University of Otago graduands Mellora Ford (left) and
Rochelle Hawkins enjoy the moment, as the university
graduation parade moves along George St, Dunedin, on
Saturday afternoon. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Teamwork plays a vital role in businesses that contribute
strongly both to Dunedin and the wider New Zealand economy,
Dunedin innovator and businessman Michael Macknight says.
Mr Macknight, who has two University of Otago qualifications,
including an MSc in computer science, was commenting in an
address to about 230 graduates, mainly in commerce subjects,
at Otago University's latest graduation ceremony, on Saturday
Some Otago University graduates were doing ''amazing things''
and were adding value to the Otago brand, Mr Macknight said
at the Dunedin Town Hall ceremony.
He is the chief executive of ADInstruments Ltd, an
award-winning Dunedin-based company which specialises in data
acquisition systems for the life sciences.
Mr Macknight emphasised the importance of teamwork and said
''almost anything worth doing requires you to work with other
''In fact, the most enjoyable times at work can be the time
spent with your colleagues, all working on a problem.
''If you don't know how to work in a team, learn.
''You won't move forwards unless you can,'' he said.
He also urged graduates to ''respect the people above you and
Some Otago graduates were doing ''amazing things'' , and he
urged the latest graduates to ''take advantage'' of their
Otago University training and ''add your own value''.
New Zealand was a ''tiny country which hits far above its
weight'', he said.
Graduates were starting out with a ''huge advantage'' because
they had a degree from Otago University, which was known
throughout the world. Mr Macknight also warned that ''things
don't always go well'' both at work and in people's personal
''How people overcome obstacles can say more about them than
''The great people solve problems, work around obstacles and
actually finish things.''
Change was continuous and he urged graduates not to be
frightened of it. From constant change, new opportunities
arose, and there were ''so many ways to add value''.
''And, on the internet, the global market has never been more
''Companies can provide services to people anywhere in the
world, and lots of companies, even here in Dunedin, are,'' he