About Multicultural Nelson Tasman
Anna has worked in the newcomer/settlement sector for almost 20 years, both in New Zealand and London, and has held a particular interest in supporting migrants and refugees around employment issues. She spent 10 years working at the non-profit Auckland Regional Migrant Services (now Belong Aotearoa) after moving home to NZ from London in 2005 and was also on the board of the Auckland Refugee Council and a volunteer with Refugees As Survivors.
Since moving to Nelson in 2017, Anna has worked as an employment coach for highly skilled migrants, whilst continuing to volunteer with organisations such as the Red Cross to assist with refugee resettlement.
Anna is passionate about NZ’s diversity and the immense value it adds to the country, and close contact with new migrants and refugees from an array of backgrounds has given her a sound understanding of both the highs and lows of the settlement process and of the support required to ensure that newcomers thrive and feel a sense of belonging in Aotearoa.
Ramiesha is from the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka. She moved to Nelson in 2018 and from the day she arrived, this small city has become a part of her life. Ramiesha has successfully completed her Master of Applied Management and has done her research on “Investigating the challenges for small-scale manufacturers in the Nelson region to enter the supply chain”.
She has got experience back in Sri Lanka and she has also worked as a part-time TV presenter for 10 years. Her hobbies include listening to music, travelling and exploring new places. Ramiesha is also volunteering for Hearing Nelson and working as a Checkout Supervisor for a local supermarket chain.
Her passion is to encourage everyone feel free to express themselves. She believes it will motivate people to respect each other's ideas which will eventually make this world a better place.