Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Full credit to Blues rugby graduates

Full credit to Blues rugby graduates

Blues prop John Afoa and back Isa Nacewa are two of the six players who graduated at AUT University this semester.

They joined players Ben Atiga, David Gibson, Jamie Helleur and Derren Witcombe to receive their Certificates in Business today – as they were away during the university’s autumn graduation in March.

AUT tailored the course to suit the demands of the Blues demanding training schedule – including sending lecturers to the team’s training facilities.

As a high school student John Afoa, was awarded the cup for brightest player in his 1st XV at St Kentigerns College, Auckland, but after leaving school and playing professional rugby he dropped his studies.

“AUT gave us this opportunity, so I thought I might as well get back into it,” says the 22-year-old.

Isa Nacewa, 23, had previously attended university but playing commitments made it harder to complete papers each year.

“This course is great because we’re learning together,” he says. “We can really get on each other’s case and support each other. It’s so much better than going it alone.”

Isa says by studying they have something to fall back on when rugby finishes.

“We have a lot of down time so we might as well use it. When we started I never thought we’d get there but we’ve already done it.”

Both John and Isa are continuing on with graduate study. “You could say we’re the foundation students,” says John.

“Now, some of the new guys in the team have started the certificate course. Everyone gets something out of it. When we pass our papers we brag about it. Masters is not out of the question.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news