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One of ‘top 100 most influential women’ joins CA ANZ board


The New Zealand company director and government adviser will provide a wealth of additional experience, says the association.

By Josh Needs 11 minute read

Company director and government adviser Traci Houpapa — one of the top 100 most influential women in the world, according to the BBC — has joined CA ANZ’s board of directors.

The New Zealander, who has won multiple awards, brought valuable expertise from running successful organisations, CA ANZ chair John Palermo said.

“Traci brings a wealth of experience in governance and leadership for private and public sector entities,” said Mr Palermo. 


“She will add a strong holistic perspective to our board table, to help us deliver on our strategic vision of delivering a world-class member experience.” 

Ms Houpapa was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2016 and has been awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit. She earned the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for her work with New Zealand agribusinesses and Maori, CA ANZ said, and won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award. 

Ms Houpapa said she was honoured to be one of the BBC’s list and was passionate about improving policy and legislation.

“People like us do the work that we do because we’re passionate about our people and we want to effect positive change,” she said speaking to Māori news site Te Ao. 

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be recognised in such a magnificent way.” 

“We need to facilitate change in terms of policy, legislation, not only in terms of government but also in terms of the private sector.” 

Ms Houpapa acts as a director for multiple entities including the Chiefs Ruby Club, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Te Arawa Group Holdings and the Australia NZ Leaders Forum Indigenous Business Group.

Josh Needs

Josh Needs


Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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