Dame Cindy visited Wellington clothing company, nisa, created in 2017 by former lawyer Elisha Watson. Nisa has been supporting women from refugee and migrant backgrounds, helping them settle into their new communities and giving them a step-up on the employment ladder. Elisha was inspired to create Nisa while volunteering with the Red Cross refugee resettlement programme. The idea proved to be a real success: the company has now given 19 migrants and former refugees their first job in New Zealand.
Initially, Nisa manufactured underwear as it was easier to make. The growth of the business has meant tops, bottoms and swimwear have been added to their line.