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Recognising wāhine this international women’s day.
March 08, 2024

🌟 This International Women's Day, let's empower women entrepreneurs! 💼 💪 Investing in small and medium-sized enterprises led by women isn't just an investment in business – it's an investment in equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

Remember our blog on 5 wāhine leading the NZ investment charge? We thought it would be about time to see what they’ve been up to since we last wrote about them. Here’s what we found:

Kristen Lunman and Natalie Ferguson

Just a refresher… Kristen and Natalie were the co-founders of Hatch, one of New Zealand’s DIY investment platforms with over 5,800 of the world’s biggest companies and more than 1,900 exchange traded funds (ETF’s) now available to invest in.

Well since 2022, Hatch has been successfully sold to Global wrap platform provider FNZ…. And Kristen and Natalie have started up yet another innovative company. Powrsuit tackles the gender gap within leadership roles by using their expertise to guide like-minded women on becoming the leaders they were meant to be! Learn and be mentored by two of the leadings Kiwi’s in the investment space by becoming a Powrsuit member here.

Mary Holm

A renowned columnist and investment author, Mary has continued to give excellent discussions around money with “Your money with Mary Holm.” She has also paired once again with the FMA and started a short series calledMoney with Mary which shares practical tips on a variety of money matters such as kiwisaver funds, setting financial goals, ethical investing and more!

Check her out and learn about more amazing books she has written as well as other work she has done here

Girls that invest

Wow, has this been a big few years for Simran Kaur and Sonya Gupthan. Their podcast “Girls that Invest” is an award-winning global investing podcast which has been heard by over 60 countries since they started and has generated more than $1.4 million in revenue!

We also want to congratulate Simran on being a 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 Honouree (Asia) and for being recognised as a 2024 Young New Zealander of the year finalist!

Stay tuned to what Simran and Sonya get up to by following @girlsthatinvest or join the community of over 100,000 monthly podcast listeners via Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

The Curve

Victoria Harris and Sophie Hallwright have continued to stay on top of the game by hitting huge milestones at the end of 2023. How do we know this? Well… because they were announced as the Best Branded Podcast at the NZ Podcast awards! Amassing over 50,000 monthly listeners, over 1 million downloads, and winning best education and best independent podcast awards its no wonder they are absolutely killing it!

They just had their first live podcast as well and we’re so excited to see where they end up next!

Go Support them now @the_curvenz

Sarah Kelsey

Founder and host of the OneUp Project, Sarah shares her knowledge on Instagram, and the OneUp Project podcast by interviewing industry professionals as well as sharing valuable investment and well being tips for all Kiwis. Reaching 13,000 followers, Sarah has continued to inspire young wāhine, nurturing the idea of self-confidence, investing early and most importantly becoming the person you want to be!

Check her out @theoneupproject.

These a just some of the amazing wāhine improving our financial wellbeing in Aotearoa. But what about the newest female entrepreneurs and business founders? Well, we’d also like to give a shout out to Ministry of Awesome and PledgeMe , who are running a 'Fund Female Founders' Investment Showcase next week, on 12 March 2024. Sign up for this free online event here and learn about 6 remarkable women-led businesses and how you can support them. This International Women’s Day, why not consider how you can invest in your own financial well being and invest in women.

By Joshua Pan