Qtown women inspired
A woman who has helped raise over $23 million talked to Queenstown business women about wellbeing, fitness and feminism.
Entrepreneur and co-founder of New Zealand’s first crowdfunding platform Pledge Me, Anna Guenther, said Pledge Me had helped more than 1200 campaigns raise in excess of $23m in six years. Now she is planning to move into Australia.
‘‘It’s the first woman-led plat- form in Australia and New Zealand. There’s not many women in the financial markets,’’ she said.
She was passionate about treating people equally and said it would take about 80 years to have full gender equality in New Zealand and 217 years in the rest of the world, according to research.
‘‘There’s a lot of talk that we have to fix women, be more confident, better at business, learn all these things and be kick ass ninjas, but I don’t think that’s a solution. We have to shift the solution and celebrate people wherever they are at because the structure is broken.’’
More than 230 women attended the annual Westpac Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference on Thursday.
Guenther said the Queenstown conference was giving women space to get together and discuss ideas.
‘‘In a world that’s male dominated — to actually get a chance to get together and see how other people are doing things is really important.’’
However, it would be great to have males attend the conference too.
‘‘How do you actually create spaces women have for themselves but also spaces where men feel comfortable going into to listen to a bunch of bad ass ladies speaking?’’
Nadine Higgins, Barbara Kendall, Diane Foster, Lisa Tamati, Rez Gardi, Elise Beavis and Lisa O’Neill were also speaking at the conference.