Meet the team | Nina Lesperance

In our Meet the Team series we invite you to sit down and learn more about each SOUNZ staff member. Today we introduce Marketing Intern | Kaiāwhina Whakatairanga Nina Lesperance.  Nina has joined the SOUNZ whānau through the New Zealand Music Commission’s intern programme.

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

I am originally from Takoma Park, U.S.A, my family is a mix of Canadian Metis First Nations and New Zealanders. I am the middle child of three.

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

I grew up in the beautiful sunny Hawke’s Bay. I am lucky enough to have lived in Canada and America as well, but Aotearoa is home.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not at work I enjoy tramping in the beautiful New Zealand bush. I have completed all of the eight great walks of New Zealand with my family, and still enjoy finding new places to explore.

What is your earliest musical memory?

My earliest music memory is listening to my Dad’s old U2 tapes on long road trips to go tramping/ hiking. We would all groan in the back seat when he flipped the tape over for side two.

What has been your career progression?

I am currently in my last year at Victoria University doing a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Media Studies and a minor in Māori Resource Management. I have been an intern at RNZ Music 101 and am now with SOUNZ

What is the best concert you have ever attended?

I have a top 2. The top small concert I have ever been to was Fat Freddy’s Drop at Black Barn vineyard. The atmosphere in the outdoor venue was electric, and the band played the best show I have ever seen them play! The other best concert I have ever been to is Onelove. Which is a music festival but still one of the best lineups of what Aotearoa has to offer! A real standout act was New Zealand’s very own Sammy J, he had the audience vibing to his tunes

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

My favourite place in the world is Maraetotara waterfall in Hawke’s Bay, it is one of the best ‘only locals know’ swimming spots!

What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was ‘Kia ora Chief’ by Wira Gardiner. This book is about the Māori MP Parekura Horomia. It is a recount of his life and the work he did within the time he served within the Labour government. It also has many recounts from people he worked with throughout his life. A really good read.

What’s your favourite movie?

My Favourite movie to this day is ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit!’ Loved it when I was a kid and still watch it every opportunity I get!


SOUNZ thanks the New Zealand Music Commission for supporting this role as part of its music intern programme.