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Women + Girls Summit: Programme 2019

Te Hōtaka: Agenda

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The Summit promises to feature a broad cross-section of contributors who represent the diversity of play, active recreation and sport. It will provide insights into how we can overcome the existing inequalities for women and girls. Read more about our speakers here.


Mihi Whakatau:

Kura Moeahu 


MC Welcome:

Jenny-May Clarkson



Keynote Speakers: 

  • Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sport & Recreation 
  • Peter Miskimmin: Chief Executive, Sport NZ
  • Karen Skinner: Head of Respect and Inclusion at NZ Rugby
  • Dr Nicole M. LaVoi: Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota

Read more about all our speakers here.


Panel Discussion:
“Diversity Matters: Shaping an intersectional approach to engage and support all women and girls in play, active recreation and sport.” 

Our speakers will share their experiences and insights on supporting diversity. 


Rhonda Koroheke: General Manager of HR and Diversity & Inclusion at Spark NZ


    • Mary Fisher: Paralympian and Board Member, Paralympics New Zealand
    • Beatrice Faumuinā ONZM OLY: Senior Advisor Pacific Relations: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    • Bailey Peterson: (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa), Coordinator, The Shift Foundation, Masterton District Council
    • Ingrid Cronin-Knight: NZ Cricketer, Board Member NZ Cricket and Country Manager MYOB
    • Nida Ahmad: PhD candidate, University of Waikato, Exec. Board member, Muslim Women in Sport Network



Keynote Address (Karen Skinner: Head of Respect and Inclusion at NZ Rugby)


September marks two years since NZ Rugby received the Respect and Responsibility Review – a report which created a 91 recommendation blueprint for widespread culture change. Karen Skinner, the Head of Respect and Inclusion at NZR, was tasked with the implementation of this report.

She will share the learnings from these past two years  including what it takes to lead culture change, why culture is so important if we want diversity, and what it’s taken to move from having a report in writing to widespread programs that include buy-in from a range of different stakeholder.

Karen will give an honest account about the journey that rugby has begun, and will share what has been learnt so far, including the success and failures.



Keynote Address / Q&A: Challenging & Changing Narratives about Girls & Women in Sport

Dr Nicole M. LaVoi: Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.


After an introduction from Dolores Prin, Country Public Affairs Officer from the U.S Consulate. Dr LaVoi will discuss why narratives matter, and present common and damaging narratives about girls and women in sport, as well as offer some new productive narratives to help change the landscape of sport for females. A short Q & A with the audience will follow.



Breakout – Interactive Session 1
(attend one of three options)


1) Exercising leadership – voice and influence 

We talk to successful women who have found their niche and lead with authenticity and integrity. What can we learn? 


Kirikaiahi Mahutariki: Executive Manager – Māori Financial Solutions team at ASB Bank, Board member Women In Sport Aotearoa


  • Peter Wardell: NZ Olympic Committee
  • Paris Lokotui: Triple under-17 international
  • Rebecca Dubber: Paralympian and the Halberg Foundation
  • Maddi McLean: Sport NZ Graduate 


2) Doing it HER way

Join us for an interactive session with two inspirational and innovative providers – Gina Reed and Sarinah Hurford from Wellness Riders and Ash Peters from WORD who will share their unique approaches to engaging with girls and young women through skateboarding and mountain biking. Following this will be your opportunity to turn that learning into action through the introduction of a bespoke ‘Co-design Principles and Engagement Canvas’.


  • Fran McEwen: Founder – SHIFT Foundation and Young People Strategy Lead, Sport NZ
  • Katie Adams: Community Partnerships team- Wellington City Council and the SHIFT Foundation
  • Tracey Prince: Aquatics Programmes Manager at Recreation Aotearoa



  • Gina Reed: Founder – Wellness Riders, Personal Trainer, Sports Coach
  • Sarinah Hurford: Founder – Wellness Riders, Naturopath, Sports Coach 
  • Ash Peters: Founder – WORD


3) Changing the conversation through commercialisation 

A lively discussion around how to increase investment and media coverage of women’s sport, tapping into the creative minds of those leaders currently changing the conversation.


Rachel Froggatt: CEO Women in Sport Aotearoa


  • Andrea Nelson: CEO ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021
  • Sue McGregor: Head of Sponsorship & Corporate Marketing, ANZ
  • Mike Keech: Impact Sponsorship
  • Kris Mayo: Associate Director, Nielsen


Breakout – Interactive Session 2

(attend one of three options)


1) Growing LeadHERs 

We talk to people and organisations who have created space and opportunity for young women to lead. Join us to find out why they did it, what they did and hear from young women about the difference it made. Listen, question and develop your plan for creating a shift in your organisation today.


Maddi McLean: Sport NZ Graduate 


  • Clare Elcome: Sport Wellington
  • David Clarke: Sport Wellington
  • Cameron Wislang: Oranga Tamariki
  • Saron Bekele: Oranga Tamariki
  • Esther Bukholt: Recreation Aotearoa


2) Coaching: Opportunities, retention and growth – what works? 

Supporting women and girls who make coaching their career of choice – how can sports organisations support/encourage them more and create environments that embrace and celebrate the unique abilities of female coaches? 


Professor Sarah Leberman: Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Women in Sport Aotearoa and Professor of Leadership, Massey University


  • Dr Nicole M. LaVoi: Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
  • Luciana Garcia: Sport Southland
  • Holly Nixon: NZ Football


3) The power of social media for everyday activism and advocacy 

This session focuses on the potential for women and girls to use social media for everyday activism and advocacy. Through examples from Sport Waikato’s This Is Me ®, we explore how new media can be used to empower women and girls and challenge the (in)visibility of females in play, active recreation and sport. In doing so, we discuss our role as critical consumers and more particularly, how we might create positive and meaningful change.


Simone Spencer: Women and Girls Manager, Aktive


  • Amy Marfell: Sport Waikato’s This is ME®
  • Alex Spence: New Zealand Olympic Committee



Final Session – A call to action

This facilitated session will provide you with an opportunity:

  • Connect with others committed to action
  • Share insights and lessons from the day
  • Commit to individual and collective action.

What’s your area of focus?

Creating change for girls and women at a personal, organisational or systems level?

Improving participation, leadership or value and visibility? 

Locate yourself in the landscape and map next steps for you and the sector.





Performer Sharn Maree will close the summit with an original and inspirational spoken word piece that ties together the themes of the summit and honours Hineahuone.

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