Andrew Colgan | #FridayProfile

When not a solicitor at McElroys, Andrew is the Executive Director of Aotearoa Development Cooperative (ADC), a New Zealand-based charitable organisation that provides funding and technical support to microfinance institutions in Myanmar and Malawi. ADC was founded in 2007 and is run by a dynamic group of (mostly) twenty-somethings from a range of different professional backgrounds. ADC’s partner projects provide loans to entrepreneurs in poor communities to help them start or expand a small business and take control of their own economic destiny.


1. Most memorable show/event/concert and why?
I had a surprise trip to Melbourne earlier this year to see Les Miserables, which was pretty special. I’ve seen the show before, but this performance blew me away.

2. You have $50 in your pocket on a Friday night out in Auckland – where would you go?
I’d get some friends together and go somewhere where you can see the harbour and the city lights. Somewhere high up, where you really feel like you’re in the city. Attica is one such place. Auckland needs more rooftop bars.

3. If you were to produce/create a show, what would it be about?
Something that explored the cultural imperative of home ownership among young professionals in Auckland.

4. Favourite piece of art/object/rock?
Maps. They tell a million stories about the world we live in, and the way we live in it. Maps are fascinating, and beautiful.

5. One sentence to describe the arts, culture, and events scene in Auckland?
I guess a city’s cultural scene can’t be created – it needs to evolve. And Auckland’s is well on its way...