The latest addition to our growing team is Matthew Reweti (Te Atiawa, Te Arawa), our new Development Manager. Matthew comes with a wealth of experience in the fundraising/not-for-profit sector having worked for WWF, Plunket, Victoria University and Wesley Community Action. Despite his sizable workload, we managed to coerce him into answering a few questions for us.
I’m a born and bred Wellingtonian. I grew up in Ohariu Valley and Johnsonville. After my grandfather retired from the farm my family lived in the Ohariu Model School house. A bicycle was all I needed to get around the valley and visit friends. There was always a barn or woolshed to explore or a creek to dam.
What do you love about Wellington?
Apart from my two year OE I’ve lived my entire life in Wellington. I love everything about it, but mostly the rugged coastline. That’s the south coast and the coast around to Cape Palliser.
I really can’t get bored in Wellington. There’s always a new view or a new walk to discover. I like to try a new restaurant or café and take in an event, visit a gallery or get out and about. I’m really grateful for the Council and community events. I’m grateful for the people behind our public art and opening the waterfront as a connector between land and sea. I’m grateful for people who volunteer for our events like Cuba Dupa last weekend. I love how music, art, theatre and commerce collide for two days and the streets become a giant pedestrian mall.
Where would you be right now if you weren’t in Wellington?
I wouldn’t be too far. I really love the Wairarapa, but my partner likes the Kapiti Coast. It would be one or the other. I’m envious of people who live in either, whether fulltime or as commuters.
What do you do outside of work?
I have three kids aged 17, 15 and 13. They consume much of my time and attention and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Otherwise I enjoy walking and cycling in Wellington.
I also donate to the Nikau Foundation General Fund because it supports Wellington Not-For-Profits in the environment, arts, social sectors and more.