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Past NZ PM To Address FIA Congress

the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress 2015 gets underway today at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island. Almost 300 delegates are now expected to be attending this annual event.
15 May 2015 08:50
Past NZ PM To Address FIA Congress
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Dame Jenny Shipley

the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress 2015 gets underway today at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort on Yanuca Island.

Almost 300 delegates are now expected to be attending this annual event.

One of the highlights the event is the speaker of the first session, a past Prime Minister of New Zealand, Dame Jenny Shipley.

She will be speaking on the congress theme: ‘A Vision for the Future: Believe it and Achieve it’.

Dame Shipley has been the first woman Prime Minister of New Zealand and the only woman leader of the National Party of New Zealand.

She held office from December 1997 to December 1999, but her Party was defeated in the 1999 General Election, and she was succeeded by Helen Clark of the Labour Party as Prime Minister.

The two day congress has back backed by Westpac Fiji and Vodafone Fiji as major sponsors.

Her background

Born in Gore in the South Island of New Zealand, she attended Marlborough Girls’ College and qualified as a teacher in 1971.

She served in New Zealand primary schools until 1976. In 1973, she married Burton Shipley and settled in Ashburton.

Having joined the National Party in 1975, she successfully stood in Ashburton for a safe National seat in the rural areas near Christchurch in the 1987 election.

Entering Parliament at the age of 35, she was one of parliament’s youngest members. She represented this same electorate until her retirement from politics in 2002.

Other interests

She has business interests in China and is on the board of the China Construction Bank and, since 2009, she has chaired the Genesis Energy Limited Board.

She is a member of the Club de Madrid a group of more than 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic states, which works to strengthen democratic leadership and governance worldwide.

She also chairs Global Women NZ and gives her time to a number of causes including the Namibian Educational Trust, a charity she started, to help a school that she came across when she visited Namibia as part of a television show for Television New Zealand.

She is also Patron of the Sir Edmund Hilary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the NZ Heart Foundations “Go Red for Women”.

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