Meet our students and graduates

Current Politics and International Relations students and recent graduates tell their own stories.

Graduate stories

Find out where our graduates work, and how their study equipped them for their careers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Current students

Find out what it's like to study Politics and International Relations with us.

Clark Tipene


Clark Tipene

Clark is studying for a Master of Arts in Sociology.

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Jemima Huston


Jemima Huston

Jemima is studying for a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws conjoint with a double major in Media, Film and Television and Politics and International Relations.

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Yuan Tien


Yuan Tien

Yuan is studying for a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Asian Studies, Politics and International Relations, International Business, and Management.

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James Barrett


James Barrett

James is studying for a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations.

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Leorida Peters


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Leorida is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint, with a double major in Pacific Studies and Politics and International Relations.

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Kathryn Cammell


Kathryn Cammell

Kathryn is studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Politics and International Relations.

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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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Tom James


Tom James

Tom is studying for a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations.

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Paul Kramer


Paul Kramer

Paul is currently studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations.

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Adena Emanuel


Adena Emanuel

Adena is studying for a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and International Relations and Sociology.

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Andrew Bester


Andrew Bester

Andrew is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree in Politics and International Relations.

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Caroline Coates


Caroline Coates

Caroline is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree in Politics and International Relations.

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Pia McKay


Pia McKay

Pia is studying towards a PhD in Politics and International Relations. She is the recipient of a University of Auckland Doctoral Bursary.

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Emma Bray


Emma Bray

Emma is studying for a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws conjoint with a double major in Gender Studies and Politics and International Relations.

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Penny Ireland


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Penny is studying for a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations.

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David Hare


David Hare

David is studying for a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and International Relations and Theological and Religious Studies.

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William Zhang


William Zhang

William is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and International Relations.

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Marshall Harbin


Marshall Harbin

Marshall is from the United States and is studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies.

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Aimee Brown


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Aimee is studying for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and International Relations and Psychology.

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Matt Bartlett


Matt Bartlett

Matt is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint in Politics and International Relations and History.

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Honor Kerry


Honor Kerry

Honor is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree in Politics and International Relations.

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Jed Misa


Jed Misa

Jed is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Politics and International Relations.

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Lina Gonzalez


Lina Gonzalez

Lina is studying towards a PhD in Politics and International Relations.

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Kate Roberts-Gray


Kate Roberts-Gray

Kate is studying for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint in Politics and International Relations. Kate was also a 2013 Summer Research Scholarship recipient.

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Grace Stacey-Jacobs


Grace

Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint degree in Political Studies and Sociology.

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More student and graduate stories


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