De­gree was re­sult of dou­ble act

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Good things come in twos for Luke But­ters.

Shortly af­ter he and his wife Vanessa were mar­ried they wel­comed twin girls Ka­leyah and Kalani into their fam­ily and now four years later he has earned a dou­ble de­gree.

The 26-year-old grad­u­ated last week from the Univer­sity of Auck­land with a Bach­e­lor of Arts and a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce.

The young fam­ily, in­clud­ing one-year-old Briyana, walked in the grad­u­a­tion day pa­rade to­gether – de­spite or­gan­is­ers re­mind­ing them that fam­ily should be on the side­lines.

‘‘That was re­ally spe­cial to me,’’ Mr But­ters says.

‘‘I was here do­ing the ac­tual learn­ing, but she was there look­ing af­ter our kids. We did it to­gether and we worked to­wards it to­gether and that’s why we think of it as ‘our grad­u­a­tion day’ rather than just mine.’’

The Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent says it has been ‘‘nearly five years of no sleep’’ to get to this point.

To make ends meet fi­nan­cially he worked two to three jobs rang­ing from tu­tor­ing Ja­panese to man­ag­ing a cafe.

Al­though he in­sists he had a lit­tle divine as­sis­tance.

‘‘We def­i­nitely prayed help,’’ Mr But­ters says.

‘‘And we know it wasn’t just us, some­times things just worked out in our favour. Be­cause we were do­ing what we were sup­posed to do, the Lord helped us.’’


With his con­joint de­gree in hand, Mr But­ters is now star­ing down mul­ti­ple ca­reer paths.

‘‘I have come to un­der­stand that for me a sin­gle ca­reer path will not be enough.’’

He hopes his dou­ble ma­jor in Ja­panese and In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness will open over­seas doors.

‘‘I haven’t got any par­tic­u­lar job in mind but I want to even­tu­ally work with peo­ple from Ja­pan or peo­ple from over­seas in gen­eral.’’

And life doesn’t look set to slow down as Mrs But­ters is ready to head back to the class­room.

Mr But­ters grad­u­ated at last week’s with more than 6400 other grad­uands.


Dou­ble up: Luke But­ters says he got through his con­joint de­gree with the help of his wife Vanessa and their three girls Kalani, left, Briyana and Ka­leyah.

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