Community Lease Specialist at Auckland Council
A passion to help her community in Tonga to realise the potential of their land was just one of the reasons Teukialupe chose to study Property.
Career: Community Lease Specialist
Programme: Bachelor of Property
"I wanted to help my people, and the best way I knew how was through my studies. My education has not only been about how I can help others, but most importantly, how can I help my Mum and Dad and repay the sacrifices they have made for me? Ko ʹeku manatu maʹu pe ki ʹapi.
When I heard about the Bachelor of Property programme at Open Day, I thought ‘this is the one!’ I saw the potential to develop my business skillset, learn technical property skills and the professional networking opportunities that lay ahead.
"I work in the Leasing Team at Auckland Council, managing the community leases for two local boards. I came into the workforce full of technical skills, specialised knowledge and transferrable skills that have equipped me to tackle the challenges that are posed in my job. Whether it be Property Law or Building Surveying courses, every part of the degree has made me confident in my knowledge to succeed in local government.
"The Tuākana mentoring and support system for Māori and Pacific students at the Business School was my saving grace. And the network for Pasifika students is a true highlight of my time in the Business School.
"As the only Tongan and only female Pacific student in my graduating class, I encourage more Pacific students to enrol into the Bachelor of Property. Be a part of the conversations being had around the property industry – the opportunities are limitless."