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How have Kiwi kids perceived their parents working from home over lockdown?

By May 14, 2020 No Comments

With New Zealand now in Level 2, many parents are returning to employment in their normal place of work. After many weeks of sharing the kitchen table with the children in their house, NSPR took this unique opportunity to see what their children think they do all day.

NSPR approached some of their clients, and a handful of people working in media, with the option of either submitting written answers or videoing the answers to set questions.

And the results? Read below and watch the video at the end!

Jase Reeves – Host of Coast Breakfast – with Jase, Tony and Sam
Max, 7
Olly, 4

What do I do for a job?
Max: Talk on Coast

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Olly: Talk on your phone and look at it

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job?
Max: Talking and playing songs
Olly: Laughing on the radio coz it makes me laugh too

Any advice on what I could do better?
Max: Help more people who listen to the radio. You should talk to them more because some of them might be lonely
Olly: Come home faster so we can play with you

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
Olly: You talk to us and put us on the radio sometimes
Max: We get to come to the studio and talk on your radio show

Would you like to do what I do when you grow up/when you are older?
Max: NO! I want to be a scientist!
Olly: NO! I want to be a fireman or a superhero

Miri Alexander – Premium Content Editor NZ Herald
Harry French, 7

What do I do for a job?
Journalist at the New Zealand Herald.

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Normally starts quite early with a meeting to talk about the news. Lots of meetings all day. And lots of talking about Covid. I don’t know everything that you do because you ask me to go into another room sometimes or you go into another room sometimes.

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job?
Typing very fast.

Any advice on what I could do better?
Don’t sit at the computer for so long.

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
Well I love being on a computer and typing but I don’t get to do it much, but you do so you’re lucky.

Would you like to do what I do when you grow up/when you are older?
No. I’ve got better options, like sport.

 

Graham Ritchie – CEO Rutherford (Management Consulting)
Scarlett Ritchie 14 (going on 24)

What do I do for a job?
Help businesses with good advice

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Work to pay bills, have lots of calls, walk the dog and get up at 5am

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job
– meetings
– presenting
– power point (!)
– words – verbalising what I’m going to do
– people – directing them
– coming up with ideas

Any advice on what I could do better?
Get more young people’s opinions – teenagers know a lot more than you realise

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
Get to meet new people
Have good colleagues
Get to travel
Work with a variety of people and companies

Would you like to do what I do when you you are older?
It’s something I would consider, but not really my dream job personally…not my kind of job. My dream job is in bio-tech or a veterinary

 

Nadia Tolich – Head of Content Development NZME
Violet, 6
George, 5

What do I do for a job?
Violet: You work in the city making the news for the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB
George: Make newspapers and talk on the phone

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Violet: Work! And you’ve been on lots of phone calls and zoom meetings

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job?
Violet: Talking about the news and making the news.

Any advice on what I could do better?
Violet: Work less!

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
Violet: It makes you happy

Would you like to do what I do when you grow up/when you are older?
Violet: No. I am going to be a singer.
George: No. I want to be like Daddy

 

Pablo Kraus – Managing Director ecostore
Lucien 7
Claudia 5

What do I do for a job?
Claudia: You make ecostore products.
Lucien: Products that are good for people

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Lucien: You work lots.
Claudia: Lots of phone calls and meetings

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job?
Lucien: Being an artist.
Claudia: Making the ecostore products that you make

Any advice on what I could do better?
Lucien: You could make the products even better, so they help people more.
Claudia: Make them smell nice and stuff. Sell stuff, sell your products better

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
Claudia: The best thing is being able to make good products

Would you like to do what I do when you grow up/when you are older?
Claudia: Nah, I wanna be a horse rider
Lucien: I wanna be an architect

 

Brent Thomas – Commercial Planning Director House of Travel

Nick, 26

What do I do for a job?
Unsure of the title as the media seem to like to rebrand you to everything from CEO to Director but it appears you partake in anything that requires an opinion.

Having seen me work from home this past month, what do you think I mostly do all day?
Talk on the phone all day and replying to emails all night.

What do you think I am good at when it comes to my job?
Talking on the phone and reading lease agreements to the most minute detail. Probably the only person outside of in-house legal counsel who gets excited about a lease clause.

Any advice on what I could do better?
Chill out on the keyboard. I am unsure what vendetta you have against your keyboard but please know that keyboard is well and truly dead by now.

What do you think is the best thing about my job?
 I think you get Sunday between 1am and 4am off…

Would you like to do what I do when you grow up/when you are older?
Maybe not, I think I would rather take holidays than organise them.