Book Club Review: Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World

Written by Kristine Chadwick.

Author: David Epstein Range

Reviewer: Kristine Chadwick

I am not sure if I was more excited about the kedgeree brunch at Ozone or the discussion of the book.  As a specialist generalist, I love the idea that I wasn’t alone and that there was evidence that being a generalist wasn’t a draw back in a world seemingly dominated by specialists.  

While we waited for our brunch to arrive, discussion ensued.  We agreed that one of the best things about being a generalist was it gave us the freedom to collaborate with other disciplines and we could easily communicate across silos. If you do the hard graft, learn all the disciplines, then you’re in a position to ask for what you want, whether it be a promotion or to work on a specific project.

Kiwi Hacks: Top Tips on Currency Exchange

Written by Julia Holmes.

colin watts 8WRRJ4xJeyg unsplash 1This month, Kiwi Hacks investigates what you need to know around currency exchange. Geraldine Collett, Business Development Manager at currency specialist, Halo Financial, offers answers to the most frequently asked questions on making cost-effective international money transfers safely. 

“We get asked these questions time and time again,” says Geraldine, “so we hope you find the team’s answers useful. The British Pound is really strong against the New Zealand Dollar at the moment, so many Halo clients are asking how they can make the most of this to maximise any international payments or currency transfers they are making, whether that’s to family back home in turbulent times, for bills, salaries, school fees, or any other important international money transfers.”

So read on for some top tips...

1. How much difference do exchange rates really make to my money?

The simple answer is a big difference! Current economic events have pushed the Pound up so that interbank rates – the rates at which banks buy and sell currency to each other – are pricing over two NZD to the Pound. This is a dramatic change in exchange rates from even earlier this year and means that in the current market, you will get far more New ZealandDollars for your money if you need to send money back home. Currency markets move all the time, however, in response to a number of global influences, and can easily catch you off guard if you are not aware and prepared.

Review: Book Club Brunch - When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Written by Bronwyn Huband.

Author: Daniel H. Pink

Reviewer: Libby Gordon

The secrets to perfect timing; a big claim! And as a time-poor London dweller this book appealed to me as I, along with the rest of book club, was keen to understand Daniel When Image 2H Pinks theory on how timing might enable us to make the most of the hours in our day through his book “When”. As with all our books some people loved it more than others but the book itself was easy to read and gave the right mix of stories to illustrate points and practical takeaways. What did we each find interesting? Did we learn? And most importantly what changes had we, or did we want to make, as a result of reading this. 


One idea that stood out to all of us unanimously, as we all sat around the table with coffee (or tea) in hand, was the idea of Nappachino. (Well we all thought that naps, whenever, were a good idea!) Nappachino: Drink coffee (or other caffeinated drink), nap for no more than thirty minutes, wake up, caffeine kicks in as your brain is refreshed from your nap, you are ready to take on the world. We were not sure how, however, we could integrate this into day to day working life but working from home days did allow for this!



Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

The NZBWN peer mentoring programme enables network members to get started on their own individual journeys to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and realise their aspirations as well as helping support others on their journeys.

Applications opening soon!

Applications are opening soon for our mentoring groups that will run from September 2021.  You can see the two brilliant programmes and our amazing mentors running the groups below.  If you are interested in participating in a future mentoring group or being a mentor for a group, please complete the expression of interest form.  We use the information gathered in the expression of interest form to help develop the programme to what you are most interested in doing.  We also use this to contact you when applications are opening so that you can be first to apply.   

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Money Mindset with Kiwiroa Marshall: following on from Kiwiroa’s popular masterclass, Learn How to Diversify your Income Streams, Kiwiroa will be leading a peer mentoring group to help you master your money mindset.  See more about Kiwiroa in Our Stories: Kiwiroa Marshall.


 Driving Business with Monique Drummond: Monique will work collectively with the group on the skills required for starting out a business. The programme will be designed in aq way that allows individuals to collaborate with each other, drawing on each business as a case study. See more about Kiwiroa in Our Stories: Monique Drummond.


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We have asked our previous mentees what they want to tell others about the mentoring programme, here’s just some of what they are saying….

“Do it, do it, do it!!! It gives a great way to learn and to support each other.” 

“That it was the group that supported me to finally get the promotion I was looking for

it was great and extremely valuable”

“It is a great idea if you are stuck and unsure of your next move. It helps you think about your career in a new way”

“It was a really good opportunity to set aside time to think about my development and what I'm looking to achieve in my job/life.“

“They are very worthwhile, I will definitely do more”

“This is the best thing you can do for your personal development and your confidence this year.”

“A wonderful opportunity to learn and grow collectively with like minded women about a hugely important topic for both your professional and personal development.”

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“You won't regret it.”

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