ANZAC Day is happening tomorrow (in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia), and we had the pleasure of speaking with Daly Peeti, one of our Drafters who is part of the Infrastructure Team in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)—but did you know she also served in the Royal New Zealand Navy?
Question: So, Daly, tell us a little about yourself and your former career.
Daly: I was part of the Royal New Zealand Navy for eight years; I joined straight out of High School. During my time with the Navy, I have been a Systems Combat Specialist and an Electronic Technician (specialising in Radars). I have completed six deployments: an Ice Trip to Antarctica, a six-month tour of Southeast Asia, deployment to Canada, various shorter deployments here in Aotearoa NZ, an anti-piracy tour in the Seychelles, East Coast tour of the US, and I even went on an exchange with the Royal Navy for a year based in Portsmouth.
Q: That’s such an amazing list of experiences and an incredible life to lead! So, what made you decide to change careers and become a Drafter? Can you tell us a little more about that?
Daly: Sure! I was ready to settle down. Not seeing my partner for nine months out of the year (he was also in the Navy) and being away from family–I was looking for something a little closer to home. I wanted to pursue something I was really passionate about, and after trying different placements and discovering what I enjoyed most I realised I really enjoyed the papers I was doing part-time online while still in the Navy.
Q: Wow! So, you were still in the Navy full time and studying as well? That’s impressive! Was there something that inspired you to choose Drafting?
Daly: I’d done Graphic Design in High School. And after doing Unitec part-time for one and a half years I decided I wanted to do it full-time to complete my studies. So, I left the Navy to focus on finishing my studies, but I am still a Reservist with the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Q: Was there a particular reason you chose a Drafting career in Engineering?
Daly: Yes! Jess Baker and Mark Polglase came to do a presentation at Unitec about Holmes, and what they talked about sounded really interesting. After chatting with Jess a bit more I discovered I could do a six-month placement in the Infrastructure Team and then swap (with Sara, who has now left) to do a six month placement in the Structures team. But I’ve really liked learning everything here in the Infrastructure team, so I am quite happy to stay here for now and progress more with my skills.
Interviewer: That’s really cool that you get the opportunity to influence and shape where your career takes you!
Q: What does ANZAC Day mean to you?
Daly: It’s about honouring the people who put their lives on the line. The sacrifice they made by leaving their families.
At the RSA on ANZAC Day, it’s incredible to hear the stories from the older guys on what it was like for them, and as time goes on these opportunities to hear their stories are fewer–there isn’t many of them left. And, as a Reservist I still can help and give back too.
Q: Do you have plans for ANZAC Day tomorrow?
Daly: Yes. I’ll be taking my Nana to see the local ANZAC Day parade. Reservists are allowed to attend services in their uniform–but that’s a personal choice to do so.
It’s been so long since we have been able to hold celebrations on ANZAC Day, it’s nice to have the freedom to get together. I remember during the height of COVID lockdown I lived in a Navy house, on a street with quite a few Navy houses, and we all dressed up in our uniforms and went to our Letterboxes for ANZAC Day–it was quite moving.
Q: Thank you so much for sharing with us Daly, I really appreciate the time. It’s been incredible hearing about this amazing life you’ve already led prior to joining Holmes!
Daly: Thanks for having me!