Graduate careers

Our graduates work in fields as diverse as advertising, marketing and communications; archaeology; business development and management; international development and relations; media production; language teaching; local and national government; publications and content writing; and translation and interpreting.

"Arts degrees provide a unique set of skills that lead to tangible job opportunities. They allow you to develop flexible, critical thinking. Your study is often not prescriptive and forces you to think outside the box, which is highly desirable to employers in all industries." - Ben McFadden, Business Development Coordinator, Oxfam Australia

    

Find out where an Arts qualification could take you in our Careers for Arts Graduates ebook.

Specialist archaeologist


Rebecca Ramsay

Rebecca completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology specialising in Archaeology and is now a specialist archaeologist in Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit.

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Intelligence analyst


Tamara MacKinnon

Tamara completed a Master of Arts in Criminology and is now an intelligence analyst with the NZ Police.

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Multiplatform journalist


John-Michael Swannix

John completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Film and Television and Politics and International Relations and is now a multiplatform journalist for Newshub.

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Policy officer


Philip Greatrex

Philip completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Politics and International Relations and is now a Policy Officer in the Europe Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Cultural heritage consultant


Edward Ashby

Edward completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and now works as a cultural heritage consultant.

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Diplomat


Ricardo Gita Perkasa

Ricardo completed a Master of Professional Studies in International Relations and Human Rights and now works as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia.

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Marketing and sales executive


Andrew Cozens

Andrew completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media, Film and Television and is now a marketing and sales executive with Madman New Zealand.

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Translator and education consultant


Grace Sun

Grace completed a Master of Arts in Translation Studies and is now a translator and education consultant with Access NZ Consulting.

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Curator pictorial


Shaun Higgins

Shaun completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museums and Cultural Heritage and is now curator pictorial at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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Publicist


Kristina Hard

Kristina completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama and is now a publicist with South Pacific Pictures.

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Novelist


Rachel O'Connor

Rachel completed a Master of Creative Writing and her debut novel has been selected for publication in Greece.

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Event coordinator


Sione Taufa

Sione completed a Master of Arts in Pacific Studies and is now an event coordinator at Auckland Stadiums.

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Project lead


Katherine Halliburton

Katherine completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) conjoint majoring in Sociology and is now project lead for Shell New Zealand.

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Content and advertising manager


Shreya Gejji

Shreya completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Film and Television and English and a Master of Arts in Screen Production and now works as a content and advertising manager at Mindvalley in Kuala Lumpur.

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People and organisation coordinator


Melanie Fisher

Melanie completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Education and Sociology and a Graduate Diploma in Employment Relations and Organisational Studies and now works as a people and organisation coordinator at Mars New Zealand.

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Account executive


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James completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminology and Psychology and is now an account executive at Ogilvy & Mather New Zealand.

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Learning support adviser


Tamm Kingi-Falakoa

Tamm completed a Master of Arts in Pacific Studies and is now a learning support adviser at Kohuora Campus at the Auckland South Corrections Facility.

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Knowledge management and communication specialist


Andrea Egan

Andrea completed a Master of Professional Studies in International Relations and Human Rights and is now a knowledge management and communication specialist with the United Nations Development Programme.

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Professional teaching fellow


Jemma Field

Jemma completed a PhD in Art History and is now a professional teaching fellow in Art History.

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Curator


Paul Brobbel

Paul completed a Master of Arts in Ancient History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Museums and Cultural Heritage and is now the Len Lye curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

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Research and teaching associate


Maria Tanyag

Maria completed a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations and is now working as a research and teaching associate at Monash University.

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Events and activation coordinator


Mikayla Journee

Mikayla completed a Master of Arts in Art History and now works as the events and activation coordinator at the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

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Archaeologist


Bernie Larsen

Bernie completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and is now and Archaeologist with Clough & Associates.

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Policy analyst


Natalia Tropotova

Natalia completed a Master of Public Policy and now works as a policy analyst at Auckland Council.

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Assistant curator


Alice Tyler

Alice completed a Master of Arts in Art History and is now assistant curator at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

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Journalist


Nina Susilo

Nina completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts majoring in Media, Film and Television and a Master of Public Policy and now works as a journalist in Indonesia.

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Translation manager


Lu Zheng

Lu completed a Master of Professional Studies in Translation Studies and is now translation manager and in-house translator for Straker Translations.

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Medical interpreter


Johnny completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and now works as an English as a Second Language teacher.

Lori completed a Master of Arts in Translation Studies and now works as a medical interpreter for the Auckland District Health Board.

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Research manager


Sophie completed a Master of Arts in Political Studies and is now Research Manager at NeedScope International.

Sophia completed a Master of Arts in Political Studies and is now research manager at NeedScope International.

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Community drug and alcohol facilitator


Richie Hardcore

Richie completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish and is now a community drug and alcohol facilitator, radio host, television panelist, public speaker, and professional Muay Thai and boxing coach.

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Digital specialist


Hayley Stone

Hayley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media Studies and is now working as a digital specialist at Auckland Council and studying part-time towards a Master of Public Policy.

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Advisor at the Ministry of Justice


Gayathiri Ganeshan

Gayathiri completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws conjoint majoring in Criminology and Political Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and is now working as an advisor in Sector Group at the Ministry of Justice.

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Senior content & publications editor


Mei-Lin Hansen

Mei-Lin completed a Diploma in Drama and a PhD in English and is now senior content & publications editor for the Auckland Arts Festival.

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Digital advisor


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Hayden completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Studies and Film, Television and Media Studies and is now a digital advisor in the Green Party Leaders’ Office at Parliament.

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Associate manager


Michael Liddle

Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media Studies and Philosophy and is now an associate manager in Hasbro’s Global Consumer Insight division in London, working in the Strategic Foresight team.

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Division chief for policy formulation


Kris Ablan

Kris completed a Master of Public Policy and is now division chief for policy formulation at the Public-Private Partnership Centre of the Philippines.

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Producer for Auckland Live


Anders Falstie-Jensen

Anders completed a Master of Arts in Drama and is now a producer for Auckland Live.

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Communications specialist


Leah Chamberlain

Leah completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Film, Television and Media Studies and Political Science and has recently had a role as a communications specialist with Fonterra.

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Project manager


Courtney Sina Meredith

Courtney completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Studies. She is the newly appointed project manager for the Faculty of Creative Arts at MIT and her poetry and prose have been translated and published around the world.

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Local board advisor


Christie McFadyen

Christie completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and History and now works as a local board advisor at the Auckland Council.

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Customer improvement manager


Mario Romero

Mario recently completed a Master of Arts in Development Studies and works as a customer improvement manager at Fonterra.

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Graduate policy analyst


Nayana Islam

Nayana completed a Master of Public Policy and is currently working as a graduate policy analyst at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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Determinations officer


Sarah Truesdale

Sarah completed a Master of Arts in Linguistics and now works as a determinations officer in the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Diplomat


Graci Kim

Graci completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spanish and is currently a diplomat for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Manager


Quintin Ridgeway

Quintin completed a Master of Professional Studies in Translation and now works as manager of the Translation Service for the Department of Internal Affairs

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Production manager


Isaiah Tour

Isaiah completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media, Film and Television. He is currently a production manager with Omnicron Motion Media Production Company.

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Customer interaction coordinator


Semi Park

Semi completed a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Chinese and is currently a customer interaction coordinator for the Japan and Korea markets at Fonterra.

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Project leader


Arvind Vinjimoore

Arvind completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering conjoint in German and Economics and now works in Zurich as a project leader for the Swiss-based energy company, Axpo.

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Regional youth manager


Shaun Greaves

Shaun completed a Bachelor of Arts in History and Media, Film and Television and currently works as a regional youth manager for St John.

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Lecturer


Jessica Su

Jessica completed an MTESOL and is now a lecturer in China.

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Presentation director


Troy Hart

Troy completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Drama and Media, Film and Television and is now a presentation director for Sky Television.

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Account manager


Jaimee Brooking

Jaimee completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Film, Television and Media Studies and Sociology and now works as an account manager for Young+Shand.

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Lecturer


Charles Cheng

Charles completed an MTESOL and is now a lecturer at Tawau Community College in Malaysia.

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On air controller


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Waimarama completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in Māori Studies and is now an on air controller at SKY TV.

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Publicity assistant


Jason Antill

Jason completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Geography and Film, Television and Media Studies.

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Content producer


Zak Walsh

Zak completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Film, Television and Media Studies and a minor in English and is now a content producer for a digital agency.

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People and capability graduate


Daniel Haines

Daniel completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Politics and International Relations and is now part of the Auckland Council graduate programme.

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Digital product and content manager


Gabriel Long

Gabriel completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Studies and Organisational Management and is now the digital product and content manager for Grabaseat.

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Archaeologist


Sophie Miller

Sophie completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and is now an archaeologist with International Archaeological Research Institute Inc. in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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Freelance translator


Ivy Diao

Ivy completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies and now owns Lime Translations, an English and Chinese translation service business.

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Marketing executive


Kate Phillips

Kate completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media Studies with a minor in Political Studies and is now a marketing executive at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in London.

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Teacher


Thomas Nicholls

Tom completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Chinese with a minor in Japanese and is now a teacher at Queen Margaret College in Wellington.

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Television presenter


Kristian Schmidt

Kristian completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws conjoint majoring in Pacific Studies and is now a television presenter with MTV.

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Marketing automation specialist


Johnny completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and now works as an English as a Second Language teacher.

Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Psychology and is now a marketing automation specialist at Harmoney.

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Publicity and interactive executive


Joshua Ling

Joshua completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and English and is now a publicity and interactive executive with Paramount Pictures.

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Account planner


Jack Murphy

Jack completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Art History and now works as an account planner at DDB New Zealand.

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Archaeologist


Isaac McIvor

Isaac completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and now works as an archaeologist for Opus International Consultants Limited.

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Independent policy and governance advisor


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Eddie completed a Master of Public Policy and is now an independent policy and governance advisor.

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Research, evaluation and policy lead


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Hector completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music conjoint and a Master of Arts in Māori Studies and now works as the Research, Evaluation and policy sead for Hāpai Te Hauora, a Māori public health provider.

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English as a Second Language teacher


Johnny completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and now works as an English as a Second Language teacher.

Johnny completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and now works as an English as a Second Language teacher.

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Vote analyst for science and innovation


Jonathan Williams

Jonathan completed a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations and is now a vote analyst for science and innovation in the Economic Performance and Strategy team at the New Zealand Treasury (Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Rawa).

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Contracts manager


Travis McDonald

Travis completed a Master of Public Policy and is now contracts manager at Auckland UniServices Limited.

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Archaeologist


Benjamin Jones

Ben completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and is now a consulting archaeologist with Clough & Associates.

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Language teacher


Sabrina Huang

Sabrina completed a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and is now a language teacher at English Language Partners Auckland West.

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Development officer


Esther Jens

Esther completed a Master of Arts in Development Studies and now works as a development officer in the Sustainable Economic Development Division of the New Zealand Aid Programme within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Policy advisor


Martha Carrillo

Martha completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and International Relations and a Master of Public Policy and is now a policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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Executive director


Gay Marie Francisco

Gay travelled from the Philippines to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Media, Film and Television and a Master of Public Policy and is now executive director of the Muntinlupa Development Foundation.

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Marketing specialist


Johnny completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and English Language Teaching and a Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching and now works as an English as a Second Language teacher.

Elyse completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Media, Film and Television and Sociology and is now a marketing specialist at Mitre 10.

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Strategy and stakeholder manager


Mara Bebich

Mara completed a Master of Arts in History and is now the strategy and stakeholder manager for the Infrastructure and Environmental Services directorate at Auckland Council.

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Head of Human History


Elizabeth completed a Master of Arts in Ancient History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies and is now Head of Human History at Auckland Museum.

Elizabeth completed a Master of Arts in Ancient History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies and is now Head of Human History at Auckland Museum.

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Portfolio programming officer


Hang Anh completed a Master of Arts in Development Studies and is now a Portfolio Programming Officer with the Export-Import Bank of Korea.

Hang Anh completed a Master of Arts in Development Studies and is now a portfolio programming officer with the Export-Import Bank of Korea.

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Business development coordinator


Ben McFadden

Ben completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and is now business development coordinator at Oxfam Australia.

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Cloud solutions manager


James David

James completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce conjoint and a Master of Arts in History and is now cloud solutions manager with Datacom New Zealand.

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Sales operations executive


Aileen Cheng

Aileen completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Media, Film and Television and is now a sales operations executive with Fonterra in Singapore.

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Director of the Maritime Museum


Vincent Lipanovich

Vincent completed a Master of Arts in History and is now the Director of the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

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Youth worker


Martha McDonald

Martha completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminology and Sociology and is now a youth worker with Child, Youth & Family.

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Performance executive


Nicole Killip

Nicole completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media, Film and Television and is now a performance executive with FCB New Zealand.

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Specialist archaeologist


Laura Dawson

Laura completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology and now works as specialist archaeologist in the Heritage Unit at Auckland Council.

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Historian


Ryan Bogardus

Ryan completed a Master of Arts in History and now works as an Historian with the Office of Treaty Settlements.

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Coordinator for international relations


Marius Ormond

Marius completed a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Linguistics and is now a coordinator for international relations in Nara, Japan.

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Content writer


Renisa Maki

Renisa completed a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Political Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art History and Master of Arts in Art History and now works as a content writer for Castleford Media.

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Journalist


Sela Jane Aholelei

Sela Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media, Film and Television and she now works as a journalist for Pacific Radio News.

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Project officer


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Nicola completed a Master of Arts in History and is now working as a project officer in the Native Title Unit at the Department of Justice and Regulation in Victoria, Australia.

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English language teacher


Po Tsz Wong

Po Tsz completed a Bachelor of Arts in Korean with a minor in Japanese and is currently an English language teacher in Hong Kong.

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Lecturer in language education


Nadia Mifka-Profozic

Nadia completed a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a PhD in Language Teaching Learning and is now a lecturer in language education at the University of York.

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Commercial director


Adam King

Adam completed a Master of Arts in Screen Production and is now a commercial director for TVNZ Blacksand.

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Retail marketing executive


Laura Butler

Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media, Film and Television with a minor in Psychology and is now a retail marketing executive with Air New Zealand.

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Copywriter


Jess O'Connor

Jess completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and English and now owns Made of Words, a copywriting and content marketing business.

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