My name is Erica Austin, based in Ōtautahi Christchurch in New Zealand. I'm honoured to be the NZ Ambassador of The Octopus Movement.
It's Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) this week. So I'm weaving in some kupu (words) in Māori, our indigenious language of Aotearoa NZ.
Ko wai au (who am I?) I'm a proud multi-potentialite - a title I've embraced for a decade - I'm trained in architecture and now use the skills from my training to design and curate meaningful and inclusive experiences. I'm passionate about collective impact and bridging conversations across sectors and communities. I started my own business, E.A.Curation, a way to pursue my many passions.
What this looks like:
Leadership Consultant, Leadership Lab NZ
Programme Manager, Te Pūtahi - Centre for Architecture and Citymaking/Open Christchurch Architectural Festival
Trustee, Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch
Facilitator - Ally Skills NZ, Digital Storytellers, Young Enterprise Trust
Community Activator - Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Photographer - Peanut Productions Photography
Digital Producer - Big Bloom Online Hackathon
World Economic Forum Global Shaper
Asia NZ Leadership Network Member
2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero