Encouraging women in the construction industry and supporting young struggling women has seen two women honoured.
Julie Raine of Army Bay and Kerry Petrie of Red Beach are among 50 women recognised nationally for making a difference by women’s advocacy group Zonta.
Raine is among a handful of women who got the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) underway in 2012.
There are an increasing numbers of women in the industry and the association supports them.
“Our purpose is to encourage women to pursue, establish and most importantly sustain a career in the industry,” she says.
With a background in finance Petrie is the executive director of A Girl Called Hope and mostly handles fundraising.
The go-it-alone group deals with young women who approach them for help and support dealing with issues like depression, eating disorders, un-planned pregnancy, or thoughts of suicide.
This can include a stay at a home run by the group where they can get support away their current situation.
It’s demanding work for all involved but very rewarding she says.
Its’ been 50 years since the first Zonta club started in New Zealand advocating for women’s issues in society and improving the lives of girls and women.
“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the inspirational women in our lives and to celebrate their contribution to making a difference to the lives of women and girls”, Dr Janette Irvine, Governor of Zonta New Zealand says.