Hon Jenny Salesa is New Zealand’s first Tongan born, Tongan speaking Member of Parliament and the first Tongan born Cabinet Minister of the Crown. In 2014 she was elected in as the Member of Parliament for Manukau East and was subsequently re-elected in 2017.
Following her re-election, Jenny was sworn into Cabinet as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities for Building and Construction and Ethnic Communities, and with Associate responsibilities for Education, Health, Housing and Urban Development.
As the local MP for Manukau East, Jenny has been at the forefront of confronting housing issues. In 2016, she highlighted the plight of Auckland’s ‘Hidden Homeless’ which influenced the political agenda considerably. Whilst this has been her immediate focus at a local level, she has also spent her first term as an MP concentrating on helping to develop policies on education, skills and training, and health.
Jenny came to Parliament with over 20 years’ Public Sector experience, having worked across the breadth of the public service. This includes being a Project Manager at the Ministry of Health, Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry for Pacific Island Affairs, and Principal Advisor (Pacific) at the Tertiary Education Commission.
Jenny also spent time living in Michigan, America, where she worked as a Policy Advisor for the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and then as a health specialist with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.
She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Laws.
Jenny divides her time between Wellington and Auckland, where her husband, University of Auckland Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, and two children are based.
Hon Nania Mahuta, Minister for Maori Development
As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years’ experience who has come from ‘flax-root’ politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life. Those who work hard for a living so that their children can do better, kaumatua, trades-people, those who aspire to own their home, those who own small businesses and those who lead a range of services and organisations and huge iwi entities.
During her time in Parliament, Hon Nanaia Mahuta supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse.
Hon Nanaia Mahuta is a tribal member of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Hine and her parliamentary experience has enabled her to contribute to the collective aspirations of Maori and all New Zealanders.
Michael Wood, Parliament Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethic Communities
Michael has spent many years working at the grassroots level in Mt Roskill, driven by the core belief that people do well when living in strong, fair, and supportive communities. He has been a member of the Puketapapa Local Board since 2010, winning Council investment to upgrade local parks and speaking up on local issues like the Three Kings quarry development and the campaign to save seniors’ social housing at Liston Village.
Some of Michael’s other career highlights have been his work for Habitat Humanity, his work as chair of his local Board of Trustees, and the number of years he spent as a senior negotiator for the Finance Sector union Finsec, ensuring that the big Aussie banks gave their New Zealand workers a fair deal. Through his work in various organisations, Michael has developed a strong view that if we get the basics right — good jobs with fair wages, decent housing, and a strong public education system — we’ll solve many other social issues.
Along with his wife Julie and their three young sons, Michael lives in Roskill South where he loves to tramp along the Waikowhai Coast (trapping the odd rat and possum along the way), tends to a very neglected vegetable garden, and likes to listen to deeply unfashionable 70s rock.
Jan Logie, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues)
Jan’s Southland childhood established her deep connection with the beauty of an untouched environment. But it was the impact of the economic reforms of the 1980s that led her toward people-oriented work, giving a voice to those who often go unheard.
Jan worked for Women’s Refuge, the New Zealand University Students’ Association, the YWCA and numerous other social causes before entering Parliament in 2011. She also has a proud history as a volunteer – for Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board and others.
Combining her big picture thinking with her experience of helping individuals personally gives Jan a uniquely caring and practical political perspective.
In Parliament she has been a champion for people and families affected by domestic and sexual violence. She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Workplace Protection Bill is designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence.
Jan made global headlines when she was detained in Sri Lanka while highlighting human rights abuses to which the Government had turned a blind eye.
Kara Puketapu, Chairman, Te Atiawa Tribal Maori Council
Kara Puketapu is Chairman of the Te Atiawa Tribal Maori Council (cities of Wellington, Hutt and Upper Hutt.) He has a BA and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Victoria University, Wellington and has studied extensively in the USA. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institute and a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund in New York.
Kara has a significant career in leadership across the commercial sector and the NZ Public Service. He rose through government ranks to become Secretary of Māori Affairs and set up innovative community-development programmes to build an economic base for Māori. During this time he chaired the Management Committee of Te Māori , the first international exhibition of Māori Taonga art to be shown overseas. After a triumphant run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Te Māori toured New Zealand.
Kara acts as consultant to the NZ Police Commissioner (as member of the Māori Leadership Board.) He is a former Director of the East West Centre based in Hawaii.
Kara’s many sporting achievements include New Zealand Maori Rugby All Black, Wellington Rugby Representative and New Zealand Rugby League ‘World Sevens.’
Cr. Jimmy Chen, Christchurch City Council
Jimmy Chen was born in Taiwan – his parents were from Sichuan, China. Jimmy and his family (wife and two daughters) immigrated to Christchurch in 1996.
In Taiwan, he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Commerce.
After 21 years in Christchurch, he is well-known in his community. In 2010 Jimmy Chen was elected as a Christchurch City Councillor, and was re-elected in 2013 and in 2016. He is currently Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board member, Trustee of Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum Trust Board, Trustee of Riccarton Bush Trust Board, Trustee of Hei Hei- Broomfield Community Development Trust Board, Trustee of the Church in Christchurch Trust Board, and a senior Christchurch City Councillor in his third term. He is currently Chair of the Council’s Multicultural Subcommittee as well as Chair of the Council’s International Relations Working Group.
Jimmy Chen is a strong advocate for the people in the South-West suburbs of the city as well as an advocate for the multi-ethnic and multicultural communities.
As a City Councillor, he has led the Multicultural Working Party to develop the Multicultural Strategy, and the final version of this strategy has been adopted by the Council in February 2017. This strategy is a commitment by the Council to provide a framework and a set of goals and actions to ensure every person in Christchurch feels a sense of belonging. And as new Chair of the Multicultural Subcommittee, he is taking the lead to oversee the implementation of the Multicultural Strategy.
Pancha Narayanan, MNZ National President
Pancha was born in Malaysia and has now lived in New Zealand for 31 years. As a professional I am a management consultant. I am passionate about achieving settlement outcomes for migrants that would be much better than what I received when I first arrived in 1986 in New Zealand. I have been a member of the Multicultural Councils since 1992.
Alexis LewGor, MNZ Immediate Past President
Alexis was born in Fiji and is of Chinese, German and Samoan ancestry. New Zealand has been her home for 30 years. She is the Immediate Past National President of Multicultural New Zealand and held the position for 3 years, a first for a female member of MNZ. She currently is National Treasurer. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Ethnic Council, (now Multicultural Rotorua) where she stepped down after 10 years as President and still continues volunteering.
In view of the importance of what culture places on maintaining a balance between the spiritual well-being of migrants and the quality of life, she is passionate about community and that each person is readily settled into the social, educational and economic fabric of urban and rural centres’ across the district and nationally. She is a recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, Rotorua District Community Award, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and recently was a finalist in the Westpac Business Excellence Awards for her services to community as an avid volunteer.
Alexis has worked for a number of Forestry Companies and currently now works at Fire and Emergency New Zealand, in Rotorua as Business Services Coordinator.
Mai Chen is a thought leader, a direction setter and a futures thinker. She is one of NZ’s top constitutional and administrative law experts, specialising in central and local Government policy and legislation, especially as it applies to business and litigating major public law cases, advising on inquiries and reviews, on Treaty of Waitangi and human rights issues and on regulatory defence.
Mai sits on the board of directors of the Bank of New Zealand, is Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and sits on the Audit Committee. She has strong regulatory expertise, including sitting on the Securities Commission. She has also been a director on the Advisory Board of AMP Life Limited (NZ), a member of the NZ Board of Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Programme, the Asia New Zealand Foundation and was President of the Harvard New Zealand Alumni Association (NZ) for ten years.
Mai is the best-selling author of Public Law Toolbox published in 2012 and Transforming Auckland: The Creation of Auckland Council published in 2014, both by LexisNexis. The second edition of Public Law Toolbox was published in 2014. Mai wrote the “Superdiversity Stocktake: Implications for Business, Government and New Zealand” published on the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business Website, which was downloaded 150,000 times in its first year of publication.
Mai is the inaugural Chair of NZ Global Women, including NZ’s top 200 women leaders, and founded and is the inaugural Chair of NZ Asian Leaders connecting top Asian NZ CEOs and emerging leaders with New Zealand companies doing business in Asia to enhance their success to help NZ Inc. Mai is also inaugural Chair of SUPERdiverse WOMEN.
Mai was a Top 10 finalist in the 2014 and 2016 New Zealander of the Year Awards. She won the supreme Judges Panel Award and the Professional Excellence Award at the New Zealand Chinese Business Elite Awards in 2012, and also the Business and Entrepreneur Women of Influence Award in 2013. Mai won Next Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year in 2011, and was made a “World Class New Zealander” by the Kiwi Expatriates Network in 2011. Mai was listed in the 2009 and 2010 unlimited magazine’s top Influencers List. Mai is a member of Legals Finest for Public and Administrative Law and has been ranked in the Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as one of the best lawyers. Mai is listed in the public law experts list of the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017. Mai wasawarded the Zonta New Zealand Woman of the Biennium award in 2017, and was a 2017 finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mai launched willtolive.co.nz in July 2013, a site which allows the making of wills to be easy and which helps New Zealanders to live life to the full. The site was rebranded aswww.my-Bucketlist.co.nz , and has just been bought by Perpetual Guardian. Mai also founded Myadvice.legal
Ravindran Annamalai, MNZ Vice President
Ravindran is a senior level manager in Sales and Marketing, Operations, Management & Production. He is a White Ribbon Ambassador and has been serving the Multicultural Council of Wellington as a Vice President since 2010. He has organized various multicultural festivals in Wellington, a highlight being his participation in the Festival of Carnival as part of Rugby World Cup.
He was nominated as the Festival Coordinator for the Multicultural Concert “Treasuring Diversity.” Ravindran has organized 30 successful Tamil cultural events in Mauritius.
Meggy Bartlett Mc-Bride, MNZ National Secretary
Meggy Bartlett-McBride is the President of Southland Multicultural Council as well as the Secretary of Multicultural New Zealand Federation. Meggy comes from the Philippines and arrived in NZ in 2005, Meggy has 3 children, one daughter, and 2 sons. Meggy is a registered beauty therapist by profession and currently operate a home clinic studio at her house.
Meggy has the interest and passion with the wider sector of helping migrants here in Southland, New Zealand. In December last year, Meggy awarded as one of the Kiwibank Local Hero in Southland along with 10 others. Meggy also recently awarded the Southland Times Southlander of the Year.
Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner
Appointed Race Relations Commissioner in 2013, Dame Susan Devoy has been a vocal advocate for raising New Zealand’s annual refugee quota and urging politicians, decision makers and everyday Kiwis to treat people from ethnic minorities with respect, humanity and mana.
In 2016 she launched New Zealand’s first nationwide anti-racism digital campaign, “That’s Us” that engaged with more than half a million people in just over a month. A world squash champion for many years, Dame Susan is a former CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty and board member of many different community organisations and businesses.
Ann Dysart, Manager, MSD
Ann Dysart has many years of management experience in the New Zealand public sector with a focus on designing and implementing innovative social sector initiatives aimed at improving social outcomes for disadvantaged communities and groups in New Zealand. This has included significant government initiatives for Māori, single parents, refugees and migrants, and Pasefika communities.
Ann currently manages “E Tu Whānau” for the Ministry of Social Development – an initiative, designed and led by Māori with support from government, to address issues of violence within whānau. E Tu Whānau focuses on community-level prevention within an authentic and culturally responsive context. It is characterised by its kaupapa Māori approach, strong buy in from Māori across the country and a focus on innovation and collaboration. E Tu Whānau includes a specific refugee and migrant component.
Naomi Ferguson, Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue
Naomi was appointed to the role in July 2012.
She brings more than 20 years of experience in revenue agency management to the role, including serving as Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery at Inland Revenue from 2003 to 2006.
Before returning to Inland Revenue Naomi was Director, Business Customer and Strategy for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK, where she earlier led HMRC’s compliance division. She has also worked for Inland Revenue in Northern Ireland, and in the UK banking industry.
In 2016 Naomi won the Women of Influence Award for Public Policy
Naomi has a Master of Arts in English Literature and Sociology from Glasgow University.
Dr Jo Cribb, Chief Executive, New Zealand Book Council – Guest speaker
Jo brings to the Council a current knowledge of development policy (particularly the role of women in development) gained through her work as the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and a background of research on family violence in the Pacific. After more than a decade in senior leadership roles she also brings financial management and strategic planning experience.
Previous to being appointed the Chief Executive of the Ministry, she was Deputy Children’s Commissioner. She has been part of a number of NGO boards, including IHC and more than six years as a trustee of her children’s school. Jo has completed the Institute of Director’s Company Directors Training and a number of the Institute’s NGO governance courses.
Rakesh Naidoo, Strategic Advisor Race Relations
Rakesh Naidoo is the Strategic Advisor Race Relations at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. His expertise informs how harmonious race relations is maintained and celebrated in New Zealand. He leads the Race Relation’s Commissioners work programme that has resulted in practical outcomes to address racism and discrimination.
Rakesh is on secondment to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission from the New Zealand Police. During his 16 year career he positioned Police as the leading government agency successfully working with ethnic communities. He has implemented innovative award winning programmes to engage with and keep our communities safe. He was the first Asian New Zealander to achieve a Commissioned officer rank in Police. He is an Executive board member of New Zealand Football and Chair of their Diversity and Inclusion committee. In 2018 NZ Football became the first sporting body in New Zealand to achieve the Governance tick and the first sports body to implement pay parity for both their women’s and men’s teams. He is board member of Gandhi Nivas, a ground breaking early intervention family violence service and a committed advocate for interfaith and multicultural activities in New Zealand.
Vanisa Dhiru, President, National Council of Women NZ
Vanisa has been involved with NCW since 2009 when she was on the board of the YWCA Greater Wellington, and later as President. Vanisa is on the Leadership Advisory Panel for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Graduate Women Wellington Committee, and the NGO Advisory Group for the Minister of Social Development. She is also the chair of the Inspiring Stories Trust.
Lisa Lawrence, Vice President, National Council of Women NZ – Keynote
Lisa has worked in a range of roles in the social health sector – mentoring, service development, business planning and governance. Currently, she is Kaiwhakahaere of Motueka Family Service Centre and Chair of Nelson Bays Primary Health’s Te Tumu Whakaora. Previously Lisa has worked in iwi led health and social services, and 100 years ago began as a health promoter and a health educator for St John and New Zealand Family Planning Association.
Pohswan Narayanan, E Tu Whanau
Pohswan Narayanan is a strong and experienced voice for equality and inclusion in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Born into Malaysia’s Chinese community, Pohswan and her Malaysian Indian husband migrated to Aotearoa 32 years ago. Their two children – ‘My multicultural kiwi kids’ – were born here.
Pohswan has more than 15 years’ experience in community development, working primarily with migrants and former refugees. She recently gave up a 35-year long career in banking to follow her passion. She currently works for the Ministry of Social Development in the refugees and migrants space, as a valued member of the E Tu Whanau team.
Pohswan was the founding chair of both the Upper Hutt Multicultural Council Inc and the Multicultural NZ Women’s Council. She spearheaded the first New Zealand Multicultural Women’s Forum held in Wellington in 2006, which looked at the challenges faced by migrant and former refugee women settling in their new home. She has subsequently organized three similar forums in 2009, 2010, 2016, that collectively, focused on encouraging leadership, business skills and the involvement and safety of migrant and former refugee women in the wider community.
Two years ago, she established the Pathway to successful settlement and employment programme for Syrian women living in the Hutt Valley. This programme enables former refugee and migrant women to lead community-based initiatives. There has been a visible increase in women taking up leadership roles in community-based endeavors since the programme began. It is currently being replicated in Porirua. This highly successful programme has gained the reputation as a role model for similar work in other regions in New Zealand.
Pohswan has also utilised her strong financial management background and banking experience to work with “Communities of Opportunity” to co-design and facilitate the “Building Financial Capabilities” programme.
She is qualified with a Master Degree in Business Administration (Massey University, 2003) and NZ Dip. Business (Banking, 1995).
Tam Schurmann: The Baskets of Blessing
Baskets of Blessing is a community project that has been running in Queenstown for the past five years. We reach out to anyone who is going through any kind of crisis.
The project began deep in my heart when I was caring for my mum eleven years ago. She had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I returned home from overseas when I heard the shocking news and found myself nursing my mum 24/7, with no time to see or even update friends.
It was a very difficult time for my family. We were isolated and because people felt awkward about my mum being unable to speak, they avoided us. During this very dark time, a stranger visited our home and delivered a small basket of treats and gifts. The message of love and support that that basket carried changed our lives. It made the most enormous difference and carried us emotionally over the weeks and months until my mum’s death.
When I moved to New Zealand I knew it was time to reach out to those who found themselves going through tough times too. Many of these people were migrants who had no family support and felt alone in their time of need. Baskets of Blessing was born and today we deliver between 400 and 500 Baskets a year to those in emotional, circumstantial and financial crisis. No nomination is turned down. The baskets are an expression of unconditional love and have proven to have a huge impact in supporting people in our community, breaking down barriers and unifying the different cultural groups of Queenstown through volunteer days and other events.
Margriet Theron, President, Rotorua Multicultural Council
Dr Margriet Theron is the President of the Rotorua Multicultural Council. She arrived in New Zealand in 1978 from South Africa. Her career was in science and education management. She has served in governance roles in Conservation, Horticultural Research and Secondary Education and at Speech NZ.
She has been the President of the Rotary Club of Rotorua, the Rotorua Social Services Council, and the Rotorua Chamber of Commerce where she was also Chief Judge for the Business Awards. She developed the Professional Speaking for Migrants course which has been taught from Whangarei to Invercargill, and has taught it for seven years in Rotorua. Her interests include growing South African wild flowers and helping migrants to settle in New Zealand.
Sandra Tonkin, Vice President, Waitaki Multicultural Council
I have lived in Christchurch, North Island and Oamaru is my hometown. I have worked in a variety of work including the health and disability sector. My current job is working in a local real estate office. One of the groups I am involved is the Multicultural Council and Safer Waitaki which focuses on Community Safety.
I enjoy being involved in community and Oamaru has a strong and vibrant community which continues to grow and prosper with individuality and ideas and with much diversity and opportunity. I love seeing communities working together in synergy and in a collective way, so much more can be achieved.
Dr Zainab Radhi
My family migrated to NZ from Iraq in 1994. After completing my LLB (Bachelor of Law) from Waikato University I moved to the UAE, practising as a lawyer before moving to Saudi Arabia where I taught English to law students. I returned to New Zealand where I completed a Masters in Law with honours at Waikato University.
I returned to Saudi Arabia to teach law at Prince Sultan University then moved to the USA to continue my studies, completing an SJD (PhD) from University of Kansas Law School in International Law of Economic and Human Development with honours and distinction (I was the first woman to receive honours for my SJD in University of Kansas Law School.)
In my theses I designed an international financial institution which is fundamentally different in its strategies, approaches and structure from the existing international development institution and envisions development as a ‘bottom up’ process and not ‘top down,’ meaning development starts with the people and reaches up to the government and not the other way.
On my return to New Zealand I became a certified interpreter. I worked as a Research Assistant in the Victoria University Law School and then joined Red Cross as a Cross Cultural Workers and Community Developer for Arabic speaking communities.
Today I will speak about the social enterprise that I founded called SMART Start Business. SSB provides supports for migrants and refugees on economic as well as social development areas. Currently I am developing a number of programmes offering support for business start-ups, parenting for newcomers, cultural awareness and other projects to assist newcomers become more successful business owners and integrate better into society.
Laure Romanetti, Albany Newcomers Network
Until recently, Laure Romanetti was the Newcomers’ Network Coordinator in the Upper Harbour of Auckland where most residents were born oversears. Laure is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice issues, including gender equality and racism. She believes in a bicultural New Zealand and has undertaken the task of learning Te Reo Māori because: “Language is the road map of a culture.”
Laure comes from France from a family who has a history of migration: Hungary, Italy, Corsica, Algeria, Morocco, Brittany and now New Zealand. Her family settled in Beach Haven 18 years ago. Her NZ experiences include working for the Airline industry, the French Department of the University of Auckland, Chocolatière and studying. She graduated from Unitec with a Post Grad Dip in couselling in 2010 and a MA in Social Practice in 2015. She also holds a French Maîtrise in Foreign Literature and Civilisations.
Laure is a narrative therapist, deconstructing language is at the heart of her practice. She has published articles: “Comment le language nous colonnise” (La Fabrique Narrative, 2014.) “Les identités verrouillées par la langue” (La Fabrique Narrative, 2015) and collaborated in a book on narrative practices: “Les pratiques de l’Approche Narrative”, (Inter Editions, 2016).
Laure has been a life long volunteer: she started volunteering for AFS at 17 and continued with Flying Without Borders, the WWF, Amnesty International, Fair Trade, Life Line Aotearoa and the Parenting Place. Above all, Laure is driven by curiosity and an eagerness to learn and act.
Mengzhu Fu, National Youth Coordinator, Shakti Community Council
Ko Panshan tōku maunga
Ko Haihe tōku awa
Ko Tianjin tōku rohe
Ko Fu tōku whānau
No Haina ahau
E noha ana au ki Tamaki-Makaurau
Ko Mengzhu tōku ingoa
Mengzhu Fu is the National Youth Co-ordinator for Shakti Youth. Shakti Youth works with Asian, Middle Eastern and African youth across Auckland to facilitate youth leadership to build a future without violence and discrimination. Mengzhu is a 1.5 generation Chinese migrant based in Tāmaki-Makaurau and has a MA in social anthropology, where the research highlighted structural violence in the lifeworld’s of young Asian survivors of family violence.
Arpita Das, Education and Training coordinator, Shakti Community Council
Arpita Das is the Education Coordinator for Shakti Education Training and Advisory Company Ltd (SETAC). SETAC, a recognised PTE, is the Education and Training Wing of the Shakti Community Council Inc that undertakes capacity building programmes for staff and external stakeholders. Arpita is an Indian and has been in Aotearoa for the past 2 years.
She currently delivers and develops training and education programmes for SETAC. She is also part of the team working to develop the Ethnic Strategy on Family Violence. She completed her Doctorate in Social Work from India with a focus on indigenous knowledge in policy formulation.
EeMun Chen, Martin Jenkins
EeMun is an evaluation and research professional who also does advisory, strategic and research work in the economic development field. Her depth of experience across a number of areas allows her to ask the right questions and find the necessary data and information to enable her to add value and provide a robust evidence base for client projects.
EeMun joined MartinJenkins in 2011 after a 10-year career in research, evaluation and policy roles in the then-Ministry of Economic Development (MED) and the British Medical Association in the UK. She has an MSc in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and a BA in Psychology from the University of Canterbury.
An accomplished researcher and writer, EeMun has contributed to a number of central and local government publications, including the Regional Economic Activity Reports published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and the economic development strategies of Dunedin City and the Waikato Region.
Martine is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative working on education policy. Martine was a student success advisor and learning consultant at Massey University, and has published research on migrant and refugee integration in New Zealand. She was also with the New Zealand Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Martine holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with First Class Honours from Massey University.
Martine is available for comment on any of the Initiative’s education research. In particular, the state of New Zealand’s schools and the way their performance is assessed and managed and how the US and the UK have turned around failing schools.