Courtney Hayward

Congratulations to Courtney Hayward on receiving a grant from the Yvonne A. M. Smith Charitable Trust to support her pursuit of a PhD at Massey University. Currently enrolled at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, the School of Māori Knowledge, Courtney has successfully completed her provisional registration.

Courtney’s academic background is impressive. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and Management, with a minor in Public Policy, and a Master of Public Management with Merit. Additionally, she has earned a Te Pōkaitahi Tikanga (Kaupae 3) (Level 3) qualification.

Growing up in the isolated rural town of Wairoa, Courtney has always been motivated to develop her skills and insights to benefit her community. Her passion for self-development drives her PhD research, which aims to shed light on the service provision and lived experiences of rural populations, particularly in the education and health sectors. Having witnessed the disparities between rural and urban areas first-hand, this study is deeply personal to her.

Courtney currently works as a Senior Advisor for the Local Government Commission, a remote position that allows her to be based in Wairoa while contributing to her community and family and advancing her career. Additionally, she is involved in local and national committees and trusts, actively participating in initiatives that reflect her commitment to fostering positive change. Her career aspirations are centred on improving regional and low-socioeconomic areas through research and advocacy.

We applaud Courtney for her achievements and dedication to making a meaningful impact in her community and beyond.