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.
“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.”