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Annah Stretton is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label, a successful New Zealand entrepreneur, (celebrating 26 years in the business of fashion ,) an author of eight books and an in-demand public speaker.
With a strong digital platform and 10 retail stores, her philanthropic efforts provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand. She has also been the recipient of the coveted Veuve Clicquot business award and has an Order of Merit for services to business, fashion and community. Annah also currently chairs the Waikato women’s refuge governance board and sits on the UNICEF NZ board.
In 2013 she set up her own foundation and from this came her first social venture – RAW (Reclaim Another Woman.) RAW works with incarcerated recidivist female offenders who society has not been able to re-integrate. To date she has had an 100 % success rate. RAW is a first for this country (and has now been fully endorsed by Corrections) The strength of this work is such that, in September 2015, she was awarded the EY/ASB Social Entrepreneur of the Year and she was a semi-finalist for 2018 New Zealander of the Year.
In 2016 a second charity Kia Puāwai was created to address wellness for New Zealanders, especially Māori, Pacific Islanders and people who do not or who are unable to prioritise their health.
In 2018 a third charity was created, The Good Collective which will provide business expertise and funding to capacity build Waikato charities and not-for-profits to enable their sustainable and effective service delivery.
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