Waikato MBA graduate profiles
Cathy Prendergast has been named as a finalist in the Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award 2017.
Coming from a health background as an occupational therapist, Christine Hall wanted a business qualification that would enable her to progress her career and move into management roles in other industries.
"I did calculus and basic maths papers, critical thought, and physics. It was all about learning to learn again, including those all-important soft skills, such as listening, note-taking and writing."
"Balancing travelling the country for work, spending time with family, and studying has been a challenge, but nothing that is worth doing is going to be easy – and the MBA is definitely worth it."
From her polished public image, one would never guess that National MP, Louise Upston had a rough start to her tertiary education
Clare Swallow is passionate about seeing the next generation of women enter the exhilarating industry of digital technology. She is general manager of digital at Cucumber, a digital marketing agency in Tauranga.
The driving force behind Tauranga’s first tower block and a string of other successful developments, Paul Bowker has experience, vision and determination in bucketfuls.
With a passion for learning new things and seeking out ways to advance his career, Nick Kemp chose to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management - part one of the MBA - at Waikato Management School.
Richard Kinzett wanted to understand more about corporate management and leadership when he decided to enrol fro the Waikato MBA. Now he's working as an independent management consultant in Brisbane, Australia.
Jan Adams is chief operating officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.
Matthew Cooper has been an All Black and is currently a CEO with a six million dollar budget, but he decided he needed to get some formal qualifications next to his name.
Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with an MBA in 2010. A highlight from her study was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore.
Nita Harding didn’t set out to get an MBA – a promotion to a business manager role led the veterinary scientist to look for ways to help her do her job better.
Taupo man Grant Anderson was looking for further career advancement, and a way of formalising the value of his decades of experience as a Chartered Accountant and director, when he signed up for the Waikato MBA.
Nicola Daisley says her four-year journey to gain the Waikato MBA was extremely rewarding and helped her achieve what she set out to do.
Having spent the past 12 years working as a veterinarian in the dairy industry, finding a university with strong links to the agricultural sector, and an MBA with a grounded approach to practical business, was the key to helping Mark advance his career.
The environment within which health and safety operates is rapidly changing, and is now recognised as a key business tool, says Heather Johnston. This prompted her decision to study for the PGDipMgtSt at Waikato to broaden her general management skills.
With over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Raewyn Mahara decided to take the next step in her professional development by joining the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.
With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.
Studying for an MBA had been on Anne Blakeway’s bucket list for more than a decade, and the programme at Waikato Management School “more than delivered” on her expectations, she says.
Andrew Mumford is the manager of marketing operations at Fisher & Paykel Heathcare. He says Waikato's MBA gave him a new repertoire of resources to call on and inspired passion for seeking new ways to solve problems.
Ipu Hapi likens the Waikato MBA he is working so hard to achieve to a sacred taonga, like the All Blacks jersey. “It is a symbol of excellence, hard work, and shows that with effort and sacrifice I can become all that I want to be.”
Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies.