Waikato MBA graduate profiles
"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."
Greg Pearce has built America's Cup yachts, and worked on international aerospace and energy projects. But it took him 20 years to begin his tertiary education at the University of Waikato - and he certainly doesn't do things by halves.
Andrew Mumford says the Waikato MBA programme gave him a new repertoire of resources to call on and inspired his passion for seeking new ways to solve problems.
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.
Education Studies, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Management, Teaching
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.
Clare Swallow says her Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies has given her the confidence to back herself to take on new opportunities, and find solutions when things are not 100% on track.
With a background in IT and a passion for learning new things, Nick Kemp chose to throw himself wholeheartedly into a postgraduate business qualification at Waikato Management School.
"The Waikato MBA programme far exceeded my expectations and taught me aspects of business that many managers and leaders would perhaps not even consider. It was an absolute eye opener and allowed me to significantly develop my leadership abilities and my general business acumen."
"I am genuinely passionate about future-proofing our people and our environment to do things better, and am driven by the evolution of fresh thinking and innovation that step changes us all to a more safer, sustainable future."
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.
Richard Kinzett wanted to understand more about corporate management and leadership when he decided to enrol for the Waikato MBA. Now he holds a senior management role in Brisbane, Australia.
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.
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.
Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with a Waikato MBA in 2010. She says a highlight of her experience was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore.
Ipu Hapi likens the Waikato MBA 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.”
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.
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.
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.