A new chapter begins for you dad!

A year ago I blogged about my dad and how he turned 65.  At that stage he was so adamant that he wasn’t ready for retirement. He wanted to save a bit more money for projects to do around the house (ie. create mum’s dream kitchen). Flash forward to 2017 and last Friday he officially…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…

A global student is every student

Yesterday Unitec had it’s Open Day and it was so exciting to show members of the public our new working space, Te Puna. Along with amazing Student Support Team Leader Helena Finau, our role was to co-ordinate a group of student “Connector” volunteers.   The Connectors are a group of International students who engage in organised…

The highs and lows of study

Earlier this year I began my Masters study journey.  At that time I was nervously excited about tackling this long-time goal, but was also conscious on the impact it would have on my work-life balance. I had three months to complete my first paper and was assisted by my awesome facilitator Trish, who had regular…

Unitec Student Connectors

This week we officially launched the International Student Connectors programme at Unitec.  The purpose behind this programme is empower and guide International students to support other students during their study journey.  This can be through volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer support activities, to participating in on-campus events.  We will also provide the students with ongoing professional and…

Self care weekend

Last week was such a roller-coaster at work.  Lots of ups and downs with many challenges thrown into the mix. I noticed I was getting tired.  Over-sensitive.  Crabby.  Emotionally exhausted.    Psychologist Guy Winch says too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, but we don’t have to.  He makes a…

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…

Volunteering IS meaningful #NVW2017

Happy National Volunteer week!  ‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteer service. I love this wee blurb from the SEEK website:  According to research, volunteering can quite literally make you live longer,…

Pink makes you think (for the better)

The bullying culture needs to stop now! I remember watching kids being bullied back in high school and I felt helpless to do anything. These kids were teased, pushed and punched simply because they, looked, talked or expressed themselves ‘differently to the norm’. In hindsight, I wish I said something because things cannot change unless…

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…