3 Minutes winners!


Congratulations to the 3 Minute Thesis finalists and winners!

Kudakwashe Tuwe ( PhD Winner) & Samuel Paterson (Masters Winner)

Congratulations to Kudakwashe Tuwe, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) PhD candidate, the winner of the AUT doctoral and M 3MT competitions!

Tuwe was among the eleven students who aced the 3MT pre-heats to go through to the finals, held on Friday 21 August during the Postgraduate Research Symposium. Tuwe is enrolled in the Faculty of Culture and Society and supervised by Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, Dr Carol Neill and Professor Ian Shirley. He gave a compelling presentation, based on his PhD thesis,  on the employment experiences of African communities in New Zealand. Tuwe impressed the judges with his magnetic stage presence, and the innovativeness of his African Oral Tradition Paradigm of storytelling methodology.

Tuwe will represent AUT (and New Zealand) at the Trans-Tasman 3MT Doctoral Competition on 2nd of October at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Tuwe won, among others:

  • A Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
  • Cash prize
  • Certificate and
  • A Trip to Brisbane in Oct 2015 to represent AUT (and NZ) at the International final competitions at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

“I would like to sincerely thank my dear 81-year old mother who is in Zimbabwe for grounding me in the African Storytelling, my supportive and understating beautiful wife, Annette, my lovely daughter Makanaka (Maka) and my polished musician Munashe. Also I would like to thank; my AUT supervisory team (Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, Dr Carol Neill and Professor Ian Shirley), AUT staff, especially Annette Tiaiti for her unwavering support, the vibrant and energetic AUT Ethnic Postgraduate Students, under the leadership of Assc Prof Camille Nakhid and Dr James Rotimi, my Pastor Friday Fumbilwa and El-Shaddai Worship Centre in Auckland, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, senior management and staff”

“ Lastly I hope this award will intrinsically motivate our young people especially from the ethnic communities, in particular the African communities. My mother taught me that no mountain or valley can permanently stand in your way” Said Tuwe.

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