Katie has a passion for sharing stories, ideas and research to confront policy, practice and prejudice. She has taken her experience in academia and policy back into the community sector where she started work to get young people's voices heard over 15 years ago. Katie has a degree in Criminology and a PhD in Sociology.
Ta'ase Vaoga is passionate about helping people get involved in the things that they care about most. Be it by volunteering or giving time, resources or money she is committed to seeing the charity sector grow through the mobilisation of people. Ta'ase has a background in the not-for-profit sector primarily in fundraising, communications and marketing. Ta'ase is from Wellington and enjoys long walks, soy flat whites and sleep.
Kirsten Van Newtown
Admin and Finance Coordinator
Kirsten Van Newtown is the parent of two kids, and raises them on a diet of hashbrowns, soysages, and feminist discourse in the upper Lower Hutt. In between convincing young children about the merits of wearing pants and bringing home some bread and butter, Kirsten performs with her wife GG and best friend Liz in their band HEX. Her professional interests include writing, front end web development, and going out for business lunches.
Tessa is from The Netherlands working with us as a volunteer intern for two months. She studied Criminology at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam where she got her Bachelor degree last year. This is her first time doing an internship abroad. She has been involved in volunteering work in the last 6 months at a Dutch organisation Visie-R. Visie-R helps those who have been in prison, or have been affected by addiction, and others who need help to reintegrate back into society. Through that work she supported people who needed and wanted help setting up a resume and search for a job they might like. Tessa is very interested in the criminal justice system of New Zealand and how it differs from her own country.