Glad to be in the team of 5 million

To all my fellow New Zealanders… congrats on reaching zero cases of COVID-19 in our country! I was personally over the moon when I found out the news, gosh, it wasn’t too long ago when we were all nervously staying indoors and not wanting to engage with the outside world. We are pretty humble people,…

Sweet as! Happy NZ Music Month

Happy New Zealand music month! My heart goes out to all the musicians, bands and artists out there who have, and still are creating incredible music in Aotearoa. I’m sure many artists will be adversely impacted by the effects of COVID-19, so let’s hope the situation will lead to a wave of creativity and musical…

Cheers! Celebrating 10 years in the careers industry

Wow, where did the time go? It only seemed like yesterday when I was sitting awkwardly and eagerly in front of my very first client, an older man who had been unemployed for a while (thankfully the session wasn’t a train-wreck!). 10 years ago in April, I began my first official role in the careers…

Finding inspiration at Te Manawa

Te Manawa (the heart) is a fantastic new facility in Westgate featuring a community hub and library. As a resident of North West Auckland, it was a thrill to watch it being built over the past year. I am in the midst of completing my Masters and have hit a flat patch over the past…

Celebrate the success of others

Last week my awesome 13 year old cousin Theresa received the year 8 Dux award at her school’s end of year prize-giving.    Theresa is a wonderfully precocious kid with a love of K-Pop, Netflix, drawing, poetry and spending time with friends and family.  She also has an appreciation for global issues, including sustainability and…

A coffee limerick

A flat white with milk of the trimAn aromatic full-bodied hymnI stride down the streetWith a caffeinated beatMy work day no longer seems grim!   Countdown to Christmas!  From 1 to 24 December, I will share some of my key reflections and learnings from 2018.  

Countdown to Christmas! Sharing my reflections & learnings

And just like that, it is now December and we are only 25 days away from Christmas.  Wow.  Where did the time go??  As we approach the end of the year, I have started reflecting on all the things I have experienced and learnt throughout 2018.  Lots have been satisfying and interesting.  Others less interesting,…

Sign of the times

Boy does time fly… It’s been over a month since my last post and so much has happened in that time! To cut a long story short, I have transitioned into a new organisation (will blog about this soon) and have had little time to write, but thankfully I had the urge and desire to…

The path to authority is through service

O le ala i le pule o le tautua.  The path to authority is through service.  I absolutely love this quote, shared by the über-talented John Belford-Lelaulu at a schools event today.  John was there to inspire year 12 Pasifika students from across Auckland, but he also captivated teachers and other staff who were in…

A ship named Pearl

  Last year I blogged about my experience cruising through the Pacific Ocean.  What I totally forgot about was the poem I wrote during my cruise and I stumbled across it today.  I wrote a limerick containing 20(!) verses, all describing the cruise ship journey.  It was amazing to see how easy and natural it…