Dr Tim Gassin has served on the Oz Kiwi Committee from its inception in July 2013, and became Chair in April 2014.
Tim completed doctoral studies in constitutional history and currently works in the tertiary education sector. He is an Australian citizen, married to a New Zealander. They now live in Wellington, after moving over from Melbourne in August 2017.
Joanne has served on the Oz Kiwi Committee from its inception in July 2013, and was elected Deputy Chair in January 2016. She is passionate about social justice and became involved with Oz Kiwi in April 2013 to advocate for the rights of New Zealanders adversely affected by the 2001 policy changes.
Originally from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Psychology, with Honours in Criminology. She is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen who has resided in Melbourne since 2008.
Pam Hall has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since November 2017, and was elected onto the Committee as Treasurer in September 2018.
Pam settled in Adelaide in October 2004 with her husband and three children. Two of her children live in Australia and one is travelling the world. She works in finance for an Arts organisation within the SA State Government. Pam and her husband are both Australian Permanent Residents.
Liza Cox has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since June 2013, and was elected onto the Committee in June 2016. She became involved with Oz Kiwi to help those who have been impacted by the 2001 policy changes.
Originally from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Liza has a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems & eCommerce and works in the Information Technology and Education sectors. She is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen who has resided in Melbourne since 2007.
Liza is also one of our Facebook Moderators, and maintains Oz Kiwi’s website and social media.
Sonja Lekovic has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since May 2017, and was elected onto the Committee in September 2018. She became involved with Oz Kiwi to help improve the living conditions for Kiwis in Australia, particularly those with fewer rights due to the 2001 changes.
Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja migrated to Auckland, New Zealand with her family at the age of 14, to start a new life in the City of Sails. She studied Economics at the University of Auckland and joined her sister in Melbourne in 2003. Sonja works as an economist in the energy sector in Melbourne. She is a dual New Zealand and Serbian citizen and is living in Australia as a non-protected SCV.
Natasha was elected to the Oz Kiwi Committee in March 2014. Natasha is passionate about social justice and has a keen interest in politics and social reform.
Natasha is a dual Australian and New Zealand national who grew up in Ruakaka, New Zealand but spent much of her childhood and adolescence in Australia. Natasha holds a Law degree and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Natasha spent two years practicing as a Barrister and Solicitor in Auckland before moving permanently to Brisbane, where she has been practicing law as a solicitor since 2008.
Kent Peters has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since June 2017, and was elected onto the Committee in September 2018.
Kent became involved with Oz Kiwi when researching citizenship options for his sons. He was a passionate opponent of the proposed citizenship changes announced in April 2017, and wants to assist SCV-holders impacted by government policies. He has a particular interest in the potential impacts on New Zealand-born children’s educational opportunities in Australia.
Originally from Taranaki/Whanganui, New Zealand, Kent is both a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Practising Accountant with an MBA in HRM. He has worked for 15 years as Bursar in leading independent schools and currently is the Director of Business at Canberra Grammar School. He is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen who originally arrived in Perth in 2007 and moved to Canberra in December 2017.
Kevin Wang joined Oz Kiwi in 2018, and has a passion for health and education policies.
Kevin is a New Zealand citizen and an Australian permanent resident on the New Zealand 189 visa, the special pathway for New Zealanders. He was born in Taiwan and migrated to New Zealand in 1995, before coming to Australia in 2004.
Kevin has a Master of Science (Hon) in Statistics from the University of Auckland, and is currently studying towards a Master of Public Health at the University of New South Wales. He is an Accredited Statistician and has been working in the health sector since 2008.