Eve Williams

Eve Williams is the ca­pa­bil­i­ties pol­icy analyst and busi­ness man­ager at Hor­ti­cul­ture New Zealand. It’s a mouth­ful of a ti­tle, and she knows it.

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“The ti­tle doesn’t say a lot, but I do. On the busi­ness side of things, I’m re­spon­si­ble for NZ As­para­gus Coun­cil, and I help out with Straw­ber­ries Grow­ers New Zealand as well. In terms of ca­pa­bil­i­ties, I work in the labour space with Jerf [Van Beek] on the Reg­is­tered Sea­sonal Em­ployer scheme, and I also pro­vide pol­icy ad­vice to Mike [Chap­man] on things like tax­a­tion, farm­houses, civil de­fence; pretty much any­thing that doesn’t fit in with a nat­u­ral port­fo­lio.”

Eve has been with Hort NZ for al­most three years, and re­ally loves the at­mos­phere.

“I ap­plied for an ad­min role here af­ter I got back from my OE in Septem­ber 2014, and I just never left. I re­ally like it here, be­cause my role is so var­ied; one day I can be or­gan­is­ing the Hor­ti­cul­ture or RSE con­fer­ences, the next I’m at a pol­icy meet­ing about the Coro­man­del talk­ing about floods. No day is ever the same, and that’s just my style.

“I also get to see what my work does, which is some­thing I re­ally love. I used to work in a bank, where ev­ery­one gets boiled down to numbers on a screen, and you never know how much you’re ac­tu­ally im­pact­ing the world. Just see­ing peo­ple as dol­lars isn’t me; I’m too much of a fire­brand for that.”

With roots in Master­ton, Eve moved to Welling­ton for study, achiev­ing a Masters de­gree with Merit in 18th cen­tury po­etry from Vic­to­ria Univer­sity. This has proven sur­pris­ingly prac­ti­cal.

“If noth­ing else,” she laughs, “I can write a damn good email.”

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