Senior advisor voter participation

Eddie Tuiavii is a Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduate and now works as Senior Advisor Voter Participation at Auckland Council.

Eddie Tuiavii

Key facts

Career: Senior advisor voter participation, Auckland Council
Programme: Bachelor of Arts;  Postgraduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations; Master of Public Policy
Subjects: Politics and international relations; Public policy

"I lead the development and implementation of the Voter Participation Initiative, which aims to increase voter participation in local elections. The role addresses the long-term issues that impact the ability of voters and candidates to participate in local elections.

"Both my role and the Voter Participation Initiative are a first of their kind in local government. They involve a broad, complex and strategic programme of work, which includes analysis, research, advocacy and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

"No two days are ever the same, which provides excitement and positive contrast. I enjoy the numerous opportunities I am presented with to provide expert advice on programming, partnerships and innovative initiatives both within the organisation and in the community.

"The MPP programme gave me a firm foundation in the core principles, concepts and methods of public policy research and analysis and developed my potential for leadership in local and national government. The ability to think critically and solve public policy issues is fundamental to my job – something the MPP adequately equips all of its scholars to do.

An Arts degree will prepare you for a fast-paced world with fast-changing trends, while future-proofing your skills!

"The MPP also provided a lot of great opportunities for collaboration on research projects and exposure to workplace settings through external internships. It also offered leadership development through interaction with politicians, leaders and international networks."