Pre & Post Conference Programming

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – Maori Experience: The Rukuhia Global Leadership Programme

Pre-Registration is Required. Cost: $75 (USD).

New Zealand has a unique bicultural history and approach to government. You have likely seen the world champion All Blacks perform a haka at the start of a rugby game. Have you ever wondered about the history and culture that lies behind that tradition as well as everyday life in New Zealand? The Rukuhia Global Leadership Programme was developed with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, a Māori tribe based in Auckland, so that international students can learn about Māori culture and values. Join this interactive day-long program at the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei marae (ancestral grounds) to be welcomed to New Zealand in the tradition of its first inhabitants and learn about the Māori vision of values-based leadership, innovation, sustainability and the connection of people, place and environment.
The Rukuhia Global Leadership Programme Schedule
8:40 AM to 9:00 AM - Attendees Arrive at Orākei Marae
9:00 AM to 9:20 AM – Powhiri (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei)
9:20 AM to 9:40 AM - Morning Tea / Kai Whakanoa
9:40 AM to 10:20 AM - Workshop 1 - Whanaungatanga
10:20 AM to 11:30 AM - Workshop 2 – Hitori & Manaakitanga
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Photo Shoot Break
12:00 PM to 1:10 PM – Lunch
1:10 PM to 2:40 PM - Workshop 3 - Kaitiakitanga
2:40 PM to 4:00 PM - Workshop 4 – Tino Rangatiratanga
4:00 PM - Poroporoaki - Farewell
Sponsored by Council on International Educational Exchange

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - Internship Site Visits by Intern NZ & Intern OZ

Pre-Registration is Required. Cost: $75 (USD).
Flagship Visit with Presentation with Management
Air New Zealand (Current Internship Areas: Engineering, Data Science, Operations)
Aroa Biosurgery (Current Internship Areas: Engineering, Marketing, Biotechnology, Medical Research)
Dimension Data (Current Internship Areas: HR, IT, Marketing, Business Management)
Site Visit Schedule
Arrival: OGGB Building, University of Auckland (12 Grafton Rd., Auckland, 1010)
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Check in at the GIC Registration Desk.  
Location: University of Auckland, Auckland.
8:45 AM – Departure from University of Auckland for Pre-Conference Internship Site Visits.
Note: You will be walking – wear comfortable shoes.
9:15 AM – Arrive at Air New Zealand. Flagship Visit with Tour & Presentation by Management.
11:30 AM – Depart Air New Zealand for The Orchard Juicery and Kitchen.
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM – Box lunch at The Orchard Juicery and Kitchen.
12:15 PM – Depart The Orchard Juicery and Kitchen for Aroa Biosurgery.
12:30 PM – Arrive for Aroa Biosurgery.
1:45 PM - Depart Aroa Biosurgery for Dimension Data.
2:15 PM – Arrive at Dimension Data.
3:30 PM – Depart Dimension Data for University of Auckland.
4:00 PM – Arrive Back at University of Auckland.
Internship Site Visit Lead By: Bob Alagh
Bob Alagh has been involved in international education for 20 years, working in both the southern and northern hemisphere and both the private and public sector. It started in London in 1999 and continues in Wellington, New Zealand. His career has involved working in career services, study and internship programmes, international education offices within varsity, and recruitment. He established Intern NZ in 2009 and Intern OZ in 2013. Bob has a huge passion for internships and providing a holistic overseas experience for all those that come to our stunning part of the world.

Intern NZ was established in 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand, with the objective of supporting students from international universities, to gain international work experience and to continue growing professionally and personally. ​Due to the increasing number of candidates and interest in Australia, Intern OZ was established in 2013.Since its origins, Intern NZ and Intern OZ have aimed to find and provide the best internship experience in New Zealand and ​Australia for our candidates. Surrounding the internship experience, we provide a full suite of support services to ensure a successful international internship experience.

Friday, July 5, 2019 – Post-Conference Tours

Pre-Registration is Required. Cost: $110.00 (USD)
Schedule - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
Tour includes a lecturette with Wine Tasting at the University of Auckland’s Goldie’s Vineyard. This session is $110.00 (USD) and includes lunch/vouchers during the tour. 

See additional information on Waiheke Island Tours here.

True island paradise just a stone's throw from Auckland City. See why Lonely Planet is calling it one of the best destinations in the world.
Goldie Estate is the name of our boutique vineyard and winery, nestled amongst 30 acres of native bush and rolling vineyards on Waiheke Island overlooking Putiki Bay. It’s here that we create handcrafted wines full of character that draw on the knowledge and experience of Kim and Jeanette Goldwater, who founded winegrowing on Waiheke in 1978.
The Estate is also home to the University of Auckland’s Wine Science Centre, which aims to continue the innovative spirit of the Goldwater family. The programme provides a unique learning experience for the students to be immersed in a fully operational winery.

Friday, July 5, 2019 – University Visits: Victoria University in Wellington

Pre-Registration is Required. Cost: N/A.
Note – Travel and Accommodation must be booked individually.
Note - Visit grabaseat for cheap fares. Not accessible by Train or Car.
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

We warmly invite you to visit Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand’s thriving capital city to experience first-hand our ideal student location. Named the World’s Most Liveable City for the second year running, Wellington is vibrant, compact and safe with strong arts, government and tech sectors within a beautiful harbour setting. Students at Victoria University of Wellington enjoy privileged access to the nation’s leaders, influencers and decision makers, which in turn shapes our globally-accredited degrees.

During your visit, you will explore our three city campuses, lunch at one of our nearby student halls of residence and hear from the teams behind our award-winning international student support services, our BA internship programme and our extracurricular leadership programmes. You will learn how our international students are getting ‘work ready’ with support from Wellington’s economic development agency and our alumni mentor programme. But don’t take our word for it­—a diverse panel of students will share their experiences and why they love studying at Victoria University of Wellington.

Monday, July 8, 2019 – University Visits: University of Otago in Dunedin

Pre-Registration is Required. Cost: N/A.
Note – Travel and Accommodation must be booked individually.
Note - Visit grabaseat for cheap fares. Not accessible by Train or Car 
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

The University of Otago warmly invites current and prospective partners to visit New Zealand’s first University and home to over 20,000 students.  Established in 1869 and celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2019, the University of Otago is a truly residential campus located in the city of Dunedin.  During your visit you will have the opportunity to explore the campus and get a taste of life at Otago.  Staff from our International Office will provide an overview of the University, highlighting the specialist support services offered to our international students.  You will also learn about the outstanding campus facilities, academic support and recreational activities on offer.  The visit will include a tour of the campus as well as the unique accommodation in our University Flats.  Join us for lunch and hear from members of our academic staff from a variety of disciplines.  There will also be an opportunity to hear from current international students who can share their experiences of life at Otago.
Please email Zaman Ishaad, Conference Coordinator at for any inquiries.