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Some of our previous interns would like to share their stories with you. Find out what projects they have been working on.

Leo Huxiao

Leo Huxiao

University of Otago | PhD in Tourism (undertaking)
Internship: Sustainable Tourism Development

I'm very passionate to my internship at WDC over the summer. I've been working with the Economic Development Team and Wairoa i-site to undertake research and practical work related to sustainable tourism and economic development. I'm keen to identify tourism assets and activities in the Wairoa district and promote the great natural beauty to potential tourists.

There truly is rich cultural and historical heritage as well as rugged wilderness adventure in the district. I have enjoyed the welcoming and friendly hospitality from the Wairoa community.

Kang Lin

Kang Lin

Victoria University of Wellington | Bachelor of Commerce
Internship: Finance and Business Analysis

Wairoa is located on the east coast with a temperate and warm climate. This is a fantastic place for living and working. You will see amazing natural lake views by going cycling or just walking along the river. I live in a warm and cozy accommodation provided by Council and usually ride a bike around this beautiful town. I highly recommend the café and sushi shop. They have amazing and yummy food to satisfy your taste buds. Wairoa is also near Mahia Peninsula where you can see spectacular seascapes which has been unforgettable for me. I believe that I will come back gain for travelling in the future.

Winona Molano Winona Molano


Massey University | Bachelor of Engineering (currently), Massey University | Bachelor of Health Science (completed)
Internship: Food Control Plan & Drinking Water Supply

WDC gave me two projects wherein I was able to apply and enhance the skills from both my Environmental Health and Engineering backgrounds. I was also able to enjoy the sceneries in the District and experience activities that are not available in the city, such as the A&P show.

Matheus Larrossa Matheus Larrossa


University of Brasilia / University of Waikato | Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
Internship: Wastewater and water treatment systems

I've had an amazing experience here in Wairoa, and had a great time with my internship at Council. The people have been really welcoming, and they are really proud of being from Wairoa. I plan to come back and will certainly recommend that others come here too. There is so much to experience here in Wairoa.

 Some of our previous interns

Johannes KlӧhnJohannes Klӧhn, Bachelor of Public Management, University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg, Germany. He gained insights into the processes of administration at a local government organisation. Nephi PukepukeNephi Pukepuke, Bachelor of Law, University of Waikato. He was analysing and applying the law in regards to the Whenua Rahui policy at the Wairoa District Council.
lauren McGeeLauren McGee, Double Degree in Law and Arts, University of Canterbury. She was supporting the governance function of Council whilst also supporting the economic development portfolio. Ian AlvesIan Alves, Bachelor of Computer Science in Brazil, one year at the University of Waikato. He was developing solutions with Qgis and Roam to help people from departments at the council.
Lucas Nathan Barbosa de Oliveira,Lucas Nathan Barbosa de Oliveira, Bachelor of Computer Science in Brazil, one year at the University of Waikato. He was working with GIS. Lucas De Castro OliveiraLucas De Castro Oliveira, Bachelor of Computer Science in Brazil, one year at the University of Waikato. He has been working on some I.T. projects.

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