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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 😊

Lia Apperley

Lia Apperley

she/her

Kia ora, I am Lia. I grew up on the Kapiti Coast, but moved to Wellington to go to university and have been here for nearly 6 years. I studied biomedical science at Victoria University of Wellington before moving on to complete my Bachelor of Health in 2020, majoring in Population Health, Policy and Service Delivery. The projects I have been involved in and my area of study has led me to my current role at PeerZone, which is the Piki Peer Support Administrator. I run the admin side of Peer Support and make sure things run as smoothly as possible. In my spare time, I like to read, watch tv shows, movies and anime, as well as hang out with my partner and my two cats.

Emma Williams

Emma Williams

she/her

Kia ora, my name is Emma. I grew up in sunny Nelson and came to Wellington originally as a Fine Art’s student back in 2010. It’s been a meandering and challenging decade since then. Lots of tumbles, adventures and learning as I figure out who I am and make sense of my experiences. And I feel even more alive and sparkly for it! It is this lived experience that drew me to peer support. This mahi is a treasure in my life. I love how every peer support connection is different and can be full of openness, acceptance, laughter, ‘me too’, challenging and tender conversations, making mistakes, repairing…and much more. We both have something valuable to offer and we get to grow and learn with and from one another. I believe it so important to have these kinds of connections in our lives, especially in times of distress when we can so often feel alone, misunderstood and disconnected. I am studying towards a BSc in Psychology and Environmental Studies at Victoria University. I’m a qualified yoga teacher, a dog lover and in my spare time am keen on writing, crafting, tramping, cycling and rock climbing.

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.