Jobs at DOC: Daniel Letta, Information Systems and Services

Department of Conservation —  25/09/2015

Come behind the scenes and into the jobs, the challenges, the highlights, and the personalities of the people who work at the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Today we profile Daniel Letta, Information Systems and Services Team.

At work…

Some things I do in my job include:

I am in the Information Systems and Services Team so I work mostly on information technology related projects.

Daniel Letta at a desk working on an IT project.

This picture was taken via remote control

This helps achieve DOC’s vision by:

Facilitating efficient delivery of conservation work by utilising technology.

The best bit about my job is:

Conducting research and getting that one best solution for a challenge.

The awesome-est DOC moment I’ve had so far is:

The second week at DOC when I found the best option to replace a tracking database at no cost.

On a personal note…

My happy place is:

Anywhere with my spouse. But also, I have found New Zealand to be a very peaceful country. People are very polite and very welcoming.

Daniel and his partner visiting the Weta Cave and workshop.

Visit to Weta Cave and workshop

My favourite sporting moment was when:

During the 2013 English Half Marathon when Kenenisa Bekele held off a hard-charging Mo Farah in the final moments to win by a second in 1:00:09.

The thing I’m most looking forward to in the next 6 months is: 

Becoming a New Zealand citizen. I came to New Zealand four years ago under the Skilled Migrants Programme, I’m originally from Ethiopia but I’ve lived in India and Angola.

My best ever holiday was:

Visiting Goa in the year of the millennium.

Anjuna Beach, Goa. Photo: Olivier Z | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Anjuna Beach, Goa

In my spare time:

I cook, jog and visit interesting places.

Deep and meaningful… 

My favourite quote is:

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard graft and not giving up.

Daniel Letta's weekend cooking.

Weekend cook

In work and life I am motivated by:

Helping others, compassion and challenges.

My conservation advice to New Zealanders is:

Get up and get involved in your local conservation projects.

Most people don’t know that:

I speak Amharic, Hindi, and Marathi.

Daniel Letta jogging at Newtown Park Stadium.

Jogging at Newtown Park Stadium

Question of the week…

What is your favourite word:

My favourite word is Ting tong. In Thai it means crazy, but it also means cute. So crazy-cute.