Victoria Pond

COD Programme Coordinator

Victoria grew up in Ngatea and began their career as a secondary school teacher. After returning to study to complete a Masters in anthropology where their focus was on re-constructing Aboriginal Australian divisions of labour using a feminist lens, they joined the charity sector as the Support Manager for RainbowYOUTH. In this role they led support for queer, gender diverse, takatāpui, and intersex young people across Aotearoa, and delivered rainbow competency professional development to schools, businesses, and community groups. During their time in Tāmaki Makaurau, they also volunteered for, and sat on the board of, OutLine Aotearoa.

Victoria moved to Te Whanganui-a-Tara and began working for RespectEd as a Programme Coordinator in January 2021. This role involves working with community groups, not-for-profits, and businesses to strengthen their policies regarding bullying and sexual harm, as well as developing and delivering professional development workshops. These workshops centre around building positive workplace cultures, strengthening peoples’ ability to respond to disclosures of sexual harm, preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, and working with the hospitality sector to prevent sexual violence at venues.

Victoria also provides submissions to parliament regarding sexual harm and delivers Mates and Dates in schools.