From student to graduate

  Another year, another successful graduation completed! It was absolutely fantastic to see many Unitec students graduate despite the awful weather we’ve been experiencing in Auckland recently.  Even though the muggy weather left many looking like they stepped out of a sauna, this didn’t dampen (excuse the pun) the positive vibe that reverberated around the…

Cake by the ocean

I recently returned from a ten day boat cruise up to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and the experience totally exceeded my expectations.  It was like a whole new (water) world was opened up to me! My partner and I were fortunate to travel with P&O’s Pacific Pearl, the beloved New Zealand-based ship going through it’s final…

50 self care tips

Are work, study, or personal commitments draining you or getting you down? Self care includes any deliberate actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Taking ‘time out’ for yourself is not selfish act, but a necessary way for restoring energy and maintaining balance when we feel overwhelmed or exhausted. Here are…

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…

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…

Happy Waitangi Day

Happy Waitangi Day to all the New Zealanders out there!  May you bask in the glorious sunshine, knowing that we live in a South Pacific paradise. I refuse to get caught-up with all the misunderstandings and ill-feeling that is usually associated with Waitangi Day.  Since I was young it almost felt expected for people to…

Family first

A mid-week dinner at Boy and Bird followed by the dreamiest ice-cream from Ben and Jerry’s (mmmm…. Cherry Garcia…).  Sharing non-stop laughs with my two sisters and my little cousin.  Yup, life doesn’t get much sweeter. Yesterday my sisters and I decided to take our cousin Sene out to celebrate her successful completion of NCEA…

Where do you come from?

“Where do you come from?”  “Where were you born?”   Yes, I have been asked these questions many times over the years.  On the surface it appears innocuous, but for me personally, I grow tired of such questions as it poses an underlying sense of prejudice and an assumption that I am not originally from…

A flock of tweets

I had the privilege of managing the ANZSSA social media accounts during the recent conference in Auckland and boy was it a great learning experience.  The hashtag #anzssa2016 became my mantra, with Twitter my platform of choice. The challenge…  to provide commentary on key aspects of the conference whilst at the same supporting fellow tweeters…

Taking career development to Indonesia

Selamat datang and welcome to my latest blog post! I was in Indonesia a few weeks ago and it was a most amazing experience; for a country with over 200 million people, and over 3000 islands, the pace is fast and city life is brimming with energy.  Despite this, the people I met were incredibly friendly…