5 minutes with our team: Liz Harrex

Behind the scenes at The Parenting Place is a team of fantastic, passionate, fun (quirky) people. We wanted to introduce you to some of these family-loving people across our various departments. Meet one of our amazing Attitude presenters, Liz Harrex.

What do you do at The Parenting Place?

I am an Attitude presenter. I speak in schools all over New Zealand about all the ‘fun’ stuff – break-ups, STIs, and the terrors of technology. Just kidding. Not really. I do talk about that stuff but I also talk about real fun things like friendships, relationships and how your parents really want to be like you.

How long have you worked here?

2 years 2 months 27 days

What is your nickname at work? And why?

I don’t think I have a nickname – or maybe I do but I just don’t know about it. I do have the loudest laugh in the office – it’s a mix between a kookaburra and a hyena – so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Tell us a bit about your family.

Currently my family is made up of my mum, my dad, my sister, her husband, my nephew and my almost-soon-to-be-cannot-wait-for-him-to-be-upgraded-to-my-husband, Mat. He’s a really lucky guy.

What is the best thing about being engaged?

Getting asked, “When are you getting married? So when’s the date? Are you guys getting married soon? Am I going to get invited to your wedding?” every single day.

Tell us the funniest joke you know.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting cow.

What is your favourite Attitude ‘line’ and why?

“Are the choices you’re making today helping you become the person you want to be?” I think too often we think we don’t have control over our situations and it’s exciting to let young people know that where their story ends up is up to them.

Two truths and a lie about yourself. Go.

I learned the trumpet growing up.
I had a cat named Milo.
I have been to Antarctica.

Attitude – equipping young people with life skills

Attitude – the youth education division of The Parenting Place – is dedicated to equipping teenagers with the information and skills they need to negotiate the adolescent years and build meaningful lives. To find out more, click here.