How you can be part of Māori business success

Māori businesses are optimistic. In fact, 70% feel upbeat about their chances of growth in the next three years.

And well they should, with some iwi and trusts tipping into $1 billion worth of assets. Ngāi Tahu, for example, has assets and revenue that compare with top earner Port of Tauranga.

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How to avoid common mistakes at work in Māori Language Week


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Beautiful things can unfurl from small beginnings


He Pākehā ahau, a, kei te ako tonu au i te reo. I’m Pākehā and I’m learning to speak te reo.

I’m very lucky that my workplace has supported me to learn and use te reo Māori. I had a wonderful compliment recently from a Māori coworker about how he appreciated hearing me using the language in our workplace.

Using te reo at work has multiple benefits. Learning and speaking te reo has opened up my understanding of Māori culture. Also it’s an official New Zealand language – and it’s good for your brain to try out new things!

It’s taken a long time for me to become confident enough to try out my reo. Here are some tips for using te reo in Te Wiki o te reo Māori – Māori Language Week

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Hate work so can’t work? We can help

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Feel like screaming at work?

Janine* was having trouble with work. Finding work was a cinch for her: she had good skills and good references, but none of the jobs lasted. A few months after getting work, she’d resign.

At first it seemed that Janine was just having awfully bad luck with jobs. But then, her reasons for leaving started to sound similar – her co-workers at one office were awful and lazy, her boss was unpleasant, she couldn’t get on with a colleague or her whole team was mean.

Janine complained about headaches and nausea before going to work. She started to take sick days and got into fights at meetings. She was angry, and her family was suffering. She hardly ate.

Finally Janine would leave “for my family’s sake, for my health”.

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Psychic predictions for jobs of the future

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As a careers adviser I am expected to be somewhat of a clairvoyant. I get asked to look into the future.

Will there be a job when I graduate? Will salary rates get higher? Will there be a nation of robots in New Zealand by 2018?

There are futurists who get paid to predict the future of work and life and make sound judgements based on trends, economics and metrics.

And there are those who just make predictions willy-nilly, on an inkling, and get it wrong. Flying cars wrong

Well now, I’ve had some spooky inklings, and here are my predictions for jobs in the future:

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You can become a highly paid female CEO

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Sick of boss = man?

The latest CEO pay survey has come out, and it is, as Diane Foreman explained in the NZ Herald, “heartbreaking”.

No women made the pay survey, because no women head the top companies in New Zealand.

If that isn’t sobering enough, it turns out only 38% of small business owners are women What?

So – hey you – you’re bright, you’ve got energy, you’ve got ideas and organisation skills, you’ve got a plan for childcare (if you have children) and you can motivate people – so why aren’t you the boss?

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Want a tech job after university? Enter competitions

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Tech competitions can help get you noticed by employers

Jobs in innovative fields, such as science and technology, are all the rage right now – even the Government is investing $80m in research and development this year Should be a piece of pav to get a job straight out of uni or polytech, right? Well, not so fast, speedster. While there should be more jobs in tech, getting into them is trickier if you don’t have experience.

You’re studying hard out though, so how do you get experience?

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5 ways you can fill that gap in your CV

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The most demanding and emotional employer you will ever have

Having children is not a break in your career, but part of your career path. After all, you’re learning handy skills while dealing with some of the most demanding employers you’ll ever have. Employers in the outside world (those who don’t throw up if they don’t like the drink you made them) want these skills, right? But how do you get them to look past the gap in your CV to hire you? We have some ideas:  Continue Reading ›