Ignite Wanaka Women in Business Christmas Lunch

Thurs 6 Dec 2018, 12-3pm
Edgewater Resort
This event has SOLD OUT.

Join us to celebrate women in business in Wanaka. Following a successful three years of our monthly women in business coffee mornings, this end of year celebration offers the opportunity to hear from yet more inspiring speakers and network with others in the business community.

Clear your diary for a few hours to connect with friends, family or your colleagues over a glass of bubbles and yummy food. Based on the long lunch idea, this three-hour event will allow plenty of time for connecting as well as being inspired by the stories of success from our speakers. There’ll also be some giveaways on the day – details to follow.

We’ve already had a lot of interest in this event so tickets will sell out fast. Tickets available now. Email Naomi today pn naomi@wanakachamber.co.nz to secure your space!

Check-out the event listing on our Facebook page for up-to-date details.

Maude Bubbles served on arrival
Freshly baked ciabatta
Simply grilled market fish with seasonal vegetables & lemon
Carnaroli rice and beetroot with grilled haloumi, parmigiano, pickled mushrooms, leeks & truffle crème
Confit of duck leg with roasted pears, muscatel & green ginger glaze
Tea & Coffee

MC Bridget Legnavsky, GM Cardrona Alpine Resort and Chair Ignite Wanaka

Bridget is the General Manager of Cardrona Alpine Resort. Her career started with endless winters between Wanaka and the northern hemisphere resorts. She has been based here since the early 90’s. Bridget also started, managed and sold Phyzique health and fitness and later 47frocks & 47 Lounge.

These days she is focused completely on Cardrona Alpine Resort which on a growth pathway with significant development planned over the next few years. Her role as GM of Cardrona is part of the Wayfare senior executive team which works across major tourism brands including Real Journeys. This has helped reposition Cardrona from a winter ski resort to a year-round tourism destination. Under Bridget’s leadership, Cardrona won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Ignite Wanaka Chamber Business Awards and just last month Cardrona won the same award at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Awards, as well as the medium business and workplace safety categories.

Bridget was invited onto the 2050 visioning panel that is working closely with QLDC to define what our future in the region should look like. Bridget has been the vice chair for Ignite Wanaka for the past 3 years and was nominated as Chair for the 2018 year.

Francesca Voza, Co-owner Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, Kika and cookbook author

Born in the north east of England to an English mum and Italian Dad, Francesca Voza was brought-up working in her parents’ many restaurant            ts. Leaving the UK to travel in 2001 she met her husband James and spent 10 years as a backpacker working in hospitality around the world. Arriving in New Zealand with $600 in their pocket, they fell in love with Wanaka and decided they never wanted to leave. Fast forward a few years and Francesca and James, along with business partner, chef James Stapeley,have built a world-class hospitality group from Wanaka.

“There were lots of obstacles in our way but with sheer determination and a bit of luck we succeeded in creating our dream,” said Fran.

Come along and find out how a backpacker on a working holiday visa ended up owning multiple successful and award-winning restaurants in New Zealand.


Sarah Perriam, Broadcaster

Sarah Perriam’s passion is in marketing premium produce and changing the perception of farmers to passionate food producers. This makes her the perfect woman to co-host the Rural Exchange radio show on RadioLIVE.

Having lived on high country properties in both Dunedin near Outram and Central Otago in the Nevis Valley near Cromwell. Sarah started her primary industry journey like many of our countries top woman have with the privilege of being raised on a sheep & beef farm. Her family’s farming history in the Cromwell basin goes back to 1857 to the original Perriam’s that migrated from England and were gold miners, hotel owners, orchardists and sheep farmers at the family farm at Lowburn. Her uncle John Perriam also farm’s nearby at Bendigo Station, near Tarras.

Sarah grew up around inspiring big thinkers and learnt a lot from people like her Uncle John. His foresight into adding value to our commodity products with the establishment on NZ Merino and the relationship with Loro Piana in Italy was truly inspiring. Her Aunty Heather was also an inspiring business woman in the wool industry. She set up Suprino a high end wool brand and of course the wonderful Merino Shop at Tarras that everyone knows today. Having spent time in her early 20s working alongside her cousin Christina Perriam, a fashion designer, Sarah learnt so much about the importance of a brand and adding value by ensuring quality and unique storytelling.

The turning point for Sarah arrived in July 2017 when she was approached to co-host a new rural brand on RadioLIVE, Rural Exchange (REX), broadcasted out of Auckland with Richard Loe & Hamish McKay. She describes it as “truly my dream job, having not been in front of the spotlight more in the producing/directing role I feel that it’s the next step up to make a real difference in all the missions I want to see change in”.

The coolest element of the whole position to Sarah is that MediaWorks has recognised the need to portray and communicate the role females play in agribusiness. She hopes to represent well with educated journalism and with her passion is in marketing premium produce we believe she is on the right track to changing the perception of farmers to passionate food producers. Keep up the great work girl, your passion and voice is truly contagious, making you a strong willed Ag Woman.

Click here to read more about Sarah’s incredible career.


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