Our Board Directors all share a common goal – connecting Kiwis. We come from all areas of industry and business, are all professionals and volunteer our time.
Meet the Board
|Matt Mead||Matt was born and raised in Hamilton, New Zealand and has been actively involved with Kea New Zealand in both Toronto and Vancouver; he was also a founding member of Kia Ora Vancouver. Matt has been in Canada since 2007 working in IT and now calls Maple Ridge, BC home. When he isn’t working, Matt enjoys travelling, watching rugby and spending time with his family.
Top tip for newcomers: Canada is a vast country and there is so much to see! While the west coast is the best coast, be sure to travel east and visit the Atlantic and Maritime provinces.
|Shannon Crowley||After growing up in Palmy and studying at Massey University, Shannon lived in Australia and the UK before moving to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Initially only intending to stay for a year, now he calls Vancouver home with a Canadian wife and Caniwi (Canadian-Kiwi) son. Working in finance most of his life he now works for a banking technology company. He is a jack of all trades for the Board but mainly focuses on sponsorships and events.
Top tip for newcomers: Vancouver is an amazing city make sure to experience the snow sports, summer hiking and beach activities like Volleyball. You have to try the sushi and get out and experience all the craft breweries they’re amazing.
|Robyn Tucker-Peck||Robyn is from Parnell, Auckland but has lived all over the world with her family and as a journalist. While working in the USA she met her Canadian husband on a bus at a Triathlon event in Muskoka, Ontario. After a long-distance courtship they married in Bermuda and moved to Vancouver via Hong Kong in 2012. Working in the Media all her career she works on Corporate Sponsorship, newsletter, and general legal issues for Kiaora Vancouver and is the lead for Air New Zealand.
Top Tip for Newcomers: Go mountain biking in Squamish, Run the Seawall and Stanley Park. Walk the full length of Robson Street and as you go check out the multitude of different authentic, cultural cuisine, Ramen Noodles, Korean BBQ, Taiwanese dessert, and Chinese Dim Sum.
|Emma Slieker||Emma was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. After going to Victoria University, she worked in the public sector for several years before moving to Vancouver in 2016. Now, Vancouver is home where she works in Corporate Communications and supports the Kia Ora Vancouver Board and Community with their marketing/communications needs and is always off exploring Canada.
Top tip for newcomers: Canada has so much to experience in all four seasons, don’t forget to get out there and get amongst it.
|Pei Huang||Pei is the CTO of a Vancouver-based Salesforce consulting partner, specializing in complex and innovative projects for clients across North America. Originally from Wellington, Pei moved to Vancouver in 2014 to give the whole “working holiday” thing a try, and instead ended up staying a lot longer. He primarily assists the Board with technology related items such as the website, systems, and various initiatives.
Favourite thing about Vancouver: the proximity to so many great parks to enjoy the great outdoors.