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Julie Chuor with Linda Hoy, Noella Niyonzima and Jamie Rameka and Opus CEO, David Prentice.
Photo by Joe McMenamin

Lawyer visits Commerce students

Jan Stephen —

Former Student and now Lawyer, Julie Chuor, Returns to Naenae College to Speak with Commerce Students

Recently Mr Carew, one of the Commerce Staff, met up with Julie Chuor, a former Commerce Student at Naenae College. Julie had gone to university in the late 1990’s to study Commerce and Law. She is now Partner and Senior Legal Counsel with Opus International Consultants Ltd and responsible for overseeing contracts for one of New Zealand’s largest engineering companies.

Mr Carew asked Julie to speak to his year 12 Economics class about her journey into Commercial Law. Year 12 Economics students had been studying government intervention in the economy. They had been focusing on government activity that stimulates growth, and were looking at programmes to generate investment such as free trade agreements, the TPPA in particular. He asked if Julie could speak about Opus’ role with the government in contracts for such things as road construction, port development, airports, power station development, and irrigation programmes. Julie did so, also speaking about other things that Opus does, the sort of environment it thrives in, its role in high level government and corporate investment projects and what Opus offers New Zealand in terms of its development of infrastructure. Students were able to use the information Julie provided to complete and internal assessment on Government Intervention in the Economy.

Later in the year Linda Hoy, Noella Niyonzima and Jamie Rameka were able to visit Opus’ head office and talk more with Julie about her work. They also met David Prentice, Chief Executive Officer of Opus who encouraged the students to consider working for a firm like Opus, based on the caliber of Naenae College students, such as Julie Chuor.

It is great to catch up with past students and to hear of the amazing things they have done with their lives.

We thank Julie for her inspirational talk and her willingness to help current students.