I am originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and now call Aotearoa New Zealand my adopted home. My personal experience of growing up in Zimbabwe, combined with the grief of losing family and friends to HIV-related disease, makes prevention and treatment important to me. In 2001, I obtained an honours degree in Industrial Psychology from Rhodes University (South Africa). My professional life then took root in Zimbabwe, where I worked for several years as a community development professional with different charitable organisations safeguarding the well-being of young people.
In 2009, I moved to Aotearoa to join my mother and brother. Through their support in 2011, I graduated with a master’s in Development Studies from the University of Auckland. In New Zealand, I have worked with various organisations in the sectors of mental health, addiction, and disability; refugee and migrant well-being; HIV and AIDS, mostly in a research capacity. Presently, I am towards the end of a PhD (AUT University), which is investigating ways to improve young African’s role in shaping the content of school-based sexuality education (focused on HIV prevention). Altogether, these life experiences have nurtured my concerns for health, well-being, equity, and diversity.
I live in Auckland with my husband, Chris. We both love exploring New Zealand’s natural beauty and learning about different ways of creating a more sustainable world.