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.
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 YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand comprises:
- Co-Presidents: Sina Moore and Nive Sharat Chandran*
- General Manager: Steph Fink
- Treasurer: Vacancy
- Board Members: Simone de Brouwer*, Angela Lim*, Moana Andrew, Anne Fitisemanu, Heather Moore, Cherelle Fruean*
*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.
Steph Fink is General Manager of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand, the national umbrella body for the YWCA movement in Aotearoa, and has been actively involved with the YWCA for five years in varying capacities.
Steph has a professional background working in both the not-for-profit and public sectors across a range of areas including business, the environment, health, and community development. In her GM role, Steph is focused on implementing the YWCA’s strategic goals, managing the operations of the national organisation and connecting with the global YWCA network.
Steph believes that providing opportunities for young women to develop and grow their leadership skills – wherever they may sit on the leadership spectrum – is key in positioning them to challenge and address the barriers that still exist for women.
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.
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.
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.
Anne Fitisemanu’s work history spans three key sectors. The past eight years have been with various district health boards and NGOs, with a special focus on growing and developing the Pacific workforce. Prior to entering the health sector, Anne worked for AUT University teaching in the Faculty of Business with a focus on ways to improve the achievement rates for Maori and Pacifica students as the Equity Coordinator. Prior to this, Anne worked for local government as part of the Community Development Unit.
Anne has served as a trustee on New Horizons for Women’s Trust and Well Women and Family Trust. She is also on the National Executive of Pacifica Inc. and served as the Chair for the Auckland Central Branch for three years prior to taking up the Vice President position for the Northern Region.
Heather Moore is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to New Zealand at the age of 18 to broaden her perspective while studying Politics at the University of Otago. As a young person in Dunedin, volunteering helped her to connect to the local community, discover new interests, and develop my strengths. Heather’s skills and experience brought her to Volunteering Otago where in 2012 she was employed as the Youth Volunteering Coordinator. Through this role she enjoyed building relationships in the community and supporting young people to develop their own strengths through volunteering. Heather has worked on various local and national political campaigns and am proud to be an advocate for young people and women in Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. Values based leadership motivates her towards success and, as a Christian and Feminist, she was naturally drawn to the YWCA. In 2013 Heather joined the YWCA Dunedin board and in 2014 was appointed Secretary of the YWCA Dunedin Board. As a life-long learner she is enjoying continuing my education in Not For Profit Management. Heather is honoured to have been appointed to the YWCA ANZ board in 2015 and excited to represent Dunedin and the South Island.
Cherelle Fruean is a young entrepreneur from the Pacific Island of Samoa. She is in her last year of completing a Commerce Degree at the University of Auckland and is one of the Managing Directors of X Ltd. Samoa. Being raised in a family of entrepreneurs, she has grown to become very passionate about social entrepreneurship.
For the past 2 years, Cherelle has been actively working to revitalise the YWCA of Samoa and is committed to the development of young women’s leadership in the Pacific Islands. She has represented the YWCA and the Government of Samoa in National, Regional and Global spaces as an advocate for young Pacific women.
In 2014, Cherelle was one of the main coordinators of the charity project ‘The Ray of Hope Concert’. The concert was held as the opening event of the 3rd UN Small Island Developing States Conference. The event successfully raised enough funds to build a brand new young women’s shelter for the Samoa Victim’s Support Group. Cherelle was in charge of event planning, budgeting, marketing and communications, and event operations.
Cherelle has recently been working with ILO and UN Women Samoa to create spaces for young women and young men from around the country to gather for roundtable discussions on gender and youth. She is passionate about working with and educating young people in Samoa on Human Rights, Violence against Women, SRHR and Climate Change.