2014 Recipients

Polly Olivia Powrie

Polly is part of Team Jolly and together with Jo Aleh, she sails a 470 dinghy. They are currently Olympic Champions, World Champions and ISAF World Sailors of the Year. Polly has been awarded an MNZM.

The team is exceptional as they are responsible for all their own planning and organization. Their planning is meticulous and their attention to detail legendary; nothing is left to chance.

Managing a sailing campaign, includes everything from boat handling, sail development, boat maintenance to fitness, nutrition, budgeting, accounts, logistics, team building, media and publicity. They have mastered a wide range of skills while forging a path to the top of their sport.


Sarah Paykel

Sarah is the Director of her own public relations and communications company and Co-Director and founder of return2work; which runs programmes to prepare candidates to re-enter the workforce.

She was also the Co-Director and founding partner of Lush Cosmetics Australasia, she ran a retail and manufacturing business with 13 stores and 250 staff based in Sydney which saw her win the Young Australian Entrepreneur Award in 1999 and she was inducted into the Australian Women’s Business Hall of Fame.

Sarah sits on the board of NZ Mental Health Foundation and Co.ofWomen. She raises awareness and helps secure funding for the Mental Health Foundation which aims to remove the stigma society gives to mental illness, to improve and sustain the mental health of New Zealanders. Co.ofWomen are a group of entrepreneurial women, who support and champion success.

A huge inspiration and high achiever, she is a great role model to young girls, showing that with hard work and respect for others, you can have a successful career, be involved in our community and look after a family.


Kate Rogan

An architect, Kate has inspired her friends and colleagues by forging an interesting, flexible and intellectually rewarding career – known as ‘the trifecta’ – as an architect, lecturer and design critic, resulting in three sets of challenges and rewards.

Kate has presented seminars for the New Zealand Institute of Architects; she is a Professional Teaching Fellow and critic of Design at the University of Auckland School of Architecture; and in 2010 and 2011 was a judge in the NZIA Local Architecture Awards (Auckland). Kate is a regular magazine contributor including styling for Home New Zealand, writing for Urbis and as Home Design Editor for Sunday Star Times Sunday Magazine. Her design blog, By Accident Or Design, has been profiled in Sunday MagazineUrbis and NZ House and Garden.

After living overseas for a number of years, her return to New Zealand saw her moving from an established practice to set up her own architectural firm. She has the courage and vision to make her mark in the world of design. Her international architectural experience as well as her understanding of the New Zealand way of life, makes her work distinctive, yet practical and functional.