Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Student Stories

Richie Chen

Palmerston North Boys’ High student’s sky high goal: aviation engineering

Richie Chen grew up in China, but is no stranger to attending schools overseas. He started high school in South Africa before coming to Palmerston North Boys’ High School in February 2017 to begin year 12.

Palmerston North’s smaller size and relaxed pace appealed to Richie, who’s 17, as a home town. “My parents and I heard a lot of recommendations from our friends about its [Palmerston North] safe and welcoming environment,” he says…. read more



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Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Student Meeting Goals and Thriving

When Leo arrived in New Zealand from Taiwan he set himself goals while he studied towards his Bachelor of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering with Honours at Massey University.

Leo wanted to explore New Zealand’s beautiful natural environment, do well in his studies and make friends with people from all different parts of the world. Even though there were doubts about finding a balance between hobbies, study and friends, he has accomplished just that… read more


Rhema NanthamStudent interview

International Massey Finance Student Sets Sights on the World

At the age of 20, Rhema has seen more countries than most, having lived in Malaysia, the Philippines, and now residing in New Zealand. When Rhema was only seven years old her father received a job offer at the Asian Development Bank, so Malaysia was left behind and the Philippines became her home for the next 11 years.

When Rhema finished her schooling in the Philippines, she was keen to follow in her father’s footsteps and embarked upon a journey that would lead her to New Zealand. Rhema’s parents gave her two study options… read more

Kylie JoeKylie Joe UCOL student

Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology

Attracted to UCOL’s friendly atmosphere, Kylie enrolled in the Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology at the Palmerston North campus.

Despite being out of school (St Peter’s College) for a number of years, Kylie found the transition from work to UCOL easy. “UCOL wasn’t daunting at all and it was easy to pick up the culture,” she says.

Encouraged by her “super” lecturers, Kylie found at UCOL she was able to understand the content easily, and appreciated their teaching style… read more