With no experience in either dance or working with the elderly, Billie Jordan decided to set up The Hip Op-eration Crew, officially recognised as the world's oldest dance crew – and in turn created a global movement to break down the stigma of ageing and help give seniors a new lease of life. It's thanks to Jordan's enthusiasm and dedication to leading this revolution that has seen the rights to her life story sold to Hollywood and the Hip Op-eration Crew has become an international sensation.
As the saying goes, 'You can't be what you can't see'. The world of New Zealand sport, once you get to a certain level of management, is almost overwhelmingly run by white, middle-class men. And then, in the most blokey of boys clubs, running the NRL Nines, is Trina Tamati. A Māori woman, with a child, quietly changing the face of rugby league in New Zealand – and having a damn good time doing it.
One afternoon in 2011, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg welcomed a handful of top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to her office to meet Oprah Winfrey, who wanted advice on launching her TV network. One was Victoria Ransom, co-founder/CEO of Wildfire Interactive, a social-media-marketing software company.
Her chats with Barack Obama and her rapid rise from academia to business and philanthropy make Dale Nirvani Pfeifer intimidating on paper. But in person, the 39-year-old founder of GoodWorld, a software company that enables instant charitable donations via social media, is warm and laid-back, with the rolling Rs of New Zealand's deep south.
The importance of education was drilled into Anne Gaze from a young age. She was raised in a low socio-economic household, and she and her five siblings were brought up by their mother to believe education was the only way for them to change their circumstances.
How and where would you most like to die? It's not a comfortable question to ask yourself, but it's an important one. As Professor Merryn Gott points out: "It's an issue that ultimately affects us all and we only have one chance to get it right."