Alumni news

Our alumni are making a mark in their fields throughout New Zealand and around the world. Read about some of their recent achievements.

    A goal-oriented career

    Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Ben Schaare graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations, French, and European Studies. Today he works in New York for the United Nations on its Sustainable Development Goals project. Ben takes some time out to chat about life in New York and what he’s been up to since graduating.

    Prioritising Pacific voices

    New York-based alumna Dr Anne-Marie Tupuola-Plunkett discusses her career as a United Nations consultant and a proud advocate of Pacific scholarship.

    Alumnus offers business scholarship

    A company co-founded by Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Franz Ombler, who studied Philosophy and Political Science, is offering a $2000 scholarship to female secondary school and university students who want to start their own online business.

    Eating, breathing, living performing arts

    Victoria University of Wellington alumna Briar Franks is revelling in the challenge of her new role as general manager of Melbourne's Performing Arts Academy.

    VUWAFC team in 1946

    Seventy-five years of football

    The Victoria University of Wellington Association Football Club (VUWAFC) is celebrating 75 years of football, fun and friendship in July with a day of festivities in Wellington.

    Alan Wendt interpreting

    A matter of interpretation

    Alan Wendt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics in 2008. Now a senior interpreter of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) at Deaf Aotearoa, his job involves working for the Office of the Clerk and the Prime Minister’s Office, communicating the words of some of our top political leaders.

    Te Wehi Wright

    Victoria University alumnus shares experiences gained from UN visit

    In April Te Wehi Wright (Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Uenukukōpako, me Ngāti Whakaue) was chosen as one of 12 rangatahi (youth) to take part in a delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.

    Portrait of Helen Small

    Joining Tolkien’s World

    Victoria University of Wellington alumna Professor Helen Small has been appointed to one of the most prestigious English Literature positions in the world—the Merton Professorship of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, once held by J.R.R Tolkien.

    Kati Kasza

    Kitchen sink ingenuity

    After studying languages and Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, Kati Kasza went on to literally follow her nose as an independent herbal skincare producer, becoming the founder and Managing Director of the successful natural skincare brand Evolu.