It was the year 2000 when Annabelle started work with Wellington City Council. Little did she know then that she would still be working in the same team now.
Annabelle, of Te Āti Awa, is Personal Assistant to the Council’s Building, Compliance and Consents manager.
“Indirectly, I support the city vision by ensuring my colleagues who are responsible for our built environment have the tools, resources and information they need to deliver services to our customers,” she says.
“Directly, I support the city vision by collaborating with my manager and the wider Business Unit to provide an efficient and effective regulatory building service for Wellington.”
Born and bred in Naenae, Lower Hutt, Annabelle still lives there and says she has the best of both worlds, living close to her whānau and marae (Waiwhetū) while working in the capital.
“It’s quite nice having these two cities side by side. Whenever there is something on, we bring all the whānau into Wellington for the big events – the nieces and nephews love it.
“The events have always been good in Wellington. Everything is so compact. You can get to wherever you need to go on foot or by bike or scooter, and we’re right next to the water.”
Annabelle began her Council career after leaving an information management role with the Ministry of Education.
“I didn’t know anyone at the Council, but I got the job. It was in the Environmental Control Business Unit, and similar tasks and title to my previous role.
“Having come from a big government department, I wasn’t surprised to see the bays of files, rows and rows of documents on a big scale. The systems to manage them was a little bit different though.”