Facilitator Profiles

Auckland

 

Gary Sullivan

Gary is a qualified teacher and draws upon his 20 years of classroom skills to apply them to deliver his fun financial literacy sessions. A physical educator at heart he has strong interest in all sports having coached 1st XV rugby and played cricket to semi professional level. Gary has lived and worked in Auckland over the last 10 years now calling it home with his Wife, Hayley, and his two West Highland terriers for company.

Crystal Finau

Born in the Hawkes Bay, studied in Wellington, and recently moved to Auckland, Crystal comes from a performing arts, administration, and event management background. She draws from these skills to engage and interact with students and is passionate about making a difference to their lives in a positive way. She hopes that by providing practical skills in a fun, interactive manner will inspire and excite them to be wise with their money, not only changing their lives for the better, but also our communities.

Marlon Eraso-Ortiz

Marlon was born in Colombia. He has a Degree in Performing Arts Education and many years of experience as tutor and drama teacher both for children and adults. Marlon is thrilled to be part of the ASB Getwise programme and the early financial literacy concept. He is convinced that if you provide the right material to young audiences and you deliver it in an interesting and fun way, you can plant useful ideas. With time, those ideas will be developed into healthy financial habits.

Having the passion and enthusiasm of a skilled performer, Marlon is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to deliver the contents of the programme.

Christchurch

 

Amie Kerr

Amie was born and raised in South Canterbury. She has a financial services and administration background. Having achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Graduate diploma (Management) at the University of Canterbury, Amie is passionate about the psychology of learning and behaviour change and is excited to be delivering the ASB GetWise programme. Amie loves connecting with students and helping them to create new beliefs about their ability to be cash clever as well as providing them with practical, relevant concepts they can implement in their lives immediately.

Hamilton

 

Callum Braithwaite


Callum is a University of Waikato graduate having studied English and Theatre. Spending a lot of his time on stage – either acting in musicals, or doing improvisational theatre, means that being up in front of a classroom full of kids is a job that never feels like work for him. Filling his workshops with comedy and learning has everyone wanting to Get Wise!

Wellington

 

Vanepale Sopoaga

IMG_1029cAn award-winning performer and cultural dancer, Porirua-born Vane has traveled extensively, representing New Zealand culture in many countries around the world, as well as at home, in our own Te Papa museum.

With a passion for performance, and a Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts, charismatic Vane has appeared in a lead role on prime time television and released his own album. Having developed a deep passion for teaching, led this energetic performing artist to work as a youth worker and mentor for youth in the Wellington region. Highly motivated and with the belief that he can make a difference Vane now applies the same energy and drive to improving the financial literacy of New Zealand students.