Day 5: Get wet!

  We are so lucky to live on an island in the South Pacific.  We have easy access to beaches and waterways and usually do not have to drive far to access water.  Given the dry spell we’ve been experiencing lately, a planned or spontaneous trip to the beach is a must!  Just remember to…

Day 1: Franklin Rd Christmas Lights

With it being the start of December, I thought it would be great to get into the festive mood and begin counting down to Christmas! Over the next 24 days I will blog daily suggestions with tips and advice on awesome things to do, see or experience during the festive season.  The summer also represents…

Oh, grow up…

On my 21st birthday I received a shiny mirrored glass ‘key’ from my family and on the back of it were ‘good luck’ scribbles from my mates and loved ones.  I had transitioned into adulthood.  I had entered the ‘real world’.  All of a sudden I had to stand on my own two feet… Viva…

Going live

Today I went into Curious George mode and dabbled with Facebook Live for the first time.  I know it gets used by politicians, protesters, concert goers to holiday makers, so I though this could also be a good way to promote and draw attention to some of the services featured at the Unitec International Students’ Orientation Expo….

Great minds think alike

I like working in teams.  There’s something so satisfying when you see a group of people completing tasks together in a respectful, collegial and fun manner.  An effective team needs a solid foundation and I fundamentally believe that a key to this is spending genuine time with each other.  The role-modelling needs to come from…

Feel the love

  Today is the 14th of February; the Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love. With aroha in the air, I write this blog post with strong affection for my administrative skills.  Yes, I have loathed you in the past and at times I found you to be boring, repetitive, routine, and devoid of…

#livefortomorrow

Check out these statistics…  The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.  I know, pretty sobering stuff right? On Saturday it was World Suicide Prevention Day, and rather than focus on…

Cheers to the lifelong career

“You don’t remember me, do you?” He stood outside my office door, gruff voice parting from his mouth. He looked familiar, but I couldn’t quickly place him.  I would say he was in his 50s. He gazed at me with stern eyes and a staunch posture.  Hmmm, was he a student wanting to make an…

Tweet tweet

I recently read Eric Stoller’s Inside Higher Ed article on why it would be useful for those working in the higher education space to ‘get’ Twitter.  I couldn’t agree more! Eric shared his recent experience of sitting a table with other education professionals: While they had not ever used Twitter, they were certain that it wasn’t for…