Have you ever watched Toast of London? There’s this one scene where the main character Toast and his acting troupe are warming up for rehearsals, led by the eccentric director of their play. They’re standing in a circle, gyrating to the intro to Hooked on a Feeling. That’s me a year ago.

“They didn’t write it off and say ‘ok, you can go’. They took the time to listen.”

When it comes to flexible working, opportunities can sometimes feel few and far between. There’s all too often tension between employers and employees, with new parents in particular feeling torn between their careers and their families. But what about when it goes well? Wellington-based lawyer Louisa Gommans has a flexible working good news story – and it all began with a single conversation.

“At the end of the day, everyone just wants what’s best”

Michaela Harris is mum to two-year-old Hazel and a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on breast and formula feeding, an often-controversial topic. She talks about the challenges of applying global recommendations to a local context and what parents and medical professionals are telling her about feeding babies in New Zealand.

“I’m really privileged that I’ve been able to be home for so much”

Since leaving music school a decade ago, musician and photographer Hayden Hockly has worked a flexible week – which came in pretty handy when his son Ambrose was born. He talks about working from home, launching his photography business and fitting work around parenting and family life.