I was born and raised in greater Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau: already occupied by iwi with a strong engagement and living spiritual connection with the place.

I am the result of family lines of descent from Scotland, Normandy, and the northern boarders of England, via Ireland (County Fermanagh), Northumberland (Tyneside), Australia and various parts of New Zealand/Aotearoa (Kaipara, Rodney, Gisborne) and more.

I have lived in Christchurch, London and Sydney, and am now back in Auckland.

I have a background in social research, and am interested in the ways family, local and social history are interwoven.

Carolyn Skelton