One of my staff, Katherine, started as a cadet 6 or 7 years ago, fresh out of school. As part of the Cadetship we put her through a library qualification with Open Polytechnic. She’s now Hawera Assistant Librarian – Digital Services, and is on the Kotuku Emerging Leaders program. So quite a step up from the teenager who first started with us.

Katherine has a flair for design and is great with InDesign, making all our posters, holiday booklets and so on. Today she has completed a piece of work that I’m really proud of her for doing, and with very little input from anyone. It’ll be seen by a lot of people and looks amazing. It’s great to see her growing as a person, and achieving in her chosen profession. Watching staff develop is just so rewarding!

Photo by CATHERINE GROENESTEIN for the Taranaki Daily News, 2016.