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"Women are... both underrepresented and underpaid in numerous fields such as business, science, technology, and engineering."
When you speak with Marina Kamel, you get a real sense of the enthusiasm she has for dentistry.
As the senior lecturer in Marine Biology and Marine Biology programme director at Victoria University of Wellington, James Bell – marine biologist – splits his time between academic research and teaching future marine biologists.
Tegan Evans couldn’t imagine doing anything else for her career. After growing up loving all things to do with the ocean, she wasn’t too sure what to do after school, so went straight into studying science and the University of Auckland.
It was a bad case of hay fever that led Christian Robinson to a career in medicine.
Netane Takau can honestly say that nursing was not part of his future plan when he was at high school. Originally from Tonga, Netane came to New Zealand after finishing high school to visit his great grandmother and also look for a job.
Gemma Martin thinks food science deserves more credit than it gets for a career path and with the variety of work she is involved in on a day-to-day basis, there is no doubt that it is an exciting, ever-changing career.
Victoria University biotechnologist David Ackerley first discovered he liked science in his second year at high school when he began to learn about “trying to figure out how life actually works”.

Marine magic

Marine scientist Wilma Blom says finding the right career is all about doing something that you love.
A sucker for puppies and kittens – and all animals, for that matter – and wanting to do everything she can to help them in need, vet nurse Sandy Waddell is living the dream.