Zoë Taylor started in June 2017 as the Trust’s Team Support and Grants Assessor – a varied front-line role in which Zoë is often the first point of contact for people getting in touch with the Trust office.
Zoë enjoys interacting and since taking up the role says she is “totally enjoying getting stuck in - meeting new people and forming strong relationships within our community. It is very fulfilling.”
On a day to day basis Zoë is here to help with everything from funding application enquiries to booking our community rooms – via phone calls, online enquiries and visitors to the Trust office.
Another key aspect of the role is assisting the Grants Team with the Trust’s funding application assessment process. This is a task Zoë says requires “an eye for detail and a caring and considerate attitude towards applicants – many who are “volunteers juggling many responsibilities while giving their time freely to great Taranaki activity and causes”.
Adventurous and determined by nature Zoë says she has always been fascinated by people and international cultures and says she is “always up for a new challenge”.
Take a look at Zoë’s CV and you can see what she is talking about.
In 2008, Zoë engaged in a student exchange to Nagasaki, Japan and attended Isahaya Commercial High School where she first discovered her love of Kendo (The Way of the Sword) and gained her 1st Kyu certificate.
Returning to New Zealand in early 2009, Zoë attended what is now known as the IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute. During Zoë’s time at IPU she spent most of her free time captaining and managing the IPU Kendo Club and performing with the IPU Kodama Japanese drum team. Zoë was able to attend two drum team tours of the South Island in 2010 and 2011 and performed live at the Japan vs Canada Rugby World Cup game in Napier. In 2012, she gained her Bachelor of International Studies and Japanese language certificate.
Zoë formed several close friendships with people from all over the world during her time at IPU and still has a very keen interest in Japanese culture and language today.
Zoë and her partner Erinn moved to New Plymouth after travel in Europe earlier this year and are completely in love with the Taranaki region.
In her spare time Zoë can be found playing soccer for the local Rangers Women’s team, surfing, walking the dog, enjoying a nice coffee and eggs benny at one of our many amazing cafes and spending time with her three gorgeous nieces and Whanau.