Communications Advisor, Moana New Zealand
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations
She loves being able to tell inspirational stories, says Brooke Hurndell who is now a communications advisor at Moana New Zealand, Aotearoa's largest Māori-owned seafood company.
"I'm proud to work for a company that lives by their values of kaitiakitanga (guardians of the ocean for our future generations), whakapapa (honouring our ancestors and where we're from), manaakitanga (looking after people our way) and whaktipuranga (prosperity for future generations).
"I was stoked to have the opportunity to head back to my Māori roots and work for a company that is owned by all Māori in New Zealand. In this role I’m involved in both internal and external communications, and I relish the opportunity to be involved in a company that holds its purpose close to its heart."
A life-long passion for the media
As the daughter of a journalist, Brooke grew up in the newsroom; a world that always intrigued her.
"After growing up in the newsroom, the communications world and all the changes I had seen occur over the years really fascinated me. I decided to study communications at university because I had enjoyed English speeches and exploring different communication techniques in school. My passion for sport was also something I held close to me."
Choosing where to study was easy, says Brooke.
"AUT was my natural choice as I had heard that it was the most highly regarded university to study communications. In order to optimise my chances of coming out of university with a great job I could nurture into a career, I chose AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations, with a Journalism minor."
Designed for change
AUT prepares students well for the changing world, the communications alumna says.
"With technology, trends and the workforce changing rapidly, it’s important that the content taught at university is relevant to the world the students will work in. AUT is open to changing its teaching in line with new practices within the communications space, and its state-of-the-art facilities help students gain practical experience using the tools that are being used in the real world."
The opportunities to get involved in all aspects of university life were endless, says Brooke who received a Significant Student Scholarship to support her studies.
"Coming to AUT from little old Hawke’s Bay, at first I was afraid that starting my new journey in a different city would be overwhelming. But everyone was extremely welcoming and I quickly became involved in all the activities on offer. Being selected as a Student Ambassador was rewarding, and the people I met along the way were the ultimate highlight.
"In my third year at AUT I also enrolled in the free Māori language classes, which I’m continuing with this year."