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…

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…

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…

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…

Love who you are

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box (unknown).  I love this quote.  Crayons are the simplest of things yet the metaphor around diversity, tolerance and acceptance rings…