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Our staff

Sonya Hogan, Executive Officer

What I love about Ara Taiohi - I love the potential Ara Taiohi has to link and support the whole youth sector. Building strong connections and building the profile of all the amazing things that our young people and the people working with them are doing.

I bring long term vision, belief in the need for a peak body for the sector, passion for the youth sector, a little bit of crazy.

My favourite food is anything Asian, followed by anything Italian, followed by anything chocolate, followed by anything tasty.

Ask me about tango, photography, child rights, animals and living abroad

My role model is Jane Goodall.

Kirsten Le Harivel, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Advisor

What I love about Ara Taiohi - its potential to work collaboratively and intersectorally to make a difference for young people in Aotearoa.

I bring experience in many areas of the youth sector and a collaborative and solutions-focussed approach.

My favourite food is anything cooked with love and skill.

Ask me about writing, poetry and food.

My role models are people who live their lives simply and with dignity, respect and humility.


Wendy Osmond, Office Administrator

What I love about Ara Taiohi - all the different things Ara Taiohi does and how these all add up to make a difference.

I bring heaps of skills, passion and energy to get things done.

My favourite food is spicy, spicy and then anything spicy!

Ask me about family and changing careers several times.

My role model is a previous manager who said, “If I leak information to you when you are in the Opposition, will you trust me when you are in Government?”