Kia ora!

A very recent addition to the team, I joined VSA Wellington office in Feb 2021 following 6 years in the role of International Business Development Manager at Waikato Institute of Technology and prior to that, a Project Coordinator and Project Advisor at Polytechnics International New Zealand. 

I am passionate about the Pacific and working with partners, colleagues and friends from across the region.  I enjoy connecting with people, and between stakeholders, working with partners to shape initiatives and find innovative solutions to challenges. The best part of my role has been walking away at the end of a project and seeing partnerships and projects continue and make a positive difference. 

In recent years, much of my focus has been on the establishment of institutional partnerships and projects in Samoa and Fiji. I have also been involved in activities and partnerships in other countries in the region, including Tonga and Vanuatu.   

As part of the Stakeholder Engagement Team, I will build on my existing experience and networks in Aotearoa and the Pacific, work in an environment that I absolutely love and do my part to support VSA’s development work in the region. 

VSA Tamar Porat