Jesse Thompson

Kaitūhono Matua | Senior Consultant
Ngāruahine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngai Tahu

Jesse is an experienced political strategist, with over a decade of experience working on political campaigns. Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, he moved to Brisbane in 2011 to complete a Bachelor of Arts and Journalism at the University of Queensland.

On his return to Aotearoa, Jesse spent four years on the board and policy council of the New Zealand Labour Party. He has also delivered training workshops on transformative change-making and the creation of compelling campaign narratives in Europe and South-East Asia.

Having worked across the Australian and New Zealand parliaments in both communications and advisory roles, Jesse has an extensive and practical understanding of the inner workings of both central and local government.

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Holly Suzanne Bennett

Holly Suzanne Bennett

Kaiwhakahaere | Managing Director
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao

Holly is a zealous advocate of transparent, accessible government and has a keen interest in the effectiveness of regulatory systems.

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Daniela Maoate-Cox

Daniela Maoate-Cox

Kaitūhono Matua | Senior Consultant
Rarotonga, Kūki ‘Airani

Daniela is a vehement proponent for breaking down barriers to information so people can make informed decisions.

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Dave Agnew

Dave Agnew

Kaitūhono Mātāmua | Junior Consultant
Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu

Dave is an experienced communications and engagement professional, and is enthusiastic about making Parliament more accessible and engaging.

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Heloisa Hartuwig De Freitas

Heloisa Hartuwig De Freitas

Kaitūhono Mātāmua | Junior Consultant
Brasil

Heloisa is an experienced consultant with particular interest in working on projects at the interface between policy, legislation and te Tiriti.

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Mikayla Thompson

Mikayla Thompson

Kaitūhono | Consultant
Ngāpuhi

Mikayla is a driven professional with an extensive background in public policy and politics. Her expertise aligns with a dedication to fostering positive change.

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