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Queenstown Resort College QRC ChCh Information session

QRC Info Nights are a great opportunity for students, parents and teachers to learn about positive futures and opportunities in the new landscape of tourism.  Come and find out more about our Hospitality Management and Adventure Tourism Management diploma’s which pathway to a degree at The University of Otago and ICMS, Australia.

The evening is informative and engaging and the Future Students Team are available to answer questions and discuss how QRC graduates will be ideally placed to experience, assist and help drive the regeneration of tourism.

Hands-On at Otago (applications close on 24th Sept) – for current Y11-12s

Just a reminder that applications are open for the very popular Hands-On at Otago Programme which runs on campus each year in January.

Please visit this link for information and to apply:

There are a number of scholarships available for Hands-On including 12 new scholarships for low decile schools (1-3), and 12 for international students. This is a great opportunity for your students to get down to Otago and experience a snapshot of university life in Dunedin.

Applications are also now open for the Poutama Scholarships. These are fully-funded scholarships that provide a wonderful opportunity for students of Māori descent (entering year 12 or 13 in 2022) to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The successful applicants will travel to Dunedin from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 January 2022 to experience a week of serious fun!

To apply online for both Hands-On at Otago and a Poutama scholarship, please use this link:

All applications must be received by Friday 24 September 2021.

Defence Careers Experience – 3 days in Oct hols @ Burnham

Do YOU want a meaningful career with paid travel and excellent opportunities?
Want to learn more about leadership & teamwork?

We’re looking for smart, active, team-minded candidates who are interested in joining the NZDF.

You’ll spend three days with the NZDF at Burnham Military Camp in Christchurch for FREE, learning what it’s like to be a service person in all three services, and learn great skills plus meet other like-minded people.
If you are you 16 – 21 years, live in NZ and this sounds like you, then you are invited to apply for the course.

  • The Defence Careers Experience (DCE) held at Burnham Military Camp over 5th – 7th October, is a FREE 3-day event designed to show you what it’s like to be in the NZ Army, Air Force and Navy – it’s for people from all walks of life, and that anyone with a bit of fitness, aptitude, and motivation can do. Registrations are now open for this event.

In the attached advert you will find information about how to apply via QR code and a brief description about the event and what’s involved.

The DCE is great for gaining an insight into what all three services have to offer as a potential career option, with leadership and resilience skills development, and the chance to mix and mingle with like-minded people.

Applications close on the 17th September 2021.

You can also use the below link to apply online:

Defence Careers Southern

Directorate of Recruiting


Southern HQ: (03) 347 5157 | 0800 1 FORCE |

Girl Boss: Finance and Technology


GirlBoss Edge

An online career accelerator

for young women with a passion

for Finance & Technology

Who: Young women aged 15 – 18 who are passionate about a career in Finance, Technology or Business

What: A ’10 Day Career Accelerator’ (100% online)

When: 8th – 17th October 2021. Total time commitment is just 1-2 hours a day!

Cost: Fully-funded thanks to ANZ

Limited places available! 

Applications closing soon

Meet Your Mentors

Alexia Hilbertidou

Forbes 30 under 30 2021
Pacific Young Entreprenuer of the Year

Alexia’s mission is to get women to the table – the boardroom table that is, and she believes the decisions made while young are crucial in paving the way. She founded GirlBoss NZ at 16 and is the youngest person to represent New Zealand at the United Nations in New York. 

Antonia Watson

CEO, ANZ New Zealand

Antonia Watson is one of New Zealand’s most influential names in finance. She has blazed a trail at some of the world’s biggest companies, including Morgan Stanley in London, Sydney and Budapest, KPMG in Auckland, and is now CEO at ANZ Bank New Zealand.  ANZ is New Zealand’s biggest bank, with over 2 million customers and more than 7000 employees across New Zealand.

Queenie Tan

Founder, Invest with Queenie

Tik Tok Sensation, Queenie Tan, is an absolute force when it comes to Finance & Investing.Her personal finance journey started when she moved out of home as a teenager and was earning just $400 per week. She could barely afford to pay her bills and groceries each week. Fast forward only a few years later, and Queenie has just bought her own home, has investments, has a 6 figure income and is on her journey to reach financial freedom. 

Diana Chao

Founder, Letters to Strangers 

Researcher, NASA Space Agency

Diana is the founder of Letters to Strangers which sends anonymous letters to people in need of inspiration and compassion all over the world. Letter to Strangers is the largest global youth-run mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. She is the youngest winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award. Diana is a passionate Astrophysicist who has worked with NASA in their Jet Propulsion Lab.

Frances Cook

Host, “Cooking the Books” Podcast

Best Selling Author

Frances is a reformed financial hot mess who now makes a living saving others from her money mistakes.

She is best known for hosting the personal finance podcast ‘Cooking the Books’ and, for her best selling book, Tales from a Financial Hot Mess.

Our Results

Join over 1600 young women from across Aotearoa who have successfully graduated from GirlBoss Edge

Average Programme Rating: 4.8/5

Average Facilitator Rating: 4.9/5

99% More confident to pursue their career 

99% Made new friends who support their passions

98% Connected with professionals in their field

97% More confident and better prepared for University

Finance & Technology not for you?

Future GirlBoss Edge intakes will include a variety of career interests. Watch this space for more info!

University of Auckland outreach events for Y11-13s

Year 11-13 students interested in the University of Auckland should read on for info on the following events:

  1. Course Advice Webinar for Y13s (choose from 7,, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 Sept)
  2. Arts Outreach student drop-ins for any questions about subjects in an Arts degree. You can also find out about the Young Scholars programme, which is similar to UC STAR courses which secondary school students can do in Y12-13 online.
  3. Speak Up: Global Studies and Communication Schools Day (8th Oct, TBC, online)

  4. Impact Day: Co-creating a Fairer Aotearoa (16th Oct, TBC, online or in person)
  5. Business School Majors Evening, Thurs 23 Sept, online
  6. Creative Arts & Industries Faculty workshops
  7. Your World, Your Way – a very cool interactive virtual tour of Auckland Uni
  8. International Students Open Week
  9. Summer Start – UniBound Summer School

See below for more details and registration links for these events.

University of Auckland Course Advice Webinar

Join the team from the University of Auckland at one of our webinars to hear about how to plan for your first year of study with us. In this webinar we will talk you through our application and offer process, explain how your first year will look, walk you through some examples of degree planning and show you how to enrol with Timetable Planner.

Register for the session that you are interested to attend and we will send you the link to join us.

We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you out with the next steps on your journey to becoming a student at the University of Auckland.

Register here

Arts Outreach updates

Our Arts Outreach team will be offering daily Zoom drop-in sessions for students throughout Level 4 and into Level 3. While we are part of the Arts Faculty, we are happy to help with any bigger questions around applications, scholarships, etc. (or at least we can point you in the right direction for who else to ask!).

Monday-Friday, 11.30am-12.30am. Student drop ins.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8pm. Student and parent drop ins.

We know some students prefer to use instant messenger, so prospective students or parents can also contact the Arts Outreach team through our Facebook Business page, here.

Arts Outreach are also happy to run online Young Scholars presentations for any schools that would like them. For any students interested in Psychology Young Scholars, this comes under Arts and are some of the most popular courses. There are two presentations planned for the 2 November (in person TBC) and 4 November (online) for students and parents.

If you are interested in organising a Young Scholars presentation for your students please contact

Some dates for your calendar – Further information to come


Speak Up: Global Studies and Communication Schools Day

(8th October, TBC, online or in-person depending on alert levels).

Are you a Year 11-13 student interested in global issues and how we communicate? Do you want a degree that will expose you to new ways of thinking about the world and empower you to become a future leader? Join the discussion with our inspiring Department of Global Studies and Communication academics and engage with the important issues that are shaping Aotearoa today.

Impact Day: Co-creating a Fairer Aotearoa

(16th October, TBC, online or in-person depending on alert levels).

Are you a Year 11-13 student interested in social justice and activism? Join the discussion with our inspiring Faculty of Arts academics and engage with the important issues that impact our communities within Aotearoa.

For any questions, please contact our Arts Outreach team at

Business School Majors Evening

Join us for an online Business Majors Evening on Thursday 23 September and explore your options.

Reps from each major will be on hand, so come along with any questions about our study options for some Q&A.

5-5.30pm: Introduction to our majors and specialisation, course planning and advice

5.30-6.10pm: Accounting, Finance, Commercial Law, Taxation

6.10-6.50pm: Marketing, Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Business

6.50-7.30pm: Economics, Business Analytics, Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management

7.30-7.50pm: Property

Date: Thursday 23 September 2021

Time: 5-7.50pm

Location: Online

Register here

CAI Student-Led Workshops

The Creative Arts and Industries faculty is still running their popular student-led workshops during this online time. Virtual workshops run by current students and based on stage one assignments are available across all our disciplines and have received very positive feedback:

“It is such a powerful way to bridge the gap between high schoolers and uni students. I’m very excited that my older students got to make some meaningful connections today and leave inspired to create. Such a great thing! Thanks so much for organising this!”

Suggested subject areas of interest:

Design/Art/DVC classes – Architecture/Design/Fine Arts
Music classes –  Music (song-writing, jazz, brass, classical etc.)
Dance classes – Dance
Geography/Economics/Philosophy classes – Urban Planning

Please ask your subject teachers to book via this link:

Your World, Your Way

We invite you to explore the next phase of Your World, Your Way. Please click here to explore the next exciting instalment.

International Open Week

The International Office will offer a 2-day virtual event between 15 and 16 September for undergraduate and postgraduate international students. There will be over 50 interactive live sessions with top academics and University staff. The International Open Week is another excellent opportunity for international students to engage and learn more about their study options and life at the University of Auckland.

The International Open Week registration page is now live, and students can register for the event.

Summer Start, UniBound Summer, Tōia ki Waipapa

Registrations of interest are now open for Summer StartUniBound Summer – Pacific and Tōia ki Waipapa

Education USA Virtual Information Session


Wednesday, September 8, 2021
7:00pm NZST

Join EducationUSA Australia and New Zealand for a general virtual information session on pathways to study in the USA. EducationUSA advisers will provide an overview of USA higher education with tips on how to start the research process, understand funding sources, and apply. There will be plenty of time for questions.

(NOTE: this session will be recorded)

Register for FREE: here.

‘Meat your Career’ camps for Y12-13s to experience the Ag industry, Oct hols

Meat Your Career Camp Application 2021

Meat Your Career camps are an initiative between New Zealand Young Farmers and Beef + Lamb NZ to immerse future leaders in our red meat sector. 

We will be running two camps in 2021, which are fully funded for students to attend, and two in 2022. 

The camps will run over three days and focus on leadership development and include a careers showcase, panel discussions and on-farm visits

Secondary school students who are already engaged and interested in the sector should apply.

Find out more about what the camps will involve here on the TeenAg webpage.

Click here for the online application form.

You can read more about the camps held last year here on NZ Beef & Lamb website.



APPLY NOW for GirlBoss Awards — closes 31 Aug

Apply/Nominate now for The 2021 GirlBoss Awards

Are you a GirlBoss making a difference?

We want to recognise you!

We are on a nationwide search for young Kiwi women

(aged 11 – 18) creating change in their communities. 

We have a GirlBoss category for every passion, 

so nominate a GirlBoss in your life or apply for an Award today. 

Applications close 31 August 2021.

Member Spotlight: Richelle Wahanga

Our 2020 GirlBoss Emerging Leader Award winner was Richelle Wahanga, a 14-year-old who operates her school canteen –  the Huntly College Kitchen.

“My life is very different now. After winning a GirlBoss Award, I have more confidence and I believe in myself and my goals for my future. Winning a GirlBoss Award was a turning point for me and I am truly thankful for this experience. From this award, I have been on Seven Sharp, Māori TV, Ngāti Porou radio station, spent the day at Hamilton Lawyers as well as at McDonald’s Head Office in Greenlane – plus we had Delta Insurance visit the Huntly College Kitchen. I also was asked to speak on a podcast. Thank you so much. Because of The GirlBoss Awards – my life is even more awesome!”

Apply today for a 2021 GirlBoss Award

With the opportunity to receive up to $1500, it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Applications close 31 August 2021.

GirlBoss Award Categories

Trailblazer Award

Sponsored by ZURU

Inclusion Award

Sponsored by PwC New Zealand

Sport Award

Sponsored by ANZ

Emerging Leader (11 – 14)

Sponsored by Delta Insurance

Community Award

Sponsored by Serato

Enterprise Award

Sponsored by Hillfarrance

STEM Award

(Science, Technology, Engineering,

and Maths)

Sponsored by Orion & Connetics

Arts & Culture Award

Sponsored by Grandkid Power

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Method

Activator Award

Sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries

Wellbeing Award

Sponsored by Xero

Volunteering Award

Sponsored by Lyttelton Port Company and EcoCentral 

Message from GirlBoss NZ 

Founder Alexia Hilbertidou

Kia ora GirlBoss whanau,

I am delighted to share that nominations are now open for the 2021 GirlBoss Awards. The GirlBoss Awards are about recognising the changemakehers, the up-and-comers, the innovators and the bold young women who are shaping the future of New Zealand.

This year’s GirlBoss Awards are bigger than ever, and we have 12 different categories. With categories ranging from Leadership, Sport, Wellness,  Enterprise, Volunteering, Arts & Culture, and everything in between – there truly is a GirlBoss Category for every passionate young woman out there. GirlBoss Award winners receive a $1000 cash grant and an incredible platform to continue their work. This is an amazing opportunity, so make sure you learn more and apply or nominate below.

You can either nominate someone in your life or you can apply directly for an award. It can sometimes be uncomfortable to nominate yourself for an award, but it is so important to put yourself forward for opportunities. Every year when I call the successful GirlBoss Award winners, I hear “I can’t believe I won, I thought it was such a long shot.”

As a woman it is important to be champions for ourselves as well as others. So go ahead. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. 

Thank you for being part of the GirlBoss whanau.

You got this,

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder, GirlBoss NZ

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