Cate Prestidge

Cate Prestidge

Team Manager – Communication
Programme Coordinator – Certificate in Media Arts

Contact info

07 834 8800 ​​​​extn. 7901
P Block, corner of Collingwood and Tristram Streets, Hamilton.




Areas of expertise

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Research activity

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

I love that no one day is the same and that the main focus of my role is to create the best learning environment and outcomes for the students and staff that I can. I love ideas, discussion and brokering opportunities for connections with the wider industry and community.

What do you love about your area?

Communication is a fast paced and constantly changing industry with huge potential for storytelling and connecting with audiences through media, marketing and creative communication content. With an ever-growing range of platforms, the thing I love is that the fundamentals of communication remain core; understanding your audience and context, finding a great story, undertaking research and investigation, engaging with people, generating ideas, making evidence-based decisions, strategy, planning and collaboration.

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have been in tertiary education for 10 years, teaching communication and managing a range of programmes, including our bridging course. Prior to that I was in secondary education in NZ and Australia teaching English, Theatre and Media Studies. I worked in comms roles and for Rural Press in NSW in advertising and as a columnist.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

I spend a lot of time as a side line football and futsal supporter as well as spending time in our gully and on renovation projects. I host a breakfast show on FreeFM every Thursday and am a reviewer for Theatreview and Radio New Zealand. I enjoy working as MC/Host for range of events including Hamilton Book Month.