We caught with Roz Henry from Co-operative Business New Zealand to find out what she loves most about working and living in Newmarket…
N. Why do you love working in Newmarket?
I’ve recently moved into Newmarket so it’s become my village where I get to ‘live, work, play’! It’s really changed over the years; It feels a lot more cohesive. The different food options and new development has brought more residents and businesses into the area. I get to walk to work and love having easy access to the train and bus services.
N. What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone look at starting out in your career?
Get a variety of experience. Having a range of roles across multiple organisations/sectors allows you to gain a diverse range of skills and knowledge to tap into.
N. What would you do if you weren’t in your current role?
Probably something in the creative sector. I love architecture and interior design. It’s amazing how you can create spaces with a completely different feel by moving furniture around and adding a few additional touches at minimal expense. Living in Newmarket with its amazing range of interior design stores allows me to have a dabble!
N. Name your top three favourite songs:
I love music. My kids tell me I’m a terrible singer but I still turn up the radio and belt out a song. Growing up as a teen of the 80’s, U2 is still up there with One Tree Hill, James Blunt – 1963, or Cold Play…
N. What was your first job?
My first paid job was at Foodtown in Meadowbank, packing groceries.
N. What motivates you?
My kids. Realising life is precious and to enjoy every moment. Daily exercise.
N. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Auckland. I know it sounds cliché, but I’ve been privileged to live and travel around the world; here, everything is close at hand. Mountains, water sports, Waiheke, waterfront, food…
N. Where is your favourite place for a coffee or a drink in Newmarket?
Bambina does a great coffee! After work, White + Wong’s!
N. Describe Newmarket in 3 words
Diverse, current and buzzing.
N. What do you wish you had known before you started your career?
Don’t be scared to give anything a go! Every experience adds to your ability to get to your pinnacle (including the bad ones) … Oh, and make a career plan!
N. How do you start each morning?
Take the dog for a walk up one of our local mountains, grab a coffee, wake up the kids, make lunches, get them out the door to school and then walk to work!! The car hardly goes out…
N. What is your favourite holiday destination?
I grew up in Singapore so water, boats, sun, sand, food, adventure and friendly people. Fiji and Bali are great fun for all the family. Or skiing the slopes of Queenstown.
N. Name one item you can’t live without?
My phone – keeps me in touch with the kids, diary, camera, email, contacts… who remembers anyone’s phone numbers these days?
N. What is Newmarket’s best kept secret?
Best Ugly Bagels tucked away down Osborne Lane.
N. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Be yourself and trust your instincts!
N. What do you think would be your greatest achievement?
Being a hands on Mum to 3 children, while continuing to build a career. It’s bloody hard! I’ve been lucky having a great group of friends and family around. You never feel you’re doing anything justice, but so far the kids are doing great!
N. It’s 10am on a Saturday morning, what are you doing?
It just happens to be Saturday morning and I’m on my way to Waiheke… Palm Beach and vineyards calling! It’s the school holidays though… On a normal Saturday, on the sideline of a sport fixture, coffee in hand.
N. Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why?
Probably my Godmother. She’s always been a rock for me.
N. What is your greatest fear?
Setting a bad example for my kids and looking back over my life wishing I’d done things differently. It’s a work in progress…
N. What do you love most about your job?
Working with NZ leaders who are passionate about creating value for their owners and retaining profits in NZ. I see the co-operative model being an opportunity to create a sustainable future. We need a social conscience.
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