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LANI EVANS Phi­lan­thropist

Named Phi­lan­thropy New Zealand’s 2017 emerging in­di­vid­ual, Lani has been in­volved with so­cial en­ter­prises for more than 10 years. Her com­pany, Thank You Pay­roll, pro­vides small busi­nesses and char­i­ties with a free pay­roll ser­vice, with $5 per client per pay do­nated to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions through a char­i­ta­ble trust. Lani also cre­ated Fe­male Founders, sup­port­ing women lead­ing so­cial en­ter­prises, and as the man­ager of the Voda­fone NZ Foun­da­tion, she launched its $20 mil­lion strat­egy aim­ing to halve the num­ber of young peo­ple at risk in New Zealand by 2027.

DR ASSIL RUS­SELL Founder of Re­vive a Smile and ICARE

Assil is ded­i­cated to help­ing Ki­wis in need re­gain their con­fi­dence, and their smile. Through Re­vive a Smile, she has de­liv­ered free den­tal treat­ment to more than 1500 peo­ple, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims, refugees, low-in­come adults and the el­derly. Last year the char­ity ex­panded to set up New Zealand’s first mo­bile den­tal clinic. She achieved an­other first in her home coun­try of Iraq with ICARE, a char­ity pro­vid­ing den­tal and med­i­cal ser­vices to dis­ad­van­taged and or­phaned chil­dren, with all five branches un­der the di­rec­tion of young busi­ness­women.

STACEY SHORTALL Lawyer and phi­lan­thropist

A part­ner at Min­ter El­li­son Rudd Watts, Stacey Shortall has 20 years of pro bono ex­pe­ri­ence. She started the Moth­ers Project in Auck­land Re­gion Women’s Cor­rec­tions Fa­cil­ity, to con­nect in­car­cer­ated moth­ers with their chil­dren. The pro­gramme has since ex­panded to Welling­ton and Christchurch, with more than 100 women lawyers vol­un­teer­ing. Stacey also founded the Home­work Help Club, part­ner­ing decile one pri­mary school chil­dren with busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions, and WhoDidYouHelpTo­day, con­nect­ing vol­un­teers with non-profit com­mu­nity projects.

DIANE VI­VIAN Grand­par­ents Rais­ing Grand­chil­dren

Af­ter un­ex­pect­edly rais­ing her foster daugh­ter’s two chil­dren, Diane saw a need for sup­port for grand­par­ents fac­ing the same chal­lenges, often on lim­ited in­comes. The trust has grown from the first sup­port group in 1999, in Birken­head on Auck­land’s North Shore, to a recog­nised na­tional provider of sup­port ser­vices for 6000 grand­par­ent and whanau care­givers. Al­most 20 years on, Diane still per­son­ally answers the phones from 8am-2pm on week­days. She was made a Com­pan­ion of the Queen’s Ser­vice Or­der for ser­vices to se­niors and youth in 2017.

KRIS­TINE BARTLETT Equal pay cam­paigner

Hav­ing worked at a rest home for 24 years for only $14.46 an hour, Kris­tine made his­tory for her­self and count­less other New Zealand women this year when she cam­paigned for, and won, equal pay for 55,000 care and sup­port work­ers. Backed by her union, E tu¯, Kris­tine’s five-year fight for equal pay took her all the way to the Supreme Court, was hailed by the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion as a “his­toric step for­ward for gen­der equal­ity”, and led to the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ing a work­ing group to de­velop prin­ci­ples for deal­ing with pay equity claims.

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