For Matariki this year, GWN has recognised nine rising women stars in the public sector. This diverse group of wāhine toa are set to shine as they progress through their careers. Keep an eye out for where they're headed. 


Helen Potiki

“Courage doesn't always roar. It is sometimes that quiet voice that whispers 'I will give it another go tomorrow ... ' ”

Martine Hartley-Parsons

"Our galaxies are full of stars; in order to see them all you may need to change your lens.”

Ashleigh Bywater-Schulze

"Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Dr Lupe Taumoepeau

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing”.  – Abraham Lincoln

Matalena Leaupepe

"I am passionate about the public service because it aligns with my own values of ‘tautua’ (service) fa’aaloalo (respect) and alofa (love).”

Martine Udahemuka

"Be wary of success. Don’t let it get to your head, instead be reminded of where you came from and make sure you send the ladder back down.”

Sanchia Jacobs

"He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.”

Holly Norton

"Everyone has a skill that can make a difference.”

Carla White

"I derive the most satisfaction from knowing that our work touches on almost every aspect of our communities.”


To find out more about these inspiring women, visit our LinkedIn page or download our Matariki Wāhine Whetū 2019 list

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