New Year, New Career

jobsAs another year starts, are you wanting to find a way to wake up each Monday morning excited by the prospect of going to work? May be you already have a job you love and would like to help others in the Network or friends and family find something they love or perhaps you want to keep up with current trends in the recruitment industry.

NZBWN would like to invite you to our first event for 2011 which will focus on change.

Join us to network with people from the recruitment industry, get valuable insights into the job market both in NZ and the UK, be involved in a question and answer session with a panel of experts, and start working on your plan to get excited by work.

New Year, New Career
Monday 10th January 2011 – 6pm to 9.30pm

23 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2QP proudly supported by Kirkpatrick Executive Search (
Nearest Tube station - Bank
Tickets £16 includes a welcome drink and nibbles

There are only 50 tickets available, so be in quick to help make 2011 an exciting year for your career.

book now via our website to avoid disappointment

Introducing Mary Fenwick

Mary Fenwick - New Zealand Business Womens NetworkMary Fenwick, business coach, writer and facilitator, will MC the evening. Mary's journalism career began in radio, before moving into television (London Weekend Television) and print, including work for The Times, Good Housekeeping and as a magazine editor. She continues to write a regular online column. Her corporate and business career developed from five years in the public affairs department of GKN plc, a FTSE-100 multinational engineering company. From there, she joined the Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG) as a business director to pursue her interest in the political environment, especially how government, business and not-for-profit sectors can work together. She trained as a business coach with Meyler Campbell, with Harvard professor Carol Kauffman as her personal supervisor for coaching practice. Throughout her career, major threads have included public presentation, the art of influence, and the skills required to build enduring and genuine relationships (she hates the word networking).

Biographies of our panel of experts will be released shortly.

Can you help?
We are putting the finishing touches on this event however we are looking for our last panel member who works in Human Resources who can answer general questions relating to HR and in particular as to what employers look for when CVs are submitted. We also want to highlight network members who work in the career field by including contact details to the attendees of the event. Please contact Robyn if you can assist with either of these requests

As all of our events sell-out quickly book now by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the night!

Christmas Event Sold Out

Christmas Event Now Sold Out!Alas our Christmas event has sold out. If you'd still like to make the event join our waiting list by emailing us at

To those of you who cannot make it, we at the NZ Business Women's Network wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and hope to see you in January for a rather special first up limited seats event on Monday January 10th. More Details to come.

Christmas, Champagne and Creativity

Christmas Event of the New Zealand Business Women's NetworkUPDATE: This Event has Sold Out.

The NZBWN would like to invite you to our finale for 2010 and to see out the year in style. Enjoy an evening with Trish Stevenson - Businesswoman, Artist and Partner to New Zealand's High Commissioner here in the UK - at the inspiring October Gallery.

The focus of the night is a more sociable evening with the chance to do Christmas shopping along with inspiration from Trish around Creativity.

Monday 6th December 2010 – 6.30pm to 9.30pm
October Gallery – 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL

Nearest Tube stations – Holborn, Russell Square

Tickets £20 includes all drinks and Canapes

Dress: business attire or smart causal with Christmas colours optional for those who want to add a special touch to the night.

Introducing Trish Stevenson

Trish StevensonNew Zealander Trish Stevenson is a facilitator, creative developer and artist. In New Zealand she worked in educational publishing, telecommunications and television in training and development, strategic marketing, management and governance roles.  In the late 90s Trish was on the board of NZ On Air and from 2000 to 2006 was a Board Director of TVNZ. She is an Associate of Wellington based Pattillo consultancy.

Trish designs and delivers courses and workshops in facilitation skills and strategic and creative thinking in private, public and not-for-profit organisations. London clients include IPPF and UK/NZ Link. NZ clients include Samaritans, the New Zealand Institute of Directors and many government agencies concerned with transformational change.

Trish has a BA in Psychology (Otago), Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling (Massey), Diploma in Art and Creativity (TLC Wellington) and a Master of Fine Arts (RMIT Melbourne).

Sample delectable Christmas canapés while having the opportunity to start your Christmas shopping with representatives from:

  • Angels in My Kitchen – home catering and Christmas Food gifts
  • Rosanna Raymond Jewellery
  • Books from authors, Peta Mathias, Janet Frame, Maggie Eyre…
  • Wines from Murray Road,….

For those who book their tickets we'll send you a full list of businesses and their websites a couple of weeks before the event as you may like to pre-purchase certain items and pick them up on the night making good use of your shopping time.

Building Relationships Event with Peta Mathias

Maggie Eyre, Bronwen Horton and Peta MathiasIt was fantastic to see so many of you last week at our largest event ever. Having sold-out at all of our previous events we thought using the Penthouse would hold everyone yet we still sold-out in just over a week with another waiting list.

Greeted with Murray's Road Savingon brought to you by Debbie Pepler and nibbles by Anna Hansen and the Modern Pantry we settled in to hear from Peta Mathias, Did she tell you she lives half the year in Southern France? Many of you have asked for Peta's notes which are attached. Thanks Peta for a wonderful talk and for being with us on the night. As it was Peta's birthday the next day flowers were donated by the Dental Surgery and thank you to AUT for gifting Peta with a beautiful birthday present, a blessed whale greenstone necklace.Peta was delighted as she had never received Ponnamu before in her life time.

After hearing Peta we moved onto some speed networking which unfortunately the acoustics in the Penthouse could not really handle however in true Kiwi spirit we managed to meet some new people and learn a little more about others in the Network. As many of you know at our events we try to incorporate a bit of inspiration and also ensure we go home having met some new people.

New Zealand Business Women's Network Audience at New Zealand House in LondonOur evening closed with door prizes and numerous raffle prizes to help support the Canterbury Earthquake appeal where we raised over £300. In total across both events (September 6th at Bleeding Heart and October 11th NZ House) we're raised over £500 which has been transferred to the NZ Society. Michelle Marsh, President of the NZ Society will be presenting the funds to Bob Parker, Mayor of Christchurch on November 15th.

We'd like to thank a huge range of people who came together to make the evening a success donating their time, products, and or services for the door prizes and raffles. I hope you all enjoyed the yummy treats in the goodie bags and on the way home eating my hokey pokey I couldn't help but chuckle to myself that the goodie bags were put together by the team at the Dental Surgery which included Moros and Minties from Kiwifruits and Hokey Pokey made by Anna Hansen and the Modern Pantry Team and toothbrushes, toothpaste etc from the Dental Surgery- do you think they were in on it?!?

As mentioned on the night after preparing our nibbles Anna Hansen stole away to attend an awards dinner where the Modern Pantry was awarded the rather amazing title of 53rd best restaurant in the Nation. Given there are over 7,000 restaurants/cafes in London alone this is fantastic.

A massive thank you to all the helpers and please support the following businesses:

The Dental Surgery -
NZ News UK -
Murray’s Road Wines, UK orders please contact Debbie via email
Hair styling
by Christa Loisel of Ena Salon
Designer Jewellery
by Kohtu and Petros
Rollup banners from Strictly Marketing and
Beauty and Honey products
from Comvita Store Portobello Rd
Speak in Public with Confidence, Maggie Eyre
Janet Frame Book set
- donated by the Janet Frame Society. Book sets can be purchased from Kiwifruits.

For those of you who missed out purchasing Peta's books:

Culinary Adventures in Marrakech -
Fabulous - Thoughts of Being A Woman -

Peta Mathias's Birthday Present from the NZ Business Women's NetworkWe will try to have Peta's DVDs at our next event as they'll make great Christmas gifts £15, Peta Unplugged in Marrakech

As it was nearly double our usual size event we had a huge number of volunteers who worked hard to bring you all an amazing evening.

Thanks to Peta for rearranging her birthday plans to be with us and for also providing her notes. I'll be digging out my old school reports to see what my teachers thought I should be doing.

What's the Goss?