Pictures from 30th May 2021 Women for Women Summit

Join us as we celebrate, share and connect with women from across Auckland. We have seen change, after several ‘lock downs’ we are excited to network.   We have been resilient and together, we embraced change.  Now it is time for a reset.

 Learning who we are, what we seek is a lifelong process. What we learnt over the year Covid has made us reflect.  Our challenges are inevitable, how we tackle this and how we pass our own learning’s to our younger generation  is empowering. 

“We need to see it to become it” says, Anne Pala, founder of EthNix Links and Advocacy Network (ELAN).  We are a network of collaborators, diverse women, working and doing what makes us leaders and decision makers in our areas of work. 

Anne brings three decades of creating social inclusive events; from the first Pasifika Festival, Diwali in the City, Diwali in Waitakere, International Cultural Festival, Eid Celebrations, Women in Diversity events, Safety Forums and Family Cultural Peace Day Events her relentless effort is commendable.  Together with a great project team and sponsors, this event is yet another one to look ahead to. 


Women have a lot to be proud of.  Women have made major strides in business, academia, feminism and wellness industries.  We celebrate these accomplishments. 

The summit will feature a panel of women speakers, experts in their own fields to inspire and assist our thinking. 


Community is the perfect catalyst for social change because there is power in numbers. Fortunately, being a champion for women cannot come alone but with support of many women. At the Women for Women Summit presented by our team you can take the time to make meaningful connections that ignite and foster your personal and professional growth.


ABC Business Solutions, Bespoke Legal, BP, Belong Aotearoa, HummFM, Shanti Niwas, Shivani Restaurant, 0800 Rachna, WinMac Solutions Ltd, Freeparking, Mercury Printz


Speaker Biography

Camille Nakhid is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her areas of research include indigenous, migrant, and refugee communities. She is Chair of the Migrant Action Trust, and board members of the Living Wage Governance Board, and Roopa Aur Ap. Camille plays in the Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steelband.

She also can never say no to whatever Anne Pala asks her to do😊.

Dr Anne Perera is a Food & Nutrition Consultant who has lived/worked in several countries including New Zealand, Singapore, Brazil, Tanzania, USA, India and Sri Lanka.

She has a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from University of Ceylon (Sri Lanka); MSc in Food Technology from FAO International Food Technology Training Centre in Mysore, India; a PhD in Food & Nutrition from Oregon State University in USA, an Executive MBA from Massey University in NZ and a Diploma in Counselling Psychology from Lee Community College in Singapore, where she developed her personal motto “I aspire to Inspire before I Expire”.

Anne has served in Academic, Research and Industry sectors and as a Volunteer Food & Nutrition Advisor. She has been a member of professional and community organisations both in NZ and abroad. Her hobbies include writing and has written three books and several book chapters and some poems.

Anne can be contacted on: 
Mobile: +64 212577313

Fazilat Shah is a Barrister in Auckland, New Zealand specializing in family law and works at all the courts around Auckland.  She is also regularly appointed as lawyer for the children by the Auckland Courts to help resolve family disputes regarding the care of children.  She is originally from Fiji having travelled to New Zealand for further studies.  She attended Epsom Girls Grammar school and went to Auckland University where she graduated with a Law degree in 1985.  She has been in practice since, for over 35 years.  

Fazilat also has a legal practice in Fiji dealing with all areas of the law.  Fazilat regularly appears in the High court and Supreme court in Fiji.  She is very involved with her community. She serves on a board of a high school in Auckland.  She also offers free legal advice to the community law offices.  She supports her community development, education and advancement.  

Fazilat is married with three adult children.  Her passion is hiking, swimming and nature generally.  Fazilat is well travelled but obviously that interest has come to a halt with Covid. 

Nilima Venkat is the General Manager of Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust, An organisation that provides social services to elderly and disabled people and their families of Indian and South Asian descent. 

She is qualified and registered Social worker and has been associated with providing Social/ Community support for the last 2 decades addressing inequalities affecting our communities and strengthening wellbeing and social cohesion of migrants. 

In the voluntary sector, Nilima is the founder member and trustee of The Asian Network Inc., a member of the Counties Manukau Police South East Asian advisory board, Trustee of the Sahayata Trust,  member of consumer advisory group of Health and Disability Commission etc. Nilima has vast experience and understanding of issues of the South Asian community sector specialising in work with elderly, women and the community.

Her commendable service to the community has empowered many seniors and their families in the community to become more resilient, increase capability and self-determination, settlement and integration into the country.

Nilima has received many accolades for her service including being awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2013 new year’s honours list . She was also bestowed with the kiwi bank local hero award in 2018. She is also a Justice of Peace of NZ. 

Sue Lim, QSM, is the founder of eCALD® Services and currently eCALD® National Programme Manager Director of Waitematā DHB. She has 25+ years of working in the health sector, with 21+ years focussing on developing and managing ethnic-specific health services, resources and programmes to address equity for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Her dedication and commitment have seen her receiving a Queen’s Service Medal in 2013. She has also received numerous Health Excellence Awards from Waitematā DHB between 2001 and 2015; an Award for Outstanding Contribution towards the Health & Wellbeing of Asian Communities in NZ by the Centre for Asian & Ethnic Minority Research in 2016 and the New Zealand Diversity Awards 2018 as a Joint Winner of the Cultural Celebration Award for “eCALD® digital cultural competency education programme for the New Zealand health workforce”.

Rachana Dave

I am a mother of two beautiful kids and a wife.  I am an independent financial adviser. Been in the finance industry for over 15 years.

My vision is to make an effective difference in the community. I want to educate and empower my clients so that they can have financial independence and secure retirement.

I have been a multiple awards winner – Best Mortgage Adviser, Best Businesswoman, Business excellence in Customer Service & Marketing, Platinum Elite and Premier Achiever.

Very proud to be awarded as a First Indian Woman in New Zealand as a Best Mortgage Adiver.

My strengths are dealing with first home buyers to property developers.

Waseema Ahmed grew up with friends of diverse faiths.  A professional scholar of sacred sciences, she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. A high school A Level Maths Teacher, Montessori teacher and kindergarten team leader and supervisor, she is involved in the community, teaching Quranic tafsir which is an attempt to provide clarification, explanation, interpretation, for clear understanding and conviction of the will of our Creator.  An. Arabic grammar teacher, she takes youth classes, is involved in pastoral care/counselling for over 20 years now.  Her strong belief is in “nothing of the above is mine”, all belongs to Allah”…