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…

Cheers! Celebrating 10 years in the careers industry

Wow, where did the time go? It only seemed like yesterday when I was sitting awkwardly and eagerly in front of my very first client, an older man who had been unemployed for a while (thankfully the session wasn’t a train-wreck!). 10 years ago in April, I began my first official role in the careers…

10 learnings from 2019

Every year is filled with trials and tribulations, successes, achievements, surprises, losses, wins and everything else in between. It is human to feel, so it’s good to know that we’re all on the ride of life together! As we draw closer to the end of the year, I love pausing and reflecting on the things…

What skills are needed in the workplace?

New year. New focus. New energy for 2019. Bring it on! After a relaxing two week break over the Christmas period, I return to work and do my daily trawl through LinkedIn. I stumble across an article by Paul Petrone, Editor of LinkedIn Learning; The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to…

A coffee limerick

A flat white with milk of the trimAn aromatic full-bodied hymnI stride down the streetWith a caffeinated beatMy work day no longer seems grim!   Countdown to Christmas!  From 1 to 24 December, I will share some of my key reflections and learnings from 2018.  

Excelsior!

This year we said goodbye to Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.  As the creator of the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider Man and Iron Man, he crafted a cast of relatable outcasts who ultimately triumphed over adversity.   Growing up reading X-Men comics (how could I not be captivated by the likes of Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Gambit and…

Countdown to Christmas! Sharing my reflections & learnings

And just like that, it is now December and we are only 25 days away from Christmas.  Wow.  Where did the time go??  As we approach the end of the year, I have started reflecting on all the things I have experienced and learnt throughout 2018.  Lots have been satisfying and interesting.  Others less interesting,…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To help you reflect and ponder your existence.  Okay… more on that later. Last Saturday I took my mum and partner to Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (Mangere Arts Centre) to see the fantastic new play Still Life with Chickens by Samoan writer D.F. Mamea.  The slice-of-life story focuses on…

A ship named Pearl

  Last year I blogged about my experience cruising through the Pacific Ocean.  What I totally forgot about was the poem I wrote during my cruise and I stumbled across it today.  I wrote a limerick containing 20(!) verses, all describing the cruise ship journey.  It was amazing to see how easy and natural it…

Pacific pride in Aotearoa

As a child of Pacific heritage growing up in 1980s/90s New Zealand, I can honestly say that a diverse range of Pacific role-models was not obvious or well-known.  High profile role models tended to come from the sporting arena; Michael Jones, Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Peau, Rita Fatialofa, Olo Brown, Ana Noovao, Pat Lam to name a…