Coaching and Facilitation

What do clients say about me?

“Antonia’s warm, honest and bubbly personality provides an excellent foundation”

“Antonia’s warm, honest and bubbly personality provides an excellent foundation to facilitate group discussion on how to build a strong and effective team using a strengths based approach. I highly recommend Antonia and will look for more opportunities to work with her.”

– Danielle McKenzie, Policy Manager, MBIE

“Fantastic facilitator!”

“Fantastic facilitator! Great session with the team on our Gallup strengths and Antonia provided us with some great insights and further food for thought”

– Michael Johnson, Director, PHARMAC

“The lessons learned have been helpful in guiding how I can approach work situations and achieve optimal outcomes.”

“Antonia worked with me to help develop my CliftonStrengths and find practical ways to use them effectively. I found it a very insightful process, learning about my own talents as well as identifying those in others. The lessons learned have been helpful in guiding how I can approach work situations and achieve optimal outcomes. Antonia’s friendliness and enthusiasm ensured the process was enjoyable as well as informative.”

– Dan Mumford, Senior Solicitor, LINZ

“I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach”

“I’ve had some 1:1 coaching sessions with Antonia and would totally recommend her to anyone wanting to learn more about their strengths in the workplace. I now have a much better understanding of the core strengths I bring to my workplace and how to focus these, and also what I need to thrive. Antonia is a wealth of knowledge and such fun to spend time with – I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach”

– Kerry Cole, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Justice

“It’s been a pleasure having Antonia as my coach.”

“It’s been a pleasure having Antonia as my coach. Her energy is uplifting, her style is personable and her skills and expertise are amazing! With Antonia’s guidance I’ve been able to identify my strengths and understand how I’m wired. It’s helped me focus on the skills I want to refine as part of my professional development. I’d highly recommend Antonia if you’re looking for someone who is not only a qualified coach with great insights, but who genuinely cares about your aspirations as a client.”

– Lofi Talimalo, Senior Stakeholder Advisor, MBIE

“Antonia brings fresh insights and enthusiasm to the coaching world of CliftonStrengths”

“Antonia brings fresh insights and enthusiasm to the coaching world of CliftonStrengths, contributing to the global community. Her love of numbers and data enables her to make sense of a situation, then describe the trends in plain English. She is also thoughtful and caring as she inspires others to develop their own strengths. Antonia is a pleasure to work with and a good friend.”

– Richard Sterry, Manager Director, Releasing Strengths

“I would recommend Antonia to anyone seeking help with their career”

“I would recommend Antonia to anyone seeking help with their career or life direction. She has helped me to uncover a new sense of purpose and value, and is a true coach (and friend).”

– Sally Wyatt, Economist, Sapere

“Her sessions are positive and intellectually challenging”

“I have been to a couple of workshops run by Antonia and I have always left impressed. Antonia manages to keep a good pace, makes topics interesting, is well prepared and makes learning fun. The vibe in her sessions are positive and intellectually challenging and I look forward to her next workshop.”

– Paul Edwards, Senior Advisor, MBIE

“I would highly recommend Antonia to any team who is looking to understand their individual and collective strengths”

“Antonia ran a Strengths workshop for my team and I. She worked with me to understand our context, needs and aspirations and then developed a workshop that was fit for our purpose and budget. Antonia has great energy and experience working with diverse groups of people. She had us all feeling comfortable, energized and open to engage within minutes of starting the workshop! I would highly recommend Antonia to any team who is looking to understand their individual and collective strengths and wants to use this knowledge to improve their performance.”

– Linn Araboglos, CEO, Wellington Community Trust

“We have loved working with Antonia”

“We have loved working with Antonia. She is professional and knowledgeable but most importantly takes a genuine interest in you and your development. We had our first team session recently and we all came away feeling super energised and motivated. Highly recommend Antonia as both a personal and team strengths coach.”

– Nicole Howarth, Head of Business Success, Frank Advice

“She is wise, engaging and her enthusiasm and intellect make for many ‘aha’ moments when you work with her”

“Antonia has helped coach my business partner and I to improve the productivity and turnover of our small business. Her tools and advice for small businesses is inspiring, practical and powerful. She is wise, engaging and her enthusiasm and intellect make for many ‘aha’ moments when you work with her.”

– Gilly Buick-Constable, Small business-owner, Burlap & Bright upholstery

“Antonia’s energetic and inclusive style made the findings easy to resonate with”

“I was thrilled to receive strengths coaching as part of a wider team exercise to understand both my own strengths and how to work best with those in my new team. The Gallup model paired with Antonia’s energetic and inclusive style made the findings easy to resonate with and most importantly use as a tool for continuous growth. It’s a fun and enlightening process and Antonia’s enthusiasm for it is infectious!”

– Jess Molley, Designer

“I can’t recommend Antonia highly enough!”

“I can’t recommend Antonia highly enough! The Gallops Strengths coaching support she provides is invaluable to teams and individuals. Further her passion and enthusiasm for applying strengths in the context of Organisational Development is inspiring!”

– Leilani Tamu, Manager Pacific Policy, MBIE

“Antonia has a passion for helping people”

“Antonia has a passion for helping people to know their strengths and using them to achieve results. She brings positivity, drive and clarity as part and parcel of her coaching strengths.”

– Matalena Leaupepe, Director, GCDR

“Antonia helps us focus our attention on finding the good in us”

“Most often we focus on our weakness and want to get better at overcoming them. We random turn our attention to leveraging what strengths we might have. This is where Antonia steps in. As a Gallup Strength Coach, Antonia helps us focus our attention on finding the good in us. I did a strengths training session as part of my team development exercise recently and this has set me thinking about how to stay in touch with my core skills set. Through Antonia’s session, our team discovered individual strengths and how to use that to play to the team goals. I am intrigued to continue and definitely recommend doing a session with Antonia.”

– Divya Unnikrishnan, Principal Engagemnet & Communications Advisor, MBIE

“Once in a blue moon, someone enters your universe who you KNOW will have an immediate and long term positive impact on your Success”

“Once in a blue moon, someone enters your universe who you KNOW will have an immediate and long term positive impact on your Success, Happiness and Fulfilment in life and in business – Antonia is one of those individuals! Coupling unbelievable Energy with Coaching Insight and Creative Discovery through strategic or personal planning, Antonia has the potential to add value to any individual, team or situation. I cannot recommend Antonia highly enough, and look forward to supporting each other as our Dreams Come True!!”

– Christopher Miller, Business Development Coach and Mentor, ChristopherMiller.co.nz

“Antonia is incredible in how she tailors every development and coaching conversation”

“Antonia is incredible in how she tailors every development and coaching conversation. She has a unique way in helping people become intentional about their strengths and how they apply it in their daily lives. Antonia is a wonderful strength coach, and makes a positive difference in people’s lives.”

– Peter Ghanem, Senior Consultant Business Development, Gallup

“Antonia helped me find my top strengths and understand my key drivers”

“They say when the student is ready the teacher appears. No matter how old, bright, knowledgeable or experienced we are, there are times in life when we feel a little directionless or simply too exhausted to take the next step. I was in that phase not long ago and Antonia appeared out of nowhere! Being a Gallup strengths coach, Antonia helped me find my top strengths and understand my key drivers and behaviours which enthused me to take my next step and also gain insights into how to balance my strengths against each other as well as interact with people with complementary strengths. I had thought I understood my personality very well having been through different assessments. But Antonia’s approach is really different. She really listens without judgement and exudes warmth and enthusiasm and fills you with positive energy. Though young in years, she is very balanced and self aware, which I believe are essential traits of a good coach. I wish her all the best in her coaching career.”

– Kaushiki Roy, Senior Consultant, Tregaskis Brown

“Antonia did a great job of breaking down the Clifton Strengths profiles for us”

“I’m a big fan of understanding and working with our strengths. Antonia did a great job of breaking down the Clifton Strengths profiles for us to get meaningful insights as individuals and to provoke constructive conversations about working as a team with different aptitudes. We came away with a common language to describe how we were approaching our work. A fun and helpful workshop!”

– Catriona Kent, Senior Advisor, MBIE

“Antonia is an engaging coach”

“Antonia is an engaging coach and presenter who effectively combines her deep knowledge of her subject matter with her natural intelligence and empathy. The Clifton Strengths workshop that I attended and which was delivered by Antonia was both enlightening and enjoyable.”

– Jennifer Kennerley, Principal Policy Advisor, MBIE

“I came away with good tools to help with managing my team’s work”

“Antonia facilitated a workshop with some of our managers on “Articulating a clear vision” I came away with good tools to help with managing my team’s work programme. I want to commend Antonia’s preparation in trying to understand the Pacific perspective. Although she isn’t Pacific, I was appreciative of Antonia’s genuine approach and providing a space for us to share our experiences and aspirations.”

– Theresa Lealofi, Manager Policy Operations, Ministry for Pacific Peoples

“Antonia brings her sharp insight and fully-fueled passion”

“Antonia brings her sharp insight and fully-fueled passion to her coaching. She cultivates clarity in peoples’ understanding and infectious enthusiasm to activate that understanding into genuine change. Her experience working with a wide variety of people is evident in her effective interpersonal communication and application of her considerable knowledge”

– Allister Lane, Minister, St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church

“Antonia has wonderful enthusiasm”

“Antonia has wonderful enthusiasm, experience and skills in Gallup strengths coaching. This has been fabulous as we have developed the IDx team. Through Antonia’s coaching, each of us has become more confident as an individual, and as a team we are more strongly connected and more effective.”

– Evelyn Wareham, Chief Data & Insights Officer, MBIE

“We had an excellent session”

“We had an excellent session going through my Strengths Report which was supported with plenty of resources and suggestions of what to do next. Antonia’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious.”

– Jane Comben, Senior Design Consultant, Pogo Design

“Antonia approaches all parts of life with enthusiasm”

“Antonia approaches all parts of life with enthusiasm and genuinely cares about those she works with. She has an impressive understanding of Gallup Strengths and how to use them to get the most our of yourself. I value Antonia’s insight on my tricky problems, and always leave our chats with a positive direction to pursue.”

– Casey Hamilton Harrison, Engagement & Communications Manager, MBIE

“I work with Antonia and think she is great at coaching”

“I work with Antonia and think she is great at coaching. She likes to use the Strengths-Finder framework and has taken our whole team through it. This has helped our team work together more effectively and has helped us welcome new people to the team by open about what we are like and giving them a chance to open a bit as well. Antonia often drops tips and suggestions about how we can grow/develop/get-on-with-things according to our natural strengths. It fits in really well with her role as programme manager for the team.”

– Chris McDowall, Senior Advisor, MBIE

“Antonia’s strengths-based coaching approach has real impact”

“Antonia has an infectious enthusiasm and drive to succeed. Her strengths-based coaching approach has real impact.”

– Kirsty Flannagan, General Manager, MBIE

“Antonia genuinely believes in developing strengths and fostering professional development”

“Antonia was my acting team leader for 3 months. Antonia is a great people person and genuinely believes in developing strengths and fostering professional development. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude made her a great reporting manager. Thanks Antonia!”

– Teja Kandarpa, Solicitor, MBIE

“Antonia is excellent to work with”

“Antonia is excellent to work with and always ahead of the game on what our needs are. I would highly recommend Antonia as a well organised and thorough person to work with”

– Steve Riley, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport

“Antonia is incredibly organised and prepared”

“I reported directly to Antonia in her role as Team Leader. Antonia is incredibly organised and prepared, as well as being open and approachable. She is very supportive to junior members of her team and makes time to deal with issues. Antonia has an extensive knowledge of the operations and offers deep insights. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Antonia!”

– Steven Reinhold, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Transport

“Antonia is is driven by numbers and seeing people succeed in their work”

“Antonia is very enthusiastic and innovative, she is driven by numbers and seeing people succeed in their work. She is an asset to a team, working along side people to help reach goals providing honest advice. She is very process driven helping improve, create and make desk files on how to. Her data mind opens up many paths and ways things can be done and is always open to learning new ways.”

– Laura Loughlin, Personal Assistant, MBIE

“Antonia is a great team leader”

“Antonia is a great team leader, she’s very strategic which helps when setting yearly goals and incredibly supportive (but still realistic) when helping you make difficult choices. I’ve enjoyed working with her over the last couple of years and I’ll miss working with her directly!”

– Charlotte Rigby, Solicitor, MBIE

“Antonia has a high-level of inter-personal skill”

“I worked with Antonia whilst she was within the Sector Trends team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Antonia co-ordinated and delivered a number of technical outputs, and was the the MBIE profile for redevelopment work around cross-organisational projects. Antonia has a high-level of inter-personal skill which was greatly valued when engaging with external parties in the redevelopment work, and brought a clarity of thought to discussions which cut through side issues and focused discussions on the main points needing resolution. Her written output is well developed and clear and Antonia was well regarded in our team for her ability to complete tasks within deadlines. Antonia’s moving onto another role within MBIE, but she was a valued team member and would be welcomed back to our team if she chooses to rotate within the organisation again in the future.”

– James Hogan, Senior Economist, Sense Partners

“Antonia is great at helping people become more aware of their strengths”

“I’ve worked with Antonia in the Strategic Policy team and Service Design policy team at MBIE. I have received strengths based coaching from Antonia both in a group setting, and informally one-on-one. Antonia is great at helping people become more aware of their strengths and helping them step more into those strengths at work and in life. She’s energising, empowering and always well prepared. She knows the strengthsfinder framework very well and uses it in a personalised way”

– Hannah Griffin, Advisor, MBIE (at the time)

“Antonia helped me to find my spark and inspired me to find the confidence I had lost”

“Antonia was my Team leader for almost a year. I learnt a phrase during my Leadership New Zealand Mana Moana Experience that Leaders can be healers, Antonia is the epitome of this and more. She gets to know you to understand your aspirations, passions, strengths and areas of development. She is genuine and cares about seeing you become empowered to progress in whatever direction you choose to take. She helped me to find my passion again, helped to find my spark and inspired me to find the confidence I had lost, she is a fantastic leader that brings healing to any organisation. Fantastic people skills, relationships skills and communicator. Look forward to seeing her leadership influence impact across this country.”

– Florence Malama, National Manager, Ministry for Pacific Peoples

“Antonia approaches her role with considerable drive and determination”

“I work with Antonia in the Strategic Policy branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Antonia approaches her role with considerable drive and determination. She has a great deal of analytical expertise coupled with strong project management skills and growing policy experience. I have really enjoyed working alongside Antonia – experiencing first hand the positive contribution she has made on a range of projects which have benefitted from the expertise, energy and constructive approach she brought to the table.”

– Hamish Wilson, Manager Strategic Policy, MBIE

“Antonia is a skilled and talented analyst”

“Antonia is a skilled and talented analyst who brings so much to the table. Her excellent policy and statistical skills are acknowledged by industry and peers. Her communication skills and industry knowledge made her an incredibly valuable colleague. Antonia is very skilled in managing difficult projects, ensuring that high quality products are delivered within the required timeframe.”

– Rebecca Burson, Director, Ministry of Education