Louise Chan: The Voice of Growth

Louise Chan is the Associate Director of Nursing (ADoN) for the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability services (MHAIDS) covering Capital and Coast DHB, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. With a passion for development, Louise aspires to enhance the experiences of nurses. In this episode, Louise shares how volunteering and charity work shaped her values, she…

Jess Stuart: Love Your Mondays!

Who says you can’t love Mondays? Jess Stuart is a coach, author, international speaker and former senior HR Professional who draws upon her experiences to help people to reach their potential. In this episode, Jess shares how ‘work is part of life’ and how we can thrive both at home and at work. She talks…

Adrian Coysh: Getting Disabled Kiwis into Work

Having grown up in South Auckland, living overseas and working in different industries, Adrian Coysh understands the benefits of embracing diversity. In this episode, Adrian shares how his personal experiences with the disabled community led him to advocate for fairer practices in the workplace. He also talks about why he created ‘Drink my Coffee’, a…

Happy 70th Birthday Dad!

Manuia lou aso fānau. Today is the 21st of September and it’s my dad’s 70th birthday, but due to the current Lockdown in Auckland I am unable to see him in person. It also happens to be World Gratitude Day, so I wanted to take a small moment to say thank you to the most…

Time for a coffee break?

Wow, what a week it’s been… moving into lockdown happened so quickly, so my thoughts are with everyone during these uncertain times! Whilst COVID-19 interrupted many of our daily activities, it also created new opportunities during lockdown. In fact, one thing I appreciated from the lockdowns in 2020 was the opportunity to learn and create…

Anna Fleming: Supporting Māori Mental Health

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Anna Fleming had an upbringing based on service and being hospitable to others, so her curiosity led her to explore pathways in the helping professions.  A chance opportunity in social work, allowed her to grow her skills and eventually led her to retrain in psychotherapy.  Now fully…

Forty reasons to smile

Happy birthday to me, I can’t believe I’m 40, my spirit’s still young, but my back is creaky! Hi world. I woke up today and realised it’s my 40th year of existence. Wow, where on earth did the time go? Last year I went through a short period where I didn’t like the sound of…

Travel Diaries: London

I recently came back from a holiday with lots of content and ideas in my head.  I hope you don’t mind (bugger it, I’m going to do it anyway) but over the coming week you will see lots of travel writing in ‘Coffee and Career Chat’.  Enjoy as you sip on your flat white or…

What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…