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Meet ‘Ema Latu

20 Oct 2022
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What does your role involve?
In my role as Assistant Development Manager in Mangere, I support the redevelopment of the Aorere and Middlemore Crescent neighbourhoods, as well as the delivery of public, market and affordable housing developments.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I thoroughly enjoy the breadth of tasks within the role, from attending whakawaatea for the first state homes built in Aorere, to project feasibility and planning. Like any role, the ability to build and maintain relationships is crucial, and I am thankful to the wonderful Mangere team who make it all happen.

What do you love most about the Mangere community?
The multiculturalism, enthusiasm and passion for Mangere, as well as the strong sense of community. This was visible at the recent open home viewing in Aorere to showcase one of the first five-bedroom state houses built. The community, our customers and key stakeholders were invited and they were all so supportive of the development plan, and really interested to see the types of homes that will form the neighbourhood.

What were you doing previously?
I was supporting the Northcote and Oranga neighbourhoods, before joining the Mangere development team.

What do you like doing outside of the office?
I love to surf, and have been a surf lifeguard for years – currently with Bethells as part of the open women’s surfrowing team. With the summer months looming, I’m looking forward to fishing and getting in the water. I also enjoy getting into the backcountry and hunting.