We’re excited to have four new writers and a new administrator on board. All new staff are doing exceptionally well and have had to learn the ropes while working from home!
- Cecilia Gomez-Echenique (administrator) comes to us with a wealth of administrative experience and is embarking on a master's degree in linguistics this year. Cecilia's interest in language also includes work as a research assistant at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, where she’s been involved with helping to advance the knowledge of various linguistic features of te reo Māori.
- Emily Anderson (writer) has worked as a freelance researcher and writer for over fifteen years, creating histories and communication materials for businesses, local government, and community projects. She trained in journalism and oral history, and has enjoyed being involved in creating books, audio projects, videos, exhibitions, and documentaries.
- Olly Crawford-Ellis (writer) has spent the last four years working as a union organiser for E tū, working in the manufacturing, food, and logistics industries. Before that he spent four years as a case manager/deputy registrar at the Māori Land Court. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, and a master’s degree in English.
- Rameshi Perera (writer) recently completed her Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Canterbury. Her studies also included philosophy and linguistics. Rameshi has experience in customer service and tertiary education, and has spent time working in child and family settings for Barnardos. She is passionate about volunteering and working to support children and young people.
- Ren Potter (writer) has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Creative Writing with Honours from AUT. They have worked in the admin, retail, hospitality, vaccination, and telehealth industries, and also spent a year teaching ESOL in Madrid. Ren is super keen to jump into a role that allows them to utilise their degrees to the fullest and to do what they love, which is "any type of writing they can get their hands on".