About the Awards

Presented by Stuff and Westpac, the New Zealand Women of Influence programme recognises and celebrates women from all walks of life who make a difference in the lives of everyday New Zealanders.

We are committed to showcasing the amazing work women are doing across the country, highlighting the important contribution they are making in creating a bold and diverse future for New Zealand.

These awards recognise and celebrate exceptional women who have committed time and energy to create real change in their industry and communities, and are using their influence to achieve great things.


What is influence?

The power of a person to be a compelling force to effect or impact others. A woman of influence drives change and improvement with their ability to inspire others, and lead by example.

Key Dates

Nominations opened Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

Entries closed at 11:59pm, Monday, 15 July 2019.

Finalists will be announcement on Sunday, 1 September 2019 on www.stuff.co.nz  Finalists will also be notified via email.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at SKYCITY in Auckland on Thursday, 24 October 2019.

What we’re looking for?

The Women of Influence Awards are designed to focus on quality and impact rather than the scale or seniority of roles. Our aim is to encourage the widest possible range of women to show what they are doing and the contributions they make.

Candidates will be judged on their demonstrated vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their field; their impact and how it was achieved.

The judging panel will give consideration to:

  • Personal, academic, professional and/or community achievements.

  • Performance in their field, including a clear and focused description of results and impact.

  • Collaboration within and beyond their field, and a wider circle of influence than their direct role.

  • Whether their influence has contributed to women’s social and economic advancement.

  • Involvement and contribution to New Zealand communities through collaboration and mentoring.

  • Investment of time, energy and commitment towards advocating for change using their influence and a description of how they make things happen.

  • Extent to which their contribution was innovative.

Judges are looking for women who invest their time and energy to advocate for change every day - in their workplace, their community, their peer group and wherever decisions are made. These are the women who identify what needs to be done and use their skills to help shift from the status quo.

Nomination Guide

Click here to download this years Nomination Guide

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us via email: womenofinfluence@stuff.co.nz