Mikayla Thompson

Kaitūhono | Consultant
Ngāpuhi

Mikayla is a driven professional with an extensive background in public policy and politics. Her expertise aligns with a fervent dedication to fostering positive change in Aotearoa. With a profound appreciation for te ao Māori, she weaves cultural insight into her approach to all mahi.

Completing her Master’s degree in Public Policy in early 2022, Mikayla also holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Auckland.

In her most recent role as a Junior Policy Advisor at the EMA, Mikayla played a pivotal role advocating for New Zealand businesses, and brings experience across central and local government as well as political experience working in the electorate office of the Green MP for Auckland Central.

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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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Jesse Thompson

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. 

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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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