Member Interview: Hazel Phillips, Credit Simple
Having recently covered the launch of Credit Simple, a new tool giving New Zealanders easy access to their credit information, we’re introducing you to one of the members behind it – meet Hazel! What is your role at Credit Simple? How long have you been there, and what do you enjoy most about your job? I’m Head of Communications & Content, which means I spend my days writing, editing, doing the comms, and sometimes doing video and photography. I’ve been there about six months now, but we only launched in September, so from June until September we were keeping Credit Simple under wraps – and I just referred to it as the Shiny New Thing. What I love about Credit Simple is that we’re giving New Zealanders instant, easy and free access to their own credit information. Technology has made this possible. On a personal note, I love being in a job where I get to do content (I’m a former journalist) – and my coworkers are hilarious! Describe what 2017 means for you and Credit Simple Next year we’ll be ramping up more and trying to get as many Kiwis on board Credit Simple as we can. For me personally, I’ll aim to spend more time on mountains and in the wilderness and less time on Facebook or cleaning my flat! What Generator facilities make things easier for you on a daily basis? Our whole team LOVES being around the fun people at Generator, so the social aspect is fantastic. We also enjoy the communal spaces, and – touch wood – so far I have a good working relationship with the printer… What’s a fun fact about yourself? People often think I’m a serious person and into intellectual stuff. So they’re surprised to find out I have a passion for anything related to The Bachelor. In particular there’s a US spinoff where they get the rejects from the Bachelor and the Bachelorette and put them in a tropical location with lots of alcohol, and the wheels totally come off the trolley. It’s voyeuristic train wreck TV at its best. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why? Firstly – insect repellant! Then a never-ending supply of pineapple, and a Kindle. I reckon I could survive quite nicely that way. What’s your go-to karaoke song? I’d bust out a Kenny Rogers special, for sure. If you could trade places with any other person for a week – real, fictional, living or dead – who would you choose? John Key. I’d like to know why he isn’t doing more to help everyday New Zealanders – he seems to be living in denial. I feel like we’re watching our country go down the drain and it’s time for a revolution. If you were at the airport right now and could travel anywhere, where would you go? Funnily enough I’m writing this on the plane back from Sydney. But I’m a huge fan of skiing, so I’d head to Switzerland to ski, roll around in chocolate, and enjoy punctual public transportation.