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This thesis is the last piece of work on a two year journey to Unitec, New Zealand. As with mostthings in life, my experience began with an idea in my head that got shaped through a lot of thinkingand through the work I put into it.Firstly I have to thank my family and friends in Europe who supported me in my decision to travel toNew Zealand to work towards my degree even if it meant that I would be away from them for twoyears. I hope they missed me as much as I missed them during my time in New Zealand and I amlooking forward to seeing them again soon.They gave me the support and guidance to be able to actually work and finish this thesis.While being in New Zealand and working on my thesis I learned a lot about myself and tested mypatience time and time again. At the same time I have to thank all the people who were patient withme and supported me in my work.First and foremost, I would like to thank my primary supervisor Dr Ken Simpson who kept showingme the forest I am walking in when all I could see were trees. His dedication, contributions, supportand guidance is greatly appreciated.I would also like to thank my secondary supervisor Ed Mason for his contributions and comments.Additionally I would like to thank all Unitec staff I met during my study. My passionate teachers,Robert Davis, especially for asking me to participate in some great discussions, the staff from thelearning centre, the library staff who never got tired of organizing me yet another article, theprogram administrator Glenis Spencer and last but not least, Cynthia Almeida for every smile andsupport she willingly offered whenever I entered her office.Special thanks to: Sabrina, Alena, Rose, E
, Martin and Robin. Without their friendship mylife would be worth a lot less. It is great to know you guys.