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Big turnout by women in construction

A large crowd listens to speakers at the event. PHOTOS/EMMA BROWN

Event organisers, from left, Anne-Marie Cuttfield, Sophia Tunnecliffe, Paul Southey, Sam Buck, Jeanette Southey and Kate Ryan. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

The turnout for the Women in Construction event was more than double organisers’ expectations, with more than 120 women attending the event.

Jeanette Southey was delighted.

“It’s amazing,” she said.

“So many women were coming up and saying ‘thank you so much for putting on something for us’.”

Women from all aspects of construction spent the first part of the evening chatting with others in the industry and networking.

Kelly Miller from Placemakers, left, Alison Thurkettle-Tawharu, from NARWIC, and Rewa Pomare, from Affordable sheds.

Jeanette said that the success of the event was down to the nature of the industry in Wairarapa, where even though people worked for different companies, they still wanted to operate work as part of a team.

Wairarapa Master Builders president Paul Southey said the event was “beyond our expectations”.

“More people have come and said, ‘Look I can’t come but we want to be a part of it next year’.”

Southey said there were plans to repeat the gathering.

“There’s definitely no reason why we won’t make it an annual event and expand it.”

Ronnie Stallard, from Tumu, left, with Kaye Patterson and Kate Hooper, from Pope and Gray, and Rach Murray, from Pete’s Joinery and Building.

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