Hannah (New Zealand born Cook Island/Nagamese) is co founder/director of No Six, a digital media company based in East Auckland.
What do you do on an average work day?
Get up, check my emails, check in on our No Six group chat (lol typical millennials), then check if we have any clients to meet up with that day. Quote clients, liase with sub contractors, invoicing, taxes, the lot. Every day is different but I handle most of the admin and finance side of the company.
What did you study at school? And after high school?
My strengths in school were English, Business and Music. After school I thought being a lawyer would be the right thing to do, then I tried studying it and realised I was only doing it to look accomplished and I was actually miserable.
After two years of study and a serious reality check I decided to study something I was always interested in, music. I'm currently in my last year of a Bachelor of Music and funnily enough that shift in pathway led me to my now business partners.
Was your study directly related to what you do now?
No, I had no idea I would be co-directing a digital media company... ever.
I've always been passionate about being my own boss but those were pipeline dreams at the time. I'm super excited to be working in the creative sector though.
I never thought it was a viable career option growing up, but with the rise of tech I think there are exciting times ahead for creatives!
What would you like to share with young women who are thinking about their career choices right now?
Hmm...sounds cliché but take your time.
I've spent a lot of time rushing and being busy getting nowhere, so these days I try to slow down any chance I can get.
It's good to re-evaluate and question the purpose behind the things you do. Solo travel helps a lot with this!
What are some of your career highlights so far?
Registering as an official company last year. That was a pretty 'woah, we are totes doing this right now' moment!
Also having No Six being selected as one of the companies to be a part of the first HATCH business accelerator programme with Pacific Business Trust.
I also love that No Six is curating digital content for the world's first Pacific Tech Summit Kiwa Nuanua earlier this year.
Why do you believe engaging in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is important to New Zealand?
I think engaging in technology and having an awareness of the change it will bring is super important for New Zealand.
Regardless of if we want to utilise it or not, technology is already automating many aspects of our lifestyles. You don't have to be a tech wiz or know how to code to be successful in the tech industry (unless that's what youre actually passionate about).
Being a forward thinker and fearless of inevitable change is the first step!
Why is it important to have more women working in STEM?
The cool thing about tech is that it does not discriminate.Tech does not see or experience race, gender or social constructs.
This is the first time in a long time that people of all backgrounds will have the ability to participate on a level playing field, and personally I'd love to see more women championing this space!
Hannah is a co-founder/director of No Six, a digital media company based in East Auckland. She is New Zealand Born Cook Island/Nagamese, you can follow Hannah's personal Vlog or visit the No Six website.
This profile is part of our series of girls and women in STEM.
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