Dr Anna Casey-Cox, PhD

Anna Casey-Cox

Ko Loobagh tōku awa
Ko Lydd tōku repo
Ko Heperi Kōtirana tōku moana
Ko Oko Horoi te whenua tupu
Ko Ngāti Hauā, ko Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura ngā kaitikai o tāua rohe
Kei Kirikiriroa ahau e noho ana ināianei
Ko Anna tōku ingoa.

Anna is a Pākehā New Zealander of Irish, English and Scottish descent. The Waikato has been Anna’s home for the majority of her life, growing up on a sheep and beef farm on the foothills of Maungakawa. Anna now lives in Kirikiriroa Hamilton with her partner Tim and they have three children. Starting out as a health promoter and evaluation researcher, Anna has spent the majority of her career in the NGO sector. She is a lead researcher for Poverty Action Waikato, an organiser for Living Wage Waikato and is on the Board of Living Wage Aotearoa and Te Ohu Whakaita. Anna is employed at Go Eco, formerly the Waikato Environment Centre, as a Learning and Development Lead and is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Waikato Regional Environment (or ACRE). Concern for poverty and inequality encouraged Anna toward studies Social Sciences and Social Enterprise at the University of Waikato. Anna completed her PhD in 2014, focusing on the importance of noticing privilege and social transformation. Anna is passionate about facilitating community voice, participation and action. “The Waikato has many stories that shape the realities of our people today. I’m passionate about how these stories inform our actions. My dream and motivation are for a connected, compassionate, resilient Waikato.”