Seed Waikato is proud to introduce another esteemed member of our committee: Natasha Harvey. Natasha is a driven, enthusiastic, and knowledge hungry chartered accountant with a fresh and passionate approach to everything she does. She’s also one of the coolest mums we know! You can learn more about Natasha by reading her answers to our not-so randomly generated interview questions. So scroll on!
Who inspires you?
My two boys Taylor and Joel inspire me. Not only to be a better person and role model for them but through the way they see the world and the lessons I learn from them everyday!
Where is your favourite place in the Waikato?
I love the river - we are so lucky to have such a beautiful spot right in the centre of Hamilton (and extending wider). I love to run, walk and cycle along the river and it is a great place to just 'be'.
What do you spend your time on?
By day I would call myself a financial storyteller, I am a Chartered Accountant adding value through providing clarity, meaning and understanding to the financials. I am also a wife, mother, friend and actively involved in our community. I spend my time with amazing friends and family, on the side of a sports field, running along the river, working on our home with my husband, supporting the professional and community organisations I am privileged to be a part of, and taking time to enjoy life.
What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
The most terrified I have been is jumping off a waterfall in Samoa - it wasn't even very high but I am not a risk taker by nature (it comes with being an accountant I'm sure!). I am so glad I did it though and I learnt my limits are not necessarily what I think they are. Whilst it might sound small I think anytime we step outside our comfort zone we are being courageous.
What's the coolest thing you're working on right now?
Myself - I'm learning that if you don't put your own oxygen mask on first then you don't have the energy and resource to do what you need to for others. It is a work in progress though!
What colour crayon would you be?
Pink! It's a little bit fun, a little bit girly, an uplifting colour, an empowering colour and aside from that I also just love pink.
What inspired you to join Seed Waikato?
The vision and energy surrounding this organisation. I am lucky enough to have seen this organisation grow from early on and I am so impressed and amazed by the energy of the volunteers, content creators, organisers, founders, supporters and all of those who choose to be involved. It's pretty impressive what the power of the collective can achieve and do and how this energy can be directed to have a positive impact.
What does Seed Waikato mean to you?
Seed Waikato provides us a lens into the future and a way to organise the collective views, thoughts and actions of youth to meaningfully contribute. Seed Waikato enables a voice and a sense of community - both of these are powerful and provide the ability to create meaningful change.