Kelly Pohatu

Events and Communications Officer


Kelly is the Events and Communications Officer for Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Originally from New Zealand, Kelly is proud Maori of Ngati Awa (Bay of Plenty) and Ngai Tamanuhiri (Gisborne), and aspires to make use of her skills in partnership with organisations that have strong, meaningful values focusing on ‘people first’.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Auckland University of Technology, her career in communications spans ten years with professional experience in communications, event management and marketing in the health, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Having worked in various areas of Waipareira Trust – an urban Maori authority and registered charity delivering social, health and justice services through government contracts, Kelly draws on her experience to manage the development and execution of communications, events and marketing plans.

Kelly was appointed Stoptober Coordinator in 2015 because of her experience in communications with Te Ara Ha Ora – the National Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service, and background working closely with Maori and Pacific Island communities and leadership organisations.

After enjoying success as the national campaign manager for Stoptober, Kelly relocated to Western Australia and joined the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. She is responsible for coordinating the Centre’s events, communications, external engagement and media.

Her strongest asset is her extremely high work ethic and ability to coordinate projects. Building relationships is key to her success as she both enjoys communicating, and has an aptitude, for connecting with people.