New event co­or­di­na­tor starts at Katch Katikati

Katikati Advertiser - - On The Job -

Katch Katikati has been burst­ing at the seams for the past six months with the in­creased work­load that the team just can­not seem to say no to.

Town pro­mo­tions man­ager Jac­qui Knight says with want­ing to cre­ate an ac­tive and cre­ative com­mu­nity, to sup­port and pro­mote the area, plus take the lead role on a num­ber of com­mu­nity projects, they are now ex­cited to have a third per­son join the team.

New events co­or­di­na­tor Nick­yAustin has joined the Katch Katikati team and says she is ex­cited to be work­ing with Jac­qui and Kristin Crock­ett.

Hav­ing vis­ited her par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers in Katikati for over 15 years Nicky says she had fallen in love with the area.

“It had be­come a bit of a dream ofmine to move up here to be closer to my fam­ily and be­come part of this great com­mu­nity.

“I had long missed the won­der­ful con­nec­tions that come with liv­ing in a small town, so I amover the moon to be work­ing in a job that helps to strengthen those com­mu­nity bonds.”

Five weeks ago, Nicky, hus­band Rob­who is a builder, their two chil­dren Natalia, 7, and Frank, 6, moved up from Christchurch to start their new life in the Bay of Plenty. Nicky says her life in Christchurch re­volved around the row­ing and sport­ing com­mu­nity where she has coached and man­aged­many or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We also lived right on the edge of the Christchurch East res­i­den­tial red-zone, so the earthquakes and sub­se­quent re­cov­ery has im­pacted our lives in a big way.”

In 1998 Nicky was se­lected into theNZ Row­ing teamwhich started her 10-year ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional rower and took her to theAthens and Bei­jing Olympic games. That ex­pe­ri­ence has led to her work as an OlympicAm­bas­sador which in­volves vis­it­ing pri­mary schools a cou­ple of times a month, talk­ing to chil­dren about the Olympic val­ues of friend­ship, ex­cel­lence and re­spect and in­spir­ing them to live those val­ues in all as­pects of their lives.

“I’m ex­cited to start vis­it­ing pri­mary schools in the Bay of Plenty re­gion.”

“We are very­much look­ing for­ward to mov­ing onto our life­style block and mak­ing the most of this beau­ti­ful re­gion— the sun, the food, the bush, the beaches and our fam­ily now and into the fu­ture.”

Katch Katikati said it had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse when they ad­ver­tised the po­si­tion and were over­whelmed with the in­ter­est and cal­i­bre of the can­di­dates. Jac­qui says Nicky has slipped won­der­fully into the role and will bring a fresh re­vi­talised look and feel to many of the events it had been do­ing.

“We are ex­cited about the new events on the hori­zon. As they say— watch this space!”

KATCH Katikati’s Jac­qui Knight and Kristin Crock­ett wel­come Nicky Austin (right) to the team.

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