Networks an asset in new role

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Waata Shepherd

From humble beginnings milking cows on the family farm at Whangaparoa, former Gisborne District Police Commander Superintendent Waata Shepherd is extending his career in another field. He talks to Marianne Gillingham . . .

Waata Shepherd has been appointed campus manager at EIT Tairāwhiti, replacing Wayne Spence, who retired this month.

Campus director Jan Mogford said he was selected from a strong pool of about 30 applicants, for his strong leadership skills and his background in financial and resource management.

Waata joined EIT in 2018, after retiring from the Police. He was invited to teach EIT’s services career pathway programme, for young people considering a career in the police, emergency or armed services.

The programme was a huge success, with the first repeat of the six-month course this year fully-subscribed, and places rapidly filling for the next intake in July.

Waata saw it as a way of giving something back to what he says has been a fantastic career path, and also an opportunity to work with promising young people. He found it really inspiring and says he will miss the direct contact with students.

But he believes he can contribute even more at a managerial level, using his networks, particularly in the Maori community, to help extend those of EIT.

Of Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahu descent, Waata Shepherd was born and bred at Whangaparoa (Cape Runaway), the fourth youngest in a family of 12 children. He grew up on the family farm, where the family ran dairy cows and grew their own vegetables, fruit and pork and made their own butter. His mother baked their own bread.

At the time Waata did not realise how hard they worked in those days. Waking up at 5am to milk the cows before heading to school, and returning to milk them again after school, plus attending to the many jobs on the farm, was accepted as just normal farming life.

Reflecting now, that sort of work could be considered hard work, all done manually without any of the technological and mechanical advances present today. But hard work stood them all in good stead. All the children went to boarding school, only two with scholarships; the cream cheques from milking the cows paid for the education that his parents valued.

The girls went to Queen Victoria Māori Girls’ School in Parnell and Waata and his brothers went to Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.

After leaving school Waata joined the Police, rising steadily through the ranks, predominantly in the Criminal Investigation Branch. He started in Rotorua, then was promoted to South Auckland, to Gisborne as a Senior Sergeant in 1992 before being appointed as Area Commander in South Taranaki in 1999. In 2002, he became Area Commander for the Gisborne District.

After leaving Gisborne in 2009, Waata went to Manly, Sydney, to join the Australian Institute of Police Management to deliver leadership programmes for all Australian State Police Services, NZ Police and Police jurisdictions across the Pacific.

He stayed there a year before returning to New Zealand where he was appointed to the rank of Superintendent at Police National Headquarters in Wellington working as the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police working with 21 Police Commissioners across the Pacific with building capacity across their jurisdictions.

After 38 years in the force, Waata says he still misses aspects of the job, especially the camaraderie, but still stays in touch with his many former colleagues.

He likes to keep busy and active, being a self-confessed “gym junkie” when he’s not working or spending time with his family.

Waata and his wife Mereaira have three children and four grandchildren, most of them in Gisborne. He still enjoys going back home to the farm at Whangaparoa, where his sister is principal of Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa.

Thanks to her and his parents’ influence, numerous members of the family, including two of his children and himself, are now involved in the education sector.

Waata takes up his new position early next month, allowing time for the appointment and induction of his replacement.


A large shot of adrenaline inspires EIT tutor

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EIT Te reo Māori tutor Nadine McKinnon enjoying a rest day at Loch Laird during the Alps2Ocean Challenge

The thought of traversing across the South Island on foot might not be everybody’s idea of a holiday in the wilds, but for EIT Te Reo Māori tutor Nadine McKinnon it was nirvana.

Last year she decided to enter this year’s Alps2Ocean adventure race thinking it would give her a goal to keep up her spirits while overcoming an injury.

Despite the fact that her injuries limited the amount of training she could do Nadine managed to run, walk and shuffle, from the base of Mount Cook to Oamaru, a 323 kilometre journey past lakes, over hills and alongside rivers to the Pacific Ocean.

Along the way she learned a new meaning for team work, as she and her running companions encouraged each other through tough times to the finish line.

Day one was a relatively cruisy 50km to warm into the event, with not many climbs. This was almost disappointing for Nadine, who thrives on climbing steep hill country, but the scenery was spectacular. Nadine’s hip started hurting on the flat parts, which at that stage followed rough gravel roads. That afternoon she found her partner’s compression pants in her 16kg pack which helped her to continue the following day.

Day before start- camp site

Each night when they reached their destination, the volunteers had their tents up and their packs waiting. All they had to do for dinner was add hot water to their meals, in Nadine’s case, dehydrated vegetarian ones which was all she could find in Gisborne.

“Some of the others had bought theirs online and they looked delicious.”

Packing her bag had been one of the greatest challenges. Enough food for eight days, plus two sets of clothes and bedding which all had to weigh under 16 kgs.

The second day was 50km from Lake Pukaki to Lake Middleton. They traversed spectacular scenery around Twizel with some local salmon tasting thrown in. The waters of Lake Middleton were inviting for a swim on arrival to camp.

The next stage, from Lake Middleton to Loch Laird was the longest one, covering 86 km and two mountains, one 836 metres high. But they had two days to do this and Nadine did it in 16 hours, which meant she had a day off.

“We got in around midnight but that gave us the next day to rest, swim and wash our clothes.”

The fifth day was Nadine’s favourite and included some more substantial hill climbs.

The Alps to Ocean crew- Mt Cook airport – Day before race day

“It was amazing,” said Nadine, whose favourite activity is scrambling up hills.

“It’s my happy place, “ she says, grinning.

Having grown up near the Blue Mountains in Australia, and Mt Hikurangi being her home maunga, she always feels more comfortable in the hills and mountains, she says.

The following day Nadine’s Achilles tendon had started to play up and one of her other travelling mates had serious blisters, while two others were also starting to show signs of wear.

“We just cruised along together,” she said.

With another 52 kms under their belts, they only had the final day to cover, which was only 28kms, mostly downhill.

“It was a sprint – everyone just took off.”

On finishing, everyone in her group was exhausted but feeling elated.

For Nadine, the whole event was more about finishing than winning and it was also about team work, supporting and encouraging each other.

“It was really cool watching everybody coming in. The last person was so exhausted we all formed a guard of honour.

“I formed so many bonds with so many people – it was incredible.

“And the race director and volunteers were always there, cheering us on – they were there before we got up and after we finished – they were just amazing,” she said.

“It was the best holiday I have ever had!”

The main thing she got from it was learning how to live in the moment to overcome pain and fear of what lay ahead.

“It’s all about staying in the moment and is a great form of meditation.”

My tent mate- Sarah Grimes .

Included in the race were activities such as abseiling, jet boating and a helicopter ride.

On returning home, her partner Porter competed in the Maunga to Moana Challenge in the Waiapu, which is another event that Nadine would like to have a crack at next year, especially as Hikurangi is her maunga.

Her whole mission is to one day become a mountain guide for her people on Mount Hikurangi.

“I enjoyed studying the kōrero from our maunga whilst training for the event and I want to continue this study to share with others.”


Gisborne social workers acknowledge Christchurch at EIT gathering

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Seeking to demonstrate professional unity – some of the social workers and social work students who gathered at EIT this week to mark World Social Workers Day.

Gisborne social workers acknowledged the impact of the tragic Christchurch massacre on the victims and their families at a gathering at EIT this week.

EIT social work lecturer Sarah Elliott said that in coming together to acknowledge their profession for World Social Workers Day, their hearts were going out to the Christchurch community and enormous amount of suffering unleashed there.

She also paid tribute to their Canterbury colleagues, acknowledging the huge workload they faced in the days, weeks and months ahead helping people to work through grief and trauma.

The theme for World Social Work Day was “Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships.”

In the words of Aotearoa NZ Association of social workers president Sally Dalhousie, social workers knew well that connectivity and relationships between people could play a major role in changing the lives of people who had been marginalised, were experiencing isolation.

“We are standing in unity working toward social justice,” Sarah Elliott told the lunch gathering.

The group included EIT social work degree students and social workers from a broad spectrum of Gisborne groups providing social support. They included those working for Hauora Tairāwhiti in areas such as grief counselling, oncology, family violence and child protection. Others worked as social workers in schools, intellectual disability and organisations such as Te Hapara Whānau Aroha Centre and Te Pa Harakeke (Tairāwhiti Children’s Team). Introducing themselves, they all spoke of a passion for working with people, and a desire to make a difference, particularly for those who were vulnerable.

Many of them were past students and later graduates of EIT.

Sarah Elliott told them that as a lecturer, she wanted to inspire the social workers of tomorrow.

At a time of national sorrow, the work and professional practices of social workers was highlighted more than ever.


Hawke’s Bay leaders join forces to keep EIT nimble to local needs

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All the region’s local body leaders have joined together to lobby the Government to ensure that Eastern Institute of Technology remains nimble to meet the skills needs of local employers.

Under the Government’s Review of Vocation Education (ROVE) proposal all 16 of the country’s polytechnics and institutes of technology will be incorporated into one national skills and training entity.

In the joint submission, the five mayors across Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne plus the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council chairman, say they welcome the Government’s recognition that business, industry, iwi and local government need to play an active role in driving the skills development and social outcomes for their communities.

They do, however, have concerns that a highly centralised decision-making entity will not enable the kind of responsiveness needed. “The region’s stakeholders need to be directly involved in co-designing solutions that work for our people rather than having models imposed on us” the submission states.

The leaders believe the proposed new structure needs to support what the region is already doing well, makes sure the transition is well-managed, and that the changes deliver better outcomes for the people of Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.

EIT was a trusted partner, deeply integrated into the various regional development strategies in place for Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti, the submission states. The institute had created new school-industry partnerships, promoted sustainable value-added horticulture and a cutting-edge apiculture sector, strengthened the tourism workforce and local skill development.

Hastings Mayor, Sandra Hazlehurst believes that the region’s buoyant economy needs a skilled workforce “to maximise every opportunity that comes our way”.

“EIT has been flexible and nimble over years to adjust to our community’s needs, and it must retain that autonomy. Our region’s institute has very strong relationships with the business sector, which provides our young people pathways to employment through their training.”

She cited the creation of a Hastings campus set up last year in response to transportation issues for Hastings-based learners.

“We had a problem and EIT came up with the solution – and the campus is almost too small already and it’s only one year. The demand is definitely there.”

Stephen Hensman, chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools’ Principals’ Association and principal of Taradale High School, echoes this call for responsiveness.

“EIT remaining responsive must be first and foremost. It’s important that EIT going forward remains as responsive as it is now.”

Hensman said the success that EIT had shown with its Trades Academy was a case in point. The Academy takes Year 12 and 13 students for work experience in various trades one or two days a week for the full school year.

“This is successful because of EIT staff willingness and ability to constantly review and continually improve what is offered in response to what students and employers need.

“We have more students going on to tertiary study at EIT than any other tertiary study,” he added.

Alex Walker, Mayor of Central Hawke’s Bay says that for the reforms to be effective it was imperative that regions could “shape their own destiny”.

The Government was making significant investments in Hawke’s Bay that aim to strengthen the region’s transport infrastructure, grow priority and high-value industries, and connect people with work, particularly young people not in education, employment or training, she said.

“In Central Hawke’s Bay we have a high proportion of these young people and we need access to EIT’s ear to ensure we can collaborate on how best to train them into the skilled workforce that’s required to capitalise on the Government’s investment.”

The joint submission also notes that within the ROVE proposal there is a commitment to locate the centralised functions of the new system in one or more of the regions.

In response, the Hawke’s Bay leaders state that the Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti regions had the appropriate capabilities to host one or more of these functions. They are looking forward to discussing how they can support the success of the new entity with Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins.

Submissions to the proposal were due by 27 March but the deadline has been extended until 5 April as a consequence of the recent terror attack and the need for ministerial input in related matters.

Members of the public can also make submissions in a variety of ways. More information can be found on


EIT lecturers teaching in China, “Campus is like a city”

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EIT’s Wine & Viticulture lecturers Tim Creagh and Elise Montgomery are currently teaching in China at the University of Jinan, one of EIT’s partner institutions. Tim tells us about the differences between New Zealand and China and about his exciting culinary adventures.

What does Jinan look like?

Jinan is a beautiful city with wonderful contrasts of young and old. There are rivers and lakes that attract thousands of Chinese tourists and an amazing old garden with springs and ancient buildings that have been restored. There are endless shopping malls, markets and restaurants.

How do you get to work?

We live on campus along with 35,000 students, that’s more than the population of Masterton. The campus is about 15 hectares and we have bikes that we get around on. The university is one of ten in the district of Changqing. There are 250,000 students in a ten kilometer radius. Right next to the university is a sub city that is only on a small area of land but contains hundreds of restaurants and shops all targeting the students.

How many hours a week are you teaching?

We teach half days. Elise teaches sensory science in the morning and I teach viticulture in the afternoon. Then Elise prepares her practical sensory class for the next day with the help of postgraduate students.  

Speaking of your students, what could you tell us about them?

The teaching is probably the most difficult part. The degree that the students are studying is principally about brewing and distilling, with the programme tailored to wine and viticulture. Class sizes are approximately 70 to 80 students and because of the language barrier it is hard to engage the students in a meaningful dialogue. Most for the students have not tasted wine previously but there are those students who are interested and that makes it worthwhile.

What are you doing in your spare time?

We love to go sightseeing, shopping and to restaurants. The food is fantastic and inexpensive. There is such a variety of everything. 

Is there anything else that you noticed being special or different?

The climate is so different to New Zealand. The winters are cold and dry. No rainfall. All of the rainfall occurs in summer. Because of the dry winters nothing grows well outside and that means the earth is bare and that creates a lot of dust. And the dust is the problem. What’s more the city of Jinan is surrounded by mountains that concentrate the dust. Add to this the cars and the coal fired power stations and the pollution can be pretty bad. It’s a major issue here and the government has a goal to reduce emissions and improve the air quality. Since arriving the pollution hasn’t been so bad and the weather has been stunning.

What do you enjoy most?

When I get to the university it feels like home. The people are so friendly and the city is very safe. We can walk around anywhere at night with no fear. The programme manager, Professor Cong, is great.  He is a well-travelled wine lover who has excellent English and a wonderful sense of humour.

Any special culinary discoveries?

We have been taken out to some incredible restaurants and eaten some interesting dishes. Jellyfish, bullfrog and cicadas! The beer here is also a highlight. The university has some of the country’s top beer scientists so we get treated to a range of well-crafted brews.


Services Pathway programme fully subscribed – next intake July

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Services Pathway students with tutor Waata Shepherd going through vertical jump exercises which is part of the PAT test (police assessment test) .

An EIT programme for people wanting to join the police, fire service or armed services is fully subscribed, with a waiting list for the next intake in July.

The 19-week, full-time Services Pathway certificate programme is led by former Gisborne District Police Commander, Superintendent Waata Shepherd, who has a strong interest in youth leadership.

The programme covers a full range of pre-entry skills training, including literacy, numeracy, computing, communication and physical fitness. It also covers work-life skills such as presentation, dealing with stress and leadership.

Following the level 3 certificate programme, Mr Shepherd is able to use his professional networks to help arrange work experience for students seeking to apply for a service career.

There are a maximum of 16 positions in each programme. There were 32 applications for the current programme, which started on February 11 and ends on June 19.

 The second programme this year runs from July to November , which most of the remaining applicants are taking up.

Most of the students are school leavers and almost half are women.

Of the 16 students, 12 are interested in a police career, two in the army, one in the navy and one undecided between the police and the army. 

Of the 14 students who completed the programme last semester, most are now going through the recruitment process, which in the police force, can take three months or more.

One is now in the army, another has had his final acceptance for police training and one is nearly in the Fire Service.

Waata Shepherd takes a personal interest into tracing each student’s progress following their graduation, mentoring and supporting them to help them through what can be an extended recruitment process.

After 38 years in the police service, he views it as a way of giving something back to what was for him a fantastic career.


The Māori language is on a roll in this district, if enrolments at EIT are anything to go by.

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Karen Albert (Student Support Advisor) at Te Whatukura

Numbers at EIT’s Te Whatukura School of Māori Studies in Tūranganui a Kiwa and at EIT’s Ruatoria learning centre have reached the point where the institute is having to beef up resources at both centres.

The number of enrolments for part time studies has increased by nearly a third this year, following a similar increase last year.

As well the numbers studying fulltime are also growing steadily, with a big uptake for the new Level 5 Diploma, which is the first part of the three year degree.

Numbers enrolled for evening classes in Tūranganui a Kiwa were so great this year that the class had to be split, said lecturer Maria Wynyard.

“We used to have one evening class a week on Wednesday and now we have them on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” she said.

In Ruatoria the newly-introduced classes in te reo Māori were full. The number of enrolments was growing by the week with people traveling from Te Araroa and Ihungia to Tokomaru Bay to take part.

“Our campus carpark has been full because of it – people are wanting to learn their own language. We have got teachers, mothers and hauora workers, and some older people who grew up in the days when speaking te reo was discouraged.

“These people can listen to it competently but speaking it is a different story,” said Maria.

“Our job is to break down those barriers and they are learning very quickly.”

Maria Wynyard is working with te reo tutor Ngaire Keelan to teach the Ruatoria classes, travelling to Gisborne two days a week to teach on the degree programme at Te Whatukura.

EIT was in the process of recruiting another Māori language tutor to join the existing team of seven.

In Gisborne students taking up te reo Māori studies were largely Pakeha, but included all ethnicities, including Asian and South American.

Some were teachers or Government workers who had taken a year’s sabbatical leave to learn the language.

Lecturers were starting to see students progressing their studies to degree level, including one teacher who was combining her studies with fulltime work.

EIT staff are using modern second language learning technologies, modified by the late Ngoi Pewhairangi – a prominent Māori language and culture educator from Tokomaru Bay – for local use.

“We do everything we can to recruit and retain the most qualified and experienced staff,” says Maria.

“They are achieving faster learning te reo Māori students using New Age methods.”

She believes there has been a shift in many workplaces to embrace te reo as part of their culture, encouraging staff to learn conversational Māori and greetings and use them in every day business.

There has been a similar resurgence in Hawke’s Bay, where EIT has been asked to teach te reo Māori courses for the Hastings District Council.


Esteemed guest Dr Elizabeth Kerekere at EIT Tairāwhiti Campus

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From left to right: Cherie Te Rore (lecturer with Leisa Apanui – Biddle, Diana Matere, Averline Maxwell, Barry Hovell, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, Renata Wawatai, Carol Watson, Kylee Grant and, Caroline Koia. Also present was Fepaki Koka.

Students of the Health and Wellbeing programme (Advanced Support, Level 4). were inspired by a workshop with leading Rainbow rights campaigner Dr Elizabeth Kerekere.

As part of their studies in cultural diversity and collaboration, students were able to hear first-hand about Dr Kerekere’s work in providing leadership for the health and wellbeing of takatāpui and youth throughout the motu (nation).

Her work involves giving speeches, running workshops and training, conducting research, making resources available and mentoring youth leaders.

She spoke to students about the impact of colonisation which suppressed takatāpui identity, and the resultant issues that still impact on takatāpui health and well-being today.

Dr Kerekere also talked about the ways in which takatāpui identity is strengthened, in building resilience and connection.

In 2017Dr Kerekere completed her PhD thesis entitled ‘Part of The Whānau: The Emergence of Takatāpui Identity – He Whāriki Takatāpui’.

Of Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Whānau a Kai, Rongowhakaata and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri descent, Dr Kerekere is an artist, a scholar, and an activist within the LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and more) community. She travels extensively throughout Aotearoa and the world, advocating for takatāpui and Rainbow rights.

Dr Kerekere told students she had more than 25 flights and over 50 speaking engagements booked from now until the end of May this year.

“We were deeply honoured to be the first group in Gisborne to have the benefit of hearing about her life’s work and passion, since she moved home nine years ago,” said health and wellbeing lecturer Cherie Te Rore.

As well as being a scholar, Dr Kerekere is a specialist in strategic planning, policy development and project management and an artist, having her work exhibited internationally.

She is founder and chair of Tīwhanawhana Trust – supporting takatāpui well-being – and sits on the boards of LAGANZ (Rainbow and Lesbian Archives of New Zealand) and the Human Rights Commission.  Among her many community interests, she has been part of the ‘It’s Not OK’ Campaign”.


Supporting students all the way

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Student support advisor Kiri Dickinson

Supporting any EIT students who need help with obstacles to learning is the mission of newly-appointed EIT  student support advisor Kiri Dickinson.

Kiri has joined a team of five whose role is to be there for students, and provide support and advice to help them overcome anything that might stand in the way of their learning success.

This can range from budgeting, keeping up with classes, reading, writing, maths, computer technology involved in studies, to transport, accommodation or a variety of other problems.

Their job is to listen, identify the problems and put students in touch with resources available to help them.

Sometimes what seems like a big problem is easily resolved – other issues may take a team effort working with other agencies who are able to help.

Kiri has a big background in working with students and young people. She has been working in education for 33 years, mainly at a secondary school level but most recently at the Te Karaka Area School which covers all ages from year 1 to year 13.

She is enjoying the friendly environment at EIT where everyone has the common goal of helping the students achieve success in their chosen path.

It has always been her passion to support those who want to learn.

Kiri is no stranger to the EIT environment, having filled a one year maternity vacancy in a sports leadership programme.

She is happy to be back , especially in a support role. She will be working with students in the trades division and those who have Te Toka Scholarships. Those scholarships, provide fees-free study and extra assistance such as acquiring driver licencing to Maori and Pacifica students.  But they come with attendance obligations which Kiri can help students meet.

The student support advisors work closely with library staff, who are able to provide many extra resources to help with all fields of study.

Sometimes tutors let support advisors know if a student is having problems, but students can also come to them directly. For that reason Kiri likes spending time in the classroom getting to know the students.

“I want students to know who we are and what we do,” she said.

Later on, the advisors are also able to help newly qualified students with finding jobs, confidence and interview skills.


EIT is “balancing for better” – not only on International Women’s Day

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On Friday EIT celebrated International Women’s Day. We talked with some of the women in senior roles about what EIT is doing for females to “balance for better”, the theme of this year’s campaign.

With 58 percent of students and 63 percent of staff being female, women are in the majority at EIT. Rather exceptional is the fact, that half of senior positions (heads of schools and executives) are held by women.

With a lot of these women being mothers or even grandmothers, their main concern is to empower women.

“We have a lot of women in responsible positions and we want to foster a family friendly environment. We appreciate that all parents need to prioritise care for their families, says executive director, Jo Blakeley, and that this role often falls to women,” adds Mandy Pentecost, Assistant Head of School of Education, Social Sciences and Vet Nursing.

Working mums at EIT also feel supported. “When my kids were sick, I was able to work from home and my team would understand that,” says team leader Lee Olsen.

“My daughter is a new mum and works at EIT too. She was able to come back part-time. It’s great that we have that flexibility here,” says Diane Friis, manager of the information and learner services.

With EIT having Ōtatāra Children’s Centre on campus, parents (staff and students) are able to have their children close by and well taken care of.

EIT is a breastfeeding friendly campus, however mothers can also take time out in the cultural support room to breastfeed. Students tell us that tutors and lecturers are very understanding and supportive when it comes to challenging situations in regard to juggling both study and family.

Clare Buckley, Head of School of Nursing, however, is trying to attract more men into programmes in her school. “I would like to see more men considering nursing as a career. The profession would need gender balance.”

Nursing, teaching and hair-dressing are not a women only career just as engineering or IT is not only for men. “We have to think about that too when it comes to gender balance,” Clare says.

On top of this women still earn less than men. “The correlation between money and value is skewed. Why should a nurse or a teacher earn less than those in male dominated roles,” says Jo.

Kirsten Westwood, Head of School of Health and Sport Science and mother of three children, is fighting against the gender pay gap. She tries to empower women during recruitment processes. “Women with the same or better qualifications as men, tend to ask for much less money and not for what they are worth.”