Female Futures

8 creative young women representing New Zealand on the global stage share their wisdom

As another International Women’s Day rolls around, we pause to appreciate some of the wise words spoken by local females leading the charge in their respective industries.

New Zealand brims with unshakable talent, strong individuality and a unique sense of pride. From actresses and bloggers to designers, authors and poets, read on to discover the new generation of creative young Kiwi women representing our nation on the global stage—there really is no place like home.

Scroll to read their sentiments on life, love, career and connection to Aotearoa below: 


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage_ rose-mciver On life in New Zealand: "When I come back here I decompress and exhale. There’s room around me to catch my breath." - Actress, Rose McIver.

On life in New Zealand:

“When I come back here I decompress and exhale. There’s room around me to catch my breath.”

—Rose McIver, actor.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage_ frankie-adams - On diversity within our media: “Back home I see more and more Maori and Polynesian people on screens and behind the cameras and it’s empowering. I hope to see more in the future." - Actress, Frankie Adams.

On diversity in New Zealand media:

“Back home I see more and more Maori and Polynesian people on screens and behind the cameras and it’s empowering. I hope to see more in the future.”

Frankie Adams, actor.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage_ darneen-christian On more than just Kiwis stories: “The world seems hungry for native stories, but not for the native history. We have more to offer than stories." - Actress, Darneen Christian.

On New Zealand stories:

“The world seems hungry for native stories, but not for the native history. We have more to offer than stories.”

Darneen Christian, actor.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage_ lang-leav On love: “Love is often sold as this fluffy, silly thing, but it’s not. It’s the most important thing in your life. It really determines your life." - Author and poet, Lang Leav.

On love:

“Love is often sold as this fluffy, silly thing, but it’s not. It’s the most important thing in your life. It really determines your life.”

Lang Leav, author and poet.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage _ rose-matafeo On being thankful: “There have been many before me who worked hard to allow me, a self-reflective, sensitive Pisces, to unleash my pretty mild comedy on the world." - Comedian, Rose Matafeo.

On expression:

“There have been many before me who worked hard to allow me, a self-reflective, sensitive Pisces, to unleash my pretty mild comedy on the world.”

Rose Matafeo, comedian.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage _ jaime-ridge “I love being from New Zealand and supporting New Zealand designers and brands. We have such talent, I just want the world to see.” - Fashion blogger, Jaime Ridge.

On being a New Zealander:

“I love being from New Zealand and supporting New Zealand designers and brands. We have such talent, I just want the world to see.”

Jaime Ridge, fashion creative and stylist.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage _ xana-tang “The responsibility of showing the world that Kiwis work hard and are filled with humility, and having other Kiwis be proud you’re representing them makes my heart warm.” - Actress, Xana Tang.

On Kiwi pride:

“The responsibility of showing the world that Kiwis work hard and are filled with humility, and having other Kiwis be proud you’re representing them makes my heart warm.”

Xana Tang, actor.


8 New-Gen New Zealand Women on the Global Stage_ Gosia Piatek (left) on Kiwi talent: “We have a lot of innovators here that are breaking stereotypes and not just in fashion, but across all industries." - founder of Kowtow. Maggie Hewitt (left) on our beautiful country: “We’re so incredibly lucky to call New Zealand home.” - owner of Maggie Marilyn.

On Kiwi ingenuity:

“We have a lot of innovators here that are breaking stereotypes and not just in fashion but across all industries.”

Gosia Piatek (left), founder of Kowtow.

“Being based here has its obvious difficulties in terms of being so geographically isolated, however I think it’s our strength as well. It gives us a unique perspective. ”

– Maggie Hewitt (right), owner of Maggie Marilyn.


To learn more about each creatives’ journey and how they’re making a positive change in the world, pick up a copy of Fashion Quarterly Issue 1, 2019. 

 

Photos: Stephen Tilley
Stylist: Danielle Clausen

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