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Brandon Amaral – Week 12

Brandon Amaral

22 February 2016

I can’t believe my time at the New Zealand Initiative has come to an end this week. It has been an experience that I will never forget. I have met so many amazing people that I will continue to be in contact with and learnt so much (and not only about economics).

This week I spent most of my time wrapping up my work on New Zealand’s NCEA pass rate and presented my findings to Dr Eric Crampton and Martine Udahemuka. Eric will be using my findings in his insights piece later this month, and I am so happy to say that Martine will be using my findings in her upcoming report on education later in the year. I might even get a mention in the report!

On Wednesday night, the Initiative held an interesting event on the European Union for its members at the office. During the week, I helped setup the office for the event and even poured drinks for the guests on the night. That night I was privileged enough to listen to Dr Oliver Hartwich analyse the state of the EU and the potential affects it has on New Zealand.  After Oliver’s spiel on the EU, I had the opportunity to mingle with the highly esteemed guests over drinks and nibbles.

Dr Oliver Hartwich presenting his ideas on the EU

Since Friday was my last day at the Initiative, the office farewelled me with some early drinks and food in the boardroom.  As a going away gift, everyone at the Initiative chipped in to buy me a scenic book on the beauty of New Zealand, which was a great souvenir to take home.

I have now come back to Perth and am reflecting on my journey. It has truly been an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish. I feel so privileged to have had such an opportunity, and I can’t thank everyone at Mannkal and The New Zealand Initiative enough. Having the opportunity to travel overseas and work at such an amazing organisation is incredible.

I can’t wait to share all the experiences I had to everyone back home.

The Wellington Beehive

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