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…

Thank you mum for being you

My mum is one of those people who have a knowing looking in their eye.  You know, the one where you can tell them know a lot more than the let on.  No, I’m not referring to the reflection from her Lasic-corrected eye (sorry mum, but it does look like you can shoot beams from…

Out of the dark, comes light

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.” In case you’re wondering, these words came from Prince Harry a few days ago.  Click here to hear his interview. Alongside his brother and…

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…

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…

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…

Tea? Coffee?

We might not think about it too deeply, but the ability to have have a cup of tea or coffee in a shared workspace is more significant than we think. I recently conducted an online poll asking people if they thought their employer should provide free tea, coffee and milk, and the results were overwhelmingly clear! Below is…

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…