Theresse Loaba, a team leader from Inland Revenue Manukau, and Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki (AGWN) member, has won the 2019 Ria McBride Public Service Management Award.
The award aims to "support women to develop in leadership roles within the Public Service and prioritises women who have generally not had the opportunity to pursue tertiary study, yet demonstrate personal fortitude and leadership potential."
The judges were impressed by Theresse's incredible resilience and determination as she progressed to her current leadership role at IR while balancing study, children and being a support person for her extended family. The award scholarship is sponsored by the State Services Commission and is open to all women across the public sector to help them fulfil their full leadership potential.
Theresse sees her study as a pathway to succeeding as a woman Pacific leader and a role-model for her community, young women and future generations.
'I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Otago in 2010. This award will help me complete my law degree at Auckland University of Technology, and with my professional legal studies and Masters in Indigenous Studies from Otago University.'