Celine Kao

Communications and Political Engagement

Celine has come aboard our waka as a member of our new communications team. She's also raising awareness about the role young people can play in local politics. Celine is a believer in the endless possibilities of communication, especially around her passions for social change, self-empowerment, arts, equality, education, and youth.

Who inspires you?

My mother, who single-handedly raised my sister and I in a foreign country where she's not comfortable speaking the language - I try to make her proud every day. And also anyone who stands up for what they believe in but does it with kindness and compassion. My ideal dinner guests are Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Russell Brand, and Jameela Jamil. 

What is your favourite place in the Waikato?

Blue Springs... Seriously, I dare you to name somewhere more beautiful.

What's the coolest thing you're working on?

Right now, I'm working on getting as many young people involved in politics and voting as I can. It's a massive mountain to climb, but I'm learning so much every day and being able to do work in this space is a dream come true.

What colour crayon would you be?

I'm so bad at deciding these things, uh... I'm going to say turquoise, that's my favourite colour (it's the colour of the sea) and I like how it can't seem to make up its mind about whether it's more blue or green. AKA reflecting my constant state of internal crisis haha #millennial

What's the most courageous thing you've done?

Making a public appearance with day 5 hair. (Ladies am I right?!)

I'm not much of an adrenaline junkie so no bungee jumping or skydiving from my end to report, but I'm pretty proud of my journey over the years with learning to let go of external expectations and living in line with my authentic self.

What inspired you to join Seed Waikato?

I've always believed in the power of young people. Growing up, one of my favourite authors was Roald Dahl, whose stories often feature kids who are smart, kind, and do the right thing in the face of adversity and mockery by the adults around them. I believe with my whole heart that young people have the power to create a better future for all of us. 

You can connect with Celine by emailing celine.kao@seedwaikato.nz