Profile: Helen Alice, Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust


After more than 20 years in the social work field in NZ, the UK and Australia, I’ve settled in Tauranga with the Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust. I’ve been there nearly three years and love the role, the people I meet and the chance to do work that is meaningful in our community.

What’s your best life hack?

Always travel with a sarong – they can be used as a skirt, scarf, head cover and a towel; they dry quickly and take up very little room.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Get outside every day and if you never shave your legs you’ll probably never need to.

Tell us about a recent Bay event you have attended?

I recently wandered through the Winter Nights – Winter Lights on the Tauranga Harbour. It was quite magical and great to see families out enjoying themselves between the rain showers. There is always something to do here in Tauranga.

Who has been an inspiration to you at any point in your life? Why have they been an inspiration?

Arihia Bennett – she’s the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She’s a leader who empowers and enables; she leads with genuine humility and she is a strong and wise woman. Oh, and she is a fab dresser too!

Where would you love to visit one day, and why?

I’ve been to so many places around the world but have never been to a live volcano – so I’d love to visit White Island – but on a ‘quiet’ day please.

What is the most pressing issue facing humanity?

Yes, we’re facing a lot of challenges, however, there are people who care about protecting the world’s resources; there are young leaders who want to be of service to others and there are creative minds coming up with ways we can be more connected to each other in our communities. There is so much to be hopeful for. Each of us can make a difference and it starts in our own neighbourhood.

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