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Company:Arrow International, Auckland
In her last year at Rotorua Girls’ High School, Samantha was an ‘all-rounder’.
She achieved across the board, and as a result, architecture was suggested as a possible career path. Around this time it was also suggested she apply for a Keystone Trust scholarship, which she was awarded later that year. Samantha went on to complete a bachelor of architectural studies and a master of architecture. Upon graduating from her masters degree, Samantha spoke at a Keystone event, at which two of Arrow International’s senior managers were present. As a result, she was offered a position and hasn’t looked back.
From day one at Arrow, Samantha was involved in a range of challenging projects; master planning for the Glen Innes ‘Creating Communities’ development, project managing the Arrow corporate office fit out, and design management of Auckland Eye Clinic. Then, when Arrow was appointed in an early contractor involvement role for Te Uru Taumatua, the perfect opportunity for Samantha arose – and the role of sustainability manager was created.
Her design background and passion for sustainability made her ideal for the role. Samantha is passionate about making a difference in the building industry by integrating and promoting greener building techniques and community involvement wherever possible. Despite being only 25, Samantha is well respected within the team at Arrow, and in the wider construction industry.
She has big plans to keep New Zealand green, and is already transferring learnings from Te Uru Taumatua into other projects including the Waikaremoana Visitor Centre and the Reparoa Community Facility.