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Piki Peer Support

Alex Walker

Alex Walker

he/him

Kia ora, I’m Alex! I grew up in Auckland and come from a Pakeha - Iranian background. I moved to Wellington in 2016 to study and am currently completing a postgraduate degree in educational psychology which is both exciting and sometimes a bit stressful! I have become a Piki peer supporter due to my own lived experience with mental distress, in particular navigating social anxiety and struggling with self-worth. I aspire to create a supportive environment where people can explore themselves and make positive strides forwards, including myself. I am a big fan of dinosaurs, reading, creative writing and looking at pictures of animals!

Hope Sexton

Hope Sexton

she/her

Hello! I am Hope, I am a kiwi, born and bred. I reign from the mighty Wairarapa and have lived here my whole life. Although we are an hour away from Wellington we are still counted as being in the Wellington region, which is my only connection to Wellington! My life journey has come with the amazing, the ugly and the soul shaping experiences. This has shaped me as a person, and I have not one bit of regret from my point of view. I have lived experience of mental distressed and when I was going through these, peer support was what I needed. So now I feel like I have dealt with my stuff, it's time to help others. I absolutely adore animals; I have 2 personal pets Bunny and Pig (can you guess what animals they are?!) And at the flat I live in; we have a wee puppy Lio (named after Lio Messi!) He is super adorable and is a Labrador crossed with Huntaway! Welcome to Piki, take is as an amazing experience and remember we are here for you 😊

Alice Hoyle

Alice Hoyle

she/her

Kia ora, my name is Alice! I’ve lived here in the beautiful Wairarapa for the past 5 years and the Wellington region for 10! Before that I was born in the UK and raised in Auckland and Nelson. For 10 years I worked for the same organisation in a variety of positions which included advocacy and leadership which is what led me to my current role with Piki! I came into this role knowing the importance of sharing lived experiences in building strong connections with others. The best part of my work is connecting with people from different backgrounds and finding those random little things you have in common. As well as Peer Support, I also work on a lifestyle block, so I spend my days with animals as well as having a house full of our own pets along with two boys who are 9 and 6. Our spare time is filled with exploring, playing sport and plenty of time at the pool, beach or river over summer!

Campbell McRae

Campbell McRae

they/them

Hello, I am Campbell, a NZ European male. I grew up in rural Southland and worked in the construction and farming sectors. I came to Wellington in 2012 to study a Degree in Creative Writing. Since achieving my Degree in Creative Writing in 2014, I have also studied business writing and business administration. I love and follow many sports, particularly cricket, rugby and martial arts. I frequent the gym 2-3 times a week and love walking all over our beautiful Wellington City. For over 20 years I have received specialist support from multiple mental health specialists. I try to incorporate all of the positive life-changing moments from my past into my role as a peer supporter.

Maria Te Ariki

Maria Te Ariki

she/her

Kia ora, I’m Maria. I became a peer supporter because someone saw something in me that I couldn’t see, and I wanted to provide that same support to others. I want to provide hope and believe in people, despite the adversity and challenges we may face, and to let people know that someone sees them, hears them, and understands what they are going through. I love peer support because I enjoy the connection with others that challenges and helps us grow. My hobbies include sport (I play at national level) for softball and rugby, spending time with friends and whanau, music, and going out and eating good food.

Ethan

Ethan

He/They

Kia ora, my name is Ethan. I grew up in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and I just got out of High School. Right now I'm taking a gap year and am trying to figure out what I want to do with myself now that I'm free to make my own choices.I'm a new Piki Peer Supporter but I went through the program myself. It helped me feel less isolated when it came to my anxiety and depression. I really think that Peer Support can help people with mental distress feel heard and validated through tough times.

Grace

Grace

She/her

Talofa lava and Kia Ora, I’m Grace. I was born in Wellington and grew up in my favourite city, Porirua. I’m Samoan and proud of my heritage, however this wasn’t always the case. As a young Pacific person growing up in Aotearoa, I faced many identity challenges that many children from non-Western migrant backgrounds encounter. I was trying to understand where I fit in and why I wasn’t like ‘everyone else’. It was particularly difficult for me, in the sense that I felt like I was often being judged by the colour of my skin and my ethnic and cultural heritage, without knowing why. This caused a lot of mental distress for me. And although it was difficult it helped me begin my journey to self-love. These experiences have helped me gain a better understanding of why we should not ‘judge a book by its cover’. So with peer support I hope that by sharing my stories and experiences will help others with whatever they may be experiencing.

Ellie

Ellie

She/her

Kia ora, I’m Ellie, 23 and studying for my journalism masters in Wellington. I love cooking, making and talking about art, travel, creative writing, yoga, and spending as much time as possible in the sea. I grew up in London but I’m Pākehā and Brazilian, living in a mixed-race household in a country so far away from my larger whānau allows me to celebrate multiculturalism and the importance of finding that grounding place within and around us. As a young woman my journey’s been of a lot of experiences I’m embarrassed about, ashamed of and would much rather forget - that’s the beauty of Piki, we can grow from our experiences together, however painful, because we don’t have to pretend, we are anything but ourselves here. A whakataukī I admire that I’ll bring to Piki is that my success is not mine alone, it is the success of the collective.

Will

Will

he/him

Hi I’m Will. I’m Wellington born and raised; and love the uniqueness and beauty of this city. I’m currently on a journey of self-discovery, finding my place in the world and discovering how I can positively change the world around me. I’m a bit of an all-rounder with a love of both extroverted and introverted hobbies/ interests.Such as working on/ riding motorbikes, pool, various sports, classic literature and cinema, cooking/baking and board games. Above all I love being either outside or around people. I’ve come to peer-support through personal experience and seeing firsthand the power of connection and I wholeheartedly believe in the good that this work does and the impact that it can have in people’s lives.

Tim

Tim

he/him

Hey guys ￿ I’m Tim, a 31-year-old pakeha/NZ British fella who is Wellington/Poneke bred, if not born (Masterton). I have spent most of my life living in the southern suburbs, and I’m happily based in Newtown now. Wellington is great for me as I love getting out into the hills mostly on foot though I would like to get back into mountain biking. I have had my fair share of ups and downs (not just mountain biking and hiking) in how I have experienced my life at times. This is partly why I am very happy to be joining the Piki whanau, as I think sharing this human-experience we all seem to be having is pretty useful. I studied my undergrad at Vic before heading to AUT last year to do a psychotherapy course. I like pets, people, comedy, reading, art, music, football/soccer, spirituality, meditation, and I’m interested in how all of these things connect with my experience.

Hazel

Hazel

she/her

Hi, my name is Hazel! I identify as queer, though my identity is something I am still navigating, 7 years on from propelling myself out of the closet. I study criminology and I'm particularly interested in elaborate conartisty & organized crime. I enjoy deep diving into a variety of topics and accumulating fun facts. I also enjoy unconventional and lowbrow artistry of all kinds. I was born & raised in Hawkes Bay, but left in search of community in 2014. I lived in Auckland (very briefly), Wellington (slightly less briefly) and Sydney, before settling into Wellington in 2019. This stretch of my life was heavily dictated by social anxiety and self-doubt. I believe having a supportive peer connection would have been an immensely valuable aid. So, I hope to facilitate a warm & welcoming space for others to be seen & heard, as well as one which encourages mutual growth, learning and healing.