Marika came to New Zealand back in 2002 for what she thought would be 24 months. Eleven years later she has a Kiwi husband, two children and couldn’t ever imagine living back in South Africa.
It’s the people, freedom, relaxed atmosphere and lifestyle that she loves. Of course beautiful surroundings and easy access to the Abel Tasman National Park is an added bonus.
When she lived in hometown Cape Town she used to enjoy camping and tramping but says you always had to drive five or six hours to enjoy nature. Now it is at her doorstep and she loves it.
Marika studied at Cape Technikon and worked as an executive assistant in town planning and for a textile company in South Africa. In New Zealand she initially managed the Victoria University Foundation, the funding arm of the university.
She is now Project Janszoon’s executive assistant and says she feels privileged to be involved in such a positive project. Marika regularly enjoys visits to the park with work and her family and says she is learning so much about New Zealand’s native plants and animals as part of the job.