Lawyer Susie Staley at her Dunedin home yesterday after
being named as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Susie Staley hopes Dunedin and iD fashion show events
will get more exposure as a result of her being named a
finalist in the Women of Influence Awards.
She is one of 50 finalists from across the country to be
named in the inaugural awards which aim to recognise women
who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and used their
influence to make a positive impact on New Zealand society.
The winners will be announced in Auckland on October 23.
Ms Staley (50), a lawyer, is a finalist in the board and
management category, recognising her contribution on a
variety of boards including Tower, Maritime New Zealand and
PGG Wrightson, and as voluntary chairwoman of the iD Dunedin
''I'm pretty pleased.''
Being selected as a finalist showed the rest of the country
acknowledged and celebrated the work the many talented and
clever women and men of the city did, she said.
''As a true-blue Dunedinite, I'm proud to help raise the
profile of Dunedin further, showing that the sphere of
women's influence extends down to the South too.''
She was in her mid-30s when she took up her first
directorship and the lack of women in similar positions was
an issue then.
''The statistics haven't changed.''
Ms Staley enjoyed the collegiality of being on boards, the
company environment and helping drive returns for
''You have to understand the business you are involved in but
you do not make a fortune doing it - that is a misconception
many people have.''
She was also fully involved in helping the 15th iD fashion
week next March, an event which brought thousands of people,
including international media, and millions of dollars to the
city every year.
It was a contribution she took on about 12 years ago and
continued to fight to make it happen each year.
Alongside Ms Staley, the other finalists in her category are:
2012 Dairy Woman of the Year, Barbara Kuriger; Federation of
Maori Authorities chairwoman Traci Houpapa; New Zealand's
2015 Cricket World Cup operation head Therese Walsh; Gravida
chairwoman Alison Paterson; Porter Novelli managing director
Jane Sweeney; New Zealand Treasury deputy chief executive
Vicky Robertson; ecelearn chief executive Selena Fox;
Richardson Management's Jeanette Richardson, and Telecom and
Auckland International Airport board director Justine Smyth.
The other categories in the Women of Influence awards were
local/regional, innovation/science, community/social, and