Anna Hansen named New Zealander of the Year (UK) 2010!

NZer_of_the_Year2Anna Hansen, chef and founder of The Modern Pantry restaurant has been announced as winner of the prestigious New Zealander of the Year (UK) Award 2010.

Anna has been a wonderful supporter of the NZ Business Women's Network and has made the Modern Pantry available for events, and we congratulate her on this achievement.

The awards are held annually by the NZ Society to recognise an outstanding contribution made in enhancing New Zealand’s profile in the UK. Held in the penthouse of New Zealand House on March 24th and sponsored by Air New Zealand, the 2010 award was presented by Scott Carr, Air New Zealand’s General Manager for Europe.

The New Zealand Business Women's Network will be holding a series of networking dinners over summer and our July dinner will be held at the Modern Pantry so watch this space for dates and details!


Main picture: Anna Hansen and Esther Jessop, Winner of New Zealander of the Year (UK) Award 2009. Above: NZ Business Women Anna Hansen, Romy Brandeis, Deborah McBrearty, Jacqui Wales, Bronwen Horton and Michelle Inder.

All photographs taken by NZ Business Women's Network member and professional photographer Miriam Ingram.

Anna's award in the press:

Our March 1st Guest Speaker is Sarah Gibbs

Sarah Gibbs - TrilogyThe Guest Speaker for our March 1st New Zealand Business Womens Network Meeting is Sarah Gibbs, co-founder of Trilogy.

Come and network with New Zealand Business Women in the first of our inspiring BiMonthly network meetings of the year and hear Sarah Gibbs, one of the founding sisters behind Trilogy - New Zealands leading natural skincare brand.

Hear how after working in London corporate finance, Sarah returned to New Zealand to establish one of New Zealand’s fastest growing small companies with her sister Catherine. Seven years later, Trilogy is distributed in 10 international markets including the United Kingdom and Ireland and has offices in Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney and London.

You’ll also be able to sample some of this fabulous range and network with other New Zealand business women working and living in London.

As an added bonus we have again secured Anna Hansen’s Restaurant, The Modern Pantry, as our venue for the night, For those of you who have not had the chance to meet Anna she is a prestigious Kiwi Chef and Owner of ‘The Modern Pantry’ Restaurant in Clerkenwell, just a hop skip and jump from the Central City. Anna has been selected as one of 100 of the world's top up and coming chefs recently. For more info see the Modern Pantrys website:

After the networking around 8:30pm you are welcome to have a meal with some of your new contacts. As some of us experienced after October's Networking evening The Modern Pantry's food is superb!

To get on the list at the door you will need to be in very very quick. There will be no paper tickets, once we receive your payment via secure server on our website you will be added to the door list. Confirmation that we received your payment will be immediate after paying by both email and onscreen.

I can't stress enough how quick you will have to be here as it will be a small audience and Sarah is a real treat to listen to. Our November event sold out within days and I'm sure this will be the same.

Your entrance fee will reserve your seat, get you some sumptuous nibbles from our renowned Kiwi Chef and a glass of wine or two. You'll also be able to help us support one of our causes with £1 of your ticket price going towards the Conway Wickliffe Trust.

Tickets are available now from the NZ Business Women's Website so have your credit card or paypal account ready.

Door Prize

You will be able to drop your business card (or similar size note) into our door prize for a lovely Trilogy gift hamper. To reserve your seat click the link below:

A Fresh Start

Its time to wipe the slates clean and get yourself a Fresh Start for 2010. On Sunday the 24th January you will have your hair styled, make up done and a professional photo shoot. On top of this you'll be able to have a colour consultation and after the event receive a set of professionally finished photos. You will also get to meet a bunch of kiwi women in business and work on your all important LinkedIn profile (Your CV for the digital age). If you are interested book your tickets now!

Summary of November event

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our last event held Wednesday 18th of November at ANZ in Canary Wharf. If your calendar is anything like mine I know just how difficult it is to fit anything extra into your schedule over the holiday season. Thanks to you all for helping promote the network and helping us grow such a diverse network of women, I have been receiving an email a day lately from Kiwi's who have just arrived over here or are desperate to get networking, so chances are if you havent made it to an event for a while you will see new faces in January, which is always good!

Our evening started with getting to know some new people by introducing ourselves to those on our table and brainstorming by sharing our own top tips for networking and building relationships. One of the aims of this Network is to share ideas and help each other. I have consolidated these tips into a cheat sheet, which is attached.

Next we listened to Dallas Leigh-Hill with her 10 Commandments of Peak Performance. Dallas was an amazing speaker and her own personal experiences helped convey her message to us. I'm very much looking forward to reading Dallas's book once it's out as it sounds like she's interviewed a number of peak performers who have excelled in their field. Thank you Dallas!

Congratulations to Joanna Reesby who won our first door prize of a place at Dallas's next workshop in January. Our second door prize was won by Linda Cook which was kindly donated by New Zealand hair dresser Christa Loisel of Ena Salon. The package included a free cut, colour and manicure. Christa also donated a 30% voucher to all who attended on the night. Please help support Christa in building her London client base.

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