Published Monday 30 June 2014

Name: Raewyn (Rae) Harvey

Role for Glasgow 2014: Accreditation Operations Manager - Tollcross (Swimming Competition) Royal Commonwealth Pool (Diving Competition) & The Hilton (Games Family Hotel)

Kiwi Hometown: Mount Maunganui

Age: 27

What does your role in Glasgow entail? Zoning the inside and outside of the venue and providing safe access routes for all clients and workforce. Creating and implementing access control boards to allow access for accredited personal into different areas within the venue. Educating all staff/workforce on venue how to use accreditation to get into and around the venue. Training and managing accreditation volunteers. Production and distribution of Accreditation, Day Passes. Dealing with any day to day issues with venue access for all clientele.

What has been your journey leading up to Glasgow? Previously was the Operations Manager for WBOP Magic Franchise and Netball Bay of Plenty. Moved to Australia in 2012 and worked in Recruitment and HR then went travelling throughout the UK and Europe. While I was in Glasgow last year I saw all the hype and infrastructure going up for the Com Games and decided I wanted to be involved. So I applied for the role at the end of 2013 and the rest is history!   

What are you most looking forward to about the games? Can’t wait to see the Opening Ceremony, and see medal ceremonies…definitely a heebie-jeebie moment – Especially when it’s a New Zealand Athlete winning gold!

How long have you been in Glasgow? I arrived in Glasgow at the start of April this year.

What is the best thing about being a Kiwi in a foreign land? Everybody loves Kiwis, and when they mistake us for Australians, they are extremely apologetic and profusely go on about how much better New Zealand is! And, being away from home gives you such an appreciation for our beautiful country  

What do you miss most from home? The beach, sushi and seafood and my friends and family!

Who is your favourite Kiwi athlete? The Silver Ferns as a team and Valerie Adams – both full of passion and promise!

What do you love most about Scotland? The people – so friendly, just like us Kiwis!