Vicky Young

Vicky Young
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Ko Waiaruhe te awa

Ko Ngāwhā te marae

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

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Ko Vicky Young ahau

Vicky Young

Vicky was raised as an indigenous global citizen of the world, and this has culminated into her lifelong passion to educate, connect, share knowledge and empower others. She is Maori (Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa tribes) from the Far North of NZ, and raised in the Waikato.

Vicky is a Maori Academic, and has been teaching at Waikato University, since 1989, including in the triple-crown accredited Waikato Management School (WMS). She is now a senior tutor in the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL). She graduated with 3 degrees: a BA, a PGDip SLT, and an MA. She also successfully completed a specialist NZ Government run one-year Certificate in Entrepreneurial Women in Business (one of the top 20 women entrepreneurs selected for this programme). Vicky has a passion for education, and has enjoyed working with all students at all levels.

TEU Union Representative:

Vicky has been a union member for a number of years, and decided to step up by being a committee member, and now she is the Co-President (Waikato University Branch) National Maori Committee/Te Toi Ahurangi, Maori Academic Rep and has previously held the TTA position of Kahurangi Māreikura – National Women’s Rep. She has been on the bargaining team, and enjoys recruiting and supporting members.

Committees and Working Groups: Waikato University

Vicky has consistently been on Maori Representative Memberships, which include the Maori Academic Board (Current, Te Puna Tautoko (TPT) Maori Support Network – Waikato University 2016 - 2020 (Acting Chair) 2017-2018 and the Maori Advancement Group – Waikato Management School Maori Academic Champion (WMS) Maori Advancement Group (PROVC Maori Office) 2016/17

Professional Memberships:

Vicky has been a member of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisers of Aotearoa/New Zealand(ATLAANZ) 2006-2020. She is also a member of the World Indigenous Business Forum, and has attended their events in NZ, Chile and Canada. She is also a member of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA).

Indigenous Business Entrepreneur

As an indigenous entrepreneur, Vicky has been actively involved in the NZ tourism industry for 32 years and is a successful multilingual Maori indigenous entrepreneur. She is the founder/Director of the Maori business, Young’s International Language Academy (1996), a leader in the study/tourism industry. She is also the President and Founder of Young’s Indigenous Enterprises (2018).


Community engagement is important, and Vicky is the Secretary, Te Papanui Enderley Community Trust and a Committee Member: Hamilton Branch NZ China Friendship Society.

She is also a Global Advisor on the Chilka Foundation (Mapuche) in Chile.