National Office welcomes new team members.

June 14, 2018 12:25 am

National Office welcome on board three new members to our team. Maree Myers will be working as PA to the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Katie and Mehreen have come to us from the United States as policy interns for an eight week period. We look to working with them.


Maree Myers


Assistant to the RWNZ Board and Chief Executive Officer

Maree has worked at Parliament for five different political parties including Labour, Progressive, National, Maori and NZ First. During this time, she was in six Minister’s offices as a ministerial/private secretary, EA to the NZ First Whip and recently as receptionist/admin support in the National Leader’s Office (Rt Hon Bill English). Prior to these roles, Maree worked for Sir Graeme Harrison, Managing Director, ANZCO and E J Tonks, Managing Director, Independent Casing Company as a personal assistant.

Maree is interested in running and has completed both the New York and Paris marathon, together with half marathons throughout New Zealand. She has also participated in the 2015 ¼ Iron Maori.


To contact Maree, you can reach here at [email protected]



Katie Fell



Policy Intern

Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law/Leadership Studies

Katie has recently finished her second year at the University of Richmond. While she studies in Virginia, her home is Chatham, New Jersey, where she has lived with her family for her whole life. At school, she is on track to complete a double major in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and Leadership Studies. She hopes to attend law school upon graduation. Katie is also a passionate traveler. Last summer, she completed a study abroad programme in La Rochelle, France, where she lived for six weeks. She plans on spending her upcoming semester in London, England, where she will be studying and traveling for four months.

She is working as a Policy Intern at the Rural Women New Zealand National Office. She is currently working on creating a policy register and planning for the RWNZ Summit in November. On her first day, she was lucky enough to sit in on the M.bovis announcement press conference led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. So far her internship has been equally exciting and eye-opening.

Katie is hardworking, open-minded, and incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to work at Rural Women New Zealand. She looks forward to learning more throughout the internship and helping RWNZ achieve its goals.



If you want to contact Katie, you can reach her at [email protected]



Mehreen Usman


Policy Intern

Completing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Leadership Studies

Mehreen is a current student at the University of Richmond in Virginia, USA studying Economics and Leadership Studies. After her undergraduate education she plans on attending law school and pursuing a career in the human rights sector. Mehreen is very excited to be joining Rural Women New Zealand for eight weeks as a Policy Intern. Throughout her internship she will help collect policy remits and organise a policy database for the organisation.

She is very passionate about human rights and social justice issues, especially with women’s rights, education, and immigration. Mehreen spends her time at University volunteering for Scholars’ Latino Initiative mentoring high school students who have immigrated from Latin American countries and helping improve their English skills, apply for scholarships, and become college ready. She is also involved with the Oliver Hill Scholars, an academic scholarship given to students who are interested in building a community of learners within a multicultural environment and volunteering in the community. In her free time Mehreen enjoys playing tennis and traveling. Last summer she was able to study abroad in Argentina and the coming semester she will be studying in Prague, Czech Republic. She has really enjoyed her time so far in New Zealand and can’t wait to explore more!


If you want to contact Mehreen you can reach her at [email protected]

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