The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand (YWCA of A/NZ) is a national organisation representing seven YWCA Member Associations throughout Aotearoa. As the national organisation, YWCA of A/NZ is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the YWCA movement in Aotearoa.
We are part of a global YWCA network spanning 120 countries and core to our global movement is a commitment to good governance. The YWCA is committed to promoting young women leaders, within the wider community of women, and it is through intergenerational support and leadership that we enable young women in New Zealand to gain leadership experience and skills at a governance level.
As an Affiliated Member Association of the World YWCA, the YWCA of A/NZ is guided by World’s strategic priorities (Young Women’s Leadership; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV; and Violence Against Women) and goals (Intergenerational Leadership; Women’s Rights; and Movement Building & Good Governance).
Each YWCA across Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to four Strategic Themes: Young Women’s Leadership; Young Women’s Safe Spaces; Young Women’s Sexuality & Health; and Young Women’s Economic Independence.
YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand Governance
Core to our global movement is a commitment to good governance and young women’s representation in decision-making. With a Constitutional requirement for 25% young women (aged 30 years or younger) on our boards, our organisation is committed to the promotion of young women leaders, within the wider community of women, and it is through this intergenerational approach that we enable young women in New Zealand to gain leadership experience and skills at governance level.
The 2013 Board of YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand comprises:
- Co-President: Sina Moore
- Co-President: Vacancy
- Treasurer: Annette Sharp
- Board Members: Hilary Max, Syrina Pene, Nikki Burns, Helen Fletcher, Justine Pivac Solomon, Sheree Carter, Moana Andrew
Co-Presidency is a new leadership model for the YWCA movement in Aotearoa New Zealand, but is one that supports the vision and mission of the YWCA while enabling strategic succession planning for the national organisation.
Sina Moore is one Co-President of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand and the second Co-President role is currently vacant.
Sina Wendt-Moore is a Pacific woman of Samoan, German and English descent, married with two adult children, and lives in Auckland. Her leadership and governance experience spans 20 years across commercial, public and social-profit environments, and a range of sectors including education, broadcasting, media/advertising, leadership and management, youth mentoring and organisational development.
Her work in recent years has been focused on projects developing leadership capability, mentoring, social enterprise, strengthening governance and the strategic development of organisations and communities, with a strong focus on Pasifika peoples and women’s development. Her current board roles include YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand (Co-President), Pacific Music Awards Trust (Founding Trustee), Global Women Associates (Committee Member) and she is Mentor & Convenor – Leadership Pacific Network (Auckland).
Sina was founding Chief Executive for the National Pacific Radio Trust, NiuFM, and the Pacific Media Network from 2003–2009; a wonderfully challenging period of dynamic growth that enabled her to connect and positively impact Pacific communities across New Zealand. She is the Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, an organisation with a vision to grow, celebrate and weave together Aotearoa New Zealand’s leaders through conversation and enrich Aotearoa through diverse, inclusive and active leadership in a connected community.
Sina has been involved with the YWCA Auckland since 2009 starting with volunteering as a Future Leaders mentor, to being elected as a Board Director in 2010, and then as President in 2011. In this time she contributed to the work of the remuneration and board development subcommittees. Sina is highly motivated to contribute to strengthening the YWCA as a national movement and is using her skills, experience and networks to good use on the National Board to ensure the movement across Aotearoa can continue to empower women to be leaders and change makers!
Annette Sharp joined the Auckland YWCA Board in 2008 following the completion of Mentor training and her retirement from the secondary education sector. In her four years at YWCA Auckland she served on several of the Board Committees, including the Finance Committee. She has also served on the Auckland Netball Centre Board, three years as Chairperson, completing her six year term at the end of 2012. Annette was elected Treasurer of YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand at the AGM in March 2012.
Annette holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science (Dist) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics, Diploma of Social Science in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration. She now pursues research interests in business development and innovation, with a focus on renewable energy, environmental and business sustainability, and organisations as complex adaptive systems.
Hilary Max is a former co-president of the YWCA of Hamilton and was a recipient of their Young Women’s Tertiary Education Scholarship. Hilary is the Young Women’s Collective representative on the A/NZ Board.
Hilary recently completed a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology at the University of Waikato and now works as a Judges’ Clerk in the High Court of Auckland.
Throughout university, she worked as a gymnastics coach and a law tutor at the University. Hilary is passionate about community work, she loves working with children and being involved in youth leadership. She volunteers with Camp Quality, and is a Girl Guide leader.
Hilary’s interests include trampolining, running and hiking.
Syrina Pene, of Tainui descent from Waikato, has lived in Hamilton for over 10 years and has been involved with not-for-profit community groups since arriving in 2000, including Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity.
Syrina became a board member of her local Hamilton YWCA in January 2011 and joined the A/NZ Board as the Wahine O Wairua representative in May 2012. Syrina’s background is in marketing and sales and she has a Graduate Diploma in PR and Advertising. Syrina is currently studying law at Waikato University and has a keen interest in Constitutional Law, Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights. Syrina enjoys spending time with family, meeting people, travel and reading.
Nikki Burns works as Marketing Manager for Trust House Ltd in the Wairarapa. Nikki has a marketing, sales and business development background drawn from diverse organisations such as ski and tourism operations, advertising agencies, pharmaceutical sales and professional service firms.
Nikki has worked in volunteer governance roles for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard, Wellington Young Professionals and YWCA of Greater Wellington. She has also been a mentor for the YWCA Discover programme and shows empathy with the YWCA mission and purpose, evident in her role as Wellington appointee to the national organisation’s change process in 2011.
Helen Fletcher became involved with YWCA Auckland through the Future Leaders programme and mentored a young woman through the four year programme up to 2012.
Helen has a legal background and is currently Company Secretary at Ports of Auckland Limited and a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries NZ. She has been involved with the Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand since completing a course in 1989 and is on the Board of Trustees.
Helen has been involved in community work over many years in both Hamilton and Auckland, including as a tutor with English Language Partners. She is a keen ocean swimmer and an avid reader.
Justine Pivac Solomon comes from a close family of six children, and descends from a long line of strong Croatian, Irish and English women. She lives in Wellington with her husband and three beautiful children. Justine started on her first board as a young graduate, and has found a passion in governance of community organisations, strategic leadership and social innovation. She served on the Board for Tautoko Services for six years and is actively involved in her two sons’ Kohanga Reo and her daughter’s Maori immersion unit.
Justine has worked in project management, procurement and service development in public and private sector organisations, and currently works as a Senior Portfolio Manager for the National Cervical Screening Programme within the Ministry of Health.
Justine has a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from Massey University, and a BHSc from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA where she played basketball on a scholarship.
Sheree Carter is the Head of Music Sales and Service at Les Mills International and is responsible for the distribution of Les Mills instructor training products into 70 countries around the world. Sheree’s background is in marketing and online and she has a particular passion for large digital projects.
Sheree has extensive international business experience and has travelled the globe in her roles. She has intimate knowledge of the global health club market and a passion to see young people become healthier.
Sheree has a Bachelor of Business degree from Massey University. She is an avid hockey fan who has played the game competitively for 15 years.
Co-opted Board Member
Tahora ki raro, Panekire ki runga Maungapōhatu ki waenganui, Rūātāhuna, Waikaremoana, Rūātoki te rohe pōtae o Tūhoe e mihi kau ake ki a koutou.
Moana Andrew is of Ngai Tūhoe descent, lived in Hamilton for over 12 years and continues to work within the not-for-profit sector Hamilton. Moana’s leadership and governance experience spans over 15 years with a particular focus on Maori within the tertiary sector. She was privileged to have served on the Hamilton board as the recipient of the Maori Womens Scholarship Award 2013.
Moana is currently a fulltime Advocacy Director at Waikato Institute of Technolgy and served in this role for 12 years. Her background is Maori Entrepreneurial development supporting Maori business development. Moana’s work in recent years has been focused on Maori development, governance capability, mentoring, with a particular focus on the revitalization of Te Reo Maori within a strategic framework. She also tutors weekly community based classes to many community and corporate organizations integrating a governance perspective. Her current board roles include YWCA Aotearoa, YWCA Hamilton, Vet Nurse Plus Association (Auckland/Hamilton) Te Ataarangi ki Maniapoto/Tainui, Te Mahi a Te Rehia Inc. Wintec Academic Board.
Moana has been involved in many campaigns lobbying and supporting Tertiary Women’s Focus Groups (Pay Equity), Mana Wahine coalition (Maori Women Leadership), Te Mana Akonga (Maori in Tertiary), NZ Maori Council, Maori Women’s Welfare League. Her passion is the leadership and development of our young Maori Women wahine to return to their ‘Ahi Kaa’ (home fires) as future leaders to support their whanau, hapu and iwi achieve their dreams and aspirations.