Local Women In Business

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Rebecka Bjelfvenstam Keeling, RK Communications

Everyone has a story to tell, and Rebecka can help you tell yours. It’s all about finding the right audience and the perfect way to say it. Rebecka knows – she has more than ten years of international experience in media and communications. 

“If you need a news story, press release, logo, marketing advice, or a website or blog, I can help,” says Rebecka. 

After working in New Zealand, the Middle East and her native Sweden, Rebecka and her husband Reuben settled in Warkworth last year, where they started their own boutique agency: RK Communications. 

“We’ve worked in a range of industries – from technology and music to food and sustainability – with clients like Microsoft, Hotels.com, Absolut Vodka and Puhoi Cheese,” says Rebecka. 

“This area has been incredibly welcoming, and I would love to help more local businesses succeed.” 

Rebecka loves a challenge – her latest is horseback archery – so get in touch with her today.

021 202 7664
www.facebook.com/rkcommsltd


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Amy Wagstaff, Harcourts: Tandem Realty North

Provide a brief overview of your career background.

I started selling houses when I was 23. I excelled in sales but decided that I wanted to take on a leadership role. After a few years as a manager I made an offer to my boss to become his business partner and that is when I became the Co-Director of the Harcourts: Warkworth and Snells Beach offices.

What unique skills and abilities do you feel women bring to your industry?

Women often excel in real estate because they have a great sense for what people want and need. It can be quite an emotional time for people; women tend to have great empathy and the ability to be calm and helpful.

Which female entrepreneur do you admire the most?

My first real estate Manager/Owner. 

What challenges have you faced as a women in business or female business owner?

I don’t consider being a “female” to be a challenge. My challenges would be the same as any woman or man. I just want to grow and shape my business and people to reach their highest potential.

What advice would you offer to other female entrepreneurs?

Have goals and strive for them. Think positively. Work hard. Put people first.

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

09 425 7889
www.warkworth.harcourts.co.nz


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Katya Maker

Provide a brief overview of your career background.

I become a university graduate at 21 years of age. The career choices I have made since have always been in industries involving people, learning and beautiful objects. I find great joy in making women feel good about themselves and helping them realise beauty is not just a reflexion in the mirror.

What unique skills and abilities do you feel women bring to your industry?

I believe the greatest advantage women have is their sense of empathy which is essential when relating with customers and enables you to build an honest bond. 

Which female entrepreneur do you admire the most?

Dianne Von Furstenberg for becoming an icon in the fashion world by following her own instincts, doing it ‘her way’ and achieving her dream of becoming ‘the woman she has always wanted to be’.

 What challenges have you faced as a woman in business or female business owner?

I have faced many. Uncertainty. Fear. Both of failure, but also of success.

What advice would you offer to other female entrepreneurs?

Find what it is that you are good at, and every day, sharpen your saw and seek to become better. Use any advantages you were blessed with to help propel you forward, in front of the competition.

www.katyamaker.com
17 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth


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Deb Crowe, Board + Batten

Provide a brief overview of your career background.

specialised as a theatre nurse originally, and then was fortunate enough o embark on my other passion, which is interior design. had one of the first home-staging businesses in Auckland, and from there have worked in luxury interior brands for the last 3 years, with oard + Batten commencing years ago.

What unique skills and abilities do you feel women bring to your industry?

Women generally are heartfelt and come from their intuition. I find eople respond to the fact I listen, and am therefore allowed to push boundaries and embellish their ideas.

Which female entrepreneur do you admire the most?

As a designer, Kelly Wearstler. As a business woman, Oprah Winfrey.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in business or female business owner?

It would be easier to say "what I haven't"?

What advice would you offer to other female entrepreneurs?

Stay true to your dream and passion, and treat people the way you would want to be treated.

Live in your truth. Get good advice, but select carefully. Stay fearless.

www.boardandbatten.co.nz
897 Matakana Road, Matakana


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Fleur Auber

An affinity for numbers and a love of helping people led Fleur Auber to a career in accountancy. 

She loves enabling business owners to change from feeling frustrated and overwhelmed to being knowledgeable and confident through providing accounting services and financial coaching. 

She can take all your accounts processing off your hands or coach you to become your own CFO. From payroll and bookkeeping to financial reporting and tax returns. 

021 804 446
www.balancedaccounting.co.nz


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Nicole Ward, founder of Green With Envy homeware store

Green With Envy was one of five companies worldwide to win the Retail Excellence Award at the Global Innovation Awards in Chicago, last year.

Provide a brief overview of your career background.

Before I began GWE my background was marketing and sales in the travel industry; I also helped a friend set up a fashion brand, and worked in web design.

What unique skills and abilities do you feel women bring to your industry?

As women in the retail industry we understand how important it is to offer a service that exceeds expectations. We find ways to connect with customers, by communicating and engaging with them. Passion for interiors, and attention to detail are also strong attributes.

Which female entrepreneur do you admire the most?

A retail entrepreneur I admire is fashion designer Karen Walker. She has stayed true to her own eccentric elegant style, and built a very successful brand that is now sold in hundreds of cities globally.

726 Matakana Road, Matakana
www.greenwithenvy.co.nz


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Rachel macfarlane - Wharf Street Bistro

Provide a brief overview of your career background. 

I studied sculpture, fashion design, and hospitality. I opened my first coffee bar and fashion boutique at age 18, worked in the film industry, and traveled the world working in hospitality.

In 2006 we bought our first business, Fernielea Cafe in Coatesville and 2012 opened Cafe Bella-Monte in Belmont.

Recently I've managed the Glasshouse at Brick Bay Wines, helped open the Sawmill Brewery smoko room; bought Wharf Street Bistro in Warkworth while I also manage Ransom winery and am raising two children. 

What unique skills and abilities do you feel women bring to your industry?

Women bring great communication & organisation skills to hospitality, they add charisma and warmth to our business. 

Which female entrepreneur do you admire the most?

Firstly Annie Leibovitz, then Karen Walker and lately Lisa Messenger an Australian entrepreneur and author.

www.wharfstreetbistro.com
09 422 2511

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