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When Vanessa Lyne left school
she didn't think she'd study in-
terior design, let alone have
her mother in her class.
"In school you re not aware
there s so much you can study
at tertiary level. While studying
photography at Unitec, I devel-
oped an interest in interior de-
sign and changed courses."
Vanessa s mother, Marion, who
has a background in medicine,
was excited by all her daughter s
"This generation has so many
possibilities. Design was not
really an option when I was
younger." Marion took-up the
challenge of studying part-time
while continuing to work full-
time, and joined her daughter s
interior design class.
"The work-study balance is chal-
lenging but rewarding at the
same time. I do morning classes
and then go to work in the after-
noon feeling stimulated as I m
learning something completely
It s the blend of theory and prac-
tical elements that attracted the
"People think it s all about plump-
ing cushions and picking out col-
ours, but I ve learnt theoretical
principles and realised there are
rules. The course is really prac-
tical, getting your hands messy
working with fabric, designs,
paint and colour", says Vanessa.
These two are glad of each oth-
er s support.
"There s de nitely a bit of a com-
petition, but I also feel motivated
by her," says Vanessa. "I see her
doing her job, studying and then
working at home and it inspires
me to do more", Marion feels the
same, "I m not from an art back-
ground and doubt myself a lot,
Vanessa has been very support-
Studying this diploma together
has strengthened the bond they
share, but they feel it will take
them in di erent directions.
"I think my dream project would
be to design a museum with lots
of rooms, each featuring di er-
ent interior designs", says Va-
nessa. "My husband is getting
quite nervous," says Marion. "We
have two bathrooms and Vanes-
sa will redesign one and I ll do
the other one. This will be our
little home project together."
Her advice to others? "Nothing is
impossible. It requires time man-
agement and some sacri ce, but
you can do it. There are lots of
choices available through Unitec.
I ve gained something positive
that I can use in anything I do".
Interested in interior design? Find
out more about your study op-
tions at www.design.unitec.ac.nz
Unitec's interior design class becomes
home-ground for mother-daughter duo
Unitec business graduate and Sistema
just seemed to click
Henrietta Wilar was never
really sure what she wanted
to study when she left school.
"I just didn t know what I was go-
ing to do. And after talking to a
few people, I only got more con-
fused! But I eventually enrolled
in Unitec s Bachelor of Business
programme. I liked how I could
branch out and specialise later
on. After my rst year I chose to
focus on management and mar-
keting, as they appeared to be
the areas I was strongest in.
"I loved studying at the Mt Albert
campus, as my classes were quite
small. And as well as our regular
lecturers, we often had industry
leaders come in to speak to us."
Although she appreciated the
talk and chalk approach, it was
the skills of those who had al-
ready proven themselves in the
working world that stood out.
"Textbook theories are ne, but
you don t have everything you
think you should when you rst
graduate -- that only comes with
And these days it s Henrietta
who s developing the industry
experience she admired so much
as a student. Moreover, she s
gaining it with one of New Zea-
land s recent export success sto-
ries, Sistema Plastics Limited.
Sistema s food containers with
their iconic blue clips are now a
mainstay of kitchens and sta
lunchrooms around the world.
"I m very excited to be their New
Zealand Sales General Manag-
er s Personal Assistant and to
compete in the FMCG (Fast Mov-
ing Consumer Goods) arena. I
also enjoy the variety of my role;
it s part sales, marketing and ad-
vertising, with a little bit of op-
eration and stock management
thrown in for good measure."
Yet she doesn t want to mini-
mise the importance of her time
at Unitec. "Despite the shock of
the rst month or so, when you
realise how much you still need
to pick up, Unitec gave me the
skills to get a great start in busi-
ness. Without those, you d simply
be ying blind."
Interested in business, market-
ing or management? Check out
for study options.
Interior design duo Marion and Vanessa Lyne.
Vanessa Lyne in the design studio on campus.
Business graduate Henrietta Wilar at work with Sistema Plastics.
We often had industry
leaders come in to speak
to us as well...it was the
skills of those who had al-
ready proven themselves
in the working world that
Hayley King. Unitec Graduate.
Owner/Artist/Designer, Flox Design Ltd.
DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS:
We make the
"Nothing is impossible. It
requires time manage-
ment and some sacri-
ce, but you can do it.
There s lots of choices
available through Unitec.
I ve gained something
positive that I can use in
anything I do."
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