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AUT alumna Tee Twyford has achieved a lot in her few years. From bright-eyed AUT graduate to high-profile editor of NZGirl, social media and digital PR manager at Tommy Hilfiger to senior digital marketing manager at a certain iconic London-based luxury brand which wishes to remain nameless, Twyford knows the ropes of marketing.


AUT’s high-flying alumna and Twitter head of global operations, Kate Taylor, is currently at home with a new baby, so we interrupted the bonding process to get the low down on how she turned a passion for film into a career with social media juggernaut Twitter, the importance of mastering soft skills and how, sometimes, you just have to accept that Thom Yorke is giving you a sign.


From a young age Adriana Christie, co-owner of Pallet Kingdom, knew she wanted to get into social enterprise. At the age of 13, having grown up surrounded by poverty, she had the very mature realisation that if you don’t have a business and you don’t generate revenue then you can’t help people. Now, with Pallet Kingdom, Christie is turning that idea into a reality.

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It was the clashing of two worlds that gave 19-year-old Bonnie Howland her business idea. On the one side there was her part-time job in a hair salon in Auckland’s trendy Newmarket suburb, while she studied for an event management degree at Auckland’s AUT University.


Looking for a good time in central Auckland? Idealog spent a few hours at AUT’s Colab, and came away buzzing.


Grimy worms upcycling organic waste into fertiliser seems to be the way of the future – at least it won the hearts (and pockets) of venture capitalists at a recent student entrepreneur competition.


In a new exhibition called 'Material Matters', AUT University students have created small pieces of furniture and lighting pieces, exploring design around a dominant material (glass, timber or metal).


A supercomputer once used by Weta Digital to render effects for Peter Jackson's movie King Kong has found a new home at Auckland University of Technology's Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research.

To co-incide with leadership week, AUT and the Sir Peter Blake Trust joined forces to host the second annual ‘Shadow a Leader’ event for top students from high schools to get a taste of business life. Idealog contributor Robert Bruce narrates his day volunteering for the gig and asks, what's your definition of a great leader?

Long-haul Air New Zealand passengers will be soothed to sleep by new Kiwi artwork on the airline’s inflight entertainment programme from mid-January thanks to an AUT initiative.


Every year fresh faced young'uns with dreams of creative greatness prostrate themselves in front of adland's judgemental powerbrokers and show off the year's handiwork. So get thee to the end of year show for the AUT Ad Creativity course tomorrow at the Film Construction building in Minnie St if you want to see it.

When an industry insider saw a need for better sales education, AUT listened. Within a year of the first idea being mooted, AUT launched New Zealand’s (and possibly Australasia’s) first sales degree


AUT’s interdisciplinary creative technology centre, Colab, has over the years hosted numerous handy workshops on all things creative. Its newest venture is called Marker, an innovative public programme of hands-on, design and technology focused workshops.

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AUT Enterprises helps researchers and scientists take the step from novel technology to commercial reality.


Here’s a chance to catch some of the best up and coming Kiwi talent in design. AUT University’s School of Art + Design are launching the new AD10 (Art + Design) Festival, giving you the chance to see, feel, touch and watch a variety of student work.

Is wood, not grapes, the next innovation in wine? AUT University professor Owen Young may have found a novel way to add spice to the demon drink