Grant Verhoeven: Navigating the Great Resignation

Grant Verhoeven is a career and leadership coach who has amassed over 2000 coaching conversations with clients. Describing himself as a ‘recovering door to door salesman’, he realised he found joy in helping others to identify their strengths and make career decisions.  In this episode Grant explores the impact of the Great Resignation, sharing what…

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…

Anna Fleming: Supporting Māori Mental Health

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Anna Fleming had an upbringing based on service and being hospitable to others, so her curiosity led her to explore pathways in the helping professions.  A chance opportunity in social work, allowed her to grow her skills and eventually led her to retrain in psychotherapy.  Now fully…

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…

Pepe Afeaki: Embracing Motherhood and Worklife

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Pepe Afeaki is an Auckland-based careers and employability coach who balances work with motherhood, community volunteering, family responsibilities and study. In this episode we have a frank discussion on the trials and tribulations of juggling personal and professional interests, and explore how her natural forte for serving…

Small businesses coming to the rescue

I would like to say thank you to ALL the amazing small businesses who served us during the COVID-19 lockdown. Whilst many businesses had no choice but to close (rest assured, many of us will be hunting you down as things re-open!), I am incredibly grateful for those who were able to trade and provide…

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This week is Māori Language Week (between 9 and 15 September), and I couldn’t feel prouder to help celebrate this increasingly important occasion. What I appreciate about living in Aotearoa New Zealand is that there is a clear intention to revitalise the Māori language;…

Kai and Kōrero: Next event on 16 August

The Māori and Pasifika Careers Network are pleased to host our next Kai and Kōrero event on Thursday 16 August. This month’s focus is on the issue of race and diversity.  New Zealand, and in particular Auckland, is a wonderfully multi-cultural place and Māori and Pasifika people make up a significant part of the cultural…

I belong to a village and my village belongs to me.

My father was unable to read and write. Such were the first words shared Dr Karlo Mila on a cold evening in the St Peter’s College staffroom last week.  Attended by members of the Maori and Pasifika Careers Practitioners Network, Karlo weaved together a presentation based on her research into the experiences of New Zealand…

Kai and kōrero

Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings!  On Thursday 31st May the first Kai and Kōrero event of 2018 will be held in Auckland and I encourage any Maori and Pasifika practitioners, workers or supporters with a strong interest in career development, education, social services, or health and wellbeing, to come and join us. So what…