Huia is Electric Kiwi's Programme Director.

We thought it was about time we introduced ourselves properly. This article is about Huia, she is one of the three founding partners of Electric Kiwi.

What’s your background?

“I’m a left-brained numbers person. I studied Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, my first job being a business risk consultant at Ernst and Young. I moved to Ireland in 2005 (the Celtic Tiger years!) where I worked for a hedge fund as an analyst and found I really enjoyed finance. When I got back to NZ, I landed a job with Mighty River Power in their risk and investment team, where I worked for six years. In early 2014, I joined Julian and Phill, who I’ve known since we were at high school in Whakatane, in helping to get Electric Kiwi off the ground - and here we are! It's definitely been one of my biggest professional achievements.”

Describe your role at Electric Kiwi

“As a start up we have a very flat structure, but my official title is programme manager. I spend around half my time managing IT projects related to optimising our business processes. The rest of the time I spend on strategic business projects.”

What do you like about working for a start up?

“Everything! I love the fact that we can make changes to the business so quickly and see immediate results. I also enjoy the challenger mentality, the can-do attitude and of course, working with a fantastic group of like-minded people.”

What’s your hidden talent?

I'm pretty handy at quizzes - I somehow manage to remember quite a lot of relatively useless general knowledge ranging from obscure capital cities to more shameful tidbits such as celebrity baby names.