Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN and Te Rōpū Wāhine/Auckland Council Women’s Network

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 20 September 2021

Attendance: Approx. 100

Speakers: Patricia Reade, Deputy Chief Executive at Auckland Council and Anita Edwards, AGWN Chair


This Suffrage Day we reflected on how far we've come, and what is still to be achieved. Our inspirational speakers shared their insights on what we can do as individuals and as a network of wāhine to further progress.


Key Takeaways

  • The role of women’s networks in supporting the acceleration of women's rights in the workplace.
  • Seek a mentor and be open to mentoring others.
  • Surround yourself with people who support you and see your value.
  • Take care of your reputation (what people say about you when you’re not in the room). This is what will ensure others trust, respect and will advocate for you.
  • Believe in what you have to offer and be comfortable with yourself as early as you can in your life.
  • You don't necessarily have to be a people leader to advocate for other women. Be a wahine who supports other wāhine.


Attendee feedback

"Awesome to see mana wāhine supporting other mana wāhine. Kei te pai".

"Well organised, a lot of effort and teamwork behind the actual event"

"This was my first and I definitely want to attend more in future".

"This was well presented and very relevant. Well done!"

"Thank you for all the work that goes into running these! They're so well organised, helpful, and enjoyable".

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