Sharing my Mental Health Journey

Check out the latest episode of Career Coffee Chats! “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  This Shakespearian quote has long resonated with me and it makes me reflect on the importance of maintaining positive wellbeing so we can thrive and be our best selves.   In this episode I talk…

I am launching a Podcast!

Eeeeeek!!!! I’ve said it. I am excited (and slightly nervous) to say I’m launching my podcast, “Career Coffee Chats” on 24 June. Subscribe here to access the podcast on launch day. Career Coffee Chats is a down-to-earth career and wellbeing podcast for everyday people. Unlike other NZ-based podcasts, Career Coffee Chats features a diverse range of guests sharing their…

The humanity of it all

After 49 days, New Zealand is about to step out of lockdown. Whilst we have a long way to go “get back to normal”, we have overcome the massive fear that New Zealand would be engulfed by the silent, yet potent COVID-19. Thank you Kiwis for playing your part! It’s so hard to believe that…

Sweet as! Happy NZ Music Month

Happy New Zealand music month! My heart goes out to all the musicians, bands and artists out there who have, and still are creating incredible music in Aotearoa. I’m sure many artists will be adversely impacted by the effects of COVID-19, so let’s hope the situation will lead to a wave of creativity and musical…

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;…

Removing the stigma around trades

Kudos to BCITO (Building Construction Industry Trade Organisation) for their latest ad campaign. Titled ‘A Tricky Chat’, it shows a young man who very tentatively announces to his parents that he wishes to pursue a trade rather than go to university. Akin to a ‘coming out’ experience, the commercial highlights the stigma and long-held perception…

I belong to a village and my village belongs to me.

My father was unable to read and write. Such were the first words shared Dr Karlo Mila on a cold evening in the St Peter’s College staffroom last week.  Attended by members of the Maori and Pasifika Careers Practitioners Network, Karlo weaved together a presentation based on her research into the experiences of New Zealand…

Dancing with my childhood heroes

I’m really liking Dancing the Stars this year.  Not only do I get to snigger at David Seymour’s dancing (okay, I’ll give him credit for giving it a good go), but I get to cheer on three of my childhood heroes. Robbie Rakete   As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up watching…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…

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…