Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is about remembering those who have passed away. Today is about acknowledging the importance of connection. Today I remember my friend Heather. Heather was the type of person you couldn’t help but like.  She was effervescent, engaging, kind, and pretty cool.  The year was 2004 and we were…

The Apprentice… You’re hired!

As a careers advisor in a high school, I am privileged to have conversations with students about their future goals and aspirations.  What became clear to me is that many students are still unfamiliar with trades and the concept of an apprenticeship. According to Fiona Kingsford, CEO of industry training organisation Competenz, whilst around 60,000…

Happy Left-handers Day!

Happy Left-handers Day to all the lefties out there!   Yes, it may seem like an unusual thing to celebrate, but when left-handers make up only 10 percent of the population, it seems right (pun intended) to recognise this unique characteristic. So who are some of the famous lefties in the world? Bill Gates, Barack Obama,…

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…

What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Say no to plastic #PlasticFreeNZ

This month is Plastic Free July and here are eights ways I will show my support for this important movement and cause… I will use reusable bags for groceries (must remember to leave a stash in my car).  #banthebag I will use a reusable cup for my daily coffee.  Personally I love ‘KeepCup’ as I…

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…

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…

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…