Student profiles


Aminath Adam

Aminath is a doctoral student who is currently researching how ICT an be embedded in teacher education programmes. From the Maldives, she chose to study at Waikato for its rich academic learning space.

Garth Edwards

When Garth Edwards, an ICU nurse for the past 15 years, relocated from Wellington to the Waikato, he took the opportunity to retrain as a teacher with the one year Graduate Diploma Primary programme.

Laisa Elisha

Laisa is a MEdLeadership student from the Solomon Islands. For her research she is studying how women school principals in the Solomon Islands perceive their role.

William Flavell

Fluent in Japanese and te reo Māori, the high school teacher and MEd graduate has a passion for shaping the hearts, minds and experiences of young people.

Phil Friar

It is back to school for Papamoa principal Phil Friar who is completing a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Ignasia Mligo

Knowing the importance of early childhood education, but wanting to know more, brought Tanzanian Ignasia Mligo to the University of Waikato to study for a PhD.

Eve Petcher

Embracing kiwi culture and learning te reo Māori is helping London born Eve Petcher flourish in primary teaching.

Karen Pohio

PhD student, Karen Pohio is researching the experiences and communications that occur between families and schools.

Chandra Poudyal

Chandra is a doctoral student is researching the power relational issues in Nepalese private schools. Chandra, who is from Nepal chose Waikato because it is considered one of the most prestigious universities in New Zealand.

Nick Powell

After 20 years of service with the Department of Corrections, Tauranga man Nick Powell felt an overwhelming need to do more to help the prisoners he worked with.

Gayleen Tarosa

Gayleen, who has been a teacher, deputy and acting principal in Vanuatu, wanted a postgraduate qualification that complemented her experience and broadened her knowledge. As a women educational leader, the MEdLeadership at Waikato fitted her requirements.

Melanie Taylor

For her thesis principal Melanie Taylor decided to research something she had first-hand experience of – starting up a new school from scratch.

Kerren Vali Vali

Since graduating with a MEdLeadership from Waikato, Kerren has secured her dream job.