SET FREE Aotearoa


Kia ora and welcome, I'm Jess.

When I first ‘left the nest’ and went on an overseas adventure, my Dad wrote in a card “All butterflies will be set free.”

Years have gone by and this phrase still sits with me. My desire is to use what I have in my kete (my skills, knowledge and experience) to help the people I work with be SET FREE, from whatever it is that holds them back from reaching their full potential. 

Set Free Aotearoa

Ko wai au? Who am I?

Ko Hikurangi tōku maunga
Ko Otara tōku awa
Ko Hukuwai tōku moana
No Ōpōtiki āhau
Ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi
No Kōtirana, Airana, Ingarangi me Timaru oku tīpuna
Ko Brian Young tōku mātua
Ko Kathleen Young tōku whaea
Ko Michael Young tōku teina
Ko Jared Suisted tāku hoa tāne
Ko Jess Suisted tāku ingoa

Jared and I have been married since 2013 and we live in the beautiful town of Ōpōtiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, my tūrangawaewae (place to stand). I have been working with young people since 2010 and have recently qualified as a social worker. 

I always knew that I wanted to help people. As I have journeyed throughout my life to date, that desire has changed slightly…I want to help people help themselves. I just love this beautiful whakataukī (proverb) which keeps me grounded in the way I choose to outwork this: “Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.” “With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.”

SET FREE Aotearoa is my way of sharing what is in my food basket with those whom I work alongside. Coupled with the contribution of their food basket, I believe we will thrive and our families, communities and nation will be SET FREE.

Aroha mai, aroha atu. When love is given, love is returned.


Strengths Coaching

I am an Accredited Top 5 Strengths Coach with Strengths Network South Pacific. Strengths Coaching focuses on the natural talents and gifts of an individual by using the CliftonStrengths tool to help them discover their innate strengths and explore how they can develop them further.

My family say that I don’t like to see the negative, and it is true, I am very much a cup half full person. I would much rather focus on strengths and what is working, than dwell on weaknesses and what isn’t working. I acknowledge that we all have weaknesses, but firmly believe that by identifying and then developing our strengths we are better equipped to manage our weaknesses!

I would love to share this taonga (treasure) of CliftonStrengths with you. If you are interested in discovering, developing or enhancing your strengths for the benefit of yourself and others, please see the coaching options below and get in touch to book your first coaching session.

Introductory CliftonStrengths Coaching

Begin exploring your natural talents with coaching in person or via Skype. We will explore how your natural talents play out in your roles and relationships and how you can leverage them for the good of yourself and those around you.

$120 - 90min Session

CliftonStrengths Access Code included

Follow Up CliftonStrengths Coaching

Continue exploring your natural talents with follow up coaching in person or via Skype. A deeper understanding of your natural talents can help you to achieve your dreams! Let’s use CliftonStrengths to get you from where you are now to where you want to be!

$90 - 90min Session

6 month CliftonStrengths Coaching Package

Have you got an idea you are itching to put into action but don't know where to start? Ongoing CliftonStrengths Coaching can help you develop and leverage your Top 5 natural talents and put your dreams in action.

$500 - 6x 90min Sessions

CliftonStrengths Access Code included

"I can't recommend Strengths Coaching with Jess highly enough - she is passionate about people achieving their potential, cares deeply, listens wholeheartedly and made really insightful suggestions during our session. I came away with a much better understanding of how I already am personally using my Top 5 Strengths, how I can develop each further and how my strengths can be used together as more than just a sum of their parts."

- Rebekah Lamb

"Jess has incredible intuition, perception, empathy and a listening ear. She has a way of reading between the lines and finding the underlying story. She helped me to develop the links between my strengths and how I can use them in what I would call my weak areas. One of the most helpful things about my session with Jess was how we ended with goals and strategies that I can implement to move forward. Strengths Coaching has given me a language and a tool box to be more productive in my work and a means to understand others better too."

- Kim Scott

Team Strengths

An action-and-reflection-packed day for your AWESOME team to be encouraged in what is going well and explore what each individual brings to the table.  I will create a strengths based team building programme relevant to the nature of your team that provides an opportunity to celebrate your differences and explore your strengths as individuals and as a group. Get in touch with me to discuss your teams needs and how I might be able to contribute to increasing your AWESOMENESS.

Price negotiable.

Whanau Strengths

Whanau Strengths focuses on what makes you an AWESOME whanau! We will explore together; the roles different family members play, how you celebrate, what helps you during challenging times, what is most important to you as a family and what you dream for the future. Suitable for nuclear or extended whanau groups. This session usually takes place in your home and children are encouraged to be involved!

$150 - 120min session

Contact Jess


Phone: 027 332 4871

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