Nō Kōtirana, Nō Ingarani ōku tīpuna
Ko Ahuriri te whenua tupu
Kei te noho au ki Tamaki Makarau
Nō Tairawhiti ahau
Ko Kristin Gillies taku ingoa
Kristin is Director at For Purpose, a dad, a renewable energy buff, a former Air New Zealand Aircraft Engineer and compost’s #1 Fan.
Kristin got his start in campaigning in the days before smartphones, holding up coal trains and occupying mines on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. As Actions Coordinator at Greenpeace NZ, Kristin worked to accelerate political action on climate change by coordinating campaign-defining actions, such as the 6-week flotilla off the East Cape alongside local iwi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, to stop Brazilian oil giant Petrobas’ plans for offshore exploration.
Trading his inflatable boat for a standing desk, Kristin sharpened his political and digital campaigning skills at the Green Party of Aotearoa. Here, he was elevated to National Campaign Manager and led the party’s shift to digital campaigning for the 2014 General Election.
For Kristin, working at For Purpose is about supporting the multitudes of good people doing good work to make Aotearoa a better place.
When not working, Kristin can most often be found riding a bike.