Connexion has a head office in Santa Clarita (Cal.) where its operations and delivery teams are based, and a sales and support team based in Denver (Col.). But we also have a development team based in Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island.
New Zealanders are often called Kiwis (we are named after a flightless bird) and in this issue we introduce you to one of our Kiwi team, Danielle Whanau, who works as a Tests and Q&A Analyst.
Tell us about yourself, Danielle
My name is Danielle Whanau. I was born in Christchurch where we had that massive earthquake about a decade ago and I’ve been raised in a few different places around New Zealand. Dad was in the NZ Army.
For those of you with a geography interest, NZ also has a North Island, a Stewart Island (right at the bottom of the South Island) and the Chatham Islands (about 800km or 500 miles) off the South Island’s east coast. NZ is in that part of the world colloquially called ‘Down Under’, and it’s where the Lord of the Rings films were made.
Growing up I played any sport I could – rugby (our national sport), softball, squash, athletics, swimming and touch rugby. But I was most successful at basketball, representing the province of Canterbury and the NZ Koru team.
Nowadays I prefer to do cost-free activities like running, biking, and hiking around our beautiful scenic hills. I have a secret passion for organising “things”, be it kitchens, bedrooms, garages – I love taking a mess and making it look tidy.
What do you do in your spare time?
As you can tell, I enjoy being active, seeing and experiencing new places, catching up with friends at a nice cafe or eatery and travelling. But my favourite thing to do is spend time with my family. We often have family dinners that are filled with good food, good banter, and plenty of laughs (mostly at my expense as I can be a bit of a clown). I guess you could say I enjoy making people laugh.
What do you like about working for Connexionz?
I like that I am learning a lot about a bunch of new things. I’m a big believer in surrounding myself with bright minds so I can learn new soft and technical skills while hopefully also adding my uniqueness to the company.
Do you have a personal philosophy?
I think my biggest personal philosophy is treating people the way I’d want to be treated and meeting them where they’re at. I try to foster this culture wherever I go as I believe you get the best out of people when they feel cared about and respected.
Thanks, Danielle. We’ll feature another of our Connexionz team in our next issue.
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