Mullins - woman of Influence

By Jennifer Little

Massey University graduate Mavis Mullins was announced the winner in the Rural category at the Women of Influence Awards in Auckland last night.

Ms Mullins, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2002), manages a Dannevirke shearing business with her husband and is involved in numerous organisations, business and educational ventures. She has a Master of Business Administration (1996) and was a Massey University Council member (2005-09).

Massey University-connected Women of Influence Awards finalists gathered at a pre-event function to celebrate their nomination before the awards dinner at the SkyCity Hotel.

The awards, part of the New Zealand Women of Influence programme, aim to recognise and celebrate those who make a difference to other New Zealanders.

Six staff and 11 graduates made the finals. They were joined by family members and friends as well as senior university staff at the function.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ted Zorn noted that the event coincided with yesterday afternoon’s announcement that Professor Jan Thomas will, in January, become the sixth vice-chancellor to lead Massey University – and the second woman after Professor Judith Kinnear (2003-08).

For the second year running, Massey sponsored the global category, which was presented by Assistant Vice-Chancellor External Relations and Development Penelope Barr-Seller.