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…

Day 23: Behold, Auckland!

If you want a stunning view of Tāmaki Makaurau, then go visit the Arataki Visitor Centre in West Auckland.  Seen as the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the Centre has fantastic information about the 16,000 hectares that surround the area.  It features breathtaking lookouts of the city, interactive displays, video presentations, maps and charts, and…

A drive to remember. Thank you Bic Runga!

Dear Bic Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your first album, Drive.  I attended your concert at the Civic last night and my breath was truly taken away by the experience.  There was something so beguiling about hearing songs so familiar, yet so new when played live again. “Rain fall from concrete colored skies, no…

Matariki – the Māori New Year

Happy Matariki everyone! For those who aren’t aware, Matariki is the Māori name for Pleiades, an internationally recognised galactic cluster which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.  The rise of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the Māori New Year. I love this description…

Food for thought

Imagine trying to complete any activity on an empty stomach…  A gurgling tummy, headaches, tiredness, lethargy, dizziness, lack of concentration and nausea.  Not very pleasant, huh? Yesterday, a NZ Herald article highlighted the financial challenges many Unitec students are facing during their studies. A survey answered by almost 2000 of its students has found that 17 per cent agree that…