Women and Work: Opportunities and Challenges

Women and Work: Opportunities and Challenges

While there is no evening People’s History Talk, the National Library is hosting, at its Aitken Street premises, this panel discussion on Tuesday evening which may also be of interest to LHP members and friends.

Women and Work: Opportunities and Challenges

You are invited to a free panel discussion at the National Library of New Zealand
70 Molesworth Street, Wellington
Tuesday 5 November 5.30pm – 7.00pm


A lifetime of paid work is now expected as much of women as it is of men. The panel highlights young women making an impact in science, working in IT, creating and building new businesses and confronting the myriad of challenges that endure still, including combining motherhood and paid work.

Chairperson: Dr Judith Aitken

Judith has had a distinguished career as a public servant, author and community worker. She has been Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Chief Review Officer at the Education Review Office. Judith has also published extensively, A Woman’s Place: A Study of the Changing Roles of Women and Men in New Zealand being her first major publication. She is currently a member of the Wellington Regional Council and the Capital and Coast DHB.


Marianne Elliott

Human rights lawyer, with experience in Gaza and Afghanistan as well as New Zealand; author of Zen Under Fire; co-founder and owner of Wellington Mexican restaurant La Boca Loca. Marianne is an advocate for self-employment, for women as entrepreneurs building their own businesses.

Serena Curtis-Lemuelu

Director, SV8 Consulting Ltd. Serena specialises in project management, business and systems analysis. Her projects have included The Pacific Island Safety and Prevention Project for the development and implementation of Whānau Ora and project management of the World Bank, NZ Department of Labour review of the recognised seasonal workers schemes in six Pacific countries. Before setting up her own business Serena worked in the health sector. A highly successful rugby and rugby league player herself she currently coaches Poneke Colts (U21 grade).

Dr. Nicola Gaston

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University & Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute. Before coming to Victoria University Nicola worked at the IRL (now Callaghan Institute) and in Dresden at the world renown Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems. She researches and publishes on the structural electronic and optical properties of nanoparticles and nanostructures.

Bianca Zander

Novelist, screenwriter, journalist and currently creative writing lecturer at AUT. Bianca has written for the NZ Listener, Sunday Star Times and DomPost. She has produced radio shows and written for film and television. Her first novel is The Girl Below and a second is on the way. she combines writing and lecturing with motherhood.

It’s free to attend but we would like to know how many are coming, so could you please RSVP to jason.hansen@dia.govt.nz.