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News of Old Girls

Natasha Eady (Peer Year 2016) 

Natasha was a member of the national 4x100m relay squad that recently won bronze at the World University Games, in Naples, and set a New Zealand record of 44.24 seconds. The squad made history by winning New Zealand’s first medal in the sprint relay event. Nat has been selected to join the development program for the team aiming to qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. Nat began her athletics career at four years old and was undefeated athletics champion at St Cuthbert’s from Years 5 to 11.

Olivia Monks (Peer Year 2012)

Aspiring actress, Olivia Monks (class of 2012) had her television debut earlier this year in The Gulf. Playing a fun-loving 21-year-old caught in a sticky situation, the Toi Whakaari graduate was thrilled to take part in this local production. Now, with theatre credits under her belt and her involvement in another television series currently being pitched to US production companies, she is planning a move to Canada in 2020 to pursue acting and music on the global stage. 

Bianca Barbarich-Bacher (Peer Year 2010)

Bianca has been named the inaugural winner of the Young Aviation Professional Award 2019 which celebrates younger aviation professionals who have significantly influenced safety performance and behaviour. Earlier this year, she was accepted into Mt. Cook Airline as a first officer and has been an instructor at the Marlborough Aero Club and a pilot for RidgeAir Blenheim. 

Rochelle Williams (Peer Year 2010)

Rochelle is a Digital Product Designer based in London; she has been living and working in the city for the last three and a half years. In March this year she started working with fin-tech start up, Bud, to develop products utilising “open banking” technology, and creating a financial services marketplace for top tier banks and other financial institutions. In her spare time, Rochelle sings with the London Philharmonic Choir, most recently performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Rebecca Mahoney (Peer Year 2008)

Currently Corporate & Consumer Communications Specialist, Rebecca has a background in fashion PR with agency Showroom 22 before joining David Jones. Rebecca got her first break in PR after working part time in retail stores while studying and freelancing in marketing, brand, and social media. Her agency won the David Jones account in early 2016 just prior to the first international store in Wellington and then she joined the in-house David Jones Public Relations team and made the jump across the ditch to Australia.

Based in Melbourne, she loves her dynamic role where no two days are the same and thrives on writing, connecting with people, building exciting communication strategies and seeing campaigns take shape. 

Nicola Mirza (Morris) (Head Girl, Peer Year 1996) 

Nicola has a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland and a post-graduate diploma in Management from Birkbeck, University of London. A qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, she worked overseas as a solicitor before moving into legal recruitment and returned to New Zealand in 2010. Nicola also founded luxury bespoke jewellery business, Miramôr, which she sold to one of New Zealand’s leading jewellers, Sutcliffe, in March 2018. Nicole has recently joined the partnership of Hobson Leavy.

Diana Thomson (Garlick) (Peer Year 1988) 

Diana is committed to helping women be confident in finding and using their voices. Her business SpeechMarks Coaching supports those with speaking struggles or new goals in public speaking. Diana has recently released her first book The Naked Speaker: The Public Speaking Recipe Book to help readers with this. The book offers encouragement, technical advice, and tips to help speakers inspire and connect with their audiences. 

Roz Henry (Peer Year 1987) 

Roz Henry recently joined Co-Operative Business New Zealand (CBNZ) as their CEO. CBNZ is the professional body representing New Zealand co-ops, a significant employer and provider of GDP to New Zealand, hiring 50,000 people and contributing 16% of our GDP. CBNZ has a very broad membership including organisations such as Fonterra and FoodStuffs through to small start-ups. “It’s a fantastic role. Aside from getting to work with some amazing leaders, it allows me to make use of my broad range of skills and experience. It’s great to be working in an area that is core for New Zealand and being able to give back. 

Roz went to the University of Otago where she completed a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences. Subsequently, she had the opportunity to join the New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra) gaining commercial experience. She then moved to management consulting, learning about strategy and business optimisation. Over the past ten years, she has been in a variety of leadership roles, had three children, and moved between New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.  

Melinda Cates (Peer Year 1983)

Melinda returned to New Zealand three years ago and this year published her book I Make a Difference: A Process to Heal and Dissolve the Layers of Your Past and Discover the Jewel Within. She has a long history of facilitating and training others and for over ten years delivered pre-employment programmes for disengaged youth, Aboriginal Australians, long-term unemployed, individuals who had experienced workplace injuries, and migrants and refugees. 

Maxine Lesley Amos, formerly Fowler (Holt) (Peer Year 1964) 

Maxine has lived in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, and finally settled in Townsville. Twenty-four years ago, Maxine established Distinctive Promotions, providing clients with customised promotional products. In 1998, she was a finalist in the Townsville Businesswoman of the Year Awards and was also nominated for the North Queensland Management Excellence Awards. For the past four years, Maxine has been voluntary editor of the Family History Association of North Queensland’s magazine Relatively Speaking.  

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