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ITH A KEEN APPRECIATION OF the impact of women on today’s economy, Staples Rodway Auckland has launched a new specialist group directly focussed on helping women improve the success of their businesses. Our team involves women from all sectors of Staples Rodway, including Business Advisory, Corporate Advisory, Audit, Tax and Human Resources. The aim of the group is to provide great service, mentoring and key introductions for business women in a range of areas from fashion and food to information technology and charities. “As successful women we understand the challenges of being a female in business, and we have ourselves overcome many of the hurdles that you are facing” said Annette Azuma, founder of Women in Business. The dedicated web page on the Staples Rodway website includes pertinent articles and monthly profiles of globally successful business women who are also giving back to society.

The attendees heard from two guest speakers, Donna Vieir, Executive Stylist for Trelise Cooper and Hayley King, artist and owner of Flox Design. Donna offered valuable and practical tips for fashion through the seasons and had everyone enthralled with her stunning outfit and advice (key tip: remember to cull!). Hayley is an inspirational young entrepreneur who started her own business with the aim of making beautiful artwork available to the general public.

Donna Vieira (Trelise Cooper) with prize winner Michelle Malone (NZTE) Raffle prizes included a $250 Trelise Cooper voucher. Guests left the evening with goodie bags with treats from our client Tasti Products and also Devonport Chocolates. All in all the evening was a success with very positive feedback from guests.

“FASHION AT FIVE” EVENT This new service line was introduced with an elegant evening inviting a diverse range of women from different industries. The party kicked off at 5pm with champagne and canapés, allowing guests to mingle and introduce themselves. There was a wonderful atmosphere with a string duet, beautiful flowers and delicious catering.

ƒƒ N  ext decade: Impact of women on global economy estimated to equal that of China’s and India’s 1 billion+ populations ƒƒ Next 5 years: The total income of women globally will increase from US$13 trillion to US$18 trillion (twice the increase expected from China & India combined) ƒƒ By 2028 women will control approximately 75% of discretionary spending worldwide

TARANAKI CONQUERS SOUTH ISLAND ON THE 17TH OF FEBRUARY, 41 Taranaki cyclists, many from farming or rural backgrounds, rode triumphantly into Bluff at the end of an 1100-kilometre journey from Picton. The Central Finance South Island Charity Ride raised more than $160,000 for the Taranaki Rural Support Trust and New Plymouth's Mellowpuff Charitable Trust in a bid to increase awareness around mental health and depression in the rural sector. The money raised by the riders will support rural families and their communities when circumstances beyond their control lead to a climatic, financial, environmental or personal crisis. Event convenor, Darrell Nicholas says the benefits are “real and tangible” in that the funds raised will go directly towards providing more support personnel throughout rural Taranaki. Every 20-kilometres biked has raised enough funding for one additional facilitator for the Rural Support Trust. He says the increased awareness has also encouraged more farmers to ‘open realise thatAutumn what they’re 6up’• and NUMBERS 2015experiencing is not a weakness, but an illness.

Nicholas says the idea was sparked over a couple of beers and a lengthy conversation. “A group of us had been riding for charity in the Round the Mountain Relay for a few years, and had come to the conclusion that we wanted to tackle something bigger. With the majority of us being rural, it was natural for us to agree that the money needed to be put to practical use and to not just sit in a bank account. I then did some research and found that more men die through suicide than are killed in road accidents or prostate cancer per annum”. He says since the decision was made, the support for the cause has “snowballed”. For Staples Rodway Taranaki Director Marise James and her partners, the decision to support the team was a no brainer. “The cause is dear to my heart and fits well with our philosophy of supporting our clients in rural communities”. She says “When we think about farming we think of a great outdoor lifestyle, but in reality it can be an isolated, tough place to be. Your nearest neighbour can be several kilometres away. The price of land is not cheap, mortgages are huge and income can be erratic and seasonal. Add to that the uncertainty of things beyond

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