International Professional Standards Network

Kodie North speaks to The IPSN

On a recent trip to New Zealand the IPSN invited, Kodie North to present a speech on her experiences of being an apprentice hairdresser in Auckland, New Zealand.

With Kodie’s permission we have posted her speech below as it is outstanding to see what can be achieved in such a short amount of time when hard work and enthusiasm is involved.

Thank you again Kodie for taking the time to speak with us.


“Good morning, my name is Kodie and I have been given the great opportunity to\ speak to you today about The IPSN and also a little but about apprenticeships, but first I thought it would be a great idea if you got to know me a little bit better

As I mentioned before my name is Kodie and I am 19 years old. I’m so excited to say that this year I will be going into my second year of my hairdressing apprenticeship. I work at a great salon called Bliss, which is located on the North Shore and is also where I started my apprenticeship. Although I haven’t always lived in Auckland.

I relocated here from Christchurch just over a year ago. Christchurch to me will always be a place I call home but through moving here I have come to realize that there are a lot more opportunities and education that I am able to receive which makes moving here a lot more rewarding. When first moving here I knew that hairdressing was something I wanted and needed to do. Knowing I was able to be creative and have the connection with people made going into this career that much easier

Going through high school I didn’t always know what an apprenticeship was but it wasn’t something I was going to rule out. When I moved to Auckland, I was lucky enough to come across my boss Vicky who at the time wasn’t looking for an apprentice but was looking for someone to help out a few days, as the salon was so busy. To me this was perfect so I took the opportunity with both hands and thank goodness I did. A few days later I received a text from Vicky asking if we could have a meeting where we could discuss further employment, lucky for me it was an apprenticeship.

I became very aware very soon that apprenticeships have so much to offer, and depending on hard you work is to what things you can achieve and this is all because of the great work HITO has put in to making apprenticeships something people want to do.

My first year being an apprentice is a year I will never forget due the things I was able to achieve through HITO, these things range from being part of the hair expo in Melbourne where I got to create a hair style that went on stage to represent New Zealand, this was called the next gene gala show. Through this a lot more opportunities started to come my way. Like working on the Got A Trade ad, being part of New Zealand fashion week, where I created 2 hair styles that walked the runway while I talked onstage about what I created. This at the time was all so daunting to me as I was the youngest in age and with in my apprenticeship, but with this I took it as an advantage and I made the best out of it.

Through doing these things I was able to gain the confidence to venture outside of HITO and competed in a competition for cloud 9 through Lauren Gunn, which I was able to win. This meant that I got to work one on one with Lauren and also have a photo issued in the latest Headway magazine. I believe that having further education with your apprenticeship is a good way to gain more confidence but also allows you to extend your knowledge which can take you further in hairdressing. For me, this was working with David Shields, he’s a very talented hairdresser and I am more than grateful to say that I was able to get a one on one lesson with him to gain all his knowledge.

This now leads me on to talking about IPSN. I believe that the IPSN is a good way for hairdressers to be able to have bigger dreams and goals. Knowing that they are at the same level as those from the world really helps to build confidence within themselves and travel. For me this I is a big goal, as I would love to travel and work on photo shoot and fashion shows, and through getting my IPSN certificate I will be able to do that.

Whenever I ask other hairdressers about their IPSN certificate, they always have the same answer, that it helps them to know that they are at the high standard of those from around the world. I think that the IPSN is something that every hairdresser should invest in getting, due to what they offer people. IPSN also offers the chance for hairdressers to connect with other.

When I first started at Bliss, I noticed that my boss had an IPSN certificate right at the front of the salon. I then questioned her about what it meant to her and her response is so true, “It will help further her in the industry due to other education being available. Even though some hairdressers don’t ever have the plan on travelling, its always good to have the certificate just in case they do decide to travel.”

I’d love to end this with a saying that I live by and believe, “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A dream broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action becomes a reality.”

I hope you enjoyed what I had to say today and hope that I see of you soon. Thank you so much for listening.”

20th March 2019