In our Meet the Team series we invite you to sit down and learn more about each SOUNZ staff member. Today we introduce Alpana Chovhan our Financial Administrator | Kaiwhakarite Pūtea.

Can you tell us a bit about your family, kids, where you’re from etc?

I Was born in Fiji and lived there for most of my life. My mum (from India) and dad live in Suva, Fiji while my brother and his wife stay in California. Over here in Wellington my family is my husband Dilesh, son Dhruv, daughter Riddhi and not forgetting my mother in law and sister in law.

Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived?

Fiji Islands are made up of 2 major islands namely Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. I was born in Labasa (Vanua Levu) and moved with my parents to Nadi (Viti Levu) when I was a baby where my parents opened up a shoe business. I spent my childhood in Nadi and only moved to Suva (The capital of Fiji) to pursue my tertiary education at the University of the South Pacific. After graduating, I stayed back in Suva for work opportunities. We migrated to Wellington 11 years ago and call Aotearoa our home now.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love to bake for my kids during my spare time. We also enjoy playing board games as a family. Our favourite games being the game of life, squabbles and around the world.

What is your earliest musical memory?

Dancing with my Dad.

If you could be any animal, which would you be?

An elephant. I just love them for their beauty and strength.

What’s the best meal you have ever had?

A delish chicken dish made by my husband Dilesh. It’s his own recipe. I also enjoy homemade Ragda Patties, which is Gujarati street food and my all-time favourite.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

To name a few, I would like to visit Denmark, India, Singapore and California to visit my brother.

If you were a crayon what colour would you be?


What was your favourite TV show when growing up?

Friends, The Nanny, Dawson’s Creek, X-Files and not forgetting Shortland Street.


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