Professional Practice research submissions


Research for our Master of Professional Practice students is centred on an in-depth industry-relevant project, in virtually any discipline or sector. This can be carried out in an organisation a student works for or with, has a key functional relationship with, or in their self-employment. Students investigate the issue they have identified, develop an approach for resolving it, and implement processes to achieve the desired outcome.

Doctor of Professional Practice theses

Student name

Title of thesis

Date of award

Bartlett, Suzie Tertiary learner mental health and wellbeing: The development of a national framework 2022-03-10
Alkema, Anne The case of Tapatoru: Building the capability of Foundation educators through professional standards 2021-11-30
McNeil, Alec Product stewardship: Linking waste back to primary production 2021-11-29
Karetai, Mawera The evolution of an identity activist: An indigenous autoethnographic journey 2021-11-03
Goode, Claire An excellent adventure: Investigating the stories of Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardees 2021-11-02
Woodhouse, Adrian Torn identītīes: A Kāi Tahu Pūrākau of whiteness 2021-06-28
Master of Professional Practice theses

Student name

Title of thesis

Date of award

Madden, Evan Identifying motivational factors to increase the selection of a career in the engineering profession 2022-03-08
Mackinnon, Fiona Exploring the value of adverse life experiences of social service and support workers 2021-12-08
Brook, Lesley

Evaluating the Emotional Impact of Environmental Artworks Using Q Methodology

2021-08-05
Koduri, Naresh Rural entrepreneurship for sustainable rural development with Conscious Capitalism 2021-03-21
Hessian, Andrea Professional identity and anticipating change 2021-02-10
Brown, Francesca Leadership for change in the veterinary industry 2021-02-03
Rice, Cat Raising awareness in the New Zealand veterinary profession of the links between animal abuse and family violence 2020-11-30
Mitchell, Carleen Playcentre leadership: A learning story 2020-05-12
Amrullah, Amir International students’ home culture’s influence on learning and their learning model: The reflection 2020-07-23
Nistor, Vera Developing an experiential learning practice model for students at Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus (OPAIC) to make use of in their further studies (based on ESOL learning strategies) 2020-06-30 
Kane, Jared The art of keeping tigers - Organisational vulnerability profiling: Developing a model of hazard protection measures to reflect the efforts of an organisation in managing its vulnerabilities 2020-04-06
Oehley, Claire Adolescent career clarity: Exploring career interventions from an adolescent perspective 2020-03-19
Dyachenko, Elena The advancement towards implementation of electric vehicles in New Zealand 2020-03-19
Pfyl, Daniel Evaluate the effectiveness of project-based learning in a hospitality management programme for developing work-ready students 2019-12-10
Bradfield, Teresa Clinical governance, organisational culture, leadership 2019-10-23
Fogarty-Perry, Barbara Strategies that enhance resilience in parents of children with physical disability 2019-10-22
Jensen, Andy Articulation of a (new, elevated) fourth level Insurance Broker professional status, with a case study in cyber insurance sales 2019-08-19
Wang, Wenling Integrating positive psychology coaching approach with embodiment: An integrative coaching model 2019-08-15
Meyer, Bridget How and why information should be stored and shared for people with high and complex support needs  2019-08-01
Kumeroa-Tichbon, Judith Performance management: Coaching for performance 2019-07-19
Foketi, Chantelle What are the elements of alternative education which encourage and allow support of at-risk youth to gain NCEA level one and pursue higher education 2019-07-18
Wilson, Richard Developing a professional framework of practice within a project management environment 2019-07-01
Cortez, Sahlee Using reflective practice as a tool for becoming a facilitator in reflective education practice 2019-06-28
Body, Simon Movement dysfunction: Diagnosis and correction processes for practitioners 2019-06-24
Munro, Laura Influence of social media in nutrition and physical activity education 2019-06-24
Clark, Leeann Managing challenging workplace behaviours constructively 2019-06-07
Forde, Kyle Standards and interoperability in health IT 2019-04-15
Smith, Lindsay The role of the assessor in the assessment process 2019-02-05
Ede, Stephen Identifying best practice in sport coaching and its application in coach education 2018-12-17
Budd, Hannah Our people - A leadership development programme for Cardrona Alpine Resort 2018-12-17
Harlow, Hugh How did I get here? A reflection on creativity and identity 2018-11-28
Vaughan, Jamie Exploring role transition and professional identity in ICT 2018-10-26
Ellwood, Steve Developing pragmatic learning principles through embedding Human-Centred Design 2018-10-15
Misken, Les Three paths to grassroots software team engagement 2018-10-10
Verma, Narinder Fieldwork policies and processes - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - A handbook for fieldwork lecturers 2018-09-19
Syme, Danny The Rise of Circotica: Rebuilding an urban circus company in post-earthquake Christchurch 2018-08-08
Smidt, Amanda Strategies for career education in New Zealand schools to foster 21st century career development 2018-07-23
Murray, Kiritapu Animal assisted therapy with young people in Aotearoa 2018-06-29
Parr, Agnieszka Creative development. Employing design in helping creative practitioners transition into a money-generating sustainable practice 2018-06-29
Thomas, Jeff Curriculum development and delivery of secondary culinary arts programmes: Is there a recipe for success? 2018-02-21
Simmons, Michael The optimisation of leadership development 2017-12-11
Forbes, Alexa How organisations disrupt ‘business as usual’ in response to exponential environmental and technological change and the relevance of this to mainstreaming sustainable practice 2017-08-24
Alexander, Rex Safe steps 2017-06-29
Brooks, Tom Blueprint transferability of police best practice in iwi family conferencing 2017-04-21
Taylor, Gary Leadership in reflective practice - Strategies to encourage others to build a reflective community 2017-02-28
Whyte, Stewart Blending tikanga with management for effective practice 2016-12-02
Karetai, Mawera Gina-Marie The introduction, classification and management of marsupial species (Trichosurus vulpecula and Marcropus eugenii) in the Bay of Plenty to December 2015 2016-10-19
McLoughlin, Nicholas Bryce Change management in higher education: Lessons learnt from the implementation of problem based learning at Bahrain Polytechnic 2016-01-30
Woodhouse, Adrian Culinary arts pedagogy: A critical enquiry into its knowledge, power and identity formation 2015-11-13
Allott, Paul Raising the bar 2015-10-31
Hibbs, John Anchors into mindfulness 2015-10-16
Halstead, Aaron Social entrepreneurship: A not-for-profile perspective 2015-07-27
McAleese, Shea Central Hockey high performance review 2015-05-15
Cleland, Jordan Cultivating a culture of innovation in higher education 2014-10-03

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