ChristchurchNZ is the city’s bold new leader, combining a range of agencies tasked with economic development and the promotion of Christchurch and Canterbury.
Joanna Norris became chief executive in October 2017 after five years as editor of The Press newspaper. Eighteen months into the gig, Norris said she followed in the footsteps of the “cool women” who helped form the city.
What makes this city stand out as one where women can succeed?
Ōtautahi Christchurch has always been a place where people have been prepared to chart a different and interesting course.
Kate Sheppard and her peers were incredibly brave social pioneers – I love their stories and their example and aspire to have even a fraction of their strength.
Do you think having so many female leaders at this crucial time for Christchurch will change how the city looks and operates?
No. What will change the way this city looks and operates are good leaders, women and men, who are committed to an aspirational direction and shared, tangible goals.
We need people who believe in this place and are prepared to celebrate and stand up for it.
Is there a piece of advice you wish you had heard when you were younger?
Always be curious. And when people try to tear you down, don’t let them. Respect the views of those people and their right to have them, but don’t let them knock you off course. And always have fun.