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Joanna Norris, ChristchurchNZ CEO

Joanna Norris is CEO of ChristchurchNZ, the city’s promotion and economic development agency. She says the success of our city comes down to good leaders prepared to collaborate.

What makes this city stand out as one where women can succeed?

Ōtautahi Christchurch has always been a place where people have been prepared to chart a different and interesting course.

Kate Sheppard and her peers were incredibly brave social pioneers – I love their stories and their example and aspire to have even a fraction of their strength.

Do you think having so many female leaders at this crucial time for Christchurch will change how the city looks and operates?

No. What will change the way this city looks and operates are good leaders, women and men, who are committed to an aspirational direction and shared, tangible goals.

We need people who believe in this place and are prepared to celebrate and stand up for it.

Is there a piece of advice you wish you had heard when you were younger?

Always be curious. And when people try to tear you down, don’t let them. Respect the views of those people and their right to have them, but don’t let them knock you off course. And always have fun.

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