Kimberley Whitwell

In the final year of a Bachelor of Environment and Society at Lincoln University, Kim Whitwell of Oxford credits her early years in rural Leeston and Oxford and two years’ experience overseas in crowded London for her choice of study and future career.

Passionate about nature and conservation, Kim is fully involved in finding ways to encourage the public to protect their environment for future generations.

Further study is on the horizon for Kim, with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies or a Master of Human Rights, followed by work within the community and later perhaps a role within a council or government agency. Ideally, Kim wants to ensure the public continues to value the country’s flora and fauna and cherish the environment. She is keen to help changes occur for the better when communities and societies require it.

A regular volunteer for the Department of Conservation’s Seal Deal programme in 2016, Kim enjoyed monitoring seals and working with the public to help them better understand the seal population in their natural habitat.

Throughout her childhood Kim rode horses and now volunteers with New Zealand Riding for the Disabled, helping people with disabilities enjoy the experience and excitement of riding and caring for horses in a safe environment.

At university, Kim is delighted to have been appointed a Resident Assistant this year. In that role she helps and encourages new students, helping them settle into university life-guidance she finds valuable for students who may never have lived away from home.

Alice Ansley

How youth engage with ANZAC customs and traditions and what exactly ANZAC means to youth in Christchurch comprise Alice Ansley’s thesis towards a Master of Arts in sociology, having also attained First Class Honours in sociology at the University of Canterbury.

The work of the student, originally from Tauranga, is seen as a significant contribution to New Zealand’s public history. Alice’s digital recordings and transcripts will be archived for posterity at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, adding further value to our nation’s historical memory.

Alice’s thesis also explores literature concerning the concepts of mythology, the glorification of death in war, symbolism, the militarisation of history, national identity, war commemoration and the Gallipoli pilgrimage.

A recent internship in the monitoring and planning department of the Christchurch City Council gave Alice an insight into town planning and policy development at local and national levels. She hopes to gain entry into a government department policy graduate programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; or the Treasury.

Alice has been involved in a variety of cultural, sporting and community service during her years at the University of Canterbury. One major commitment is to the campus branch of the New Zealand Red Cross, which aims to improve youth engagement within their communities and instil leadership experience. For three years Alice served as the executive’s vice president and treasurer.

Selected in 2013 to be a member of Golden Key Canterbury at the university, which is a branch of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Alice has volunteered with the primary school mentoring programme, working with gifted and talented students. She has also served on the University’s Student Welfare Advisory Group, helping to voice student concerns.

Kendall Lattin

Dedicating her life to achieving a better New Zealand for children and youth, Kaitaia-born Kendall Lattin, now living in Christchurch, will this year complete a Master of Policy and Governance at the University of Canterbury, following a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology.

Her thesis will look at the participation, citizenship and engagement of children and young people in Christchurch after the earthquakes. The thesis continues work that Kendall undertook while on a summer scholarship with the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), the University of Canterbury, Christchurch City Council and local youth groups on Child Friendly Cities. The intention of the project is to help to create a city that will not only become theirs when they reach adulthood, but is theirs now-a city deserving of spaces, places and relationships that reflect this.

In the future Kendall will further her work with New Zealand children and young people through roles in governance, research, and policy creation. Already she has written papers and reports for the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and Christchurch Child Friendly Cities.

A dancer for 13 years, Kendall also works as a dance teacher of children aged 2 to 6 in classes that focus on creativity, play and fun. She is a talented vocalist and musician and has performed in bands, dance shows, concerts, plays and productions over the last decade. She has voluntarily given her time and support to children in pre-schools and schools, and also to the elderly in rest homes.

Kendall has also volunteered as a Lifeline counsellor, been a youth mentor, and worked as a community support worker helping autistic teenage boys and men re-engage with their community.