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University of Waikato Women in Leadership Day


Leading from a place of knowing

             Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom (Aristotle)

The 2014 Women in Leadership Day was held on Friday 29 August in the PWC Lecture Theatre in MSB.


8.45 Karakia (Haupai Puke)
Welcome from DVC (Professor Alister Jones)
9.15 Introduction from Chairs (Professor Linda Smith, Professor Lynda Johnston)
Overview, scene setting

Cirque du Louise: A peep inside my world (Louise Tainui)

10.00 Our culture: the way we need to do things around here (Anna Bounds)
10.15 Morning Tea
10.45 Morning Workshops (select one)
Wheel of Life: Knowing balance (Sue Kohn-Taylor)
The Creative Self (Cheri Waititi)
The Infinite Game: How to live well together (Associate Professor Niki Harré)
Inquiring Responsibly (Dr Tracy Bowell)
12.05 Lunch
1.00 Keynote speaker: Paula Southgate
Leading together: why partnership defines today’s leadership?
2.00 Afternoon Workshops (select one)
Wheel of Life: Knowing balance (Sue Kohn-Taylor)
The Creative Self (Cheri Waititi)
The Infinite Game: How to live well together (Associate Professor Niki Harré)
Leading with awareness (Professor Kay Weaver, Dr Maureen Marra)
3.30 Summary by Chairs
3.45 Karakia whakamutunga  (Cheri Waititi)
3.50 Refreshments


Wheel of Life: Knowing Balance
Balance is personal and unique to each individual – what may be balance for some may be stressful
or boring for others. When life is busy and our energy is focussed on a number of areas it is easy to
find ourselves feeling “off balance” which results in a level of dis-satisfaction in life. While you need
drive and focus to get things done and achieve goals, taking this too far can result in areas of our
life being neglected. That’s when it is time to take a helicopter view of your life so you can become
very aware of what is working and what is not working. This workshop will help you quickly and
graphically identify the areas in your life to which you want to devote more energy, and helps you
understand where you might want to cut back. The challenge then is to transform this knowledge
and desire for a more balanced life into a positive program of action.

The Creative Self
Indigenous peoples know that by tapping into the creative inner self we arrive at our space, place
and way of knowing and being. This way of knowing within our space and place allows us to view
through our indigenous perspective the world as we see it in Te Ao Maori, in Te Ao Pakeha and Te Ao Whanui. In this workshop participants will use visual imagery and prose to explore te kore, a space of infinite creative potential. Participants are asked to bring a precious photograph or copy of it to the workshop and also send a digital copy to the presenter before the workshop.

Inquiring Responsibly (morning session only)

Our work often requires us to find things out – to seek knowledge about things. A trend in the theory of knowledge (‘epistemology’ to those in the trade), emphasises the importance of trying to enquire responsibly. Feminist theorist of knowledge(s), Lorraine Code writes:

The intellectually virtuous person… is one who finds value in knowing and understanding how things really are. S/he resists the temptation to live with partial explanations where fuller ones are attainable, the temptation to live in fantasy or in a world of dream or illusion, considering it better to know, despite the tempting comfort and complacency that a life of fantasy or illusion (or well-tinged with fantasy or illusion) can offer.  (1984, 44)

The responsible inquirer aims to exercise capacities such as an ability to recognize the salient facts; sensitivity to detail; open-mindedness; fairness; humility; perseverance; diligence, care and thoroughness; the ability to recognise reliable authority; intellectual candour; intellectual courage, autonomy, boldness, creativity and inventiveness. In this session, I will lead an exploration of how these capacities can be applied in our professional practices, enabling us to be more effective both as individual knowers and as communities of inquiry.

The Infinite Game: How to Live Well Together
Imagine if life was a game, an infinite game in which we continually changed the rules to keep our deepest values in play and ensure that everyone could take part. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to experience playing an infinite game. The object is for participants to experience the value of this metaphor in understanding current social structures that limit progress towards human and ecological flourishing and the vital role that organisations, individuals and communities can play in promoting the conditions that will make it a reality. We will also discuss the use of finite and infinite game language in helping formulate new symbols and ways of talking about the challenges we face and the possibilities for a positive future. Interested participants will be provided with the materials necessary to facilitate infinite games in their own organisations or communities. They will also be invited to join a network of “infinite players” who want to continue exploring these concepts. For more information go to

Leading with awareness (afternoon session only)

How well do you know yourself? What do others know about you? Knowing and having a good understanding of yourself and being able to assess how others see you are essential to improving your interpersonal and leadership skills. This workshop introduces the Johari and Nohari windows - tools for mapping personality awareness. We will demonstrate how these tools work in practice and provide you with the opportunity to use them in an assessment of yourself and your leadership abilities. Coming to the workshop with a colleague you know and trust to work with you in assessing what you know about yourself and what others know about you is greatly encouraged.


Chair profiles

Professor Linda Smith
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, Dean of SMPD, Chair of WiLD
Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific
Development as well as the founding Director for Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is a member of New Zealand’s Health Research Council, Chair of the Māori Health Research Committee, President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, is a member of the Marsden Fund Council and Convener of the Social Sciences Assessment Panel, and is also a member of The Royal Society of New Zealand. This year Linda was made an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow and in 2013 was honoured in the New Zealand New Years Honours List – (CNZM) Companion of the Said Order for services to Maori and education. She has worked in the field of Māori Education and Health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Māori Research. Professor Smith has published widely in journals and books. Her book “Decolonising Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples” has been an international best seller in the indigenous world since its publication in 1998. Professor Smith was a founding Joint Director of New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence from 2002-2007 and a Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. She is well known internationally as a public speaker. Professor Smith is from two tribes or iwi in New Zealand, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou.

Professor Lynda Johnston
Professor of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Chair of WiLD
Lynda is Professor in Geography at the University of Waikato. Her research expertise centres on embodied geographies of gender and sexualities and she has published on topics such as: wedding tourism; gay pride parades; sun-tanning; bodybuilding; gay ski week; migrant women and food; and feminist and queer methodologies. Her publications include: Space, Place and Sex: Geographies of Sexualities (2010) co-authored with Robyn Longhurst; Queering Tourism: Paradoxical Performances of Gay Pride Parades (2005); and Subjectivities, Knowledges and Feminist Geographies: The Subjects and Ethics of Social Research (2002) which she co-authored. Lynda is Editor of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography and steering group member of the Geography and Gender Commission for the International Geographical Union.

Key Note

Paula Southgate
Chairperson, Waikato Regional Council
From kindy committee mum to chair of Waikato Regional Council, Paula Southgate’s leadership journey has always been about being true to her values. Paula was the youngest woman ever elected to a regional council in 1991 and has since successfully contested five elections and was appointed council chairperson at the October 2013 elections. Much of Paula’s success as a significant regional leader can be attributed to her style of leadership which is one of empowering others to contribute ideas, challenge opinions and negotiate solutions. Paula sees collaboration – working with people and sharing the decision-making – as enabling organisations to be driven further in the fastest timeframe. Her leadership experience extends into the community where she has held memberships on numerous community boards and committees. Her role in the Waikato Environmental Business Network sparked her interest in driving sustainable development of the region. She puts this into practice as a Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner. Paula retains strong links with the University of Waikato where she attained a Bachelor of Arts and diplomas in secondary teaching and guidance and counselling.

Contributor profiles

Louise Tainui
School Manager, School of Maori & Pacific Development
Louise (Ngāti Maniapoto) has worked at the University of Waikato for nearly 20 years. She began her professional career with the University in 1995 in Student and Academic Services, and has held a variety of roles since then. As School Manager of the School of Māori and Pacific Development her role ranges from supporting teaching, learning, research and students to providing strategic planning, initiatives, and leadership for the School. A NZWIL Alumnae of 2012, Louise is currently doing the Postgraduate Certificate in Management Leadership whilst balancing work, whānau, sport and leisure. Louise is passionate about keeping healthy and fit, and spending as much fun time with her mokopuna as possible. Louise also dedicates time to training for multiple sports such as waka ama and triathlons, and is currently in training for the 200km bike Ride to Conquer Cancer 2014.

Anna Bounds
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Operations)
Anna’s portfolio responsibilities to deliver integrated, quality service provision and support, and build workforce capability and organisational capacity across the University. Anna has line management responsibilities for a number of Divisions, Units and programmes of work including business continuity, organisational and workforce development and Equal Employment Opportunities. Anna has a particular interest in the leadership development of women; she is the founder of the University of Waikato Women in Leadership Day and continues to be its dedicated sponsor. Anna is also a Director on the boards of Hamilton Waikato Tourism and U Leisure.

Niki Harré
Associate Professor, University of Auckland
Niki Harré is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Auckland, where she has served in a number of teaching leadership roles. Her recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. Niki lives in Pt Chevalier, Auckland and has three children. She is a founding member of the Pt Chevalier Transition Town, cycles to work, learns the guitar from a musician who lives on her street, and has a large organic garden thanks to her husband. In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. In 2011 she released a second book, Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability. It can be downloaded for free from

Sue Kohn-Taylor
Personal Development Coach
Sue is a personal development coach with 20 years’ experience in and passion for mentoring and coaching men and women to improve their business and personal successes. Sue believes that her particular approach to personal development is a lifelong process in that it enables people to assess their skills and qualities, understand their aims in life, set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential thereby allowing them to achieve enhanced personal and business decisions and outcomes. Sue has been a key speaker at a variety of small business seminars, developed and run small business courses, and has trained professionally with Results brain based coaching (an ICF qualification) and Paul Chek. She also works on key business development projects with companies in the Waikato and Auckland and is currently running a Women’s Inspiration series with the Chamber of Commerce.

Cheri Waititi
Senior Tutor, Arts and Language Education, Faculty of Education
Cheri has been at the university for 16 years, as a Lecturer and Senior Tutor, in the Faculty of Education Arts Team teaching in Art Education for Initial Teacher Education. Cherie teaches across all modes; oncampus in Hamilton & Tauranga and fully online along with Visual Arts papers including drawing, photography, printing, sculpture and contemporary Māori art. Cherie’s research interests include the “Ways of Knowing” and the “Potential in Knowing” especially within the concept of “Te Kore” which is the “Space of Unlimited Potential”. Her passion and current research identifies that the wharenui is a living, teaching tool providing an indigenous learning and culturally determined space within tertiary institutions.

Dr Tracy Bowell
Senior Lecturer – Philosophy Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Tracy is Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She holds degrees in Philosophy from the Universities of Sussex, Cambridge, and Auckland. Her current research focusses in and makes connections across the areas of Critical Thinking and Argumentation, Epistemology, Wittgenstein’s Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy. She participated in the inaugural WIL programme for academic staff in 2007. In addition to serving on various University committees, she serves on the committees of a local football club and tennis club. Tracy is mother to two sons, aged 9 and 14, a keen (obsessive?) tennis player and half-decent baker. In another life, she would have liked to have been a professional tennis player.

Professor C. Kay Weaver
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Postgraduate) and Professor – Management Communications, Waikato Management School
In her Pro Vice-Chancellor role, Kay is responsible for leading the University's strategy around postgraduate research. She teaches communication research and theory for the Department of Management Communication in Waikato Management School and is a recent graduate of the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. Her research interests are in strategic communication, gender, activism and new technologies.

Dr Maureen Marra
Programme Manager – Organisational Development
Maureen works as a Programme Manager in Organisational Development at the University of Waikato. Her areas of expertise are in environmental and organisational change. Maureen’s responsibilities cover wide range of organisational development programmes including the Women in Leadership and EEO Programmes. Her particular interest is in organisational culture.


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