On Saturday, Sharon Hunter watched her husband Tenby Powell win the Tauranga mayoralty. By Monday, she was back in Auckland to chair a board meeting.

Supporting her partner of 28 years in his high-profile new job is just another role to juggle for one of New Zealand's best-known businesswomen.

Hunter founded PC Direct at age 22 and turned the business into a household name in personal computing before selling it in 1997.

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