I’m so thrilled to share we’re launching in New Zealand and adding a fantastic individual as our Auckland curator in Kim Lesch. I’ve been ‘ambiently’ aware of Kim in the online social sphere for some time and was so pleased when she recently reached out about taking The Fetch there. We then had the pleasure of meeting up IRL in Sydney.
This city’s colour is a fresh bright green – staying true to the stunning natural beauty of the NZ landscape. We’ll be focusing on Auckland to begin with but also including some of the best events happening from Invercargill to Kaitaia! So, without ado: Kia ora!
Kim Lesch, Auckland curator
How did you end up where you are today?
I grew up in the States in a snoozy college town, reading a lot, accidentally breaking nearly every piece of machinery in our house, and thinking about what it would be like to get the heck out of Pennsylvania and see the world. While pursuing a humanities/creative writing degree I watched too many seasons of Northern Exposure and decided a move to Alaska would be a fantastic idea. I popped up there for a long summer in a truly misery inducing job before moving to Australia to do a year abroad at a film school in Queensland. While in film school I found out that I was utterly crap at editing, which is ironic since I ended up making it my profession for five years, but a solid producer. After finishing my undergrad I figured that I’d continue my film studies and do my MA in New Zealand. As you do.
I worked in sports TV for five years (editing) after finishing my masters and slowly came to the realization that all that time I spent online could actually be a career. Since coming to that realization I’ve worked on a couple NZ travel websites, rewrote a New Zealand travel book, and now produce online content with the New Zealand government to help spread the good word on how fantastic and innovative Kiwi companies are. I’ve also done some show development for an American production company and do some consulting work every so often which keeps me en pointe most days.
What makes you tick? What makes you ick?
Tick: Delicious food, Aretha Franklin records, my rockin’ partner, New York pizza, and working creatively with others who are on the same page. I just love connecting people to create opportunities and help make stuff happen. What makes me ick is egotistical behavior and that pesky tall poppy syndrome.
Why do you love ‘fetchin?
I love promoting communities and bringing people together, it’s been a treat to be able to do that for a start up I believe in. I’ve always been extremely curious about people and what makes them tick so the chance to interact with so many folks with such great stories is like catnip for me.
What things excite you about our community right now?
The generosity. I love how open people are and how eager they are to listen as well as share their own stories.
What’s your favourite thing about your city?
It’s changed so much in the last five years, especially the inner city. We’re finally getting world class food/bars/urban spaces/cookie boutiques.
What’s unique about Auckland and NZ?
I think there’s an overall level of fun and laid back lifestyle which is very unique to New Zealand. I miss it like crazy when I leave, but not as much as I miss pies that contain fruit and not meat.
Where can we find you in Auckland?
Either at my desk plonking away, at Snapdragon bar down by the Waterfront, or at any and all interesting meetups where people talk about the internet – I’m usually the one who ordered the chips.
How can we connect with you?
I’m a twitter-holic! Find me at @kim_lesch or on my goofy blog ‘Scoot!’ where I try to write reviews of stuff I’m currently watching/reading/listening to. Unfortunately I usually end up gushing about how much I love really unhelpful aspects of whatever media I’m writing about and utilizing the vocabulary that my overpriced degrees have bestowed upon me. Example: “Yes, this film has it all: scandal, unease with urbanization, love, and drunk farm animals.”
And don’t forget to sign up to our inaugural Auckland go-to email digest via http://thefetch.com!