The NEXT Woman of the Year Awards, in association with PANDORA, was a night which celebrated the achievements and successes of some spectacular Kiwi women.
Six winners were honoured for the varied and individual contributions they have made both at home and abroad, breaking new ground and lifting up communities in need.
The standout finalist, who was been crowned Woman of the Year 2016, is Billie Jordan – founder of The Hip Op-eration Crew, which is officially recognised as the world’s oldest dance crew. Billie’s inspirational story has swept the globe and helped challenge the stereotypes about growing older.
“Every year, we are inspired and humbled by the outstanding achievements made by the women across New Zealand,” says NEXT editorial director Sarah Henry.
“For a lot of the finalists, NEXT Woman of the Year is the first time they have been in the spotlight and acknowledged for their extraordinary work. The opportunity to give these women the recognition they deserve is a highlight for us every year.”