Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2008 - Present

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 2007 - Present


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 2006 - Sep 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 2007 - Dec 2007


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 2006 - Feb 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.


2008 - Present

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

2008 - 2008

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

2005 - 2007

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


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)


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


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.


  • 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.