Ana is trained as an interior architect, and has a passion for using the design process as a vehicle for community empowerment.
Whanau drew Ana back from London and Melbourne to New Zealand and with both of her parents being buried in Ngawha, Ana’s heart is most definitely in the far North. Northland is now where Ana calls home. It’s a place that is absolutely beautiful, but also has it’s share of challenges.
In 2014, Ana and two friends – Felicity Benchley and Ruby Watson co-founded ĀKAU, a social enterprise that aims to use design and craftsmanship to support young people and the community of Kaikohe. They’ve taken a threepronged approach: running workshops, offering design and architecture services and producing quality design products – all of it driven by Kaikohe’s youth.
It’s about providing them with opportunities, and opening their eyes to what’s possible.