Olivia Burne grew up in the metropolis of Palmerston North and spent her youth running the hills of the Tararua Ranges. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism from Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, where she also competed in the NCAA Cross Country and Track competition. Upon returning to New Zealand, Olivia worked in sport media and marketing for two years before leaving the workforce to take part in the 2016/17 Venn Internship. This experience altered her career trajectory towards journalism and led to further study through Otago University’s Theology department as well as the opportunity to join the team at Venn.
Olivia is deeply passionate about theological education and discipleship for young people. She is responsible for external communications and showcasing the different programmes available at Venn. Olivia is actively involved with her church, The Upper Room, and loves traveling the country visiting friends and family, especially if it happens to coincide with a race.