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The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) is the professional body for those involved in Human Resource Management and the development of people.

HRINZ represents the interests of 3,400+ individual members who make up around 45% of the known New Zealand HR market. Read More

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HRINZ Student Ambassador Programme

HRINZ has made a commitment to work with the academic community in New Zealand. One of the ways we do this is by connecting tertiary students with practitioners through the HRINZ Student Ambassador Programme.

We have six programme placements available throughout New Zealand and each includes complimentary registration at the HRINZ NZ HR Conference & Expo and one year's complimentary HRINZ Student Membership. Successful applicants are the "face of HRINZ and HR" on their campus for the year, promoting and educating on their future profession.

Application Information

Applications for the 2018 Student Ambassador Programme are now closed.

For further information, please contact the Membership Team.

HRINZ Student Ambassadors


Bryony Aitken-Fincham, Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Commerce, double major in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and Psychology

After the first year of my Commerce degree, I knew that HR was going to be my major, as I have always had a strong interest in working with and helping people. It is an industry that is always changing, making it both challenging and interesting. I am excited to get involved with the Student Ambassador programme, to help kick start my career in HR, and teach me essential skills along the way.

Caitlin Shannon, Massey University (Palmerston North)

Bachelor of Business Studies, Majoring in Human Resource Management, Minoring in Psychology

I’m in my final year of study and am also lucky enough to be interning with DKSH, in the People & Organisation department. This allows me to gain more exposure and a better understanding of the HR world, while applying theory to practice. I am committed to developing and learning new skills and knowledge that could assist me in the future. My goal is to be placed in a generalist role to gain a broad understanding of the HR function.

Ella McDonald, University of Waikato

Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management and Strategic Management

I have chosen to study HR because I want to help create a fulfilling and motivating work environment for employees. I have a particular interest in recruitment, performance management and organisational design. As a student ambassador, I am looking forward to achieving a more practical understanding of Human Resources to complement the theoretical knowledge that I have gained from university so far.

Jessica Lewis, Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (BCom/ LLB) majoring in Taxation, Finance and Human Resources & Industrial Relations.

The field of Human Resource Management (HRM) has always been of considerable interest to me. There are a number of issues within the industry that I am passionate about, with a particular interest in minimising bias within HRM through the recruitment and selection process. I believe that the study of both HRM and Law are incredibly complimentary. This combination has aided my development of a deeper understanding of the profession, especially in relation to the legal compliance aspect of HRM.

Matt Hesson, University of Otago

Bachelor of Commerce

Having worked on fruit orchards growing up, I have recognised the amazing power that comes from celebrating diverse teams that are unified by a common goal and, with globalisation becoming more than just a buzz word to use in articles and essays, I see HR as an avenue to develop a career where this cross-cultural interaction is my day to day life.

Tina Li, Massey University (Auckland)

Postgraduate Diploma of Business Management (HR Management)

To me, HRM plays a crucial role in delivering credible people solutions and contributing to business success. It is very rewarding to help talent to find his or her best-fit role or organisational culture. My aspiration is to become a HR professional in New Zealand. As a Student Ambassador, I am looking forward to having my skills and experience contribute to HRINZ and HR students in 2017.


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Danielle Hunt, Massey University, Auckland

Makarita Tangitu-Joseph, University of Waikato

Natasha Sinclair-Taikato, Victoria University of Wellington
Laura Duquemin, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Laura Featherstone, Victoria University of Wellington

Taylor Wheeler, University of Otago

Tegan Ireland, University of Waikato Ayla Tranter, University of Canterbury
Olivia Creighton, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Melissa Walker, University of Canterbury Paige Allan, University of Otago

Tracey Spence, Manukau Institute of Technology

Paige Kaye, Victoria University of Wellington

Leah Barker, Massey University

Shannon Curreen, Auckland University of Technology

Simon White, University of Otago Harriet Riley, Victoria University of Wellington
Hamish Whitworth, Massey University

Student Ambassador's NZ HR Conference Highlights

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