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YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand Governance

Core to our global movement is a commitment to good governance.  The National Board is representative of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand’s membership, with a strong representation of young women aged 30 years or younger.  Our organisation is committed to the promotion of young women leaders, within the wider community of women, and it is through intergenerational support and leadership that we enable young women in New Zealand to gain leadership experience and skills at a governance level.

The 2012 Board of YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand comprises:

  • Co-President: Sina Moore
  • Co-President: Rachel Bowley (YW)
  • Treasurer: Annette Sharp
  • Board Members: Hilary Max (YW), Kate Sutton, Nikki Burns,  Sara Croft (YW), Syrina Pene



Sina Moore and Rachel Bowley are Co-Presidents of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Co-Presidency is a new leadership model for the YWCA movement in Aotearoa New Zealand, but is one that supports the vision and mission of the YWCA while enabling strategic succession planning for the national organisation.

Sina Wendt-Moore is a Pacific woman of Samoan, German and English descent, married with two adult children, and lives in Auckland. Her leadership and governance experience spans 20 years across commercial, public and social-profit environments, and a range of sectors including education, broadcasting, media/advertising, leadership and management, youth mentoring and organisational development.

Her work in recent years has been focused on projects developing leadership capability, mentoring, social enterprise, strengthening governance and the strategic development of organisations and communities, with a strong focus on Pasifika peoples and women’s development. Her current board roles include YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand (Co-President), PACIFICA Auckland – Women’s Network (President), C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust (Chair), Pacific Music Awards Trust (Founding Trustee), and she is Co-Convener of the Leadership Pacific Network.

Sina was founding Chief Executive for the National Pacific Radio Trust, NiuFM, and the Pacific Media Network from 2003–2009; a wonderfully challenging period of dynamic growth that enabled her to connect and positively impact Pacific communities across New Zealand. She is the Chief Executive of Leadership New Zealand, an organisation with a vision to grow, celebrate and weave together Aotearoa New Zealand’s leaders through conversation and enrich Aotearoa through diverse, inclusive and active leadership in a connected community.

Sina has been involved with the YWCA Auckland since 2009 starting with volunteering as a Future Leaders mentor, to being elected as a Board Director in 2010, and then as President in 2011.  In this time she contributed to the work of the remuneration and board development subcommittees.  Sina is highly motivated to contribute to strengthening the YWCA as a national movement and is using her skills, experience and networks to good use on the National Board to ensure the movement across Aotearoa can continue to empower women to be leaders and change makers!

Rachel Bowley I am a 25 year old young woman, who has been the President of the YWCA of Hamilton since October 2010. I joined the YWCA Hamilton board in 2008 as a Young Women’s Tertiary Education Scholarship holder, and attended my first YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand AGM in May 2008.  At the AGM I became involved in the constitutional re-write for the YWCA of A/NZ; discovered the Young Women’s Collective (YWC); and became aware of the collective reach of the YWCA movement across New Zealand.

For the first two years of my involvement with the YWCA, I focussed on building the YWC and exploring the role of young women in governance within the movement.  After attending the Asia Pacific Regional Training Institute in Bali in July 2009, I discovered my interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDs and the female condom.  As an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights for young women, I have developed skills as a female condom demonstrator and attended the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria in July 2010 as a member of the World YWCA Delegation.

Due to my work with the YWCA and HIV and AIDs, I was recognised as an Emerging Leader by the Governor-General of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand and attended the annual Emerging Leaders event in December 2010.

As President of YWCA Hamilton, I have worked with the Board and Management to strengthen our principles and actions of governance and management.  In 2011 the Board approved the YWCA Hamilton’s first Business Plan, and created a governance work plan for 2012.  With a Board of over 50% young women, governance training and up skilling has been critical.  This has resulted in 100% retention of our 2011 Scholarship holders as volunteers on the 2012 Board.

In 2009 I completed a Masters of Management Studies (First Class Honours) in Management Communication, and Bachelor of Communication Studies (First Class Honours) in Public Relations from the University of Waikato.

I am currently working as the Operations Coordinator for the School of Trades at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).  This role involves process, project and contract management, working alongside internal stakeholders, industry and students.  The School of Trades is currently under-going a major culture change project, which will see the redesign of teaching and learning practice, and the development of a $25 million Trades and Engineering Facility. I am the Project Leader for two project streams within the Teaching and Learning Programme.

I am passionate about the role of young women in the YWCA movement in New Zealand, both at a governance and programme/membership level.  As a movement I believe we have an incredible amount of potential to work together and support New Zealand’s young women at a regional level across New Zealand, through the implementation of our proposed strategic themes.  I am a process-driven individual, with strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to critically analyse and adapt to most situations. I’d like to contribute to the strategic work of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand as it leads the movement through a new phase of change.

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

– Melinda Gates



Annette Sharp joined the Auckland YWCA Board in 2008 following the completion of Mentor training and her retirement from the secondary education sector.  At the AGM in 2010 she was re-elected for a second 2-year term.  She has been on several of the Auckland YWCA Board Committees and is a current member of the Finance Committee.

She has also been a member of NZFGW and a participant in GASAT, an international forum which, in the 1990s, promoted opportunities for girls and women in science and technology.  She has been Chairperson of Auckland Netball Centre for 18 months, having now served 4 years on the Board and been a member of the Finance Committee.

Annette holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science (Dist) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physics, Diploma of Social Science in Computer Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration. She undertakes research into   business strategies and implications arising from climate change and renewable energy, with a particular focus on business strategy and economic models for a sustainable environment and solar electricity. She has a parallel research interest in Sport Governance and Management.


Board Members

Hilary Max is a former Co-President of the YWCA of Hamilton. She came onto the Hamilton board as a recipient of the Young Women’s Tertiary Education Scholarship.

Hilary is in her final year of a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology at the University of Waikato. In 2013 she will begin working as a Judges’ Clerk in the High Court of Auckland.

Throughout university, she has worked as a gymnastics coach and is currently a law tutor at the University. Hilary is passionate about community work, she loves working with children and being involved in youth leadership.  She volunteers with Camp Quality, and is a Girl Guide leader. Hilary’s interests include trampolining, running and hiking.

Kate Sutton is Auckland based and runs her own small business specialising in communications and public affairs.  She has previously worked at executive level in private and public sector companies.

Kate is Womens Vice President of the New Zealand Labour Party and ran the turn out strategy for Len Brown’s mayoral victory.  She is on the Council of the University of Auckland and serves on the capital expenditure committee.

Kate has previously served in local government as chair of the Tamaki Community Board from 2004 until she retired in October 2010.  She has been on the Auckland YWCA board since 2009 and has served as Vice President for the last year.

Kate is passionate about womens’ representation and leadership.

Nikki Burns works for Grow Wellington and is the manager responsible for the organisation’s relationship with Wellington’s innovation community, particularly providers of training and consultancy services tailored for business owners.  Nikki has a marketing, sales and business development background drawn from diverse organisations such as ski and tourism operations, advertising agencies, pharmaceutical sales and professional service firms.

Nikki has worked in volunteer governance roles for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard and Wellington Young Professionals and is on the Board of YWCA of Greater Wellington.  She has also been a mentor for the YWCA Discover programme and shows empathy with the YWCA mission and purpose, evident in her role as Wellington appointee to the Change Process Working Group.

Sara Croft is a young woman from Whangarei and is a current member of the YWCA of Whangarei Board.  Sara’s background is in teaching.  She has completed her degree in Primary Education and is now completing post-graduate study in early childhood education.  She is involved in Girl Guides as a Leader and previous Guide and is passionate about giving young women opportunities to have fun, adventure and make a difference in their wider community.

Sara loves getting outdoors, especially to the beach or on the water and enjoys hanging out with family.

Syrina Pene of Tainui descent from Waikato has lived in Hamilton for over 10 years and has been involved with not-for-profit community groups since arriving in 2000, including Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity.

Syrina became a board member of her local Hamilton YWCA in January 2011 along with WoW.  Syrina’s background is in marketing and sales and she has a Graduate Diploma in PR and Advertising.  Syrina is currently studying law at Waikato University and has a keen interest in Constitutional Law, Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights.

Syrina enjoys spending time with family, meeting people, travel and reading.

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