Published: Monday, 01 October 2018 13:57
l to r Dinah Vaiaogo-Ioasa, Charmaine Pountney and Vivienne Brynner with Principal, Ngaire Ashmore
Each year since 1992 at a special assembly we have honoured three women who have a special connection with our school. This is an opportunity for us to recognise the achievements of these women and for them in turn to inspire and encourage our current students to work hard so that they too can fulfill their dreams and ambitions. This year as we celebrate the 130th anniversary of our school, our recipients were, ex-Principal Charmaine Pountney NZOM; Charmaine was awarded the NZ Suffrage Medal in 1993 for her services to women and she was made a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in 2002 for her services to education and the community. At the ceremony Charmaine presented these medals to the school.
Dr Vivienne Bryner, Science communicator and Risk and Opportunities Advisor. Much of Vivienne’s career has been in the natural resources sector. For nearly 20 years she provided strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, resource consenting and other mineral tenement management-related advice to New Zealand and offshore companies. She is a member of the the NZ Federation of Graduate Women National Executive and a Trustee of it’s Charitable Trust. Vivienne has a private pilots’ licence, and is often found on a gliding field, soaring when she can in a glider her father built while she was a teenager at AGGS.
Dinah Vaiaogo-Ioasa, Engineer and latterly film producer. Dinah graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Enginueering, majoring in Chemical Engineering and worked for International Company, Holcim, before switching careers to support her film director brother as Associate Producer on his 2016 debut film “Three Wise Cousins” and as Producer on the recent film “Hibiscus and Ruthless”.
At Founding Day six AGGS students were also presented with Founding Day Scholarships.