Vanessa Lavatai is our new Events Coordinator. She joined our team in July 2023, and is replacing Kirsten Blyde. But don’t worry, Kirsten is still very much part of the Age Concern team (Kirsten’s now focusing all her time on coordinating the Visiting Service).
Vanessa is a fun-loving, adventurous person. Not much frightens her (aside from mice). Born and bred in Wellington, Vanessa has Samoan, Chinese and German heritage. She spent 14 years in Australia and recently returned to New Zealand to be near her parents and auntie. She’s been married over 25 years and has a 22-year-old son. She’s worked with the community for the past two decades and has a heart for working and talking with people – she just wants to help!
Butterflies have a special meaning for Vanessa (her name means butterfly) and asking her about butterflies is sure to make her smile.
Welcome to the team Vanessa. We’re glad you’ve joined us!