A little bit about me….. Tania Lamb

I have successfully completed courses in Career Counseling from the Central Institute of Technology in Wellington and general counseling from Massey University as part of my Human Resources qualification. Whilst I have worked for the Government and in small business, I have also been involved in counseling both in a voluntary and in a paid capacity for the last 24 years. I can definitely say I thrive off challenges and learn the most from my clients.

In my spare time you would probably see me out walking or biking along our fantastic cycle tracks, listening to music on my ipod or lectures I have downloaded off the internet.

Whilst I often have 2 left feet, I love dancing the Tango, reading legal thrillers and trying my hand in interior decoration.


Past Memberships

• Committee member for the Community Arts Council (Palmerston North)

• Student Representative for the Faculty of Education. This was after the merger with Massey University.

• Student Representative of the Graduate Studies Committee and Student Representative for the College of Business at Massey University.


Volunteer Experience

• • I am a strong believer in the value of volunteer work and have had some very rewarding opportunities working in a voluntary capacity. In the first instance this can be seen whilst I was a high school student working at Manawatu Youth Line, as a telephone support worker.

• My 1 year experience working in Ward 1 and 2 at the Palmerston North Public Hospital was invaluable. Whilst doing washing and ironing clothes is not the most enjoyable experiences, meeting the mature patients was very memorable.

• My 7 years involvement as a Studio Minder with Manawatu Access Radio was a fantastic opportunity to develop both my communication skills whilst talking on the radio to listeners and a great opportunity to develop wonderful friendships.

• My further 7 years connection with Manawatu Parentline as a Volunteer Telephone Support Worker and as a member of the Management Group was extremely rewarding. Whilst there were times where I thought we were going around in circles and not making a lot of progress, the various team building and time management skills we developed was absolutely precious. As too were the friendships that flourished.

• The 12 years experience as an elected representative for the Hokowhitu Ward Committee was also invaluable. Whilst our roles were originally voluntary, we were as elected representatives at a later stage paid.

• This local governance role inspired me to stand for the City Council on two occasions. The support and encouragement from my family and friends was phenomenal. During our campaigning it was immensely rewarding meeting various people and listening to what they had to say.

• Campaigning for a place on the City Council was also an excellent opportunity to develop both my impromptu speaking and public speaking skills. These are skills I am always looking to develop.


Present Associations

An avid Toastmaster for Massey Toastmasters (22 years)

A member of the HRINZ (Human Resource Institute of New Zealand)


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