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Kate Laurich

Kate Laurich, Events Coordinator at Wintec Venues

What is your current role?

Events Coordinator

What do you enjoy about working at Wintec Venues?

I love the entire event process from the initial meeting with the client, to working through the ins and outs of the event, to getting to see the looks on everyone's faces as they arrive and experience that event. The relationships that we build with our clients throughout this process is so special as well - we come out of the process as friends and that makes it even better when you get a great result!

What was your first job?

I milked cows for Dad growing up but my first real job was as a wedding/event coordinator at a small family run venue - this was a massive learning curve and where I absolutely fell in love with weddings and events.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

It depends when you asked me! Apparently on my first day of school as a 5-year-old I told my teacher I wanted to be a Paleontologist! I also wanted to drive an ice cream truck - might have had some ulterior motives with that one!

What is an achievement or special credential you're really proud of?

Working together with our event partners to put together our recent Reunite Lunch Series Competition was an incredible experience, and something I am really proud of. We wanted to create a way for groups to come together after lockdown to reconnect with one another, and so in 2 weeks we managed to rally the troops and put together 3 incredible lunches for 3 amazing workplaces. We had so many entries from so many deserving groups and standing back and seeing people back in our venue after so long was a heartwarming and humbling experience.

What do you do in your spare time?

Eating good food and drinking good wine, spending time with my family and fur babies, and I have just started rowing out in Cambridge and loving it!

What are you most grateful for in your life?

The life I get to lead and all the people that I am lucky enough to share it with.

Who inspires you and why?

My husband, who at 35 decided to pursue his dream of becoming a Psychologist! He had always wanted to go off on this journey, but the thought of starting over as an adult was daunting. He has worked his tail off for the last 4 and a half years, and is still just as motivated and inspired as he was when he first started - it has been a privilege to be part of his journey so far.

Have you got a favourite aphorism / motto?

Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

What is your favourite spot in the Waikato?

On the lake at Karapiro, whether it is behind a ski boat or putting in the work rowing - I always feel so refreshed after spending some time on the water.