Honesty, Respect, Compassion,
Courage and Service
Jodi has a mixed background of Fijian (Levuka), Cook Island (Aitutaki) and NZ European ethnicity. Jodi grew up in Blenheim and was raised in a Pacific bi-cultural household by her Fijian grandmother (bu) and NZ European grandfather, she has fond memories of consistently traveling to Fiji.
What led you to working at the Cause Collective?
My mixed upbringing and blended experiences from living in a small town and travelling to Fiji, sparked an interest in me to keep exploring my Pacific identity. This curiosity about my background led me to University where I studied both Design and Pacific Studies and started asking myself how I could work between both of these worlds in my professional life. The Cause Collective was the perfect place to apply both Design and Pacific Studies while working for social change.
Who inspires you and why?
I love triumph stories – people that worked against the odds and stayed resilient to beat them. I have a close but small network of family and friends (that have become my family), each of them have faced and overcame challenges in their lives. Their stories inspire me and drive me to face and work through my own challenges in life.
What is your current role?
Designer – I work with the team on the Design Thinking and Co-design aspects of our work.
What is your vision for health and wellbeing in South Auckland?
That South Aucklanders can look around and see self determination happening around them. I would like to see individuals, families and communities truly look after each other because we all know and understand that the future we want cannot be achieved alone.
What is one funny/quirky/interesting thing that no-one knows about you?
When my grandma says I was a good golfer she really means it. I was the youngest club champion in my golf club’s 100-year history, but I won’t tell you that, only she will.