Graduate on the ball
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.