paralympics NZ

Fiona Allan has been Chief Executive and Secretary General of Paralympics New Zealand since 2007. Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for New Zealand.
PNZ are one of 170 NPC’s worldwide, responsible for supporting and growing Paralympic Sports in their countries and Fiona leads the PNZ team from the Parnell office in Auckland.
Fiona has a BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Administration Degree from Nottingham Trent University, England.
Fiona has worked within the sport industry for 14 years in various roles within State and Local Government and Not for Profit organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Speakers Name
Gráinne Moss
CE, Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

Gráinne Moss’ career spans over 25 years in the public and private sectors across three countries, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Gráinne is the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, where she is leading a fundamental system change, putting children front and centre so that New Zealand children can flourish.

Before this Gráinne spent nine years with Bupa Care Services NZ as Managing Director, and previously as General Manager Rehabilitation and Care Services.

Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognised as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.

Prior to studying for her MBA she worked at Carter Holt Harvey Forests as the Human Resources Manager and then moved to the Central North Island as the Regional Operations Manager for Forests.

Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 90s.

Originally from Ireland, Gráinne is an accomplished long-distance swimmer. She is the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel and Cook Strait. She is married to Ivan and they have four children.

Speakers Name
Hinewehi Mohi

Born in the historic Hawke’s Bay country town of Waipukurau - on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand - to a Māori father and ‘Pakeha’ mother of British and Irish descent, Hinewehi has often credited her father for helping her develop a deep insight into Māori culture.

It was in 1999 that the first of Hinewehi’s three albums was released - Oceania is a beautiful collection of haunting melodies and the first Māori language album to be distributed internationally.

In 1999 - while in London promoting her debut album - Hinewehi found herself inadvertently thrust into the international limelight when she was asked to perform the New Zealand national anthem before the All Blacks played at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. Hinewehi stunned the rugby crowd after singing the national anthem entirely in Māori.  Since then, the national anthem has been sung loud and proud in both English and Māori. Two more albums have followed since Hinewehi’s internationally acclaimed, platinum-selling debut. Oceania II was a collaborative effort with accomplished British musician and composer Jaz Coleman.

In 1996 Hinewehi’s daughter, Hineraukatauri, was born with cerebral palsy. This was an intensely difficult time for the singer who recently admitted that expression through music gave her a chance to ‘grieve’.  In March 2004, she opened the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, an Auckland-based center named in honour of her now 17-year-old daughter and inspired by Hine Raukatauri, the Goddess of Flutes.  The Centre is the first of its kind in New Zealand and a haven for those coping with a range of disabilities.

Speakers Name
Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams

Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams is a barrister actively involved in the not-for-profit sector, justice, civil rights and human rights areas.

Her areas of law practice include mainly criminal law, mental health, and prison law. She has appeared in high profile trials as lead or junior counsel involving murder, sexual violation, abduction, benefit fraud to name a few. It was after the 2006 Fiji coup that she appeared in high profile trials at Suva, Fiji, involving two former politicians and a New Zealander beaten up by military personnel.

She has not only acted pro bono at coronial hearings, representing families whose loved ones have died in prison, but attended interviews at Ruatoki where the Māori community were affected by illegal police detentions at the road side during the so called “terrorist” raids.

As a mature student at the University of Auckland she gained a BA in Māori Studies & Politics, a Master of Arts in Politics followed by a law degree. With a desire to help in Māori communities she started up a Māori Women’s Welfare League branch at law school fundraising for books and marae facilities at Northland. Soon after, she became volunteer secretary role for 9 years with the prison league chaired by her husband the late Sir Peter Williams QC.

In 2011 Lady Heeni was appointed a Visiting Justice by the Governor General to preside at Auckland’s four prisons. She was reappointed for a further three years in 2015.

Lady Heeni is President of the Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League in Auckland. The League is focused on providing rational discourse and a balanced viewpoint for social justice and legal issues when at times racist and perverse views may persist.

Speakers Name
Audette Exel AO
Founder and Chair, Adara Group

Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette Exel is the founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian financial services businesses, Adara Advisors Pty Limited and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Limited. The Adara businesses were established as “for purpose” businesses with sole objective of supporting Adara Development. Adara Development is focussed on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty, through best practice service delivery, conducting world-class research and sharing knowledge globally.

Audette Exel is a lawyer by profession specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank.

Audette is a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company. Audette was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited (for 18 years). Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award. Most recently, Audette was named Australia’s 2016 Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia.

Speakers Name
Mandy Simpson
Professional Director

Mandy Simpson is a professional director, consultant and keynote speaker with a particular focus on the business and human impacts of fast moving technologies. Over the past decade, Mandy has held senior financial and operational roles in the New Zealand government and private sector including Chief Operating Officer at the New Zealand Stock Exchange and most recently Chief Executive at cybersecurity consultancy Cyber Toa. 

Mandy is a faculty member at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based organisation dedicated to educating and inspiring leaders in the use of exponential technologies.

Originally from the UK, Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. 

Speakers Name
Mavis Mullins
Chairman, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

Mavis Mullins is one of New Zealand’s distinguished business and community leaders. Her extensive list of national awards, honours and accolades are testament to her governance excellence, her ability to connect people and her inspirational leadership. 

Her recent achievements include:

2017 - Inductee NZ Business Hall of Fame

2017 - Outstanding Maori Business Leader – Auckland University

2017 - Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award

2016 - Westpac Rural Woman of Influence

As a government and private sector governance leader, Mavis has amassed experience in a wide range of sectors from health, environment, agriculture, education, telecommunications and sport. Being Patron of the Agribusiness Women’s Development Trust gives opportunity to share skills and experiences.

At the heart of her success is her advocacy and commitment to Maori and Maori business, strong governance with diversity for improved decision making, deep personal integrity and her common-sense approach.

Mavis is also widely respected as a public speaker and thought leader, as she has an innate ability to understand the opportunities and challenges of the future. 

Speakers Name
Joan Withers
Independent director

Joan has spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions in both newspaper and radio, and has been a professional director for 20 years. Her current governance roles include Chair of Mercury NZ Ltd, The Warehouse Group Ltd and director of ANZ NZ. She is a former Chair of Auckland International Airport and TVNZ.

In July 2005, Joan became chief executive officer of Fairfax New Zealand Limited, New Zealand’s largest media company, a role from which she retired in 2009. She had previously held the position of Chief Executive of The Radio Network.

Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland. She is also a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni (2015). Joan is the author of "A Girl's Guide to Business" which was published by Penguin Books in 1998 and “A Woman’s Place – life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom” published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Joan won the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014 and the CAANZ Media Excellence Award in 2009. In 2015 she was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards.

Speakers Name
Rachel Taulelei

Rachel (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Koata) is an award-winning entrepreneur and business woman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability, and support for the establishment and growth of other people and companies.

As founder and CEO of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road Ltd, Rachel was described as having led change in the New Zealand fishing industry, developing an innovative, provenance-based supply of responsibly caught fresh premium seafood to hundreds of establishments across the country. She has taken this demonstrable commitment to kaitiakitanga into her current role as CEO of Maori food and beverage company, Kono NZ LP.

With an infectious passion for the primary sector, Rachel has created values-based business models focused on the sustainability of the country’s resources - this is the hallmark of her leadership.

Rachel’s directorships include NZ’s largest iwi-owned fishing company Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, Young Enterprise Trust, New Zealand WineGrowers, and Aquaculture New Zealand. Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner In Los Angeles, in 2012 received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and in 2015 was honoured by becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: For services to the food and hospitality industry.

Speakers Name
Trudy Warrender
Director of Public Affairs, New Zealand Defence Force

Trudy is a business development, marketing, and communications professional. For the last 25 years, she has been leading the growth and professionalisation of international organisations in reputation management, business development, marketing and sponsorship activation programmes, and through integrated communication and stakeholder engagement strategy.

Over the last two decades Trudy’s roles have included senior council to Westminster and Her Majesty’s Treasury, as well as senior roles in UK FTSE top 250 companies, private and public sector organisations, and NGOs in defence, infrastructure, regeneration, construction, engineering, media, international government grant assistance, and export finance.

Career highlights include:

  • 6 years leading the architecture, engineering and design story to deliver international brand lift and market growth opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games association
  • No 10 and UK Treasury funding approval to deliver a targeted global marketing profile lift campaign to facilitate £3.7billion worth of UK exporting to more than 70 countries worldwide

Communication lead for cultural change management programme for two major New Zealand Defence Force initiatives: ‘Operation Respect’ to take a stand against inappropriate sexualised behaviour, and the ‘White Ribbon’ pledge 'men against violence against women.

Speakers Name
Julia Raue
Independent Director

Julia is an Independent Director for Z Energy Limited, The Warehouse Group Limited, Television New Zealand, and Southern Cross Medical Care Society, and is a Member of the Risk & Audit Committee for the Treasury.

She was previously Chief Information Officer of Air New Zealand for almost nine years, and has extensive experience in digital and information technology, business transformation and strategic planning across the airline, telecommunications and local government sectors, as well as not-for-profit in New Zealand.

Julia is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julia is passionate about women in technology and is actively involved in or working with a number of groups and educators to encourage young New Zealand women to consider technology as a career path.