Annah is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label, a successful New Zealand entrepreneur, author of five books and speaker. With a strong online platform and 11 retail stores, her philanthropic efforts provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand.
In 2013 she set up the Stretton Foundation and from this came her first initiative – RAW (Reclaim Another Woman.) RAW was launched in the Waikato in February 2014, working with incarcerated recidivist offenders, the strength of this work is such that, in September 2015 she was awarded the EY / ASB Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2016 Annah created Kia Puāwai which supports charitable organisations delivering social services within the community with wellness programmes. Kia Puàwai wants to protect the wellness of the people out there doing good. In 2018 the latest initiative The Good Collective is working to connect charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Waikato with professional service providers who are prepared to deliver high-quality work at discounted rates for its members.
For both her business and philanthropic work Annah was selected as one of the ten semi-finalists for 2018 New Zealander of the Year. Annah is currently on the chair of the Waikato women’s refuge and a board member of UNICEF NZ.
Fellow dog devotee, daughter and CEO in waiting for the Annah Stretton Fashion Group, Sami is also no stranger to commercial enterprise and business start-ups.
Sami launched her own clothing label Young + Resolute and followed that up with Doggy Daily in 2018.
Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath
Heidi is the Founder and Veterinary Director of the Wairarapa-based Veterinary practice 'Vetcare' that she established over 20 years ago. Heidi's areas of interest include small animal surgery, orthopaedics, dermatology, and nutrition. Her particular passion for regenerative medicine and holistic veterinary care has seen her develop and launch an extensive range of natural and eco-friendly pet care and dietary products. Heidi is also a guest lecturer at Massey for the holistic vets group, a former member of the Department Of Conservation's Animal Ethics Committee and the Veterinarian for 5 different animal charities.
A former winner of New Zealand Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2003), Heidi is an accomplished public speaker on leadership, innovation, business, resilience, health and motivation. She has also been the recipient of a Kiwibank Local Hero Medallist for Animal Welfare in 2017 and is a director of the Masterton South branch of Rotary International.
An accomplished Strategist, Marketer and Brand Advisor, Natalie's 23-year corporate career has been followed up with the establishment of her own boutique brand consultancy and governance roles.
Today, Natalie helps businesses redefine and refocus their market positioning in order to stand out from the crowd and unlock new sources of sustainable growth. She also sits on the Board of TSB, New Zealand's 7th Largest and independently owned bank, in addition to Doggy Daily.
Mike now lives with his family in Auckland which is the polar opposite of the regional lifestyle he grew up in surrounded by lots of animals - some furry, some not. He laughs when you ask him about his first pet which was a black cat named Sooty and they lived at number 13. Mike is always smiling and laughing but on this occasion it is about a game you play with the name of your first pet and the first street you lived in. You'll have to ask him.
Far from being unlucky Mike has made a lot of his own luck with helping many businesses grow through his sales expertise. An accomplished Sales professional Mike's 24-year corporate career has been predominantly in Telecommunications and Logistics. Mike's real desire is to help small and medium businesses discover the revenue potential they have through being able to maximise the best sales channels to reach their current and potential customers. He has vast experience in building teams with a focus on delivering results, performance culture, effective sales processes and a growth mindset. He also has a strong knowledge of Health and Safety, Business Marketing, eCommerce and Business Advisory.
His passion for Olive's Kitchen is built on a lifetime of interacting with pets of all kinds. He has been known to tell people he is like a Labrador - very friendly, expressive eyes, enjoys swimming but if not kept busy and well exercised or left alone can become destructive. Not to mention the love of food.
He's seen here fighting for dinner with his British Short Hair - Zara.