What do you do?

I’m doing a temporary project with the Fundraising & Business Development and Communications teams, the aim being to clean, analyse, and implement processes around our data so VSA can better understand and connect with our stakeholders.

What’s your favourite thing about living in Wellington?

The nature that is so well integrated and close by! And the really great coffee and lovely coffee shops.

What’s your favourite Pacific saying?

I really like the Maori concept of “whakawhanaungatanga”, roughly translating to “the process of building relationships and relating well to others”. As an expat, I have come to see more clearly than ever that meaningful relationships with friends, family, workmates help to ground me and provide a sense of belonging.

If you could be anywhere in the world on a Friday afternoon/evening, where would it be?

With the click of a button, I would like to able to instantly appear (no planes, this would be instant carbon-free international travel) anywhere in the world. One Friday I might decide to catch an early morning sunrise at a Norweigan Fjord, while the next Friday, maybe I would go to my hometown in the USA and catch up with a friend.

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