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News from Victoria University – for Year 13s

Please see some key information below for Year 13 school leavers from our Victoria University Liaison Officer, Poppy Norton:

Key Dates

Here are the key dates for our school leavers over the next couple of months:

From now – Our school leaver scholarships have opened.
23 July – Christchurch Information Evening
1 August – Halls of Residence Applications open
Mid-August – Course planning visits in Christchurch
23 August – Open Day
1 September – Scholarship Applications Close

Scholarship update

Our scholarships are currently live.  Please encourage students to apply for these through our online portal here –

The scholarship application deadline has changed this year to 1 September.

Course Planning Visits

The time we have pencilled in for our course planning visit is – 1.50-2.40pm on Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Visits on campus

If you have a student who is interested in visiting Victoria for a campus tour or course planning visit, they are very welcome! We have created an online booking form to make the process easier.  This form goes straight to our wonderful administration team, who are always in the office and able to action this at speed for our students.  You can find this here –

Poppy Norton
Senior Student Liaison Officer

Student Recruitment and Orientation| Victoria University of Wellington

Te Tari Takawaenga| Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui

Direct 04 463 6671 | Office 0800 VICTORIA
Level 1, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade, PO Box 600, Wellington |

Check out this awesome Tech Careers website — CareerMash

I’ve just discovered CareerMash and it’s fantastic!

Watch their short intro video to see what they’re about.

Take the Tech Career quiz to see which careers in tech might suit you.

Or read on from their website or below…

1. Why CareerMash?

Today’s hot tech careers are mashups. No longer just about computer science or programming, a tech career mash can combine anything you imagine with technology. Think of:

2. What is CareerMash?

CareerMash spreads the word about the endless possibilities of today’s tech careers. We want everyone to get excited about how cool technologies are bringing innovation to everything – environment, health care, entertainment, shopping, mobility, our social lives and more. And it’s tech professionals who make all this happen.

Today’s tech careers are interesting, fun, cool, and creative. They pay well, are in high demand and mash up tech with anything you imagine! Thanks to constant innovation, the uses of tech continue to expand. As a result, the types of tech-related careers are expanding too. It’s all very exciting but the ever increasing choice of careers can also be confusing!

CareerMash is here to demystify tech by helping students, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents – and anyone else who is interested – understand all the different ways the world is being changed by tech and the new career opportunities these changes are creating.

Latest News from Waikato University

Tauranga Open Day

We are excited to welcome you and your students to our first ever University of Waikato Open Day at the Tauranga Campus! On Friday the 21st of June our brand new campus in the heart of the Tauranga CBD (101-121) Durham Street will be opening its doors for prospective students and secondary school staff members.

There will be a range of mini-lectures running throughout the day, and our Faculties will have stalls set up on campus and be available to answer any questions. Food trucks will be available on site if students wish to purchase their lunch, however, there will also be various free food and giveaways on offer too. We will have a room available for Teachers and Careers Advisers to base themselves in throughout the day and there will also be a small lunch provided for you there too.

The final travel arrangements are being confirmed with the Tauranga City Council, but it will likely mean that the bus stop is located on Cameron Road where we will have staff available to meet you and direct the way to the new campus. If you are bringing a group of students along, we encourage you to register your attendance as soon as possible so we can keep you updated around all the travel arrangements and logistics for the event as they are finalised.

Scholarship Applications

It’s the time of the year to start thinking seriously about scholarships! Our scholarships for school leavers are now open and we encourage students to begin applying well in advance of the August 31st close date.

Students can use the Scholarships Finder to check their eligibility, open and closing dates, and application details.

Drop In Information Sessions

We are hosting a series of Information Sessions throughout June. Please look here for dates and times of the Hamilton, Tauranga, and Auckland-based sessions.

The Future Student Advisers will be at these sessions to answer your questions regarding study at the University of Waikato, to offer you advice and support with selecting a degree/programme that best matches your career interests, support you with your application process and give advice on any other questions you may have about studying and student life here at Waikato.

New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge

Secondary school students are invited to take part in the annual New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge at the University of Waikato. This event is open to students in Years 9 – 13 and is a good opportunity to develop their interests in cyber security.

Please ensure that students interested in attending register here.

Future Innovators Challenge

The Waikato Management School is hosting the ‘Future Innovators’ Challenge’ on Tuesday, 2 July, 9am – 3.30pm. This event is an opportunity for students in years 11 – 13 to experience a day at the University of Waikato, work as a team on a business case, and win some prizes!

This event will replace the ‘Entrepreneur for a Day’ event that was run in previous years.

Read more and register here!


We are delighted to have enrolled a record number of year 13 students in 100-level papers this year. If you are interested in any of your students taking Unistart papers please click here or email

Key Dates…

Important 2019 dates at Waikato are:

Our faculties will also be hosting different events and activities during the year – keep an eye on our website for more information about upcoming events.

Regional Information Evenings

We are running Information Evenings around the country this month. These sessions are designed for prospective students and their whanau to learn about the University of Waikato and to chat with a Future Student Adviser.

Future Student Advisers Cassandra Suemai and Leni Lolohea will be running an information session in Auckland on Tuesday 25th June. Come along to find out what our University can do to better service and equip you for your educational journey with us. We will be available to answer questions related to both our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses, halls of residence accommodation and most importantly scholarships. Please register for this event here.

Likewise, Adviser Taha Tangitu-Huata will be running Whanau Information Evenings in Rotorua on Tuesday 25th June and Whakatane on Wednesday 26th June. Please register your interest in attending the evenings for Whakatane here and Rotorua here.

Business and Management Information Evening

Careers Advisers and prospective students are invited to join us at the University of Waikato’s Hamilton Campus on Tuesday, 18th June for a Business & Management Information Evening.

Our guest speaker is Greg Johnston, CEO of high-tech sports company Manta5, who is passionate about start-ups and business innovation. He is also a graduate of Waikato’s four-year Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.

You’ll have the opportunity to talk to some of our lecturers and students, ask questions about your study options at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and find out how our programmes can set you up for a future career in the dynamic world of business and entrepreneurship.

Drinks and nibbles provided. For catering purposes, please register if you’d like to attend.


Women in Tech — what’s been done and what’s left to do? …

The Tech industry has come a long way since the days of the ‘No Girls Allowed’ club. In fact, there are more women than ever now in fields previously thought to be strictly for men.

This growth highlights a closing gap in the world of gender equality, and rightly so.

In 2016, the tech industry rose higher and higher within the ranks until it hit the number 1 spot. And 2. And 3. That’s right. According to PwC Global Top 100 ranking list of 2016, Technology overtook the Financial sector as the world’s biggest industry, Apple, Alphabet, and Microsoft taking top spots.

And with Apple currently ranked 4th on the 2018 Fortune 500 list, there’s no sign of the tech arena slowing down.

But the figures themselves dull a little of the shine when it comes to closing the gender gap. As much as there has been growth, only 30% of those in the tech industry to this day, are female. So, the question remains…. Will all the tech savvy women please stand up?

More importantly, do they want to?

So, Just What Has Been Done So Far?

Contrary to stereotypical belief, women are in fact pretty tech savvy. Mhmm, that’s right boys. It’s not just your club anymore.

Keep reading this blog on the Learning People site …

A Career in Construction — building is booming!

It’s a great time for a career in construction

There’s a world of career opportunities in construction. 57,000 construction workers are needed and pay has risen by 20%, so it’s a great time to become part of this exciting and innovative industry.

We’ve pulled together a range of relevant information to give you more insight into the construction industry, including:

✅ The exciting range of job types. You might be surprised by what you find.

✅ The average pay for construction. It’s risen by 20%.

✅ Skills needed for construction. They’re different from what you may think.

✅ A case study. From mother to engineer, Sapoa Rimoni’s interesting career journey.

✅ Construction is improving the world. Learn how.

Develop your knowledge of Asia to expand your career opportunities

Find out how learning about Asia could improve your career opportunities.

Learning about Asia could improve your career opportunities, according to research from the Asia New Zealand Foundation (ANZF). The results show that employers are looking for people with skills or knowledge of Asia, yet not many young job seekers meet these criteria. In a survey of 16- to 25-year-olds, 65% said they hadn’t received any study or career advice about Asia.

If you are Māori, engaging with Asia could be especially worthwhile. According to ANZF, some Asian cultures have customs with similarities to tikanga Māori (Māori traditions and cultural norms). This could make it easier for you to connect with and understand Asian cultures. Another survey from ANZF shows fewer than 20% of Māori think they know a lot about Asia, so learning about these cultures could give you an advantage.

Why learning about Asia benefits your career

Opportunities to work with Asian cultures or in Asian countries are increasing. Developing the skills and knowledge to do either of these gives you a competitive edge and opens up opportunities to get into a range of roles such as:

ANZF’s executive director Simon Draper comments, “Workplaces are experiencing increased interactions with Asian cultures, including in areas like tourism or social services.”

How to develop skills and knowledge about Asia

You can learn about Asia as part of your studies, and also expand your knowledge outside the classroom. Here are some ideas:

Learn a language

Learning an Asian language can make it easier to build relationships with people and businesses in Asia.

Take part in community events

Attending Asian community events will give you firsthand experience of Asia’s diverse cultures.

Join a language exchange

A language exchange connects you to a native speaker of another language. You exchange texts, talk over the phone or meet to help each other learn another language – you help your partner learn English, while you might get help learning Mandarin, for example. This relationship will also give you a deeper understanding of their culture.

Talk to a career adviser

A career adviser or tertiary education provider can recommend career and study options to help further your Asia-related skills and knowledge.

Use the Asia New Zealand Foundation website

The ANZF website has information on upcoming events, internships, grants for Asia-related travel or research, and more.


  • Asia New Zealand Foundation, ‘Māori Could Have the Edge in Asia’, 5 March 2019, (
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation, ‘Thinking Careers? Think Asia’, 7 December 2018, (

Updated 4 Jun 2019

MoneyHub — University Scholarships Database

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.
For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

The scholarship page is free to use and always will be. Unlike GivMe, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have published a number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.

Remember, it does take time searching for scholarships and preparing applications, but it is worth it!


Ms McLaughlin has spoken with all Y13 NCEA and IB students an explained the process of applying for references for uni scholarships and halls.  She has also shared a spreadsheet template to help students record info about scholarships they can apply for.  If you are unsure about anything, first check the slides doc and emails sent by Ms McL or ask for help.


Latest News from Lincoln University

Kia ora koutouWith 2019 racing along we thought we’d share a bit of news about what’s been going on at Lincoln University. We’ve also got a few upcoming dates for you to put in the calendar.

On another note, students can now apply for scholarships for next year. We’ve highlighted one of our offerings in this newsletter – the Future Leader Scholarship. It involves students making a difference in the community and growing as leaders.

Lincoln top in national research measure

We were excited to come out on top in one of the leading national research quality measures.
The Tertiary Education Commission’s new Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) results put us first for average quality scores of active researchers per postgraduate and final year undergraduate student.This means that Lincoln students have the highest probability of being taught or supervised by a high-ranking researcher. A great result for us, and for your students if they study with us.

Dog hugs offered for Universities Mental Health Day

Free food and wagging tails were all part of Universities Mental Health Day offerings at Lincoln University on 7 May. There were a host of activities on campus to promote wellbeing to students and staff. People could pat a dog, do some colouring, eat delicious fried bread, tuck into some home baking, munch on an apple grown by Lincoln students, have a massage, or get chatting at the student talk tables.
We’re always committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our students and staff.

Landscape architecture students revamp campus

Our landscape architecture students teamed up with Ara students recently to revamp the Lincoln campus, using the approach responsible for transforming New York’s Times Square into a more people-focused area. The technique is known as tactical urbanism and involves testing temporary designs before making them permanent. Due to Lincoln’s location, we called the project Tactical Ruralism.Collaborations with other learning institutions can produce some exciting results and this was a new and fresh approach to transforming the campus.

Basketball win

The Lincoln University women’s basketball team have shot to glory in the University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand 3×3 Championships, taking out the tournament for the third year in a row.Connie Poletti (formerly New Plymouth Girls’), Ajiah Pepe (who went to high school in Australia), Lucy Brown (formerly Middleton Grange School) and Rosalia Samia (formerly Napier Girls’ High) narrowly won the women’s semi-final over Canterbury 20-18. Then they emerged victorious in the final, beating the University of Auckland 14 to 12.

Basketball has been a special focus for us recently, as it gives the players the awesome opportunity to travel to the World Championships in China if they win the nationals. The women’s team will be there this year in November for the third year in a row. Amazing effort.