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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 2017 Student Ambassador Programme are now open.

Applications close 5.00pm, Monday 20 March 2017.

Student Ambassador Programme Online Application Form

Student Ambassador Programme Information (pdf)

This programme is intended for second and third year undergraduate students studying in New Zealand. Extramural students, and those doing a Post Graduate Diploma in HRM are also welcome to apply. The Student Ambassador Programme is open to tertiary students regardless of their HRINZ membership status.

For further information, please contact the Membership Team.

HRINZ Student Ambassadors


Danielle Hunt, Massey University, Auckland

Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Human Resource Management

I have always known that my career would involve assisting people to be successful, achieve their goals, and manager change, whilst maintaining a work-life balance. Having worked in the service industry part-time for the past three years, I have often been the role model with my peers in demonstrating inclusive and positive behaviour across all cultures. I believe with my passion for people, I can be a strong advocate both at my work place and at university to challenge and encourage people to think outside the square.

Laura Duquemin, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Marketing

Since entering the workforce, I have been intrigued as to how organisations attract, manage, develop and reward their employees. Over the last two years, I have gained valuable knowledge not only on how management policies and practices inpact on employee satisfaction and organisational performance, but have also practically applied this HR knowledge in my assignments, from job design and recruitment right through to performance management and dismissals. I aspire to begin as a HR generalist and
work my way up to specialise in training, development and performance management.

Tegan Ireland, University of Waikato

Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Supply Chain and Human Resource Management

HR papers I have studied and my most recent student summer position has confirmed my interest in HRM. During my summer job I was fortunate to work alongside an HR consultant which helped my understanding of current workplace issues, and how HRM is changing and developing in the wider workforce. Being a student ambassador for HRINZ is a great opportunity to expand my HRM knowledge and experience whilst being a great starting point for my career as it is my last year at university.

Melissa Walker, University of Canterbury

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Human Resource Management

Having worked in office environments in between studying, I quickly found myself thinking about how we work and why we work. Last year I decided to return to study to complete my Bachelor of Commerce with HRM as my major. My aspirations with HRM are focused on diversity and international HRM. I’m interested in how other cultures work, how different political systems govern work, and how HRM may transcend these differences or how it must adapt across national and cultural boundaries.

Paige Kaye, Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management and Human Resources, and Industrial Relations

Diversity, change and challenging are three reasons why HRM is of considerable interest to me. HRM has given me the opportunity to envision working in either the public or private sector contributing to an organisation's diversity, and supporting the creation of efficient workplaces and teams.The ability to pursue a career that I can connect with is incredibly important to me, and therefore I can see myself putting 100% into my future roles in my HR career.

Simon White, University of Otago

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and minoring in Psychology.
Diploma for Graduates endorsed in Human Resource Management

I see the HRM functional areas of performance management, recruitment and selection as being of particular interest. HRM is a highly dynamic management field; one trend that is becoming more common is the use of more advanced technologies in HRM. The impacts of technology are boundless and areas of interest to me are e-selection, talent management through big data, and information sharing via workforce social networking systems. It is my intention to seek a graduate role in HRM once I finish university study and ideally this role would be one in which I can practically apply the theoretical learnings from my study, as well as gain a practical skillset from which I might then be able to specialise in the aforementioned areas.



Makarita Tangitu-Joseph, University of Waikato

Natasha Sinclair-Taikato, Victoria University of Wellington

Laura Featherstone, Victoria University of Wellington

Taylor Wheeler, University of Otago

Ayla Tranter, University of Canterbury Olivia Creighton, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Paige Allan, University of Otago

Tracey Spence, Manukau Institute of Technology

Leah Barker, Massey University

Shannon Curreen, Auckland University of Technology

Harriet Riley, Victoria University of Wellington Hamish Whitworth, Massey University

‘Shadow’ an HR Practitioner for a Day

The Wellington Branch 'Shadow Project' was initiated by 2014 Wellington Branch Student Ambassador, Natasha Sinclair-Taikato, providing existing student members with the opportunity to ‘shadow’ an HR practitioner for a day to help them to get a better understanding of what HR people do, and providing them an insight into the ‘real world’ of HR.

HRINZ professional members were asked to volunteer to have a student member 'shadow' them for one day, read some of our student's experiences below:

Student Ambassador's NZ HR Conference Highlights

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