Full Name: Catherine (Kat) Tamaseu-Russell
Birthday: 23 May 1989
Nationality: Samoan/New Zealander
Lives in: Auckland, New Zealand
Favourite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird and many more
Favourite Music: I like all types of music
Friendly. Love meeting new people, experiencing new things. Love to push the boundaries and I question everything and anything out of habit. My mother said I should have been a lawyer haha.
What did you want to be when you were a child? Why?
I wanted to be a lawyer. I love court rooms and policy.
What makes you work in this field? Why?
I love working with young people and working with adults on engaging young people. I want to provide more opportunities for young people to make informed choices and I believe peer-to-peer education is an amazing tool.
How long have you been work within your MA?
I have been with my MA since 2008, so about 4 years.
What is your role within your MA? What project have you involved within?
I am the national youth representative on the Family Planning Association of New Zealand Governing Council.
What is the ideal world for young people’s SRHR that you imagine and could be realistic within your country?
Compulsory Sexual Health Education throughout high school under the Ministry of Education framework.
What is the biggest challenge in working with your MA?
Sometimes understanding the Governance vocabulary and processes.
What is the most memorable moment during working with your MA?
Being part of our AGM last year, when we reflected on the organisation’s 75 year of history.
What specific issue in youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that interest you most? Why?
I’m interested in SRHR and how it affects Climate Change. I am also very interested in high level decision making in regards to SRHR. This interests me because they all directly affect youth and future generations and also because young people are the future decision makers of these areas.
Mention 3 famous people that you want to meet and what question will you ask to her/him?
- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – I’d really like to discuss the links between SRHR and Climate Change with her.
- John Key (Prime Minister of New Zealand) – To discuss current issues of SRHR in NZ and the current framework of sexual health education in New Zealand.
- Lady Gaga – Because she has done great using her position to draw attention to Sexuality issues in the US. So I’d love to work with her in regards to a international project around young people and SRHR.