Women in Insurance New Zealand Awards

The winners of the Women in Insurance New Zealand Awards will be announced at the awards cocktail party taking place after the conference:

Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Time: 5:00pm networking drinks / 5:45pm Awards Presentation / 7:00pm Event Concludes
Dress code: Business Attire
Venue: Hilton Auckland

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2019 FEATURE

MC – Justine Smith

Those who know Justine, or have seen her perform, will know she does not suffer fools gladly. Her charming and expressive performance take her audience along the journey with her, while never far from a punch line or a subtle gag using the raise of an eyebrow.

This Christchurch girl made good, now residing in West Auckland, there’s not a lot that gets past Justine. If you were to try and define Justine as a lover or a fighter, you’d have to say both. She is capable of tearing strips off people on stage, and then buying them a drink after the show.

Justine Smith

Those who know Justine, or have seen her perform, will know she does not suffer fools gladly. Her charming and expressive performance take her audience along the journey with her, while never far from a punch line or a subtle gag using the raise of an eyebrow.

This Christchurch girl made good, now residing in West Auckland, there’s not a lot that gets past Justine. If you were to try and define Justine as a lover or a fighter, you’d have to say both. She is capable of tearing strips off people on stage, and then buying them a drink after the show.

Justine has previously won the ‘Billy T Award’ in 2003 and the NZ Comedy Guild ‘Best Female Comedian’ in 2008 and 2016 as well as Best MC 2016. A popular Comedy Festival performer, her solo shows: ‘The Justine Smith Hour’, ‘Return of the Jussi’ ‘Jussi Town’ and ‘Justine Smith: Abroad’ have garnered critical acclaim. Justine has also written two live shows with Irene Pink, ‘I’m Sorry I Said That’ and ‘The Pitch.’ The latter was the recipient of the NZ Comedy Trust’s Creative Comedy Initiative grant.

Justine is recognised for her appearances on everything from the Comedy Gala and AotearoHA to her recent appearance on TV3’s After Hours; Funny Girls; as a panelist on TV3’s 7 Days and as a writer on Rhys Darby’s Short Poppies.

A leading light of New Zealand Comedy, Justine is just as comfortable in a theatre or a local bar in the country.

Entertainment – Mark Allister Duo

Multi-talented music maestros Mark Cunningham and Allister Meffan make for a contemporary and soulful two piece ensemble.

With nearly two decades of professional musical careers between them, together the pair produce a unique and captivating sound based on a combination of guitars, keys and harmonizing vocals.

Mark Allister Duo

Multi-talented music maestros Mark Cunningham and Allister Meffan make for a contemporary and soulful two piece ensemble.

With nearly two decades of professional musical careers between them, together the pair produce a unique and captivating sound based on a combination of guitars, keys and harmonizing vocals.

Inspired by jazz chords, hip-hop beats and soulful bluesy riffs; they’re experts at reading a crowd, setting an atmosphere and creating an unforgettable mood.

Playing all your favourite hits with their distinctive fusion filter, the duet have an extensive set list ranging from classic to modern toe tapping hits.

Nelson born Allister is one of the frontmen from successful kiwi band Alae. Alae’s star is rising, and they enjoy significant airtime across The Edge, Radio Hauraki, More FM, The Hits and ZM; with music videos play-listed on Edge TV and MTV, both in New Zealand and Australia.

Originally from Whangarei, Mark now has roots firmly set in Auckland. Mark has spent the last 12 years working the gigging circuit - performing live at weddings, corporate events and establishments across the North Island. Mark is a Chiropractor, father of three, and addicted to exercise.

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