Messages from Wahine toa


Tokoroa-born entrepreneur Anna Mowbray, who co-founded multi-billion-dollar toy manufacturer Zuru inspired senior students as part of  International Women’s Day.

Anna Mowbray

Mowbray was joined by other successful women from various backgrounds including Taranaki based ultra distance runner Lisa Tamati who spoke to 150 Year 12 and 13 women from South Waikato schools at the Tokoroa Event Centre.

Māori and Cook Island producer and director Lanita Ririnui executive director of Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori In Screen, an organisation that advocates for Māori representation in the screen industry was the opening speaker.

The event is co-funded by Swift – the South Waikato Investment Fund Trust – which is a community-owned economic development fund dedicated to the growth and development of business in South Waikato.

Ultra distance runner Lisa Tamati



About Author

Roy Pilott

Roy Pilott - the editorial director at Good Local Media - has worked in media in both New Zealand and the UK. He began his career at South Waikato News, worked for a football magazine and an east London tabloid, and later became the editor of the Waikato Times and Taranaki Daily News, and sub editor for the Sunday Star Times.