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The growth of empowerment and its effect on New Zealand’s boards

Writer, columnist, media consultant, former MP and director Sue Kedgley talks about her role in the growth of women’s’ empowerment and how this movement has in turn affected New Zealand boards. This events follows the BoP branch AGM.

Sue Kedgley
5:30pm — 9:00pm, 18 February 2021
Tauranga Club
Tauranga Club, Level 5, 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
Price members
$75.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$95.00 incl GST


Sue will share with us her various experiences in empowering women which first started in the 1970’s when Sue set up and founded the women’s liberation movement ‘National Organisation for Women’. Sue's more recent positions have included chair for UN Women New Zealand, chair for National Committee of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and a Green Party MP for 12 years. In this role, she was the Green Party spokesperson for food, health, women’s Issues, animal welfare and other issues.

From these experiences (and many more) Sue will remind us why we need women on boards and wherever decisions are made.

The AGM will run from 5.30pm - 6.45pm followed by dinner in the restaurant from 7pm - 9pm. Register for the AGM only

Sue Kedgley

Sue Kedgley has been on the board of Consumer New Zealand for nine years and the board of Capital and Coast District Health Board for six years. She has been a trustee of the Consumer Foundation for the past seven years.

She was a member of the board of UN Women New Zealand for eight years, from 2011-2019, and its chairperson in 2014. She was on the National Committee of the Women’s Empowerment Principles for seven years, from 2012-2019, and was its chairperson in 2015.

Sue is the convenor of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the National Council of Women. She is a writer, media consultant and media trainer.

She was previously a Green Party MP for 12 years and was the Green Party spokesperson for food, health, women’s issues, animal welfare and other issues. From 2005-2008, Sue was the chair of Parliament’s Health Select Committee and was previously deputy chair of the committee for six years. Sue has an MA (Hons) in Political Science.

Sue was a Wellington City Councillor for seven years, a Wellington Regional Councillor for six years, a TV reporter/ director/ producer for eight years and worked for eight years in the United Nations Secretariat, promoting women's issues and organising international conferences.

She is the author or co-author of seven books, the most recent one entitled ‘Eating Safely in a Toxic World’. She was a founder and Co-Convenor of the Safe Food Campaign in New Zealand and the National Food Safety Network.

Sue was involved in setting up the early women’s liberation movement in the seventies and founded the ‘National Organisation for Women’ and ‘Auckland University Womens Liberation’. 

She is married to Denis Foot and is the mother of 30 year-old Zac.

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Bay of Plenty Branch Manager
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