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University of Waikato Alumni & Friends

  • Keao NeSmith is passionate about the revival of the Hawaiian language and has translated The Hobbit into Hawaiian - Ka Hopita.

  • Chris Roberts is the Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, the largest representative body for the tourism industry.

  • Andrea Dekrout's career has seen her working with disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea and tigers in Botswana, to her current job as an environmental adviser at the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

  • Graduands pose in Civic Square before marching to Claudelands.

  • Peter Allen (front right) became the University of Waikato's first graduate in 1967.

  • Waikato alumni catch up at an event in London.

  • Hamilton property developer Andrew Yeoman is an advocate for sustainable practices and urban design principles.

  • Alumni and friends catch up at a University of Waikato event in Jakarta.

  • Distinguished Alumna Hinewehi Mohi is a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter and the founder of the Hineraukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

All graduates from the University of Waikato, people who have completed a paper or recognised course, former staff members and active participants in University life are recognised as members of our Alumni & Friends community.  It is an inclusive, dynamic group, supporting one another and the aspirations of their University.

There are no fees for joining and we will proactively keep you up to date with University happenings, invite you to a range of events and celebrate your success.

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