Before she retired, Alison’s career covered many aspects of accounting and administration, including four years as Company Secretary for a company listed on the NZX and the ASX, and several years as the Financial Controller for a group of 11 companies in the Mortgage and Insurance industries. Very strong financial records skills coupled with expertise in running administrative departments; staffing, HR, database systems and creating cost effective workflows for the companies she has worked for.
Alison has always been very task and results oriented and has an affinity with most software programmes which creates a lot of flexibility.
Since retiring last November, Alison has kept busy with her side business of designing and building small boutique websites, writing short stories, taking photographs and playing poker.
Alison is passionate about the LGBTQI+ community in Auckland, although not much of a socialiser. She was a member of Rainbow Auckland and served a term as treasurer about 12 years ago, (when it was GABA). Her own journey has been quite frought, coming out, then going back into the closet, before coming out with full acceptance of herself – her sexual orientation and her non binary gender identity – she understands how rough the road can be. She has a fervour for inclusivity across all the Rainbow community, as her journey has taught her the pain of being on the fringes.
“Knowing who I am, who I truly am, has finally brought me the peace I so longed for over my lifetime. I want our community to be one of loving acceptance and support for one another no matter what our politics might be, or which religion or non religion we choose to have, and where on the rainbow we are – what shade LGBTQI+ we are.”
Tessa is a proud lesbian. In the community, Tessa has served as the AUSA Queer Rights Officer, winning the 2016 Youth Award for her work. Tessa is civically minded and keen to contribute to her community and getting a great festival off the ground for everyone in the LGBTIQ+ community.
Media & Marketing
Nathan is a creative, marketing strategist and community advocate. As Head of Marketing for the ‘Employers & Manufacturers Association’, a not-for-profit organisation promoting NZ business ways of working both domestically and globally, Nathan’s extensive experience will be a real asset in helping unify the community and rebuild towards a stronger pride over the next 20 years.
Nathan is extremely passionate about celebrating the wins within the community and supporting the struggles which are the reality for many across New Zealand.
With extensive experience in events and marketing having personally produced campaigns for over 180 events including print and digital channels, Nathan brings a unique yet commercial approach to building communities. This bridged with his experience negotiating and managing key corporate partnerships with iconic kiwi businesses in order to facilitate better access for EMA’s membership will add huge value into building a sustainable community focussed parade.
Stepping outside of his corporate life, Nathan has always had a passion and care for the broader rainbow community which is why he founded Gay Republic in 2005. Gay Republic is known as one of Auckland’s leading gay and lesbian lifestyle brands that focusses on connecting people through events, groups and businesses. Gay Republic sets out to foster collaboration and welcomes creative talent and thinking. This core ideology is something that Nathan hopes to bring to Rainbow Pride Auckland.
“I believe that diversity and inclusion can only be achieved by representation and celebration, reflecting on our past to grow into a stronger more connected future with our community. We are stronger in Unity”.
Originally from the UK, Anthony moved to New Zealand in 1994 and recently became a New Zealand Citizen. Anthony has worked in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong in sales management, primarily around the provision of services to business and government. This is where he developed skills in facilitation and problem solving, often finding solutions in complex situations. Producing outcomes where everyone wins is how he measures his success. He is an effective communicator and networker, building productive relationships across organisations and the community, at all levels.
His passion for the betterment of our community has led him to be involved with management in gay sport, currently serving as chair for the New Zealand Falcons rugby team. He is also a past volunteer and current member of the New Zealand Aids Foundation.
With a passion for the Rainbow Community, he believes that the way for our community to get past the pain of disenfranchisement is communication, talking through the issues and finding a path forward. Inclusiveness is a critical part of his thinking.
“I am a proud member of the Rainbow community. I came out later in life having struggled with my identity and deep-seated fear of being discovered. I want to make a difference and make life easier for those who also struggle and to celebrate the changes that have already occurred through the hard work and dedication of those who have been on this path for some time. Producing outcomes for all of our community is vital for the health of our society”.
Daniel has a broad background in change management, process development, human resources and learning & development. Having spent 13 years living in Christchurch he made the move to Auckland in 2016 to further his career at an executive level.
Daniel is passionate about the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand as a whole and keen to be an active contributor to future successes of our community in Auckland.
In his free time Daniel is active with his family, Daniel and his partner share custody of their daughters who are two rainbow warriors in their own right. When the domestic chores are done there’s nothing better he likes than exploring more of our beautiful country.
“Moving with my family 16 years ago from the motherland to New Zealand, it wasn’t long before I felt comfortable calling New Zealand Home. Our country is the of epitome of acceptance & diversity. I am proud to be able to be a part of a leadership nation in this virtue. For me, pride is not a one day or one week exclusivity event, it is about year wide acceptance, something that is not exclusive to our community but can reach further to wider communities, those without a voice and those lost amongst the noise. It is a unity of diversity and inclusivity that celebrates being alive and sharing in this amazing thing we call life.”
I tipu ake au i raro i ngā maunga whakahī o Ngāti Maniapoto mai Kāwhia Moana,
Kāwhia Kai, Kāwhia Tangata me ngā rohe o te Kiingitanga. Heoi ānō, Ko Ngāti
Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa me Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana oku Iwi.
While very steeped in Te Ao Maori, as a Kai Haka, Kai Karanga, and coming from a
nuclear and LGBT Māori drag family. I have been a member of the Auckland
LGBTQI+ Community for over 25 years and had the privilege of knowing and living
with some the most influential people of their time. Having lived in the city and west
most of this time I have seen many changes within the community. While also
having completed several terms on boards that have just as much diversity as the
community itself, ranging from local and national executives as well as chairing the
foundation team of a political party down to the largest indigenous gathering of
LGBTQI+ namely the Hui Takataapui. By understanding both executive positions
and governance roles it makes the role of advisory clear to understand. Having
served as a former HERO exec that experience alone combined with the experiences
of the current working group can only serve to be beneficial. As an advocate of
social change, this new appointment is one that I believe will be to the benefit of the
greater and wider community and a step in the right direction to hopefully restore
the fragmentation and establish a new vision that encompasses all.
In the words of the late Te Puia Herangi, Kia Tipu Kia Hua Kia Puawai I would like to
see our community achieve this thought…..
To Grow, To Nurture and to Flourish (Princess Te Puea Herangi)
Troy has an established background in people leadership, operational change management, process improvement, coaching and development. After leaving Dilworth School for Boys he stepped in to Financial Services where he worked closely with Unions fighting for workers rights, before transitioning into leadership roles within the banking and other industries throughout his career.
Troy brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to his current role as National Client Services Manager for Geneva Healthcare where he is responsible for overall delivery of cares to 7,500 clients, by 3,500 Support Workers, which is scheduled daily by 94 Care Coordinators nationwide.
Having been on the scene since he was 16, Troy is passionate about the community, where he found an extended family to call his own. Troubled by the events of the past year he put up his hand to work toward reconciliation within the community and inclusivity for all.
When he’s not working you’ll find Troy spending quality time with friends, cooking, drinking wine, skiing, catching up with family, pandering to the needs of his 16 year old cat or having a laugh out on the town.
“In my teenage years, the community offered a place where I could belong. I am passionate about it, the people in it, our similarities, and all of our amazing differences. My wish is to see us celebrate love and diversity, while encouraging each of us to support one another, moving proudly together into the future.”