Regional Business Partners announcement

I am really excited to announce that I’m now a regional business partner! 

‘The Government has allocated additional funding to the Regional Business Partner Network to support New Zealand businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund available through the RBP Network was limited and had been targeted at businesses seeking initial advice during Alert Levels 4-3. The current level of demand has met the allocation available.’ 

I’ve agreed to join and am offering my services throughout New Zealand of social media marketing advising. If you’re a New Zealand business that offers services I strongly recommend you become a provider and if you need help to join now.

Click here to join

BORED AF in iso? Cure your boredom with some virtual fun.

By now its getting a little boring for you staying at home doing nothing, twiddling your thumbs. Over Netflix binging, why not have some fun? Here are some of the virtual things I’ve done…

Live stream a beach or hills in Hawke’s Bay
Just because your holiday got cancelled at the beach doesn’t mean you have to miss waking up and watching the beach with the waves and all its beautiful facets. Watch the crashing waves and the rugged hills, beam of sunshine with sunrises, sunsets and admire the breathtaking views. Tune in here to see the Taylor Broadband cameras

Tukituki Valley
Tukituki Valley

Join a Harry Potter-esque potion making class

Harry Potter mad? Hogwarts Is Here is an online social network created by fans who are now hosting live Harry Potter-esque classes. You sign up, choose your house and enrol in classes such as Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Astronomy, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Herbology. Magic!

Become a champagne expert

If you have always wanted to become an expert in Champagne now is your chance. The Comité Champagne, the organisation that represents all Champagne houses globally, has launched its brand new online learning course, the MOOC, for wine enthusiasts, students & even sommeliers. Covering the Champagne making process, the terroir, economics, 300 year history of Champagne and crucially, tasting. Yussss. To sign up, visit www.champagne-mooc.com.

To enhance the learning experience further, The Comité Champagne has a unique 360 VR tour of the region which has recently listed UNESCO World Heritage Site (available in 3D using VR headset) that you can access via app or on your desktop so you don’t even need to stress about that cancelled trip. To virtually visit, https://360.champagne.fr/

Learn some life skills from your favourite celebrities
Join Masterclass, Dubbed the “best educational investment” you can make, it is a hub of online courses taught by experts and celebrities in any given field. In short, your favourite celebrities are finally there, on-tap, to teach you how to be good at what they do. You can learn singing from Christina Aguilera or the art of producing and beat making by early 2000’s legend Timbaland or learn makeup with the BOBBI BROWN or cooking with F#$king Gordon Ramsay.

Gordon Ramsay on Masterclass

Join a virtual ‘day out’

‘Let’s Day In’ to all APPLE IOS users with an array of events that will be available to them to do – and all virtually. You can enjoy live cooking demonstrations, virtual parties, art classes, workout sessions led by trainers, themed online meetups etc. The events will be free-of-charge to the public, but all users will have the option to donate £1.00 ($2 NZD) to the World Health Organisation to help them find a cure for COVID-19 with their COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Direct from your bed to the runway to Instagram.

The new #stayathome fashion fare, appears to be strapping a pillow onto yourself with a belt, with the hashtag #quarantinepillowchallenge.

The common trend is to have a minimal background or fun background and have some fun!

But before you ask where did this all begin, It may have started with old Victor & Rolf couture which has been doing the rounds on the meme circuit online..


Here are some of my favourites, 

Chic favourites..

Very chic


The red pillow with red shoes in an old villa 


Matching eye mask and pillow case..


A sparkly number 


And the funny ones

This dude made me laugh


Very arty


Yusss! You got sass!


When scrolling through its a big hit in Russia and USA.. wonder when its coming to New Zealand?

We’re off on a bear hunt!

A nationwide teddy bear hunt is helping keep New Zealand’s children occupied during the country’s month-long coronavirus lockdown, with tens of thousands of homes taking part, including the prime minister.

NOW.. the bear hunt has gone global…

BUT There’s some new teddy bears in town.. People have taken the bear hunt to new levels. 

Here are some of my favourites..

I call this ‘show your bears off in your front yard doing what you should be doing.’

This couple in UK, have their Beary friends Ted and Ed doing chores. They even welcome suggestions but they don’t promise anything! 

‘Ted overload

This dude in Wellington, New Zealand put over 100 + bears on display in his front yard.. in my opinion looks like 1000. 


‘A different teddy’

One woman misunderstood her husband and put her lingerie teddy on display. 


Taranaki farmers show the farming community how its done. 

Farmer Bruce Nickel made a Teddy out of hay bales.  This led to a few other farmers following suit. 

Taranaki farmers
Source: Federated Farmers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/153539722208/posts/10157941229927209/

Another Taranaki farmer made a cow with hay bales and dressed it up in St Patrick’s attire. 

Haybale cow

Zoom calling etiquette 101

NOTE: Before you begin reading this, there is no offence to any Karen made. I feel sorry for the Karen folk of the world being shamed on the internet right now.

I feel like I should have a Diploma in Zoom. The majority of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand for that matter seem to be using Zoom. After having Zoom calls virtually hourly (see what I did there) 😉 I should be awarded a participation award already. I’ve discovered that there is an etiquette to zoom calls.

NOW… You must think it’s highly petty of me to think this but when you sit online for 18 hours a day on a computer / device. With lots of previous experience, you find yourself getting quite anal on these things, called video calls.

Zoom US stock shares have gone up since last week. Wonder why?

Etiquette to these calls is as follows.

what not to wear or do (great stock image)
what not to wear or do (great stock image)


1. Don’t dress to impress, as my nana use to say no boobs or bums for the camera. The host could be recording 😉 Dress like you’re attending a meeting.

2. Sit up and shut up. Sit properly.

3. Make sure your waitress or waiter, supplies you with that hot or cold beverage before the call.

4. Lighting needs to be on point, and the top tip is to have a minimal, non-distracting and dull background. We don’t want to watch what your husband Jim is up to in regards to preparing for your date night.

5. In prep, For just at least 40 mins switch your god damn ringtone off, CARLA hates hearing it in the office. She will go nuts in a zoom call. Make sure all your annoying notifications are off as they’re So distracting.

6. Make sure your desktop is looking mint so that if screen sharing your NWS content is not on display.

7. Be there before the meeting starts as you’ll look like an idiot if you show up late. You’ll be known for being a leper.

8. Gentleman folk, have a brush, shower and shave, sorry I excluded the other S word before shower. You don’t want to look like Nigel in my last Zoom meeting who had an orange and got it stuck in his molars.

9. Align the zoo, make sure your cat or dog or rabbit even is not going to make a guest appearance.

10. Don’t have the following on display: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and teddy bears. You don’t want to look like a hoarder and the bear hunt isn’t happening on this zoom call, unfortunately.

11. Have an agenda, that way it’s a quick in and out, and it might save you having to upgrade to the business plan so you can get away with a free 40-minute account.

That banana though!

That banana though!

12. Make sure you’ve eaten the banana before the call rather than afterwards. Don’t eat on a call.

13. When positioning your camera, particularly with us, ladies don’t have your cleavage on display as that is distracting for the male folk.


14. Firstly, when the meeting starts to TELL your guests that you’re recording as nobody likes to drop a bombshell.

15. If you’re the host, make sure that if Alyssa from Marketing knows Alana from Distribution Management as it could get quite awkward in the team zoom meeting.

16. Anticipate bad connections and internet drop-offs and audio malfunctions it’s bound to happen. Just be patient.

17. Mute the microphone, when Henry is talking; we want to see Henry’s face not your camera because you can’t sit still and keep moving your chair.

run run run!
run run run!

18. Do not change the background. Please, Ken, stop changing the virtual background to when you’re in a Jurassic park scene. TWIT!

19. If you want to speak but your hand up, so people know you want to talk and won’t interrupt.

20. STAY in one spot, if you need to excuse yourself then do so politely.

21. If you’re talking, talk to the other people not by looking at yourself. There are these things called mirrors.

Attention spam graph

22. Stick to the meeting. Meaning do not check your Facebook or emails. FOCUS. Control your attention span. Edward can wait till after the meeting for that naughty selfie. Also, another reason why I pointed out, turning off notifications. (as mentioned in number 4)


23. If you’re the host stick around until everyone has left so that people leave at their own pace and when they want and if they have lingering questions like, “CAN I GO BACK TO WORKING AT THE OFFICE” (obviously your answer is going to be ‘NO STAY HOME’ can be answered privately. A host leaving the party first is like bailing on your own party. LOL AWKS

24. Reward yourself with a beverage for completing your work related video call.

25. If you’re the host abide by numbers 1-24. You need to lead by example.

My queue position at 11: 34 AM
My queue position at 11: 34 AM

Also, if you try to connect to ZOOM support, I was today on number 354 of my question and am still waiting for my question to be answered almost 12 hours later. Have fun getting support! Talk to your local excellent IT company for help. BOOM! Shout out to HB Technologies.



  1. Dress professional.
  2. sit properly.
  3. beverages need to be sorted before the call.
  4. appropriate lighting.
  5. switch notifications off.
  6. have a clean/sorted desktop, prior to screensharing.
  7. remove pets from all calls.
  8. be mindful of your environment.
  9. have a clear and crisp agenda. 
  10. do not eat on a call.
  11. position your camera on a professional angle.
  12. Be punctual
  13. Have a groom first.


  1. Inform your guests you’re recording before the call.
  2. Introduce guests if needed.
  3. Anticipate bad internet connections and audio malfunctions.
  4. Mute your microphone when you’re not talking.
  5. Do not change your virtual background.
  6. Don’t interrupt people. (If needed raise your hand before speaking.)
  7. Sit in one position.
  8. Look at the people rather than yourself in the camera.
  9. Focus your attention span on the call.


  1. If you’re hosting the call wait until everyone has left.