Women on Boards New Zealand

Ma to rourou me taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi

We are the only women’s organisation in New Zealand dedicated to women on boards.

Our purpose is to increase gender diversity on all boards.

Women on Boards New Zealand represents extraordinary women who want to continuously advance their governance careers.

Our network of trusted women directors are dedicated to supporting women to be successful in their own governance journeys, from the beginning of their board careers.

What do we do?

We support female directors through personal connections and sharing knowledge.

We enhance board composition by advocating for ethno-gender diversity.

We empower women to make an impact and we celebrate success.

Why join Women on Boards?

Women on Boards NZ provides excellent opportunities for aspiring and existing women directors to connect and learn on a local, regional, and global level.


Exclusive access to resources and information
Your own personal login to access information and membership news exclusive to members
Access to the closed Women on Boards social media LinkedIn Group – a safe space for information and discussion on gender issues and board topics
Fortnightly Director Update Newsletters
Access to national and international reports and information on gender issues and thought leadership


Build your personal connections and network
Personal welcome with the Women on Boards NZ Executive Committee
Join your local area Women on Boards support groups across New Zealand for monthly catchups and support
Networks and connections (personally or virtually) with Women on Board members who can open doors, share their governance knowledge and mentor you
International Connections
An opportunity to connect to the international Chartered Governance Institute, represented in 80 countries


Special members rates to attend Women on Boards NZ events

The annual flagship event celebrating excellence of women directors, the Women in Governance Awards
Women on Boards NZ Governance Masterclass, an education programme developed by women, especially for women
Women on Boards conference, held bi-annually
Free or subsidised attendance to Women on Boards NZ networking events held across New Zealand


Globally recognised education and training with Governance New Zealand
Discounted attendance to governance training and educational programmes provided by Governance New Zealand
Pathway to the Professional Education Programme to qualify as a Chartered Governance Professional or Chartered Secretary

Why do we exist?

While the research shows New Zealand has 50.9% women are on public sector boards, there is still work to do to increase gender representation on all boards and increase ethnic diversity.

Women make up only 25.9% of directors on private company boards and only seven companies have achieved gender equality. The statistics for culturally diverse gender representation is significantly behind and on public sector boards, 71.4 % are European, 22.3% are Māori and 5.4 % are Pacific peoples.

Membership is open to all

When you join Women on Boards, you automatically become a subscriber member of Governance New Zealand.
Year Subscription (now till 30 June 2024) = $300.00(GST incl.)

Complete a membership form

We are here to provide practical support and encouragement, with a genuine personal connection.

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Let us be a part of your journey to becoming a woman on boards.