Successful launch a springboard for women in roofing industry

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New Zealand Steel chief executive Gretta Stephens (left) and RANZ vice-president and New Zealand Women in Roofing chair Jenny Maxwell.

New Zealand Women in Roofing (NZWiR) was officially launched at the RANZ conference in Queenstown in June.

As part of the launch, guest speaker New Zealand Steel chief executive Gretta Stephens gave an inspirational insight into being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, and the importance of being authentic.

RANZ president Mark Bishop spoke about how he believed that NZWiR and RANZ could look forward to a long-lasting partnership for the long-term betterment of the roofing industry.

Following the initial speeches, breakout groups formed to discuss the challenges that women face in the industry, and came up with collaborative ideas of how to overcome the challenges and help make the industry stronger.

NZWiR branches have now been established in Canterbury, Hamilton and Auckland, and are in the process of being set up in Central Otago, Tauranga and Nelson.

The newly formed organisation now has more than 80 members.

Since the launch there has been a lot of work going on in the background, including the establishment of a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/newzealandwomeninroofing.

Here, visitors can keep up to date with what is going on around the country with the formation of the new branches, and also with the activities the women are getting involved in.

NZWiR is also grateful for the generous offer from Skills New Zealand to set up the NZWiR web site.