Elina Ashimbayeva: Amazing Everyday Humans

After studying biomedicine and then working in the health, education and corporate sectors, Elina Ashimbayeva realised her destiny was to champion the voice of others.  She co-developed the digital platform ‘Storyo’, which shares stories of everyday women and other marginalised genders in Aotearoa.   In this episode, Elina shares how her work experiences provided insight into…

Time for a coffee break?

Wow, what a week it’s been… moving into lockdown happened so quickly, so my thoughts are with everyone during these uncertain times! Whilst COVID-19 interrupted many of our daily activities, it also created new opportunities during lockdown. In fact, one thing I appreciated from the lockdowns in 2020 was the opportunity to learn and create…

Ali Cowley: BAM! Creativity as a Superpower

Having grown up idolising The Hulk and Michael Jackson, Ali Cowley spent his youth surrounded by the great forces of creativity. His Samoan father also taught him the craft of drawing and sketching. After a colourful OE in Australia involving dance performances and working in a Chicken Farm, Ali trained in animation and went on…

Fiona Timoti-Knowles: Stories from a Lifelong Learner

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Lifelong learning is a key feature of Fiona Timoti-Knowles’ career, with early beginnings as a typist and secretary, working across the globe for Foreign Affairs, to transitioning into the education and community sectors and becoming a career development specialist.  In this episode, Fiona shares anecdotes from her…

Karen Coleman: Food for Thought

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! With a long line of chefs and hospitality professionals in her family, it would be accidental and inevitable that Karen Coleman would find herself in this dynamic industry too.  Karen spent years crafting her skills as a chef, managing a business, and working overseas.  In this episode we…

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…