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Alumni Profiles

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law


Q&A with Alumna Stacey Mareora
University of Waikato alumna Stacey Mareroa owes her success to her unwavering vision, grit, and a thirst for higher and deeper learning. She currently practices as a commercial interests Māori solicitor at Holland Beckett Lawyers, is an international inspirational/transformational speaker, and is a communications strategist who assists individuals and businesses in creating and leveraging their own personal and professional stories.

Tauranga solicitor shows it's never too late
Tauranga solicitor John Delayney shows its never too late to re-train and follow your passion. The 41-year-old graduated with a Bachelor of Laws after studying as a mature student.

Connecting alumni in Sydney
On a recent visit back to Hamilton, Sydney-based alumna Katie Hudders couldn't believe how much had changed at the University of Waikato since she was last studying on campus in 1999. Katie is the University's alumni representative for the Sydney area.

Law alumni doing excellent business
Six University of Waikato law graduates were winners in the Waikato Business Excellence Awards. They all work at Community Law Waikato, which came first equal in the Not-For-Profit category of the awards.

Working for the under dog
Simon Buckingham's study history is a little different. He has Asperger's, sometimes called Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is off to the UK to work as a political advisor in local council.

More law with Fulbright award
University of Waikato law graduate, Ashiq Hamid, heads to the United States at the end of the month to study for his Masters of Law (LLM) at New York’s Columbia University. He's been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award worth US $25,000.

Hot time for Fulbright recipient
From a Waikato winter to the desert heat in Tucson is the journey Sharon Toi will be taking next month when she embarks on a year-long stint at the University of Arizona as the recipient of a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga Graduate Award.

A new judge in Samoa
Samoa's new district court Judge, Leilani Tuala-Warren says "not in a million years" did she have any aspirations to become a judge. But in August 2013, the Waikato law graduate was sworn in and became the second woman judge in Samoa to be appointed to the District Court.

From the office to the outdoors
Waikato Management School and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law alumnus Sam Gibb isn't one to rest on his laurels. In between working as an associate at Quavat Management Pte Ltd in Singapore and travelling frequently, he's also finding time to train for the 2013 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

Changing the insurance landscape in New Zealand
Bachelor of Law and Management alumnus Rene Swindley has always wanted to be his own boss. "The profession or industry I wanted to work in didn't come to me until my last year of university. Majoring in accounting and specialising in commercial law I was all set to accept a tax law position, but an opportunity arose to pursue a career in insurance and I realised I had found my niche."

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