Tessa Johnstone



Tessa Johnstone is a recovering cynic, fairweather cyclist, mum of one, and works in media and communications. She took the long way there, working and volunteering for a number of not-for-profits in New Zealand and overseas before she got here.

Tessa Johnstone's posts

Part-Time Perils and How to Overcome Them

There are a lot of great things about working less than 30 hours a week, as more than half a million part-time workers in New Zealand would tell you. After nearly a year as a full-time, first-time mum, it allowed me to transition back into the workforce gently, and now allows me to balance my […]

Avoiding Burnout

Tips on taking care of yourself Doing good can be a tough job sometimes – so if you’re going to avoid burning out, you’ll need to take care of yourself. You might be supporting young people with addictions, former refugees with post-traumatic stress disorder, rehabilitating neglected animals, lobbying for urgent action on poverty or climate […]

Good Sort: Rod Baxter

Rod Baxter is a long-time youth worker who has just landed a job as New Zealand Red Cross’s National Youth Development Advisor. Tessa Johnstone caught up with him just before the move as he reflected on how he’d ended up staying 14 years in one organisation, and what he had learned along the way. Youth […]