Gina Huakau

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Introduction Kia ora, I've just realised I have no photos of me, so here's one with my boy last year at his Birthday. This is my first blog and I'm not entirely comfortable with this medium... As this whakatauki expresses, "Kaore te kumara e whaakii ana tana reka" "The kumara (sweet potatoe) does not say how sweet he is". So, to share a little about 'me'- I have a dual role here at Polytech (both within operations as well as academic) and work with the Kaitohutohu Team for Professor Khyla Russell. I also have interests outside of Polytechnic and run my own company project managing various research contracts (qualitative and quantitative) and for the past two years I've been festival coordinator for Puaka - Matariki Festival (Maori New Year) here in Dunedin. I sit on too many community groups, and I'm trying to retire from being 'busy' but as my whanau keep telling me- 'whateva'... Most of the time I have a sense of humour but I must admit it fails me around 5:30am. Looking forward to becoming more familiar with 'blogging' - and to see how this could be used as a learning tool. Na, Gina