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My greatest strength is building relationships

Niki Schuck


Nō Ingarani, nō Kōtirangi aku tīpuna. I whānau mai i Aotearoa, i Ōtepoti. Kei Waiheke tōku kāinga ināianei. Nā reira me mihi ki a Ngāti Pāoa he mana nō rātou ki taua whenua.

Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi. He kaiwhakahaere whakapā ahau. Ko Niki tōku ingoa.

My ancestors are from England and Scotland. I was born in Aotearoa in Dunedin. Waiheke is my home now. I acknowledge that Ngāti Pāoa has the mana of their land. I am a communications director. My name is Niki.

Phone: +64 21 911 332

Acknowledging that Māori are tangata whenua and being a good Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner are important to me.

At 53, having had no formal education in the true history of Aotearoa, I embarked on a journey to learn more. That journey will be lifelong but in a short time I have become an advocate of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and despite my battle to learn French at school, I have developed a love of learning te reo Māori. I recognise as Ngāti Pākehā that it is a privilege to learn te reo Māori and am thrilled it is now compulsory in our schools. NSPR striving to become B Corp Certified (Dec 2022) was a natural decision given our drive to be a good Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner.

I am a huge supporter of wāhine and I love nothing more than to see them develop and reach their potential. It has been a priority of mine since 2017 to ensure there was a succession plan for NSPR, where other wāhine would benefit. That plan is well and truly underway and Kate Grant (nee Barron) has been a director since 2018 and Rebecca Reid will become one in April 2023. I am heavily invested in the strategic side of the business, a major shareholder and am extremely excited about NSPR’s future.

I understand the true value of doing business with people over a long period of time and the importance of developing strong partnerships. This all starts with whanaungatanga – forming connections with people.

My greatest strength is building relationships. I understand the true value of doing business with people over a long period of time and the importance of developing strong partnerships. PR has taught me the ability to multi-task, be organised and ensure all of the facts and details are accounted for, to remain calm in pressured situations but most importantly, to listen.

With a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Otago University I have strong financial and analytical skills and an appreciation for Speights!

Prior to starting my PR business, I was responsible for all internal and external communications at House of Travel for almost five years and earlier at Westpac where I looked after all strategic PR and establishing a profile in the New Zealand market for the chief executive at the time, Ann Sherry.
In all of my roles there has been a significant amount of risk management advice and strategy required.

Before my switch to communications I held several senior roles in various sectors including sport and recreation, not-for-profit and retail. I also taught accounting, economics and maths at secondary school level and practised accountancy for several years while completing my degree part-time.

I have a Diploma of Secondary School Teaching and am an Associate of the New Zealand Speech Board, qualified to teach public speaking, communication, speech and drama. I was appointed to the board of the Vodafone Warriors in February 2016 and resigned in accordance with the sale of the club in May 2018.

What else you should know about Niki

  • My husband, Ed and I have two adult children Anna and Alex who both live internationally and we miss greatly
  • My nickname is Niki Piki Milo
  • Kei te aroha au i ako te reo Maāori/I love learning te reo Māori
  • Whānau and hoa mā/friends are very important to me
  • Waiheke Island and Wānaka hold special places in my heart
  • I love to travel, Antarctica in 2013 with Ed and my Mum was a dream come true
  • I’m passionate about being healthy and fit, I’m highly competitive and I love to win
  • My favourite colour is kowhai/yellow
  • I’ve never been one to sit back and wait, being proactive is in my blood
  • I am allergic to mushrooms and the result is not pretty!
  • I hate cooking and consequently avoid it as much as possible but I can sew and have made several patchwork quilts
  • I worry about the environment and try to take steps every day to reduce my footprint
  • I have a fear of swimming in the sea but love a challenge so trained and swum from Rangitoto to St Heliers (4.6kms), with no panic attacks, in a time of 1 hour and 28 minutes
  • I love to smile and to laugh out loud is even better
  • The garden is my happy place, my latest project is a glasshouse

I love being me which is a good thing because everyone else is taken