Staff Profiles

Introducing the New Zealand IFSA-Butler team! Our role is to provide you with our renowned student support, and also run a fun and exciting program of events throughout the semester. Your Student Support Coordinator (SSC) is on hand to support you through orientation and your semester, from helping you to learn the lingo (“Sweet as, mate!”) to providing you with weekly information about what’s on in your city, and assisting you with learning the academic structures of your university.
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Sian Munro
Resident Director of New Zealand Programmes
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

Kia ora! Welcome to Aotearoa/New Zealand! My name is Sian Munro and I am the Resident Director for the IFSA-Butler New Zealand Programme. I am based in Dunedin, home to the University of Otago and dubbed the ‘wildlife capital of New Zealand’.

I have been involved in international student support for more than ten years. My first job after I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology was at the International Office. I was so interested in International Education a Master of Arts in the field quickly followed. On completing my Master’s I moved to the United Kingdom where I worked for the American Institute for Foreign Study at their UK office in London. I also travelled through Europe as much as possible, made three trips to the US and went to Peru to set up a volunteer project. On returning home I was appointed as an International Student Adviser at the International Office, a position I held for 5 years. I am now a Mum to two daughters and when time permits I also like to sew, run, and play touch rugby and netball.

I look forward to meeting you at orientation and, along with your fantastic Student Services Coordinators throughout New Zealand, to helping you have an amazing ‘OE’ (in New Zealand we call going abroad for an extended period our ‘Overseas Experience’). We have fantastic events and trips planned to showcase some of the best places in New Zealand. I loved my time travelling in the US so I hope to reciprocate my positive experiences for you here as you study and travel in our little corner of the world!

Sian

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Debbie Campbell
Office Manager/Academic Affairs Coordinator
New Zealand Office, Wellington
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

I am a part-time Office Administrator at the NZO in Wellington. I handle all the administration tasks which range from processing student Class Registration Forms to answering telephone calls, email and general correspondence. I will direct you to the right person to speak to if I don’t have the answer! I am enjoying working for IFSA Butler and am finding it refreshing working with young people.

I am a New Zealand born Chinese and I am a true Wellingtonian having lived here most of my life. I enjoy spending time with family, walking, food, travel and love animals. Like you I enjoy travelling and am also planning a trip of a lifetime next year to the UK, Europe, China and of course the USA!

I look forward to welcoming you to our country.

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Emily Nicholson
Student Services Coordinator, Auckland
University of Auckland and Massey University Auckland
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

Kia ora and welcome to Auckland New Zealand! My name is Emily Nicholson and I will be the Student Services Coordinator for the University of Auckland and Massy University (Albany Campus) during your time here in beautiful NZ. I will be your local contact for IFSA-Butler and am here to provide any advice and support you may need, and answer any questions you may have during your stay. Over the Semester I will plan many exciting events and we will catch up on campus weekly.

Auckland, known as the 'City of Sails' is a thriving multicultural metropolis which over a million people call home. Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest and most populated city, almost completely survcard by water nestled between two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea. In Auckland you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, idyllic islands, sports and outdoor activities, arts and theatre, delicious food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife.

I grew up in the mighty Waikato just south of Auckland. When I was 18 I moved to Auckland to study at the University of Auckland. In 2013 I graduated with both a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Arts majoring in Art History. This year I am returning to The University of Auckland to start Postgraduate study in Museum and Heritage studies.

I am excited about the year we have ahead and am really looking forward to getting to know you all and exploring Auckland and NZ together!

I can’t wait to meet you all!

Welcome to Aotearoa!

Emily Nicholson

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Hannah Hutton
Student Services Coordinator, Wellington
Victoria University Wellington, Massey Wellington and Massey Palmerston North
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

Kia ora and welcome to our cool little country, Aotearoa!

My name is Hannah Hutton and I am the IFSA-Butler Student Services Co-ordinator for Wellington and Palmerston North. If you have any queries, concerns or just need a little support, I’ll be only a text or email away. I am very excited to get to know you at orientation and during our weekly meet-ups, and to join you on all the awesome activities I have planned for us in the trimester ahead!

I am originally from Motueka, a small town in the Tasman region of the South Island. I have been very lucky to grow up surrounded by incredible New Zealand landscapes, with the Abel Tasman, Mount Arthur and the beautiful Golden Bay within an hour from my doorstep. If you are adventure-minded like me, I urge you to go and check it out for yourself – I am more than happy to provide information and tips about travelling in the region

I moved to wonderful Wellington in 2013 to begin a Bachelor or Arts, majoring in Development Studies, International Relations and Cultural Anthropology. This is my fourth and last year of my first degree and I commenced a Bachelor of Law earlier this year. Wellington, with its unique business-meets-hip vibe and diverse demographic, has become a second home to me. I love how compact the city centre is, allowing you to walk everywhere (and improve your fitness on the hike up to university). Although small, Wellington offers an array of activities to keep you occupied. Whether you love wining and dining, outdoor activity in the bush or ocean, or getting involved in politics and/or the arts - Wellington has something for everyone.

I had the pleasure of spending six months full of adventure, friendships and culture on exchange in Brazil last year. This was easily the best experience of my life so far! I learned not only about the region but also about myself, and I can relate to the different stages you may go through during your stay in New Zealand. I am very much looking forward to sharing this very special and exciting adventure with you

Welcome to Aotearoa!

Hannah

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Katie Ridley
Student Services Coordinator, Christchurch
University of Canterbury
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

Kia ora from Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand! My name is Katie Ridley and I am the Student Services Co-ordinator for IFSA-Butler students studying at Canterbury University. I will provide support and advice you may need, as well as answer any questions you may have during your stay. We will catch up for weekly meetings and have a blast together on the fantastic events I have planned for you throughout the semester. I look forward to getting to know you well and sharing in some of the wonderful memories you will make during your stay in New Zealand. I have studied & lived overseas myself, so I know we already have something in common!

I hold a Bachelor of Japanese language degree, which has afforded me many wonderful opportunities to study, travel and work in various countries worldwide. I have also worked as a Personal Trainer and I love to get outdoors to challenge and inspire people. I am married and am mum of 2 active little boys. I really enjoy getting out for a run, tramping (hiking), camping and exploring new places. I equally love dressing up & going out to a flash restaurant, a gig or the theatre.

Did you know Canterbury is one of the top 250 universities in the world? And our current Prime Minister is a graduate! What more could you ask for? There is a great village atmosphere surrounding the university, with your accommodation and loads of facilities (supermarkets, malls, banks, bars, gyms, pool, parks) being within easy walking distance. You will have an awesome time being part of the vibrant culture at Canterbury, participating in the huge range of fun activities and clubs on offer on campus or within the community.

Christchurch is an exciting place to live right now, with new facilities, restaurants, cafes, live music venues, expressions of public art & markets popping up all the time, and a really strong sense of community togetherness. With a number of beaches just across town, and ski fields within 2 hours drive away, you can be sure to be entertained here at any time of the year.

It will be my privilege to support you in your life-changing experience in this breath-takingly beautiful, friendly corner of the world.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go!!

Katie

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Briar Bradfield-Watson
Student Services Coordinator, Otago
University of Otago
IFSA-Butler, New Zealand Office

Bio

Kia ora, my name is Briar Bradfield-Watson and I am the Student Services Co-Ordinator for the University of Otago. I will be your local contact for IFSA-Butler during your time in beautiful NZ. I am here to provide any advice and support you may need, and answer any questions you may have during your stay. Over the semester I have planned many exciting events and we will catch up on campus weekly.

Dunedin is a beautiful city with loads to offer with many beaches and tree-covered rolling hills. Rare and amazing wildlife such as the Royal Albatross and penguins are at your doorstep as the city backs onto the Otago Peninsula. Dunedin is a true University town with a traditional student campus, a campus that merges with the centre city providing a vibrant social scene close to restaurants, cafes, bars, museums and theatres. In addition, it’s only a three hour drive to New Zealand’s premier ski fields and is close to many of New Zealand’s nine great walks.

I grew up in Blenheim on the East coast at the top of the South Island and moved to Dunedin after high school to study at the University of Otago. I studied Anthropology, graduating in 2015 with First Class Honours. During this time I spent a semester abroad studying at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. This year I will be starting my Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at The University of Otago so you may bump into me around campus. Outside of uni, I enjoy tramping, salsa dancing and travel having recently returned from a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia. I want nothing more than for you to have a successful and fulfilling stay during which you can get the maximum out of your time in beautiful New Zealand.... Welcome to Aotearoa!

Briar

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