Te Aka Wāhine o Te Waipounamu recently marked a momentous event as Jennifer Leahy, Chair of the Southern Government Women’s Network (SGWN) bid farewell after two impactful years at the helm.


Jennifer had previously served as the Deputy Chair for two years, showcasing an impressive four-year tenure dedicated to uplifting and supporting women in public service across Te Waipounamu.

Throughout her tenure, this influential leader spearheaded initiatives aimed at fostering empowerment, equality, and professional growth for women in public service roles. Her unwavering commitment and tireless efforts have significantly contributed to advancing the position of women in the workforce, particularly in traditionally male-dominated sectors.

Under her guidance, the SGWN flourished into a community-driven platform offering mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities. The legacy of her leadership will undoubtedly continue to inspire and resonate with future generations of women as new Chair Kirsty Paterson takes over the reigns. We thank Jennifer for her years of service and congratulate Kirsty in her appointment as SGWN Chair. We look forward to continuing to make a difference in public service across the South Island of New Zealand.


Front and then left around table: Kathy Connolly, Jennifer Leahy, Karen Mora, Jennifer Belworthy, Jennie Farrar-de Wagt, Amanda Henman, Fiona Barker, Kirsty Paterson.

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