Jessica was recognised for her work supporting Māori mental health and suicide prevention. In 2018, she created and led the Mana Whenua Hikoi during which she walked 668km over 21 days to honour the 668 people who took their lives in New Zealand during 2017.
Jessica was able to raise $2,500 for Lifeline and raise awareness of the mana whenua approach to suicide prevention.
Jessica was presented with her award by Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Youth, Peeni Henare.
In 2018, Courtney Gilbert led a team of Creative Media Production students to create Kiwis Can Fly, a fun animated series for children. Now, Kiwis Can Fly is broadcasting to kiwi kids via NZ On Air's HEIHEI platform.
Our Bachelor of Design with Honours students Ashlee, Frankie, Georgia, Lillian and Troix spent Semester One of 2019 interning at agencies in Hong Kong.