Governance NZ

Governance NZ Prizes for Top 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's prizes went to Sam Woolerton and Logan King. The prizes were presented by Governance NZ’s Auckland Branch Committee member, Shelley Bird ACIS, at the Waikato Business School Prize Giving Awards Ceremony held 27 September.
Congratulations to Sam and Logan on their well-earned success!
Read more about our bright young winners...

Sam Woolerton

Sam Woolerton with Shelley Bird ACIS

Sam recently graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies, double-majoring in Economics and Accounting.

He is employed as an analyst with IT Partners in Hamilton, and says he is privileged to work with a great team of people to support growth-focused businesses in the region. Longer-term, Sam says he would love to get involved in business consulting for social impact organisations like Thankyou, a company that give 100% of profits to charity and says that helping amplify their impact would be immensely rewarding.

When asked to comment on his prize win Sam replied, “It’s really encouraging to have hard work recognised and a prize for top students is a great incentive throughout the semester to work towards the best grades possible. It has also been great to build a more in-depth understanding of company law in New Zealand, so that’s another upside.”

Logan King

Logan King with Shelley Bird ACIS

Logan has recently completed a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in Accounting and Economics at Waikato University. He is currently working in the Finance division of the Hamilton City Council but will be undertaking a permanent role in the PwC Hamilton office commencing early 2019.

When asked what winning the prize meant to him Logan replied, “With any business-related degree, there is a fair share of commercial law given the nature of the business environment. Hence, winning such a prize is a great honour for me because it has shown me that I can apply my knowledge beyond the numbers in the area of my chosen study. I quite enjoyed the law papers I took throughout my degree, as they provided a background to everything that we do in business. Having just finished my degree it was a great way to go out.”

Logan has a real passion for strategy as well as finance and believes that a career combining the two would be perfect. Having grown up in the small town of Huntly, he also feels driven to help in small communities and positioning himself professionally in order to achieve this outcome is key for him. He says that ultimately, the end goal is to hopefully become a CEO of a corporate firm....however long that may take!

Outside of work and study, Logan actively participates in business case competitions, competing on both national and international levels. Now that he has finished university, he hopes to be able to mentor others in this area.