We are so lucky here at the YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand to have a diverse range of talented and dynamic women on our national board. We are excited to welcome four new amazing women, each with their own unique and impressive background, to the National YWCA whānau.
Niamh has been involved in community leadership and organising in Aotearoa since 2009, with an active focus on campaigning, strategic development, and volunteer management.
She is passionate about climate change, women’s issues, and social justice, and in particular, where the three issues meet. Since 2015 she has been based in Auckland as the Executive Director of 350 Aotearoa.
"Working with a feminist organisation that empowers and enhances the lives of young women in Aotearoa has been something I've been excited to do for many years. I'm so delighted to join the wonderful women of board of the YWCA to get cracking!"
Te Aue Addison-Te Whare
Te Aue has held various roles working across the public sector, including in Treaty settlements, environment and local government policy and strategy.
She has been involved in various volunteer women’s collectives throughout university and her early working life and is keen to continue her contribution to advancing women’s rights and interests. She brings skills and experience that can help support and shape the vision for YWCA, particularly in strategic thinking and building creativity and fun into programme design and delivery.
While Te Aue is new to the NGO sector she has been seeking opportunities that foster collective thinking and passion to empower others and affect action in the community. She believes that the YWCA is a platform for change to advance the collective aspirations of women and gender equality.
Te Aue is excited to start her YWCA journey and will bring an enthusiastic rangatahi, wahine Māori and environmentalist perspective to the YWCA governance table.
"I'm really looking forward to starting my journey with the YWCA as the organisation is kaupapa-driven in efforts to empower women. Bring on the opportunity to collaborative with other passionate women to advance our collective aspirations for Aotearoa"
Sophie is a lawyer with considerable experience in intellectual property and commercial law.
She is a strong advocate for women reaching their potential and more. She would like to use her skills to empower women and to assist the YWCA movement as a whole.
As a mother of three young children including two young daughters, the future of New Zealand’s young people is important to Sophie and she is passionate about being a part of a movement that seeks to proactively support young women in a rapidly changing landscape.
“The YWCA is at a pivotal point of change and I look forward to being part of a movement that seeks to uplift our young people and has women’s independence and equality as a key focus. The YWCA is a on journey of which I am thrilled to be a part.”
Our new Board Treasurer, Rachel Southee, has recently completed a long bout of university study at both Massey University and the University of Waikato, and now working as an accountant in Wellington. During this time she has worked in various industries including environmental engineering, research, and management consulting. Rachel also founded a new branch of a Wellington high-school tutoring company in Hamilton which is thriving to this day.
Since early this year, Rachel has been an active board member for the YWCA of Hamilton and involved in the Finance Sub-Committee.
Rachel believes that it is imperative that we all actively challenge gender perceptions and to also raise awareness in order to create a change in our communities.
"My experience with the YWCA of Hamilton inspired me to get involved with YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand. I am excited to continue with such an organisation that empowers the young women of New Zealand to continue to push the boundaries of what women can do and succeed in, so that every young women can have equal opportunity to fulfill her potential."
Welcome aboard Niamh, Te Aue, Sophie and Rachel. We look forward to working with you all to make the YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand stronger together.