01 November 2021

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chief Executive Fiona McTavish has been named as a finalist in the Women of Influence awards for 2021.

McTavish is one of 60 women chosen from around New Zealand named in the ninth annual awards.

She is a finalist in the Public Policy category.

Since becoming Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Chief Executive in 2018, Fiona McTavish has used her influence to create greater gender equality internally, and strengthen Council’s relationship with Maori.

She believes that a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace enables people to be themselves at work and to thrive. 

Ms McTavish said she was honoured to be chosen as a finalist in the awards and proud to represent Toi Moana.  

“These awards showcase women who are making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.  

“As Chief Execuitive, my role is to work for council and with staff to make a difference for the communities in the Bay of Plenty. I am immensely proud of this alignment and the mahi of this council.

“My congratulations to all finalists for these awards and I look forward to hearing and connecting with these women,” she said.

Toi Moana People and Leadership Director Karen Aspey said she was delighted to hear the news.

“Fiona epitomises all of the strengths of a Woman of Influence, in particular her strong leadership, unwavering integrity and her generosity to always see the very best in people.  

“Fiona cares deeply for her people and because of this her leadership has built a strong culture of great leadership and a high trust and supportive working environment which enables us all to be our best and deliver for our communities,” she said.

Toi Moana Te Pou Herenga (Strategic Engagment Director) Kataraina O’Brien said Fiona was a wahine manawanui.

“She always puts people first. Fiona champions internal cultural capability and has strong relationships with key Maori influencers in the Bay.  Her leadership has been transformational within Toi Moana.”

The awards celebration will take place on February 10, 2022. They are jointly presented by Westpac NZ and Stuff and recognize women for making a difference in the work they do and paving the way for others to follow.

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Fiona McTavish believes that a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace enables people to be themselves at work and to thrive.