hall of fame

“we honour those whose success has paved the way, whose brilliance has changed the way things get done and whose generosity has impacted our world for good”

2014 sees the hall of fame enter its third year and with it the induction of three more women.

An open nomination process welcomes nominations against these criteria up to May 1st:

selection panel

The selection panel comprises a group of experienced, successful entrepreneurs who will choose a final group from the nominations made:

who can nominate?

Nominations are invited by anyone who wishes to do so and we enthusiastically encourage them.

email your 2014 nominations now to tara@coofwomen.biz

The  women will be inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame at inv!gorate14, the annual summit for entrepreneurial women on May 15th 2014. 


Linda Jenkinson was honoured at the annual forum on entrepreneurial thinking, insp!re13, in a special ceremony inducting her into the New Zealand Hall Of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.

Sharon Hunter places korowai on LJ at inspire13

In a moving 2013 induction ceremony in June 2013, Retail veteran Anne Norman (centre left) and Insurance industry pioneer, Naomi Ballantyne (centre right) were inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.

2013 and 2012 inductees

Collectively our 2013 inductees who also included Linda Jenkinson inducted in November, are responsible for creating tens of thousands of jobs across three continents, significantly impacting their industries and via a raft of different social projects, make a huge difference both in New Zealand and across the globe.

At the ceremony both Anne Norman and Naomi Ballantyne shared about their journey and about how humbled they were to receive such recognition, by their peers.

Anne Norman Anne Norman, together with her husband David Norman are down to earth people, private people strongly guided by values that include hard work, thrift and loyalty and who believe their primary duty as businesspeople is to New Zealand and New Zealanders. Which is why they have rescued iconic New Zealand companies like Farmers and Whitcoulls from oblivion. And why they continued to pay 200 staff in Christchurch full wages after the earthquakes.
Their Australasian retail empire, the James Pascoe Group, also includes Stewart Dawsons, Prouds, Goldmark, Angus & Coote, Stevens and Borders, and employs almost 11,000 people in more than 600 stores on both sides of the Tasman.

Naomi BallantyneNaomi Ballantyne is the very down to earth founder of Partners Life, the third insurance business she has built.

With almost 30 years of experience in the New Zealand life insurance industry she has become one of the most well-known and respected executives in this market with unprecedented experience in starting companies from scratch and then leading them to significant long-term success.



2012 inductees:

Pictured from Left they are Colyn Deverux-Kay (Les Floralies & Egg Maternity) Anita Finnigan (Best Pacifica Institute), Sharon Hunter (PC Direct, Hirepool).  The Judges unanimously agreed that all three women reflected the hall of fame criteria that combined commercial flair and success with a commitment to supporting other women and making a difference through their various not for profit endeavours.

about the hall of fame

The hall of fame creates explicit examples of female entrepreneurial success to do 4 important jobs:

  1. normalise success as a possibility for others
  2. offer encouragement to those working on their own
  3. make successful women readily accessible
  4. demonstrate diversity of success

2013 nominations resulted in 20 finalists from which 3 new women were chosen to be inducted on June 27th at our annual summit – they were deemed by their peers as the best match against these criteria: