Age: 22

Height: 170cm

Hometown: Te Teko, Bay of Plenty

Netball, blogging, volunteering, reading

My family name is at the essence of who I am. I come from a long line of Rusk’s – originally from Ireland and more recently from here in the North Island. I was raised in the Waikato, where my immediate family is situated. My deeper roots lay south east in a small town called Te Teko located in the Bay of Plenty. This is where my father grew up. I am immensely proud of who I am and where I’ve come from. For my ‘Dance of Nations’ submission I will be performing a traditional poi dance that tells the story of my Whakapapa.

After high school, I moved up to Auckland where I completed my Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law at the University of
Auckland. I was lucky enough to have many strong female figures and role models in
my young life who encouraged and inspired me to set goals and achieve them. Education has been a huge part of my personal development and growth and I think it is fundamental.

After working as a graduate accountant for a year I have recently taken on a very different role in marketing and I focusing on developing my creativity. My career goals and aspirations involve gaining experience and becoming proficient in all areas of business so that one day I can start my own. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, playing netball, walking my neighbour’s dog, and spending time with friends and family. I firmly believe that anyone and everyone has the ability to make a positive change in this world, no matter how big or small. All you need is passion for a cause and the will to make it happen.