These days it's rare to walk out of study and into your dream job. But that's exactly what Mapihi Kelland did. The 24-year-old dancer was one of more than 300 students who graduated from Whitireia on Thursday. Before she had even finished her final exams, she had been offered a contract with New Zealand's leading contemporary dance group, Black Grace.
She said she was amazed to get in because her cultural dance background did not match the group's classical contemporary requirements. "I don't quite fit the criteria there," she said. "I couldn't believe it and I couldn't believe I was going overseas when I had just finished my course."
The Bachelor of Applied Arts student said she had always wanted to be a dancer, and the last three years of study had given her opportunities to do so.