Sign of the times

Boy does time fly… It’s been over a month since my last post and so much has happened in that time! To cut a long story short, I have transitioned into a new organisation (will blog about this soon) and have had little time to write, but thankfully I had the urge and desire to…

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?!

The path to authority is through service

O le ala i le pule o le tautua.  The path to authority is through service.  I absolutely love this quote, shared by the über-talented John Belford-Lelaulu at a schools event today.  John was there to inspire year 12 Pasifika students from across Auckland, but he also captivated teachers and other staff who were in…

I ♥ Humans of South Auckland

JOY.  Finding out you are expecting your own baby after years of fostering children. SORROW.  Wishing you spent more time with your dad before he passed away. RESILIENCE.  Coping with teasing and taunts, and turning them into poetic ambition. URGENCY.  Making every previous moment count with a sickly child. PRIDE.  Embracing your faith and empowering…

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…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

Life is precious

Wow.  Only one month into 2018 and it’s already felt like a period of learning and introspection. January was full of the usual summer frivolity; beach, sun, eating copious amounts of watermelon, and contemplating whether or not to switch on the air-conditioning. But then a couple of things happened that made me step back and…

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…