I just want to share a little bit about myself.......my name is Sue Waddell.
I'm the administration manager at 35 Degrees and Alongside in Paihia. I've been here for about 15 months and I really enjoy working here. My favourite part about my job would be counting the cash in the morning. I find counting money very therapeutic - it slows my mind down and is a great way to start my work day - I know that sounds odd - but each to their own, right?
I have a daughter Abi. I spend a lot of time with her and her family. We cater for the Kerikeri senior rugby club together and have been for the past 3 years. I enjoy helping her with this. Abi has 3 Sons, my grandsons Awatea 11, Wiremu 6 and Manu 3. I love spending time with the boys. We enjoy playing cricket, going to the skate park and throwing the ball around at the rugby fields. They have a lot of energy and keep me on my toes. My eldest grandson Awa is awesome at rugby and I enjoy supporting him by watching his games on the weekends.
Other ways I fill my time outside of work include my role as a gymnastics coach based in Opua. I have been in this role for roughly 20 years. I really enjoy this role because I love the confidence that grows with each individual child as they learn new techniques and overcome their fears and insecurities. It's a very rewarding role and I am honoured to be in this position.
When I do manage to find some down time in my life I really enjoy sleeping! When I am not sleeping, I also delve into crosswords and/or reading romance novels. Yes - I am a romance novel fan! In the office at work, the girls constantly pick my brain for synonyms so I've got to keep my mind active to stay ahead of them!
I've been a round a few years and I'm well-known because of my various roles I have held over the years in our region. I love Paihia and I love my work too!