New Zealand Female

Aged 49 | Born 1967

Full Kit

About the Speaker

"I was born in 1967 in Wellington NZ. I grew up in Hawkes Bay, in a largely Maori community, and came back to Wellington to go to university. I would describe myself as a New Zealand Pakeha, which means a NZ European. My Dad was an actor and a musician and my Mum worked in an office. I had a fairly middle-class upbringing, but quite alternative. We lived on a bus and used to travel all over New Zealand."

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This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit


About Hawkes Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It is roughly 1,500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. It has a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life, and a dramatic varied landscape. The majority of New Zealand’s population of 4.7 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. The official languages are English (de facto), Māori and NZ Sign Language, with English being very dominant.

New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, in a scenic natural harbour and green hillsides adorned with tiered suburbs of colonial villas. The area has high seismic activity even by New Zealand standards, with a major fault, the Wellington Fault running through the centre of the city and several others nearby. Several hundred minor faults lines have been identified within the urban area. Lonely Planet named Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ in its ‘Best in Travel 2011’ guide book.

The Hawkes Bay region is on the East Coast of the North Island: one of the most seismically active regions in New Zealand. It is renowned for its wine production and also has significant Maori population.