Around town she’s `The App lady’ who’s established a successful start-up business.
But Marielle doesn’t believe in the typical five-year plan. “I might miss an opportunity that comes out of left field,” she says.
Born in Holland and raised in Kenya, Marielle moved to New Zealand with her family when she was 14. After completing a computer science degree, she based herself in Holland, travelling throughout Europe and North America as a product specialist.
Later living back in New Zealand, she visited Central Otago to tramp, ski or bike.
“Part of Central reminds me of Africa. They say if you’ve lived in Africa it gets in your blood and never lets you go. Some of the open spaces, particularly when I go out to the Maniototo, remind me so much of Kenya. I think that’s why it’s got into my heart and I’ve loved Central ever since. This place is home.”