The YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand (YWCA of A/NZ) is a national organisation representing six 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 Board of YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand comprises:
- Co-President: Sina Moore
- Co-President: Nive Sharat Chandran*
- Treasurer: Justine Pivac Solomon
- Board Members: Simone de Brouwer*, Angela Lim*, Sheree Carter*, Moana Andrew, Samantha Allen*
*young women 30 years of age and under
Co-Presidency is a model that supports the vision and purpose of the YWCA and where leadership is shared between women of all ages.
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!
Nive Sharat Chandran has a long herstory with the YWCA movement in Aotearoa. She graduated from the Future Leaders Programme run by the Auckland YWCA in 2008 and in 2010, she was elected onto the Auckland YWCA board of directors and a year later she was chosen as its Vice-President.
Nive’s passion is the empowerment of women, young people and children. She was also a finalist in the emerging leader category for the Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards 2013 held in New Zealand. Nive has worked as the youth coordinator and advocate for Shakti. She has also held an internship at the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the Department of Internal Affairs and is a past chair woman of the Auckland City Youth Council. She regularly prepares local and national submissions on issues affecting youth, and women.
Nive has strong connects with the World YWCA and other international human rights organisations. In 2014, she was chosen to be the 2014 World YWCA intern at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Her responsibilities included extensive advocacy, networking, developing policy briefs and some fruitful dialogue for good measure. She campaigned for the dignity and rights of women and girls in relation to education, ending violence against women, economic opportunities, and finally, the fulfilment of sexual reproductive health and rights.
Fluent in both Tamil and English, Nive is also able to stay abreast with contemporary issues facing young women through her connections. She has strong networks within the New Zealand’s Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, YouthLaw Aotearoa, Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, UNESCO NZ’s Youth Advisory Group, and the Office of Ethnic Affairs.
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.
Angela Lim is a 5th year medical student at the University of Auckland. She was originally from Malaysia and migrated to NZ when she was 16 years old. Angela is passionate about reducing inequalities and the two areas she is interested in doing that is through empowering youth leadership and improving health outcomes for all.
She very much takes a strategic and whole of system approach and this is reflective on her diverse experiences that have allowed her to develop skills in governance and strategic thinking.
At the age of 24, she already sits on several nationally led health IT projects’ governance boards and is on the Northern Region’s Clinical Leadership Group. She’s also a trustee for the Asian Women and Family Trust and the YWCA Auckland Board. She is part of the Asia:NZ Leadership Network and the British High Commission’s Successor Generation. She is also the Deputy Chair of the Counties Manukau DHB’s Community Panel, member of the National Health IT Board’s Consumer Panel and the Auckland Council’s Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel.
She was president of her local community’s youth group and during that time organised the Bright Future Starts Here Career and Social Expo open to the public in partnership with the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, Counties Manukau District Health Board and Mental Health Foundation. She also assisted with the Young Women’s Collective’s online campaign to address self-confidence and body image issues.
She developed her financial literacy by sitting on the YWCA’s finance and economic development subcommittee. She also developed a good grasp of funding partnerships and stakeholder relationship management when she was on Chiasma’s Partnership team. Chiasma is a student led organisation that looked at producing business savvy, innovative and professionally developed students by the time they graduate from their degree.
She has also been a YWCA M.A.N.A mentor and a youth worker for disabled youths. Lastly, she has done several public speaking events looking to inspire young people to take up more leadership roles in their area of interest. She has a wide range of networks and through her various involvements with the YWCA it shows she is committed to the cause and would like to take it to the next level by being on the YWCA Aotearoa Board.
Simone de Brouwer joined the YWCA in 2012 as a recipient of the YWCA of Hamilton’s Young Women’s Tertiary Scholarship. Since then she has been a member of the YWCA Hamilton Board and was elected to the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand Board in May 2014.
Simone recently completed a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Mathematics and Economics, at the University of Waikato. While studying she worked in the halls of residence and tutored high school students. She now works in Auckland teaching secondary mathematics and economics. Simone is passionate about the rights of women and improving outcomes for youth, particularly young women.
Samantha Allen is a Kiwi of English, Scottish and Irish descent. She has a BA in Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Otago, and is currently studying law at Victoria University of Wellington. Samantha is the National Women’s Rights Officer for the NZ Union of Student’s Association (NZUSA) and spokesperson for the NZUSA Tertiary Women’s Focus Group (TWFG). Samantha is also a founding member of the NZ Commission for UNESCO Youth Reference Group, edits an online intersectional-feminist zine called Stockings and is Assistant Director (Conference) for the 2015 UN Youth NZ High Schools delegation to The Hague Model United Nations. Samantha has had a fair bit of advocacy experience and is excited about the increased advocacy work YWCA Aotearoa NZ is looking at getting into. It her spare time Samantha enjoys cats, naps and British comedy.
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.