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.
Natasha was elected to the Oz Kiwi Committee in March 2014. She is the Associations’ Governance Advisor, and became the Committee Secretary in January 2016. 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.
Emma was first elected to the Oz Kiwi Committee from July 2013 to April 2017. She rejoined the Committee at the AGM in November 2017. Originally from Wellington Emma has lived in Adelaide with her husband and children since 2007. Now a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen, Emma is a teacher aide working with students with disabilities.
Emma is the Co-ordinator of the “Mod Squad”, Oz Kiwis’ team of Facebook Moderators and email admins.
Patricia was elected to the Oz Kiwi Committee in December 2015. She became involved with Oz Kiwi at the grassroots level in May 2013, as her family are impacted by the February 2001 changes. Originally from Auckland, they now live in Sydney.
An advocate for New Zealand families living long-term in Australia, Patricia is also a busy mother of four, wife and rugby player. She studied medical laboratory science and works in the Medical Laboratory industry. Patricia is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen.
Liza Cox has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since June 2013, and was elected onto the Committee in August 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.
Mel Loe has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since 2013 and was elected to the Committee in July 2016. She became involved in Oz Kiwi in response to increasing numbers of ‘fellow Kiwi’ adversely affected as a consequence of not having a pathway to citizenship.
Originally from Canterbury, New Zealand, Mel is the Managing Director of Kotahi Tourism – an award-winning business offering Māori and Aboriginal tours and education programs in NSW; and tourism consultancy.
Mel brings a wealth of business and volunteer organisation management experience to Oz Kiwi, with previous roles including management of Sydney Learning Adventures and The Rocks Discovery Museum (Sydney) and Executive Committee roles with Interpretation Australia.
Mel is a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia since 2001. She lives on the NSW South Coast with her husband Hohepa.
Robyn has been a member of Oz Kiwi since 2013. Originally from Timaru, she has lived intermittently in Australia since 1977. Unfortunately, Robyn was living in New Zealand when the Howard Government introduced the February 2001 policy changes.
Robyn resides in Darwin, Northern Territory and works in the health field. She is currently completing her Master in Public Health and about to become a dual Australian and New Zealand citizen.
David Brown has been an Oz Kiwi volunteer since May 2017, and was elected onto the Committee in November 2017.
Originally from the UK, David is a New Zealand citizen after moving to NZ in 1996 to live and work in Wellington. In 2009 he moved to Adelaide, where he still lives. David has a son in Australia (born in Wellington), and a daughter studying in Wellington.
David is an academic and lawyer and still occasionally works in New Zealand. He and his son are currently in the process of applying for Australian citizenship.