Times boss recognised by Zonta

The co-founder and owner of the Times Reay Neben (left) has been recognised by Zonta East Auckland for her contribution to the community over nearly half a century. She is pictured with Zonta Club of East Auckland president Gay Gallagher (second from right) and Howick College student Lily Moore and her mum. Times photo Wayne Martin

Each year in March, Zonta East Auckland celebrates International Women’s Day recognising a woman who has made a significant contribution in the community with the Rose Day Award.

This may be in business, sport, voluntary activities, or any other activities which are deemed worthy of recognition, Zonta Club of East Auckland president Gay Gallagher said.

“This year Reay Neben, managing director of Times Media, was the recipient for her contribution for nearly 50 years in leadership in bringing the news in our local area, especially in digital form during the pandemic,” said Gallagher.

“Under her leadership the Times and the expert staff have received many awards. It was interesting to know that when she started out in the publishing world, she was forging yet another pathway for women to succeed in what had traditionally been a male domain.”

The speaker on the April 6 awards night was Year 13 student from Howick College, Lily Moore, whose passion for drama has seen her selected as one of 24 young New Zealanders to train and perform at the Globe Theatre in London when the borders reopen.

“Lily has many interests for future study, including journalism and championing women’s rights,” said Gallagher.

“Zonta East Auckland was proud to be able to assist with a donation towards the cost of Lily’s trip, especially as Lily is an active member of the Z Club at Howick College, the Secondary College arm of Zonta.”

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