Unlock Your Inner Potential

If you are ready to make a change, start by taking that first step right now. Here at People Possibilities, we can help you tap into your inner resources to find greater self-belief, confidence and direction. With these tools, you will be able to break free of your limitations and find success in both your personal and professional lives.


We support growth in people to achieve both professional and personal success and satisfaction.


We want to help people create successful and fulfilling lives, at work and play.


As a coach, Carol understands the importance of cultural practices in keeping us grounded in the work we do. Unafraid of hard work or tough questions, she has developed a reputation for getting quality results.

About Carol

Ko Wharepuhunga, me Te Horohoroinga o ngā ringa o Kahumatamomoe, me Tihēia nga maunga

Ko Waikato, me Pokaitu, me Te Mimi o Pekehaua me Kaikaitahuna nga awa

Ko Pikitu, me Kearoa, me Tarimano nga marae

Ko Ngāti Huri, me Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuarā, me Ngāti Rangiwewehi ki uta nga hapū

Ko Tainui rāua ko Te Arawa nga waka

Ko Carol Buckley toku ingoa.

I am an experienced coach dedicated to helping you to take the steps you need to transform your professional and personal life.

I've been working in government for 38 years in leadership, management, relationship management and training roles. I started formal coaching in 2014 and have been working with senior leaders to identify how their behaviours affect their workspace's culture and performance. Many of my clients have been working professionals ready to take the next step in their career, and I have loved being part of their journey.

  • Accredited Human Synergistics Culture Coach (2015)
  • Individual Leadership Award (2018)
  • Professional Mentoring & Workplace Coaching Skills' Qualification (2019)
  • IMNZ Coaching for Practitioners Certificate (2019)
  • Pre-qualified coach for Leadership Development Centre
  • Registered as a Māori business with Amotai

Our Values:

  • Manaakitanga - care and support of people
  • Whanaungatanga - relationships, people first
  • Whakapau kaha - work hard and do your best
  • Motuhenga - authentic, be yourself

What They Say About Us


Carol, I wanted to drop a review for the awesome coaching you gave me. Firstly it was incredibly valuable for me as you helped unlock my mind to think outside the box. You really helped me to find clarity for where I want to go and what I want to do when I get there. You have a wonderful way of bringing the realness in a very safe space. I never once felt unsafe, but it definitely challenged me. I can hand on heart recommend you to others looking to progress and grow professionally and personally. Thanks a lot Carol for your support and guidance this year.



I recently was very fortunate to have regular coaching with Carol Buckley from People Possibilities. This opportunity enabled me to stretch my thinking and become solution focussed. Carol provided me with a couple of frameworks around work life balance which have been instrumental in me making change around my schedule. I was able to talk freely about all the great wellbeing stuff I was doing for my teams but realised I wasn’t extending the same courtesy to myself. Carol through active listening and great open questions helped me to realise what was needed and encouraged me to set goals in these areas. I was encouraged every session to come with specific topics that I was struggling with and Carol provided me guidance and support to problem solve these.I have been a leader in the public sector for over 20 years and I found this coaching so valuable.  There were many nuggets of gold and strategies which will make me an even better leader.



Take all of the stress that comes with planning a wedding, add a lockdown into the mix and stir. For something that is supposed to be a beautiful event, my Wife (yussss!) and I certainly felt a lot of anxiety, pressure and uncertainty leading up to the point where we contacted Carol about being our Celebrant. From our very first contact she began sweeping away all of our fears and worries and replacing them with excitement, confidence and love. Carol was flexible, understanding, caring and genuine. Haruka and I really cannot thank this beautiful soul enough for making our day as magical as it was. If you are looking for someone to share in your special day as the celebrant of your love, You can stop looking.

Ryan & Haruka

“I have had the privilege of being coached by Carol. Her respectful, caring and  non-biased manner allowed me to feel safe in our korero. Carol was also very disciplined in discussing and gaining my agreement on our contract arrangements around confidentiality and our responsibilities in this coaching arrangement. Carol was very professional, caring and neutral in her approach. Carol was able to help me navigate personal and work goals and how they interplayed with each other and helped me be my authentic self. This was all by asking the right questions, letting me reflect and find my own answers. I’ll be always grateful to have had Carol as a coach. She is confident, a great communicator, good energy, knows when to be silent, great listener and had some good info/strategies/models to assist my thinking as needed and relevant”



“I sought Carol out as I needed coaching and guidance in my work. She helped me recognise the skills I have to grow in my work, the opportunity to work through things and hold me accountable to ensure I was achieving what I want! I had the answers, I just couldn’t work out how to unlock them. She provided a non-judgemental listening ear and made me feel normal in a difficult time. Carol is an amazing Coach, and I cannot recommend her enough”



“We built instant rapport and Carol made me feel at ease. She provided hints on useful tools to support changes in behaviour. She did a fantastic job”



“We set realistic goals and I worked towards them. I was challenged enough to be uncomfortable at times. Carol helped me turn some personally focussed goals into something that was linked to business goals. I have benefitted personally as well as professionally from it”



“Carol’s coaching included good listening; good questioning; supportive; focussed and caring. It was much better than I expected and very helpful in getting me to look at myself”



“Carol is a fantastic coach, easy to relate to and really encouraging. She kept me on track with the goals I set for myself and really challenged my thinking and statements I was making, helping me to turn negative info positive. I would recommend Carol to my colleagues for coaching”



“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Carol as our celebrant for our lake side wedding. Carol made the whole process just so simple. Despite not meeting her before the ‘Big Day’ (out of town wedding for us) we both felt fully informed and completely at ease with the process. Carol was engaging, organised and calm throughout the ceremony. We couldn’t recommend Carol highly enough”

Tony & Sheree


Our day really was exactly what we wanted. You were easy to work with, knowledgeable and really flexible.  The rehearsal was a huge help and I would completely recommend doing this to any other couple. Other than that I can only say thanks for making the ceremony so seamless”

Rose & Shaun


“Thank you for all that you did that made our very special wedding day, all the more special. Your communication was excellent, giving us choices and when we asked your advice. You were friendly and funny, warm and very professional.
You helped us with the location. We had no idea as to where to choose having never been to New Zealand before. Your choice was idyllic and perfect. You helped us with the wording of the ceremony which was so lovely. You made our day so brilliant. You were amazing and we were just so pleased that we had chosen you as our celebrant.  I honestly do not think we could possibly have chosen anyone better”

Patricia & Tony


“I just wanted to send a quick email to say a big thank you for being a part of our wedding day on Saturday! We are so pleased with how everything went and are now enjoying married life!

Thank you also for explaining the whole process in the beginning too – I kind of had no idea where to begin, but we had absolutely nothing to worry about and the process ended up being so smooth and easy. It was a pleasure having you as our celebrant”

Nikky & Nick


“Thank you so much for being our celebrant! We Don’t think the day would have gone as smooth without you. Your communication was excellent and you helped us a lot with how to do it all as we had no idea! You were very accommodating to our needs and that was greatly appreciated. We would definitely recommend you to everyone, and if we ever renew our vows we will track you down!”

Laetitia & Callum


“We wanted to say thank you for being our celebrant.  Our guests all commented on how much fun you made the ceremony. We felt we definitely made the right choice when we asked you to perform ceremony. You were fantastic”

Chris & Mate


“We had be pleasure of having Carol marry us at home in our garden. She did an amazing job. She listened to everything we wanted to have included in the ceremony and made it very easy for us to follow when saying our vows; it was relaxed with no stress and it flowed well with laughs in a professional way.
We would totally recommend Carol to be your special lady to do that magic saying I do day…”

Mike & Carmen


I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to another couple! You have been amazing and supportive, and we really couldn’t have found a better suited celebrant for our day. We especially liked your sense of humour and appreciated the tikanga you brought to our day. It was scary to go against my grandmothers wishes and have a non-denominational wedding, but she really enjoyed the ceremony! All in all, very very happy bride and groom over here”

Awhina & Josh


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