IWG Captain’s Lunch 2019

Photos: IWG Global Patron, the Rt Hon Helen Clark and the Hon Grant Robertson, New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation

Event:                IWG Captain’s Lunch

Date:                  Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Time:                 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue:               Auckland Room, SKYCITY Convention Centre, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa | Auckland, New Zealand

On 29 March 2019, Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand was delighted to announce a brand new event – the IWG Captain’s Lunch.

The event, which will mark 25 years since the establishment of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport, will be “captained” (hosted) by an array of high profile New Zealand athletes, coaches and sports leaders including Commonwealth Games gold medallist Beatrice Faumuina, Kiwi Fern (Rugby League) Co-Captain Honey Hireme, Paralympic silver medallist Holly Robinson, plus the Chief Executive Officers of Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and Paralympics New Zealand.

Before lunch, attendees will enjoy a keynote speech by Hon. Grant Robertson, New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation followed by a panel discussion, involving the Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ – newly announced as Patron of both IWG and its delviery agent, Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand, plus business and sports leaders. It will focus on gender equity in the workplace and discuss why diverse leadership drives high performance.

Helen Clark said: “Women and girls continue to be underrepresented across all facets of business and sport. Now, more than ever, our nation Aotearoa New Zealand and world leaders must work together to include everyone, no matter their gender, ethnicity, faith or beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical abilities. Our leaders must support the drive toward greater diversity and inclusiveness.”

This event is being hosted in partnership with the Trans-Tasman Business Circle. Funds raised will assist New Zealand’s delivery of the IWG Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022 and contribute to facilitating local programmes focussed on ensuring that women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in sport and recreation.

Tables & Tickets

Members of the Trans – Tasman Business Circle can purchase a table of 10 (incl 1x seat for a “Captain”) at the member price of $2,000 + gst ($200 pp + gst).

Corporate organisations and non-members can purchase a table of 10 (incl 1x seat for a “Captain”) at the non-member price of $3,000 + gst ($300 pp + gst).

Single tickets are also available for those attending alone or in small groups.

**SPECIAL TICKET OFFER**: Sport organisations, athletes and individuals working within New Zealand sport and recreation can access the Member Price.

Please email: dora.beara@buscircle.com for tickets.

Meet the Captains!

People that have already accepted the invitation to host a table include the following fantastic leaders.

Check back soon as we announce the rest of our expected 40x “Captains”!

Athletes & Coaches

Adine Wilson, former Silver Fern Captain Honey Hireme, Co-Captain, Kiwi Ferns


Beatrice Faumuina, former discus thrower, Commonwealth Games gold & silver medallist Holly Robinson, Rio 2016 Paralympic and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (javelin)


Louisa Wall, MP, former Black Fern and Silver; Board Member, Women in Sport Aotearoa Luisa Avaiki MNZM, Head Coach Warriors Women; NZRL Women’s Development Manager & Former Kiwi Fern


Kiri Wills, Head Coach, NZ U21s & Northern Stars Netball Raylene Bates, multi-medal winning coach, Rio 2016 Paralympics



Raewyn Lovett, ONZ, Co-Chair, IWG 2018-22  


Michael Scott, CEO, High Performance Sport New Zealand Peter Miskimmin, CEO, Sport New Zealand


Kereyn Smith MNZM, CEO, New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Fiona Allan ONZM, IWG Global Executive Member and CEO, Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ)


Prof. Sarah Leberman, Co-Chair, Women in Sport Aotearoa Julie Paterson, Co-Chair, Women in Sport Aotearoa and CEO, Tennis New Zealand


Jennie Wyllie, CEO, Netball New Zealand Nicki Nicol, Chief Operating Officer, New Zealand Rugby


Dean Murphy, CEO, New Zealand Golf Greg Peters, CEO, New Zealand Rugby League


Peter Pfitzinger, Interim CEO, Athletics NZ



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