Governance NZ

Governance NZ Awards Prizes to Waikato Students

Each year Governance NZ sponsors the Governance New Zealand Prize in Business Law awarded to two high-achieving students from Waikato University’s Management School. This year the prizes went to Nikkyta Lulu and Sandra Toner. The prizes were presented by Governance NZ’s Member & Communications Executive, Lee Edmands, at the Waikato Business School Prize Giving Awards Ceremony held on 16 August.

Congratulations to Nikkyta and Sandra for this outstanding achievement. Find out more about our well-deserved winners below...

Nikkyta Lulu completed her Graduate Diploma in Accounting last year. When asked what winning the prize meant for her Nikkyta replied, "The Governance NZ Prize in Business Law was an incentive to me when I was doing the ACCT322 paper. Being awarded this prize means that all the hard work paid off."

Nikkyta is currently working at KPMG in Hamilton as a graduate accountant and is now completing the CAANZ CA Programme.

"My short term goal is to become a Chartered Accountant while my long term goal is to be able to add value to the organisations that I will be working for whether it may be in a leadership position or in a governance role", says Nikkyta.

Sandra Toner completed her BBA (majoring in Accounting) in November 2016 and graduated in Tauranga in May 2017. Sandra says of her prize win , "It is an amazing achievement for me personally as I have two small children and to complete my degree and be awarded a prize for my law research essay has really made me feel like I can do anything – it looks so good on my CV too!"

Sandra is working part-time in the accounts department of Supermac/Modcom Portable Buildings Ltd which is located in Te Puna. The role has allowed her to gain good practical experience in accounting including receivables, payables and payroll and also works well around family life. She also looks after the books for her husband’s sole trader business including annual tax returns.

Originally from County Meath in Ireland, Sandra and her husband moved to New Zealand ten years ago to start their family and a new life . "New Zealand has been wonderful to us and has proven to be a wonderful place to raise our children," says Sandra.