Kia ora koutou, e te Iwi.   I’m Karen, a Professional Coach Confidant now based in Taranaki, New Zealand.   Ko Whakapuanake te maunga.  Ko Wairoa te awa.  Ko Takitimu te waka.  Ko Ngati Kahungunu te iwi.  a

Why coaching?

Having navigated more than a fair share of life’s ups and downs, I’ve earnt a black belt in All Terrain Survival.  Deeply I know that the tough stuff in life can be a doorway to our most powerful growth.  I’ve learnt to see in the dark and now, post-Covid, being right in close with leaders committed to building a more just, caring and prosperous society is my sole focus.  I’m all about my impact amplifying your impact.

What professional experience do you have?

  • 25 years’ experience as a professional coach and facilitator in the Corporate dojo.  I’ve  helped a wide range of leaders cut through and get some big stuff sorted for New Zealand.   I developed strong repeat business and a national reputation in my field.
  • Closer to home I’ve coached teams in every corner of the country – from marae kitchens, school board meetings, timber yards, farming businesses, universities, science organisations, local councils to community project groups.
  • Iwi-side I have supported a range of whānau, hapu and iwi collectives and businesses to shape and command their futures.
  • Prior to all that I was a successful primary school teacher who promoted quickly and went on train school principals, teachers and boards of trustees across New Zealand.
  • I bring elements of Te Ao Maori and bicultural lens – modern New Zealand life requires no less.
  • Most of my working life has been in New Zealand but I have also had the privilege of supporting businesses, communities and education systems in fourteen other countries.

What training and qualifications do you have?

  • I have trained as a professional coach, supervisor and primary school teacher
  • I have training in a range of team and personality assessment tools and in Non-Violent Communication
  • I hold a Bachelor of Education and Advanced Diploma in Teaching
  • I am currently training in a range of relaxation and well-being therapies.
Kapai you! I love your work. If you are looking for coaching I am happy to recommend Karen. I have known and worked with her for over 30 years.
Karen Clarke, The Talk Shop, Coach, Leadership support, Coaching, Professional support, The Talk Shop NZ
Dr Kathie Irwin
Hope Brokers, Chief Advisor Maori Office of Children's Commissioner