Kayt Bronnimann

University of Auckland
Kayt Bronnimann

Kayt completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland in 2006 with a double major in Political Studies and Film, Television and Media Studies. She has always been drawn to social and environmental justice and co-lead the Greens on Campus during the final year of her BA. After graduating, Kayt lived and worked in Ireland and travelled through Eastern Europe and Turkey before relocating to Taiwan. She lived in Taiwan for eight years teaching English and pursuing two of her passions, travel and photography.

She returned to New Zealand in 2016 to complete her Honours degree in Development Studies. During her Honours studies she had the opportunity to take part in a research trip to Fiji, in the wake of Cyclone Winston. This formed the basis of her dissertation which explored the tension between secular and faith based development and the use of religion as a coping mechanism in times of disaster. As a University of Auckland summer research scholar she investigated the humanitarian response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the role that civil society organisations played in the recovery.

After graduating with First Class Honours Kayt was selected to be part of Volunteer Service Abroad’s Univol programme. She has spent the past ten months volunteering in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. She works with the Bureau of Public Affairs, Media and Communication helping them to develop content and build their online presence in the lead up to the region’s independence referendum in 2019.

Kayt’s Masters will see her return to Bougainville to research the impact of the 2016 Community Government Act. The Act introduces gender equality measures into Bougainville’s local level government. Her research will investigate whether representation at the local level opens up new pathways to leadership at the national level and how female representation impacts women in the community. After finishing her degree Kayt would like to continue to work in the field of gender and development and discover more of the world through the lens of her camera.