Grad­u­ate on the ball

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A for­mer in­ter­na­tional net­ball player is one of 120 peo­ple to re­ceive a doc­tor­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s spring grad­u­a­tion.

Amanda-Lan­uola Dunlop played rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball for Samoa and in New Zealand be­fore re­tir­ing in 2001.

She also played for the New Zealand Un­der 21s and Cap­i­tal Shak­ers.

The Kings­land res­i­dent comes from an aca­demic fam­ily so study­ing has al­ways been as im­por­tant as sport.

Her mother is a pro­fes­sor of Pa­cific stud­ies at AUT Uni­ver­sity.

Ms Dunlop’s PhD re­search was around so­cial mar­ket­ing and Pa­cific peo­ple in New Zealand.

So­cial mar­ket­ing is used in the health sec­tor to get peo­ple to change their be­hav­iour.

Pa­cific peo­ple are of­ten the tar­get of ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns be­cause of their com­par­a­tively poorer health.

‘‘De­spite this there is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence on the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­cacy of so­cial mar­ket­ing for this pop­u­la­tion,’’ Ms Dunlop says.

The Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics Fac­ulty handed out the most qual­i­fi­ca­tions at last Tues­day’s cer­e­mony.

‘‘I am ex­tremely proud of the cal­i­bre of this year’s spring grad­u­ates, they have done them­selves and the uni­ver­sity proud in con­tin­u­ing our tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence,’’ vice-chan­cel­lor Stu­art McCutcheon says.

‘‘It is also pleas­ing to see the con­tin­u­ing trend in high num­bers of stu­dents grad­u­at­ing with doc­tor­ates.’’

Capped: Amanda-Lan­uola Dunlop re­ceived a PhD at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s spring grad­u­a­tion.

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