Governance NZ

Governance NZ Prizes for Waikato University students

Each year Governance NZ sponsors the Governance New Zealand Prize in Business Law awarded to high-achieving students from Waikato University’s Management School. This year the prizes went to Tash Levande, Kay Thanki and Tania Beach. The prizes were presented by Governance NZ Chief Executive, Linda Noble, at the Waikato Business School Prize Giving Awards Ceremony held on 8 November.

Governance NZ Prize in Business Law ACCT322
Tash Levande
Governance NZ Prize for Excellence in Business Law Research ACCT422
Kay Thanki
Governance NZ Prize in Business Law Research ACCT422
Tania Beach

Congratulations to Tash, Kay and Tania for this outstanding achievement!
Find out more about our well-deserved winners below...

Tash Levande

Tash Levande receives her certificate from CE, Linda Noble

Auckland born Tash Levande grew up on the Coromandel Peninsula and in Hamilton. She completed a Bachelor of Business Analysis in Accounting and German at the University of Waikato in June 2019.

Reflecting on winning the Governance New Zealand Prize, Tash said, “I put a lot of effort into my studies, a lot more than other students I imagine, while also working 2 jobs for a substantial part of my degree. Winning this award gives me some recognition and proof that my hard work has paid off. It makes me feel valued”.

Tash has recently started her first post university job at accounting firm PKF Hamilton as an accountant and looks forward to the future and making the most out of her position. She plans to complete the CAANZ modules to become a Chartered Accountant within the next 3 years.


Kay Thanki

Kay with Linda Noble, CE and Lee Edmands, Communications & Education Executive

Originally from Mumbai in India, Kay grew up in Hamilton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Management Studies and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and is now studying towards her professional qualification in Chartered Accounting while also working towards being admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a Barrister/Solicitor.

Kay is currently working as a consultant at Deloitte in their Tax & Private team. She has always been passionate about seeing businesses thrive and helping them overcome their challenges. She plans to continue to build in-depth knowledge in her chosen field as a trusted advisor to the clients she works with.

When describing what winning the Governance New Zealand Prize meant to her, Kay said “I thoroughly enjoyed the commercial law papers I took through my study and strongly believe that an understanding of New Zealand company law is crucial for any business student. Winning the Governance NZ Prize was highly rewarding as it showcased the knowledge I have built up in this area”.