“A big drawcard for coming to New Zealand was rugby. I was living in Texas before I came here, I’d been playing touch socially and one of my mates was like “I don’t see why you can’t play rugby for a men’s team, there’s nothing that says you can’t”. I played for them for two years and we made the final, but then the unions saw me and said nah. There had been a lot of complaints about me playing, some of the men really struggled with the idea of tackling a woman. I was banned from playing for the men’s teams but my coach went out and found me a women’s team about 30 miles away. Coming to Dunedin, I could choose between about eight teams so I was just fizzing.
"While I was in Texas I worked at a vet clinic, but when I came to New Zealand I started doing metal casting in the foundry at Hillside and now I’m a Rail Operator in Dunedin. I love the job, I’d rather be outside doing manual work, and the guys here are awesome.”
There are around 3400 people working at KiwiRail, and all of them have an interesting story to tell. We wanted to share some of them with you, so we created the #HumansOfKiwiRail Facebook campaign. For more profiles, check out our Facebook page.