Wanaka Women in Business Coffee Morning with Sue Wards
Our next Wanaka Women in Business event, in partnership with Edgewater Resort.
This month our guest speaker is Sue Wards, Editor of the Wanaka App.
We'll be turning the tables on Sue and interviewing her (Oprah style) on the sofa about her career journey...
Please note change of date - now Monday, 11 October 2021
Sue is a Southlander who spent far too long at Otago University only to come away with an MA in social geography. She then moved to the bright lights of Wellington and was employed by the Ministry of Health, just as that department was grappling with the health reforms of the early 1990s.
After a trial by fire as a contractor, she worked as a policy analyst in women's health for four years, mainly on the development of the national breast cancer screening policy. She was then seconded to the Beehive office of Associate Health Minister Tuariki Delamere, one of Winston Peters' "tight five", for a behind-the-scenes view of the demise of the coalition government.
In 1999 she began working for Parliamentary Services and ran a Minister's office in the new Labour Government. The novelty had well and truly worn off by the end of 2002, when she left to pursue her real passion of rock climbing.
Climbing led her - eventually - to settle in Wanaka. She literally fell into journalism: after breaking her back in a climbing accident, ACC suggested she try out writing for the Wanaka Sun. She stayed at the Sun for three years, after learning the ropes from then-editor Caroline Harker.
Sue has worked part time for the Wanaka App since 2016, while raising two children, dealing with health challenges, keeping her hand in at rock climbing, and getting exercised about fake news and a wide range of other current and local affairs.
Event open to members and non members. Includes tea, coffee and yummy scones. RSVP essential at least 48 hours in advance to assist with catering and planning.
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