What do you find inspiring about living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara|Wellington?
What art is exciting you at the moment?
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What music are you listening to currently?
You recently published a book with your Mum! How exciting! Tell us about the book!
Yes! So exciting! My lovely mum began a Social Enterprise in 2008 providing services dedicated to health and wellbeing. Her team teaches everything from puberty education, to body image, to safe relationships and consent across over 200 schools in New Zealand. From a young age, I was helping create resources for these school programmes and as I got older I contributed more and more. Mum was eventually tapped on the shoulder and asked to put her wonderful programmes in one place for parents - a book! She approached me and my siblings for advice and of course, I couldn't help but get more involved. It naturally evolved into a co-authorship.
The book is aimed at parents who are wanting to stay on the same page as their teens. We felt that if parents had some tools for good communication, as well as up-to-date information and insights into hot button issues, they were going to be able to stay engaged and involved. Ultimately, it's about building a safe and judgment-free space for young people to be able to grow their resiliency, stay curious and build healthy relationships. Our book is full of tips, tricks, and conversation starters to help you out! You can get a copy here!
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I have always loved to write. I would often get my laptop out and just go for it. I think both mum and I were a little unprepared for what it took to actually pull a whole book together. Mum found her strength through researching and gathering information that was relevant, up-to-date, and Australasian where possible. I found mine through structure. Through a few trials and errors, we landed on slicing the book into juicy chapters covering topics that most teens are dealing with. Each chapter begins with an overview before diving deeper into the main issues. We wrap it up with some ideas on how to have the conversation, complete with conversation starters and further resources and/or activities to explore together.
What has been your biggest revelation/lesson of the last year?
To trust my gut! Sometimes you don't need a reason other then my body says no and I trust myself.