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 are now closed for the current round

Applications have closed for our mentoring groups that will run May to July 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.   

Coming up later this year ....

Kiwiroa Marshall

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.


Complete your expression of interest now


Current Group: Skills for Career Success in 2021 

The skills for career success group is a mentoring programme that will help you understand your core values, strengths, personal brand and your career plan, and build on your self confidence and resilience to set you up for career success.  

Over six 2 hour sessions you will work with your mentor and the group to help you get clarity on where you are in your career and your career strategy going forward.  

Group running May to July 2021.

Your mentor: Jan Kirkpatrick

A founder member of the NZBWN, Jan is a career coach, following a career spanning recruitment, consulting and IT, having worked at Diageo, BP and EY and set up and run her recruitment business for ten + years. Having completed an advanced diploma and accredited in cognitive behavioural coaching, currently studying positive psychology, Jan coaches people and organisations where performance, sustainable and successful careers are on the agenda. She coaches for career development and role transition, performance improvement, stress management, health and wellbeing

Current Group: Career Self Care - from bleh to positive and confident 

We all hit points in our career when we feel a bit bleh and uninspired. Like our mojo has gone and we’re now sure how to get it back. It’s easy to feel trapped when you might not be in a position to leave your role or maybe you’re in the perfect organisation, it’s just that you’ve lost sight of your purpose and meaning.

Over 8 lunchtime sessions you will work with your mentor and 5 other women in a fun, supportive and challenging environment. Collectively we will help each other explore the feeling of bleh, how it’s holding you back and work on small steps that will help you emerge feeling confident and positive.

Your mentor Jude, will be working with the themes and challenges of the group as they emerge so there are no set exercises you will be working on although she will make suggestions. Sessions 2-7 will focus on 3 women, so you will get 3 opportunities to specifically focus on your bleh. You will all get space in session 1 and 8 and the rest of the time you’ll be helping the others in the group.

Group running May to July 2021.

Your mentor: Jude Sclater 

Most people already have everything they need to thrive in their jobs, achieve their goals, and improve their performance – they just don’t know how to access it yet. Jude’s role is to create an environment where people can change the conversations they’re having with themselves and the people around them.

 When Jude works with people who feel stuck, frustrated, and resigned, it’s incredible to see how much can change through a single conversation. They begin to see things differently. They understand how much influence they have. They gain confidence. And the knock-on effects are huge – increased self-awareness to better interactions with others.

 Jude combines an antipodean attitude with over a decade of experience living and working in the UK. After nine years coaching internally at Deloitte here in London, I set out as an independent coach in 2019 with a mission to help individuals and teams thrive.

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.”

“Don't hesitate!”

“You won't regret it.”

Any queries, please contact the NZBWN mentoring team

International Women’s Day: Women inspiring women

Written by Sophie Silver.

With a fantastic panel, MC and audience of bubbling Kiwi women it was no surprise our IWD event at New Zealand House was filled with laughter, friendship and inspiration.

Organised by the New Zealand Business Womens Network and KEA, it was wonderful to have Bronwen Horton (founder NZBWN) and Laura Young (KEA NZ Advisor) to welcome us all at this year’s event.IWD main

Victoria Macdonald from Channel 4 was our incredible MC who guided the discussion throughout the night as we navigated the theme #Eachforequal, the trending sign suggested as a possible alternative to handshakes in this current climate. Our panelists: Rachel Carrell, Alison Wallace, Emma Rigby, Rebecca Smith and Lizzie Gurr discussed some of the many topics of this year’s IWD and ended the night by responding to some great audience questions.

One of the first discussions of the night was around the power of the Kiwi ‘number eight wire’ mentality, defined as a cliche but as a true cliche. It is something inherent to our upbringing; to see a problem and our gut reaction being to fix it.

A Guide to NZ Businesses in London

Written by Bronwen Horton.

Map illustration v01This map of predominately food and coffee related Kiwi businesses was created for our 10th birthday celebrations on 10 June 2019 as a thank you to our wonderful supporters and to help spread the word on how to find them. 
Please feel free to download it for free and go out and support them with typical Kiwi gusto. Please don't forget to mention you heard about them through NZBWN and leave them a positive review too!
 Download Our Free Map

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