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Work experience

Jan 2008Present

Vice President

YWCA of Hamilton NZ

Young Women’s Collective, YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand                                Ongoing

One of the key young women helping to re-establish a Young Women’s Collective (YWC) within the National YWCA.

  • Organising regular hui’s for the YWC. 
    • Coordinating and booking flights.
    • Maintaining the YWC’s Facebook page.
    • Preparing and distributing agenda and budget.
    • Co-chairing the hui.
    • Sourcing training/workshop opportunities.
  • Involved in developing the strategic direction of the YWC.
  • Regularly reporting back to National YWCA and local YWCA’s around the country.

Young Women’s Programme Development, YWCA of Hamilton                                    2008

Member of a sub-committee which researched and developed a new programme for young women aged 16-18 years old in the Hamilton community.

  • Sub-committee formed, held regular meetings, and researched appropriate topics/programme ideas for young women aged 16-18 years old.
  • Established Life Skills programme.
  • Programme started Term Three 2008, and will continue in Term Two 2009.

YWCA of Hamilton                                                                                                        2008

Helped organise the Inaugural World AIDS Day BBQ Picnic at the YWCA of Hamilton. 

  • Helped with creative development of the event.
  • Approached and co-ordinated guest speakers.
  • Responsible for writing press release.
  • Helped facilitate the event on the day, 1st December.
Jan 2007Present

Tutor

University of Waikato

Facilitated tutorials for both first and second year public relations and interpersonal communication papers.

  • Developed strong interpersonal skills with students of diverse ages, genders and cultures.
  • Time management skills when planning and executing the tutorials.
  • Responsible for independently marking student assignments
Sep 2006Sep 2008

Event organiser

Waikato Sustainable Business Network

Assisted in the organisation of the Waikato Sustainable Business Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

  • Designed powerpoint for the awards evening.
  • Media relations.
  • Wrote case study for National newsletter.
Nov 2007Dec 2007

Internship

Napier City Council

Evaluated the staff training needs for the Tourism Services Department as a requirement for an honours internship paper at University.

  • Researched training opportunities within Hawke’s Bay/New Zealand.
  • Interviewed approximately 75 staff.
  • Established a computerised training needs record for the department.
  • Presented findings to the departmental managers.
Nov 2006Feb 2007

Account Manager/Intern

Attn! marketing pr

Planned and implemented a communication strategy for the Amazing Maze n Maize.

  • Created a loyalty card to increase repeat visits to maze.
  • Created and maintained a customer database.
  • Developed a corporate team building package.

Helped organise the Hawke’s Bay Six Hour Adventure Race.

  • Website development.
  • Contacted past competitors.
  • Database management – recording registered participants.
  • Media relations.

Education

2008Present

Masters in Management Studies

University of Waikato

Skills gained: In-depth, critical study of two case study communication campaigns, extended knowledge of social media and public relations, time management skills

20082008

Bachelor of Communications with First Class Honours

University of Waikato

Skills gained: Understanding the theoretical underpinnings of public relations practice, critical perspective, post-graduate research skills, extended writing skills, time management

20052007

Bachelor of Communications

University of Waikato
Skills gained: Designing communication strategies, evaluating communication campaigns, public speaking, group work, working to a deadline, media release writing, event organising, leadership skills, strategic thinking

Interest

Involvement in the YWCA

  • Vice President for YWCA of Hamilton
  • Member of National YWCA’s Communications Committee

Professional Associations

  • Member of PRiNZ (Public Relations Institute of New Zealand)
  • Member of MCSA (Management Communication Student’s Association)

Interests

  • Writing and reading
  • Recreational sport – netball/volleyball/running/cycling
  • Yoga
  • Board games – especially Cranium and Cluedo

Objective

Social media both intrigues and delights me.  I am very interested in online developments in public relations and communications.  My Masters thesis reflects this passion, exploring the use of social media for strategic communication.

I am reliable and motivated. I work independently or collaboratively as required, always accepting personal responsibility for my actions.  I have excellent interpersonal skills, and enjoy communicating with all age groups and cultures.

As Vice-President of the YWCA of Hamilton I am committed to empowering young women in the Hamilton community.

I am enthusiastic about taking my knowledge and experience in communications and using it to benefit communities around New Zealand.

Summary

  • Outstanding time management skills.
  • Quick typist and familiar with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Friendly, open, enjoys meeting new people.
    • Regularly attend Chamber of Commerce networking functions, including the Business Women’s Network.
  • Determined, ambitious and goal-orientated.
    • Completed my first duathlon in February 2009.
    • Hope to complete Outward Bound course in the future.
  • Have exceptional communication skills with diverse age groups, genders and cultures.
    • Tutored Interpersonal Communication and Public Relations papers at University.
  • Recognises importance of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand, particularly in a communications context.  Aim to develop a holistic understanding of the Maori culture and to learn Te Reo Maori.
    • Enrolled in a Te Ara Reo Maori Level Two course at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
  • Confident and excellent public speaker. 
    • Presented an academic paper at a conference in 2008.
    • Regular guest speaker at YWCA’s young women’s programme.