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Des Ratima

Strategy, Research and Regional Development

Des works in Strategy, Research and Regional Development.

With a background in law, business consultancy and local government Des brings these skills to the arts, culture and creative sector that she loves so much.

Growing up in Tokoroa provided Des with an appreciation of the value of arts, culture and creativity and how this can empower communities. She is very grateful that she can do this mahi as part of her role at Creative Waikato. She considers Creative Waikato to be a very special place – hence the reason she keeps coming back after breaks away!

Des recently completed an Honours Degree in Visual Arts (textiles) and is enjoying being involved in plans for collaborative making and exhibitions. She and her husband Aaron have 3 kids who keep them busy with their own creative and sporting endeavours. Her happy place is amongst trees, walking around her favourite park, and enjoying a good belly laugh!