Kendall Hutt graduated at AUT with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in 2016, and with an Honours degree the following year. She was contributing editor of the Pacific Media Watch freedom project in 2017. She says:
"My interest in the Asia-Pacific region was first sparked working on a story exploring the issue of media freedom in the Pacific in the final year of my journalism major.
"I have been captivated by the Asia-Pacific region and its diverse stories ever since, in which my interest has steadily become a passion, both for the region and the work the Pacific Media Centre does."
Kendall was a key member of a team that won an award with the annual Ossies for the best in student journalism in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in 2015. The prize was for the best innovative use of journalism for their reporting of the Rainbow Warrior bombing by French secret agents 30 years on. In 2016, she was on a four-month exchange with the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
In December 2017, Kendall took up a job with the North Shore Times.