NZ rules!: The NEXT Woman of the Year fi­nal­ists re­vealed

Courage, vi­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion all de­fine these achiev­ers who are making the world a bet­ter place. We present our El­iz­a­beth Ar­den and NEXT Woman of the Year fi­nal­ists

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Ev­ery day we are sur­rounded by ex­cep­tional women. Like the one born in a refugee camp who is now em­pow­er­ing other young refugees to achieve their dream. Or the woman – the sole survivor of a bus crushed by a fall­ing build­ing dur­ing the 2011 Christchurch earth­quake – who lob­bied for a change to the Build­ing Act and now has an amend­ment named af­ter her. Some of these peo­ple you may be fa­mil­iar with, while oth­ers were brought to our at­ten­tion as nom­i­nees for this year’s NEXT Woman of the Year Awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with El­iz­a­beth Ar­den.

The awards shines a spot­light on Kiwi women who are achiev­ing in all as­pects of their lives while making a re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tion to oth­ers. Across six cat­e­gories: Arts & Cul­ture, Sports, Ed­u­ca­tion, Com­mu­nity, Health & Sci­ence, and Busi­ness & In­no­va­tion, these 30 women are shin­ing ex­am­ples of what can be ac­com­plished through drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

We’d also like to thank pres­ti­gious and iconic beauty brand El­iz­a­beth Ar­den for their sup­port and in­volve­ment in this project, which cel­e­brates these out­stand­ing he­roes. This is the sec­ond year this in­ter­na­tional com­pany has been in­volved in the awards. “Our com­pany’s game-chang­ing founder, El­iz­a­beth Ar­den her­self, was a leg­endary in­no­va­tor and en­tre­pre­neur, so it is only fit­ting that we hon­our and ac­knowl­edge these out­stand­ing women,” says El­iz­a­beth Ar­den gen­eral man­ager Va­lerie Ri­ley.

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