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;…

Cutting pumpkins? You betcha.

I recall homeless people being in the Auckland CBD for as long as I can remember. I guess the big difference from when I was a teenager, is that there appears to be many more that are now visible on the streets. There is an older man who has his usual spot sitting outside my…

Why It’s Good to Volunteer

Did you know that 1.2 million people volunteer in New Zealand every year? To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we caught up with student Eureka Fuentes and recent graduate Anastasia Timoshkina from the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus to ask them why they think volunteering is beneficial for international students.      What kinds of volunteering have…

Do you like the taste of Lime?

The first time I used a Lime e-scooter I felt like I was a kid all over again; the adventurous part of me wanted to jump on and see how first I could zoom up the road.  The cautious part of me worried I might fall off and crash!   With nostalgia and childhood wonder etched…

Learning is fluid (and doesn’t need to stop)

Last year I wrote about commencing my Masters studies and how nervous, excited and challenged I was, especially as I was juggling a full time job and other commitments.   You can refer to those posts here…  https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/blending-work-with-study/ https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-highs-and-lows-of-study/ During my studies, I came across an unexpected turn of events in mid-2017 and ended up leaving…

Santa’s little helpers

Feliz NavidadFeliz NavidadFeliz NavidadProspero año y Felicidad! And so we sang to a group of keen and welcoming residents at Elmwood Village in Manurewa.   Yesterday I volunteered with a group of people through the ‘Adopt-a- Senior’ Christmas initative, where we spent time chatting with the eldlery residents, as well as giving them Christmas presents,…

Excelsior!

This year we said goodbye to Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.  As the creator of the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider Man and Iron Man, he crafted a cast of relatable outcasts who ultimately triumphed over adversity.   Growing up reading X-Men comics (how could I not be captivated by the likes of Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Gambit and…

If anything, be kind

As a careers practitioner, I love to weave in different techniques and tools to effectively engage with my clients.  It can be such a dynamic process and you never know what might resonate or connect throughout a session.  But one thing that always remains the same is the idea of always treating clients with kindness. …

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…