“I am a doctoral student at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, researching in the field of disability. My thesis examines the lived experiences of New Zealand young carers; ‘youth’ providing significant care for persons who have a disability, illness, or whom are elderly. As a young carer for my brother who has an intellectual disability, this is an area in which I have great passion. I am thoroughly enjoying my research experience, especially blogging about my life as a young carer as part of my auto ethnographic study: http://youngcarersnz.blogspot.co.nz, and spending more one-on-one time with my brother.

The proposed outcome of my thesis is a supportive social network for New Zealand young carers and the persons in their care.

My extracurricular activities include volunteering for the Recreate Disability Organisation, in which I am committed to enhancing the development and independence of young people who have disabilities through quality, fun activities: Being the President of The Faculty of Education Postgraduate Students Association, in which I represent the student voice, and: Playing sports with my colleagues.

Prior to my PhD I completed my Bachelor of Education (Primary Specialisation) in 2010, and my Honours in Education in 2011.”