I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, then relocated with my family to Christchurch when I was 10. After graduating in law from the University of Canterbury, I returned to Wellington to commence my career in corporate and commercial law, followed by time at large law firms in London and Auckland. We (me, husband and puppy) returned to Christchurch in 2004 to be closer to family, and I’m now busy with 4 young children (and a not so young husband and dog). Over that time I have also tutored law students at the University of Canterbury and law graduates at the College of Law.
My association with Good Shepherd in New Zealand and Australia has spanned many years, starting as an external legal advisor in New Zealand in 2003/2004, then joining the board of Aidanfield Holdings Limited in 2004. On behalf of the Sisters, Aidanfield carried out a property subdivision of the Sisters’ land in Halswell, Christchurch. More recently I took on a project management role with Good Shepherd, initially to help establish the Good Shepherd New Zealand Trust and then to help build on and enhance the work of the Good Shepherd Sisters in New Zealand assisting disadvantaged women and girls.
In 2015 I was appointed as Chief Executive of Good Shepherd New Zealand, to build the organisation and continue the growth in its progress achieved to date. Good Shepherd New Zealand is committed to disrupting the cycles of disadvantage for women and girls, and enabling more connected, resilient communities. A large part of that work currently is to support the development and growth of domestic microfinance programmes in New Zealand.
As a parent and member of a close knit community (which was hit severely by the 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquakes), I have a very real interest in contributing what I can, and putting to use the skiils I’ve learnt to date, to support and hopefully benefit my local community and also more widely other communities in Christchurch and beyond. I am currently on the board of trustees of the local primary school.
Through all of my various roles, I follow closely what’s happening in the current economic and political climate in New Zealand – particularly in education, the Christchurch rebuild, and in other community and social justice areas affecting disadvantaged families such as family violence and child poverty. Also tragic events such as the violent attacks on people at prayer in Mosques in Christchurch in March 2019. I really want to help find ways to combat the ever-increasing pressures and challenges in our communities, so that children and families now and in the future have a secure base from which to thrive. I think that Good Shepherd New Zealand enables some wonderful opportunities to work with existing community organisations towards those goals.
Each year on 31 July, sisters and mission partners in Aotearoa New Zealand gather to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the first sisters to Christchurch, in 1886
50 men, women and children were killed as they gathered in prayer at two Mosques in New Zealand in March 2019. Read some thoughtful Good Shepherd reflections from New Zealand and Australia
The growing Good Shepherd team in New Zealand continues to expand its services, working with partner organisations in the development of a national network
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand provides services and governance for Good Shepherd ministries, enabling sustainability and ongoing development into the future