Congratulations to Woodford House Old Girl, Jane Cunliffe, who received the Tempus award at a special ceremony attended by members of the Woodford House Old Girls’ Association on Saturday 19 November.
Jane has gone from being Head Prefect at Woodford House in 1969 to Trade Commissioner to New Delhi in India. Her journey has been extraordinary as she built a successful career that took her around the world.
Prior to her current role, Jane was the Director of NZ Inc Relationships. She has also been an Advisor in the Office of the Minister of Trade, and held Trade Commissioner roles in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, America and Italy, among other international roles.
It is no surprise that Jane became a globetrotter because when she arrived at Woodford House in the 1960s she was already worldly as an international student who had come from Trinidad and Tobago.
During the award ceremony, held in the Woodford House Chapel, Jane summarised her experience of School into three categories – a sense of community, resilience and friendships, all of which were extremely important for a girl whose parents lived 13,600kms away. Many of her friends from the Class of 1969 attended the ceremony and went on to enjoy a weekend-long reunion filled with laughter and lots of memories.
Jane is a role model for all young women, especially those in Hawke’s Bay. She has demonstrated that focusing your mind on the end goal, accepting challenges and stepping outside of your comfort zone, all while having fun along the way, will find true happiness in life.
The Tempus award, now in its third year, recognises outstanding achievement by a Woodford House Old Girl in her field. Actress Dame Kate Harcourt was the inaugural recipient in 2014 followed by equestrian champion Helen (Tiny) White, OBE, in 2015.
To meet the criteria an Old Girl must have made a sustained contribution in a chosen field or career with evidence of innovation; had external recognition from her peers and the wider public and, thirdly, maintained an interest in and/or given back to Woodford House in some way.
Principal Julie Peterson and Tempus Award recipient Jane Cunliffe.
WHOGA Executives with Principal Julie Peterson and Tempus Award recipient Jane Cunliffe.