Auckland Council, NZ
Tania (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a Social Intrapreneur for The Southern Initiative team at Auckland Council, New Zealand. Her role is to support and enable social and innovation and systems change to tackle some of Auckland’s tough socio-economic challenges, and to be a change maker inside a large bureaucracy. She is leading the Southern Initiative team’s strategic work on economic development, including procurement. Before moving to The Southern Initiative team four years ago, she held strategy roles within council.
Prior to working at Auckland Council, Tania lived and worked in Dublin before settling in London for more than a decade, where she was head of policy and campaigns at the Women’s Resource Centre – the UK’s leading umbrella organisation for the women’s NGO sector and one of Britain’s most admired charities. Before her move abroad, she worked for the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in a policy role.
Tania is passionate about equity for women and girls and has a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland. She is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity, based at Melbourne University, along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social change makers, where she is completing a project on radical local economic development from an Indigenous world view.