Pilar was born in Iquique, a small town in the North of Chile. She is a native Spanish speaker and has been with NZTC for almost two years.
She is a journalist with strong communication skills, having specialised in marketing and social media. Pilar also has a Diploma in Cultural Events, a combination that has made for a varied and colourful career.
While working at a well-known radio station in Santiago as a journalist, she was in charge of a music programme. She also spent time with an events company and while there helped produce a carnival of music, dance and theatre in the coastal city of Valparaíso. In 2004 she was involved in the meeting of the 21 members of APEC at locations throughout the country. As Anglo Manager for Warner Music in Chile she developed many marketing plans for artists in various cities.
Not long after that, Pilar moved to live to United Arab Emirates for five years with her husband Marco Martinez, who was posted there as a Diplomat for the Embassy of Chile. While there, Pilar became a mother of their two children, Tomas (now 6) and Magdalena (4). They enjoyed a very cosmopolitan lifestyle in the Middle East, but on an earlier working holiday to New Zealand, the couple had already fallen in love with this country.
When Marco Martinez received a posting to the Embassy of Chile as Deputy Head of Mission, the couple were delighted to have a second chance to get to know New Zealand even better. Pilar says their children quickly became proficient in English – “they are better speakers than we are now!” she jokes. In fact she has just written an article on the challenges for parents in bilingual homes, helping their children maintain both languages well.
She enjoys New Zealand’s wildlife and exploring the beautiful landscapes. “We really loved visiting the Waitomo caves and Taupo region and we’re looking forward to seeing more of the South Island. It reminds us a lot of Patagonia in our home country.”