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Co-founder of 42 Below Vodka and owner of New Zealand’s first carbon positive certified farm

For me the best stories come from risk takers. My story will never involve a fear of failure.

Justine co-founded the iconic vodka brand 42 Below with her husband, Geoff Ross. The brand changed the way New Zealand and in particular the investment community viewed growth brands (42 Below listed on the NZX in 2003). It also brought a new style of marketing to the world. 42 Below won the hearts of bars and bartenders all over the world, from the Ritz in London to the coveted Bungalow Eight in NYC.

Current work
Justine bought Lake Hawea Station in Otago (a sheep and beef station) where she and husband Geoff, together with their sons live and apply their business experience to the farming sector. She is also working on her second book.
She is also an investor in NZX listed companies Turners, MOA Brewing Company and until recently TRILOGY skin, bath and beauty products which sold to CITIC Capital.

Justine trained at Canterbury University as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She later graduated with Distinction from the London School of Journalism. Justine has written and researched documentaries for TVNZ (Tuesday Documentary) including the award winning Destination Disaster - The Sinking of the Mikhail Lermantov. Justine has been a columnist for Metro Magazine, a contributor to other publications and a panelist on RadioLIVE.

Justine is the best-selling author of Every Bastard Says No published by Random House. Her book is part autobiography, part business book and part booze bible.

She is a founding trustee for 'The Rising', an organisation to assist at risk youth in South Auckland. She is also a trustee for 'Play It Strange' Charitable Trust with Mike Chunn and a judge of the AMP National Scholarship Program ‘Do Your thing’ Awards.

Justine made contact prior to the event a number of times to discuss the angle to take during her talk. Her talk was spot on and all the staff loved it. Made us all proud to be Kiwi's. She included some good reminders about dedication to sales commitments, along with celebration. Roche

Justine was an awesome presenter at the HR Game Changer conference. She shared her story but really challenged the audience on how they could think differently to create change as well as being funny and charming too! A standout session.

Elephant HR

Superb presentation and inspiring story of New Zealand business success. Some comments from the audience were: 'Loved her positivity and the whole message. Going to get that book!' 'She was amazing - then I won her book - how cool was that. Very inspiring for business owners, and also for kiwi women!' 'Great to hear first-hand some of the clever and naughty stuff Justine and her team did to launch 42 Below and re-launch Moa. A great story about ignoring the bastards that say NO!' 'Great style, great delivery, great story. Nice way to kick off conference' 'She's a Kiwi battler alright. Just inspiring!' 'I enjoyed how she had some 'edgy' approaches to business, which were refreshing'

Kepa - The Advisors Institute
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