About Us

The NZAGE is the industry body educating, and supporting organisations that currently recruit or develop New Zealand graduates (including interns, scholarships and cadets) and those who wish to do so in the future. The NZAGE is supported by a broad range of organisations, including large and small employers across many industries in both the private and public sectors. The NZAGE also seeks to consult with related associations including careers advisory services; non profit bodies and entities which offer services in connection with graduate recruitment and development (I.e. suppliers).

The NZAGE is a Not-for-profit Incorporated Society. It does not receive government funding; rather its activities are entirely supported by funds raised by way of annual subscriptions, event fees and services provided to the graduate recruitment industry.

NZAGE supporting NZ employers

  • Relationship building - the NZAGE provides opportunities for networking with Professionals from the graduate recruitment industry, including employers, careers advisers and service providers.
  • Annual Summit – the NZAGE hosts an Annual Conference in October-November each year. Immediately following the NZAGE Summit is the NZAGE industry Awards.
  • Education / Information - the NZAGE facilitates both formal and informal opportunities to learn about the industry, share information and develop skills. The NZAGE operates its one annual independent NZAGE Candiate Survey and NZAGE Employer Survey in association with Highfliers Research (UK). The Employer Survey summarises a range of data provided by New Zealand employers in relation to their graduate recruitment activities. The Candidate Survey summarises attitudes and opinions from recently recruited candidates (i.e successful hires) with respect to various aspects of the graduate recruitment process. 
  • Advocacy and Support - the NZAGE communicates the views of the industry to other stakeholders in the graduate recruitment and wider youth recruitment market including tertiary bodies and government. The NZAGE also provides support and advice on industry 'best practice'.


The Association is led by a dedicated committee of volunteers who donate their time to help manage our member offering. All our committee volunteers have 'day jobs' as graduate recruitment leaders at one of the NZAGE's member organisations. We believe that this structure gives the NZAGE a unique ability to provide New Zealand graduates, our members and the wider industry with valuable and relevant services.

NZAGE Committee

Emily Alexander

Treasury Programme Advisor, The Treasury

Emily decided recently not to pursue a career in academia after discovering that studying Aboriginal child abuse in Australia was not the best place to do this. She landed her first job running apprenticeship programmes at a university specialising in law in London. Needless to say Emily is new to working for government (and the real world in general) and is learning that sometimes it pays not to always say what is on your mind! Having recently moved back to New Zealand, Emily has settled in Wellington and adopted a failed police dog. She joined the NZAGE Committee in 2017.

Niamh Coleman

Resourcing Consultant, Graduate Recruitment, KPMG New Zealand

Niamh leads KPMG New Zealand’s Graduate and Intern Programme, focusing on bringing future leaders and shining stars into the business. She has 4+ years professional experience, both in the UK and New Zealand and across both agency and in-house recruitment functions. Niamh’s worked in the FMCG and Telecommunication industries and is excited about her role in Professional Services with KPMG. She’s really passionate about equipping young people with the skills they need to build the workforce of the future and has been on the NZAGE Committee since February 2017.

Laura Baird

Graduate and Intern Programme Advisor, New Zealand Treasury

Laura Baird manages The New Zealand Treasury graduate and intern programmes (currently on parental leave raising her son). The Treasury is New Zealand's lead advisor to the Government on economic, financial and regulatory policy. Laura has 8+ years professional experience focusing on organisational development, learning and development, recruitment , event and programme management, and general HR practices. Laura is passionate about the Early in Career space and the way youth talent is nurtured, developed and challenged in an organisation. Laura has previously worked in the engineering, architecture and humanitarian industries before moving into her current Government role. Laura joined the NZAGE Committee in 2017. 

Anna McHardy

Independent Contractor

Anna's most recent role was the Graduate and Youth development manager for Vodafone New Zealand. Her career over the last 8 years with Vodafone has been an exciting one having joined as one the founding remembers of their in-house recruitment team to leading that team as their Head of Recruitment before gaining wider HR experience as the HR Services Manager. Last year the Graduate Manager role was created and with a real passion for youth development she jumped at the chance to develop and manage their graduate programme. She has recently left Vodafone to embark on a career as an independent consultant. Anna joined the NZAGE committee for the 2016 year.

Rachel Steward

Graduate Recruitment Specialist, Chapman Tripp

Rachel is Graduate Recruitment Specialist at Chapman Tripp, New Zealand’s leading commercial law firm, where she runs their national winter clerk, summer clerk and graduate programmes. She started her career in London with magic circle law firm Allen & Overy as part of their Graduate Recruitment team before moving to Auckland in 2014. Prior to joining Chapman Tripp, Rachel spent two and a half years with KPMG, managing their graduate and intern recruitment campaigns across New Zealand. In her spare time, she volunteers as an Alumni Careers Mentor for the University of Exeter, mock interviewing students via Skype on weekends. Rachel joined the NZAGE Committee in January 2016.

Jackie Hinchcliff

Project Manager, Business Management Systems & Processes, New Zealand Transport Agency

Jackie is an Investment Advisor at the NZ Transport Agency - the Planning & Investment (P & I) Auckland/Northland Regional Team and her work is best summarised as a “People/Communciations Advisor."  Her graduate work focus is the Planning & Investment Graduate Coordination, theGraduate Programme Coordinator and the One Agency Graduate Development Programme Project Manager. As part of the P & I Regional Senior Leadership team, her work is in the capacity of “Chief of Staff” where the focus is Team Engagement, Workforce Planning, Communications and Business Processing. A passionate volunteer, she is a also a board member of the Rotary Club of Auckland and and serves as its Youth Director.

Pagen Plaizier

Graduate Experience Manager, Xero

Pagen Plaizier is the Graduate Experience Manager at Xero. She runs the global graduate and intern programmes. Prior to joining Xero, Pagen was the HR Advisor at Russell McVeagh, New Zealand's premier commercial law firm.  Pagen ran the national scholarship, summer clerk and graduate programmes alongside providing generalist HR support for the legal staff.  Originally a Russell McVeagh scholar herself. Pagen has been involved with the 2014 and joined the committee in 2016.

Mia Petrovic

NZAGE Administrator

The NZAGE Administrator is a part-time role, this individual looks after the day-to-day business of the Association including all enquiries, membership applications, communications, accounts and event management.

NZAGE Incorporated Society Board

Jacqui McKeown

Campus Recruitment Manager, EY

Jacqui McKeown is the Campus Recruitment Manager for EY New Zealand, a global professional services organisation that provides a broad array of assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services.  Jacqui brings a wealth of experience across learning & development, recruitment, marketing and employer branding along with HR generalist skills. Jacqui has previously worked in the tourism, airline and security industries before moving into professional services. Jacqui enjoys playing a key part in the youth attraction and development space in New Zealand and joined the NZAGE Committee in 2015 and Board in 2017.

Amanda Mitchell

Talent Acquisition Consultant, Air New Zealand

Amanda is a Talent Acquisition Consultant at Air New Zealand, partnering with the Digital division.   Amanda's role is to strategically source talent and build pipelines for a range of Digital skill sets and levels.  Amanda led recruitment for Digital's first Intern program in 2016 and prior to this, Amanda worked for 2degrees and KPMG, recruiting across a variety of portfolios.  Amanda was elected to the NZAGE Board in 2016, following three terms on the Committee.

Siobhan Warren

Graduate Program Manager, Xero

Siobhan is a passionate graduate and scholarship program manager, based in Wellington. She has recently joined Xero, a New Zealand-based software company that develops cloud-based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. In this role, she will be developing the Xero graduate offering from end to end. Prior to joining Xero, she managed the graduate and scholarship programs for PwC New Zealand. Siobhan has degrees in Commerce (Entrepreneurship), Arts (Organisational Psychology) and holds a Masters in Management. Siobhan joined the NZAGE Committee in 2013 and Board in 2017.

Tim Watts

Director, TalentWire Group

Tim is the founding member of NZAGE, championing the establishment of the association in 2011 with the support of a group of passionate graduate employers. Prior to NZAGE Tim successfully coordinated NZ’s first graduate employer’s forum that focused on solely employer issues and the development of employer/ industry advancement and best practice. He is a director of TalentWire Group and is the co-founder of a number of successful brands - including tertiary careers website www.gradconnection.co.nz, secondary focused www.schoolconnect.co.nz and national publication Next Step. Tim has an extensive knowledge of the NZ graduate market place and area of youth career transitioning. He is passionate about youth development, and is a regular presenter on the topic. Outside of NZAGE and business Tim serves on the board of directors of Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand. He began his business career as a corporate tax accountant at PWC, he is an admitted Barrister and Solicitor and Chartered Accountant with a BCA (Accounting) and LLB from Victoria University of Wellington.