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.