Louise Blockley joined the Grief Centre tīma in March 2023 as our Training and Communications Manager. Louise’s early career was in travel and advertising, then in 2008, she completed a full time communications degree majoring in journalism.
She cut her writing teeth on years of freelancing, mostly for an exporter’s trade journal. More recently, she has worked in communications roles at social profit organisations such as StarJam, the Heart Foundation and a short hospice contract. The last few years have seen her in corporate communications in the vocational education sector, and she is excited to return to the charity fold.
Louise is deeply connected to the Grief Centre mission through lived experience of the early deaths of her parents and two brothers. When she’s not working, you will find her zooming around Auckland on her road bike or bikepacking on New Zealand’s back-country roads. In 2022, she and her husband completed Tour Aotearoa, an unsupported 3,000km bikepacking route from Cape Reinga to Bluff.