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Happy Wed­nes­day!

My name is Mandy Te and I re­cently joined the Auck­land com­mu­ni­ties re­port­ing team.

My fam­ily is orig­i­nally from Cam­bo­dia and moved to New Zealand more than two decades ago. I’ve lived in Auck­land most of my life, mov­ing from Hamil­ton and be­fore that, Welling­ton. I’ve also lived in Dunedin, where I went to uni­ver­sity.

I first be­came pas­sion­ate about jour­nal­ism vol­un­teer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Otago stu­dent pub­li­ca­tion Critic. The ex­pe­ri­ence gave me op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­view peo­ple and write fea­tures on top­ics I was in­ter­ested in. Last year I grad­u­ated with a post­grad­u­ate di­ploma in jour­nal­ism from AUT.

I en­joy cook­ing, puns and ex­plor­ing Auck­land’s food scene. I also like lis­ten­ing to hip hop, es­pe­cially Drake and see­ing cows graz­ing at One Tree Hill. The rounds I will be cov­er­ing are health and Maun­gakiekie-ta­maki Lo­cal Board.

If you have any story ideas, news tips or just want to have a yarn, con­tact me at mandy.te@fair­fax­me­

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