From beauty therapist to Crown prosecutor
It was a lifelong love of criminal pathology books that sparked Nicola Pointer’s passion for criminal law. But it wasn’t until she was 30, with two young kids, that she admitted she was bored. At the time Pointer worked in her own beauty salon and lectured at a Christchurch beauty school. Surely, she thought, there’s more to life than this?
Thirteen years on, she is a Christchurch-based Crown prosecutor, juggling work and family. She has two teenagers, Ben, 19; and Olivia, 17, with Julian, her software engineer husband.
Although supported by friends and family, at times she felt judged. She recalls a particular incident at one of her husband’s work dinners.
From lawyer to beauty start-up owner
Chew, a first-generation Chinese-New Zealander, was born in Whakatane and grew up in Kawerau with her two brothers, a GP father and a mother who was a nurse at the family practice.
It was also the start of Chew learning how to repackage her life. She travelled between contracts, to every continent bar one (Antarctica), and indulged her passion for surfing and snowboarding.
Unknowingly, Chew had been gathering ideas and ethical concepts that would later form the philosophy behind Lacues.
The Lacues Debutante Range was launched in 2015 containing a ‘secret weapon’: kakadu plum extract, a native Australian, vitamin C-rich plant sourced from a Northern Territory aboriginal tribe.
From high-flying marketer to Pilates studio
Gordon was one of the school’s few students to gain a degree, completing an economics course at London University in 1990. She worked three part-time jobs throughout, which meant giving up weekend sport, and almost pulled out of studying after the first year.
In 2003, with no clue as to ‘what next’, Gordon quit her job and began to focus on her health, attending weekly classes at Suna Pilates. Soon after, owner Cleland asked her for business advice and the plates of Gordon’s world began to shift. She was feeling happier and healthier than she had done in years – her back and neck pain and headaches had disappeared, and she was enjoying returning to her love of fitness.
Gordon’s biggest mind shift is in the way she thinks about success. Where once she defined success by the amount she was paid and the number of staff she had, she now believes it’s more about being happy and doing something that makes people feel good.
From property marketer to bridalwear designer
Her mother had a dressmaking shop and Yeung remembers watching her pin hems and drape fabric, and the smiles of delight on clients’ faces. It was this “beautiful process” that stayed with her through her most difficult days in property. Yeung began sewing at eight – her mother taught her everything she knows – and always had a passion for beautiful fabrics.
Owning a business has its challenges and Yeung has had to learn how to manage staff (she has three full-time staff and several contractors in Auckland, and an atelier in Hong Kong) and how to deal with international supply contracts.