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Laura O'Connell Rapira

Executive Director, Capacity Building


Laura is a proud queer and Indigenous woman from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her whakapapa (lineage) is to Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāruahine, and County Kerry in Ireland.

Prior to joining FYA, Laura was the director of ActionStation, an independent community action group with over 400,000 members working together for a fair, flourishing, and Treaty-honouring Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2014, Laura co-founded RockEnrol, a youth-led and volunteer-powered initiative designed to build and activate political power for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

She currently serves on the boards of The Workshop and JustSpeak.