Small businesses coming to the rescue

I would like to say thank you to ALL the amazing small businesses who served us during the COVID-19 lockdown. Whilst many businesses had no choice but to close (rest assured, many of us will be hunting you down as things re-open!), I am incredibly grateful for those who were able to trade and provide…

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This week is Māori Language Week (between 9 and 15 September), and I couldn’t feel prouder to help celebrate this increasingly important occasion. What I appreciate about living in Aotearoa New Zealand is that there is a clear intention to revitalise the Māori language;…

Kai and Kōrero: Next event on 16 August

The Māori and Pasifika Careers Network are pleased to host our next Kai and Kōrero event on Thursday 16 August. This month’s focus is on the issue of race and diversity.  New Zealand, and in particular Auckland, is a wonderfully multi-cultural place and Māori and Pasifika people make up a significant part of the cultural…

Kai and kōrero

Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings!  On Thursday 31st May the first Kai and Kōrero event of 2018 will be held in Auckland and I encourage any Maori and Pasifika practitioners, workers or supporters with a strong interest in career development, education, social services, or health and wellbeing, to come and join us. So what…

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…

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…

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…

It’s cool to kōrero

Six years ago when I worked at Careers New Zealand (formerly Career Services) I met and worked alongside two amazing career practitioners, Fiona and Huia.  Even though we ended up working in different organisations, we remained in touch, and in the past year met more regularly for dinner catch-ups. The kōrero (conversation) around the dinner table…