I have worked as a Māori and Pacific cultural communications and media consultant in a wide range of industries.In 2018 I developed a Māori communications strategy for Oranga Tamariki’s caregiver recruitment team during an intense period of organisational change.
More recently, I conducted a two-month cultural communications audit for Industry Training Organisation ServiceIQ, and coached their executive staff on how to embed Māori cultural competency into their work.
My cross-cultural communications work is informed by 25 of the brightest Māori and Pacific academics, professionals and cultural experts.
At my inaugural CulturePRO Masterclass in 2017 and online programme in 2018, I engaged experts from the Maori Data Sovereignty Network, Pharmac, Vodafone, Public Relations Institute of NZ, Iwi Collective Partnership, University of Auckland Pacific Studies, TupuToa, Diversity Works, the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, Bay of Plenty Council, Palmerston North Māori Tenths Trust, Counties Manukau DHB, University of Auckland Business School, Emerge Aotearoa, Bright Sunday and Kiwa Digital..
I’ve had a successful 32-year career as a journalist and have won awards for Māori and Pacific public relations and current affairs work.
Over the past decade I’ve produced more than 120 indigenous current affairs stories and travelled widely throughout NZ and the Pacific region.
I'm an alumni of Leadership NZ's 2009 programme and the Auckland Regional Trust's 2016 Creative Entepreneurs programme.
I’m currently completing my Master’s Degree in Tech Futures and am experimenting with repurposed fashion, fibre and furniture re-design.
Kia ora, I am inspired by the future and the opportunities it could bring through creative technology and understanding user/customer experiences.
My journey towards becoming a UX designer started in 2016 at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland.
It gave me the foundation to become a graphic designer and showed me how transferable my skills were.
After receiving my Advanced Diploma in Arts and Design, I joined two tech accelerators - a 15-Week Coding Bootcamp with Dev Academy in Newmarket and then Mission Ready HQ’s 14-Week Creative Pathway Accelerator in Manukau. This is where I found my passion for working as a UX designer which ties together everything I've learned as a creative.
I was able to use these skills to compete successfully at the 2019 Datacomp Hackathon in Auckland, with the winning team 'Kai Mana'. We designed a solution for Mercury Energy to create warmer homes and provide food for families in need.In 2020 I have been interning with the Co-Design Lab and The Southern Initiative at Auckland Council as a graphic designer. View some of my latest work here.
Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Hekeāwai, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Samoan, Swiss, GermanJunior UX DesignerGraphic DesignerWeb Developer
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