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ZURU celebrates trailblazing young women with GirlBoss Awards 2020
Wednesday 19 August 2020

ZURU has joined forces with GirlBoss New Zealand to celebrate trailblazing young women through the “2020 GirlBoss Awards – Brought to you by ZURU”.

The GirlBoss Awards aim to recognise the incredible Kiwi women (aged 11-18) who are defying stereotypes and shaping the future of New Zealand.

“We are delighted to partner with ZURU and Anna Mowbray on this initiative,” says GirlBoss founder, Alexia Hilbertidou.

“Anna is the youngest female running a massive, fast-growing global toy company. She has used her platform to lead the way in sustainable manufacturing and has a genuine passion for encouraging wahine toa to follow in her footsteps. Born in Tokoroa and raised in Cambridge, Anna’s story shows that young women across Aoteraoa can have a world-changing impact.”

ZURU Director and COO, Anna Mowbray, says gender equality in business is crucial for New Zealand to reach its full potential.

“I am excited to be working with Alexia on this fantastic initiative. Alexia is only 21, the same age as I was when I started at ZURU. Together, we hope to encourage young Kiwis to dream big and realise that they are never too young to create change.”

“In this current climate, New Zealanders are looking for positivity and hope and we see these awards as being a real confidence booster for the 500+ applicants who apply each year.

It is important that we encourage our young people to keep striving and working hard, not only for themselves but for the great things they can do for their community, country and the world.”

Currently only 3% of VC funding goes to female led startups and only 3% of New Zealand’s NZX CEO’s are women. Hilbertidou believes that this generation of young women can change that.

In 2019 the GirlBoss Awards recognised eight inspiring young leaders including;
Georgia Latu, the founder of Poitiki Poi – a business dedicated to making, selling, and teaching the art of poi. True to her values, Georgia employs people from the Dunedin Disabled Citizens Society to keep up with demand.
Rosetta Lopa, from Porirua, was just 13 when she founded the all female singing group LeArt. LeArt have gone on to huge success playing for prestigious audiences such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Silver Ferns, and the All Blacks.
Tayla Nasmith (17) who founded ‘Mummys in Need’ a charity which facilitates donations of baby gear; prams, cots, and clothes to those in need. She delivers 200 care boxes a month to new, vulnerable, mums.

The 2019 GirlBoss Arts & Culture Award was a real confidence boost for winner, Rosetta Lopa.

“The award to me is like a checkpoint in life to show me that I am heading in the right direction. It has opened a door at a time of my life where it felt as if every door was closing around me. This has inspired me to continue to create, share, and love the beauty that is music.”

This year there are six categories: Trailblazer, Innovation, STEM, Emerging Leader, Arts and Culture, and the Activator Award

Orion & Connetics, Method, Delta Insurance, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and Grandkid Power are each sponsoring an award category.

Nominations are now open for females aged 11–18 at and close at midnight on August 27th. The winners will be announced on the 22nd of September at an awards evening held in Auckland at the Northern Club.