Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua

I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past

This whakataukī acknowledges a Māori perspective of time, where the past, present and future are intertwined. The past is central to and shapes both our present and future identity. From this, we carry our past into our future.

The strength of carrying one’s past into the future is that our ancestors, supporters, beliefs and values are ever present and act as guides as we face life’s challenges.

Health & Wellbeing

We empower individuals to navigate towards a better, healthier and more meaningful life and in managing mild to moderate mental health challenges.

Career & Employment

We work with individuals, organisations & employers to navigate all aspects of career development towards positive, sustainable training & employment solutions.

Youth Pathway

Expert career practitioners help young people make the best decision for their future by combining the latest information on pathway options available after secondary school.

Get to Know Us

Muriel Willem

Muriel has 30+ years experience in the education sector & is passionate about career coaching & development. Specialising in supporting people of all ages & backgrounds making informed decisions about pathways to employment or training.


Ian Pritchard

Ian’s warm and engaging manner promotes an empathetic and mindful approach to supporting clients enjoy a healthy lifestyle, improve their resilience and to address barriers that may limit personal and professional progress.

Alejandra Castañeda

Alejandra’s calm nature and mindful listening complement the client-led wellbeing journey, She starts by finding out where her clients are and explores where they want to be and the changes they wish to make to reach a happier self.

Hear From Our Clients

“It was such a relief to meet with New Focus NZ and put together my CV and covering letters. My CV came out better than I ever thought it could. It helped me recognise my skills and put them onto paper. The end result was being shortlisted for 2 jobs and employed in one! I highly recommend getting professional advice for your CV from New Focus NZ to make sure you understand what you have to offer and get noticed. it’s really worth it.”

“As part of an exit package from my previous employer, I was given the opportunity to meet with New Focus NZ. Within a very short time, I knew how to look for my next job and I was feeling confident about the skills I have to offer employers, I had an action plan and useful leads and I was employed within two weeks.”

“Thanks to New Focus NZ I am now more optimistic and open-minded about my future career journey. They were able to give me advice on potential study options to give me a boost when finding the right career, and what could work well to move this transition along.”

“New Focus NZ provided me with relevant information to form an individualised career plan that worked for my busy lifestyle. I have been qualified as a nurse for over 3 years and couldn’t be happier with my career path.”

“New Focus NZ will meticulously help you figure out what you really want to do and will co-develop a clear plan to help you take steps towards reaching your goals. From there, you will be well on your way to finding meaningful employment that no longer feels like work.”

“I would highly recommend New Focus NZ to anyone making decisions about subject choices at school or at university. Their career coaches are full of knowledge and genuinely want the best for every one of their clients

“New Focus NZ helped me reformat my CV to highlight my strengths and experience instead of highlighting that I’m a fresh graduate. It helped me regain confidence after being rejected so many times. This CV helped me reach the interview stage. Alejandra, the interview coach, then helped me prepare for this interview. The interview went well and I’m now in training!”

“In a few words, after one consultation and a few catch-ups, I got an internship which eventually led me to my favourite organisation doing work that combined both my background in Economics and Environmental Management. That was the easiest, quickest and most fun “job hunt” I’ve experienced.”

“I am lucky to work in a place where I feel valued. It’s better than what I had hoped for. Thank you Alejandra and Muriel for guiding me through the process, your advice and support were invaluable!”

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