Auckland is our biggest city, with so much opportunity and scope for mums to make their mark. Let us introduce you to a wonderful group of inspiring mums, all of whom are doing amazing things and raising their children in this diverse and adventurous city.
Blogger and social influencer
“It girl” blogger and social influencer Isobel (above left) has taken NZ by storm, after moving from America. Having recently given birth to her third child, she is raising her young family in Auckland. Isobel’s list of impressive achievements include her popular social media accounts to her own women’s and girls’ clothing line, Bel & Beau. If any other mums want to follow in Isobel’s footsteps, they could always consider starting their own Instagram accounts. It might take a while to grow the profile to Isobel’s standard, but new influencers could always consider using something like Upleap to get them started. For those wondering Whether Upleap is good or not, Platypus Reviews recently tested their services. People can find that review on their website. Hopefully, that will help some influencers out.
The Petite Kitchen
Eleanor (above right) is the mastermind behind the website The Petite Kitchen. Her ethos is characterised by simple living made beautiful, and her website features a range of items for sale including her delightful cookbook, cotton dish cloths, wooden spoons, organic produce bags, and more. Eleanor lives with her husband and three children in a 1950s beach house on the West Coast.
Women of Influence Supreme Award Winner 2016
Helen is a mother of two daughters, and her long list of achievements includes her latest business endeavour, Organic Initiative (OI), which creates organic cotton feminine hygiene products. Her strong belief in the future of women in New Zealand is something she always attempts to pass on to her own kids.
Stacey first encountered the media industry when she was just 18, landing a spot on the television show What Now. Since then she has appeared as a radio host on FLAVA, Mai FM, and Classic Hits, all while raising two daughters and a son. As a fluent Te Reo speaker, Stacey actively promotes the health, culture, and language of Maori in New Zealand.
An established and talented radio announcer and television presenter, Kate became the youngest person to present the One News 6 o’clock bulletin. Mum to three kids, Kate is also stepmum to the two children of her husband Mike Hosking. They live with their children in Auckland.
Kelly is the creative entrepreneur behind the fashion labels Augustine, Charlo, and Stella Royal. Mother to three daughters, Kelly’s dream of being a fashion designer came to life with the expansion of her colourful women’s clothing company, resulting in her opening boutiques across the country (and recently in Australia).
Founder of My Food Bag
The winner of MasterChef New Zealand in 2011, Nadia went on to become an advocate for nutritious food, a TV personality, and a food writer. As the founder of My Food Bag and Bargain Box, the successful entrepreneur lives with her husband and son in Auckland.
Another well-known and loved face on our small screens, television personality and journalist Toni started out at TVNZ as an intern and has since then landed many big roles, including hosting breakfast weekends, being a radio host on The Hits, and her current role as a co-host of Seven Sharp alongside Mike Hosking. Toni is a doting mother of two, living in Auckland.
The Engine Room
Natalia and her husband have run the award-winning The Engine Room, an eatery in Auckland’s Northcote Point, for the past seven years. They pride themselves on serving up genuine, honest food. Natalia can also be credited for the start-up of Allpress Espresso Caf?, working at the Metropole, and as former co-owner of Reuben Caf?. She and her husband have a young child.
Miriama is mother to a young daughter and a teenage stepson. Originally raised in Christchurch, she now lives on Waiheke Island with her husband and children. Miriama has been involved in numerous successful television broadcasts. Her most recent work includes hosting Sunday and Marae on TVNZ 1.
Former Silver Fern
Temepara Bailey is the former star of the New Zealand netball team The Silver Ferns. Since retiring from international play, Bailey is currently the assistant coach of the Auckland Stars netball team. A mum of two, she lives in Auckland with her family.
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By Katie Pettigrew