Hillmarè has 25 years of experience in strategy, policy analysis and design as a macro-economist in New Zealand, the Pacific, the World Bank and Africa.
Well versed in the art of strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and effective communication with governing bodies and stakeholders, Hillmarè joined BERL in 2012 having spent five years working in the New Zealand public sector.
She is a strong advocate for the Māori economy and has worked extensively with government, iwi and Trusts to develop and enhance economic wealth and well-being for the Māori economy. This work included the development of several regional economic development strategies and action plans for Māori, He kai kei aku ringa, export growth and potential as well as updating of the national report on the Māori economy. She has supported various Trusts and iwi to develop a good understanding of specific issues such as Māori workforce development and income equity. Apart from the Māori economy, she has also worked in regional economic development, international trade, monitoring and evaluation and workforce development.
Hillmarè likes to spend time with her family and is a keen collector of good wine and, of course, a great supporter of local kiwi wine.