Inside the Career: Episode Ten – Communications (Katie Hunter)

“Just get stuck in, do anything and everything that you have time for, and do it with a smile.”

Katie Hunter worked as the Communications Manager at Westlake Boys’ High School for 18 months before recently moving on to a new role with the New Zealand Automobile Association in August this year.

Katie emigrated from England when she was nine, attended Campbells Bay School and Murray’s Bay Intermediate, before attending Westlake Girls’ High School between 2012 and 2016.

From Westlake, Katie moved on to AUT, where she completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies. Recently, Katie has begun studies for a Graduate Diploma of Business at Massey University, successfully balancing this alongside her existing work commitments.

As Katie describes it, her role at Westlake was to “brand manage the school… get[ting] to story-tell all the awesome things that happen here each day that the students do, and the teachers achieve.” Katie’s energy and enthusiasm to “just get stuck in” to a wide range of things at Westlake Boys’ has been a feature of her legacy and she reflects upon this variety of experience as something she has cherished in her role.

For her own wellbeing, Katie preaches the need to keep busy, but also, to regularly switch off, to “just put the book away” as she puts it, whether by going for a walk, or going for a swim or getting out into nature.

Katie’s long-term career goal is to secure a position at the global headquarters of Lululemon in Canada, a company she has maintained strong ties with since university and which she admires for its core values that include health, wellness, personal development, and innovation.


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State of Mind

Katie Hunter

Relevant links:

Bachelor of Communication Studies – AUT

Graduate Diploma of Business – Massey University

New Zealand Automobile Association


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