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Vol 11 March 2011         

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Waikato alumnus named Governor-General

The University of Waikato is proud to congratulate alumnus Lt Gen Jerry Mateparae on being named the new Governor-General of New Zealand

Lt Gen Mateparae is Former Defence Force head and the current head of the Government Communications Security Bureau.  He received the University of Waikato’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding military service.  Lt Gen Mateparae was the first Maori to lead the Defence Force and he will be just the second Maori Governor-General.  He has a Master of Arts in International Relations from Waikato and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

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Our man in Cambodia

A Waikato alumnus has chosen to use his degree to help those living with poor access to clean water in Cambodia

Engineering graduate James Oakley has left laid-back Raglan for village life in Cambodia. He’s spending a year with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia working with the locals to improve water access and hygiene.

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Warming to iced tea

New Zealanders are relative newcomers to iced tea, but thanks to a couple of scientists, were catching on

Joe Gehrke holds a BSc and a Masters degree in biotechnology from Waikato; his wife and business partner Daphne Raj completed her Masters in biochemistry at Otago.  Together they perfected their first recipe for iced tea in a bath in Hamilton East and are responsible for the successful Teza brand.

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Foundation trustee focus

Ken Williamson, Partner, Crombie Lockwood

Ken Williamson is well known in Hamilton for his dedication to our community. During the last 30 years he and his wife Julie have given their time and expertise to numerous organisations in the city. Five years ago, Ken joined the University of Waikato Foundation.

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Call for nominations

2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to no more than three alumni per year.  They recognise and celebrate Waikato alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession, community, arts or sport since graduating from the University of Waikato.

Help us to celebrate alumni success by nominating an awardee.

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Calder & Lawson support community arts

Calder & Lawson Tours has renewed its $100,000 sponsorship of the Calder & Lawson Gallery in the Academy of Performing Arts

Calder & Lawson Tours director Alastair Calder, who’s also chairman of the University of Waikato Foundation, says the University and Calder & Lawson have had a long association and the renewal of the sponsorship agreement is of mutual benefit.

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What's on at the Calder & Lawson Gallery.

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Hill Laboratories Waikato Science Summer School

Through the generous support of local firm Hill Laboratories, forty year 12 students had the opportunity to experience university life and learn valuable skills

“Good science is close to our heart, and our strategic plan includes an intention to support young people as they pursue their own interests in science,” says Steve Howse, Hill Laboratories General Manager.

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Honours for Waikato icons

The University of Waikato is pleased to acknowledge a number of recent awards

In the 2011 Queen's New Year Honours list Honorary Doctor Sir William Gallagher, Emeritus Professor Sir Tamati Reedy and Honorary Professor Justice David Baragwanath were made Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Click here for full story.

Waikato Honorary Doctor and Foundation Patron John Gallagher is involved with many other charitable organisations and late last year was elevated to Knight of the Order of St John following his considerable work with them over the years. Click here for full story.

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The social network

The University of Waikato has launched an official Facebook page that will serve as a hub to connect with stakeholders and the world! The page will carry information, hold discussions, run competitions and, most importantly, provide another platform for you to contact us and network. Join the conversation click here to 'Like' the University of Waikato Facebook page.

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Tropical tourism

Dr Mariyam Zulfa (MBA 1997) is the new Maldives Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. A commercial lawyer, Dr Zulfa says her experience at Waikato helped her become the professional she is today. "I've always been community minded and a tireless worker, and I'm ready to tackle the many challenges that tourism faces in my part of the world."  Click here for more...

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WaikatoLink appointments

WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, has made two new board appointments. Auckland business leader and long-serving army officer, Lt Col Tenby Powell (BSocSc 1987 and Distinguished Alumni Awardee) has been appointed as Chairman, and Hamilton-based lawyer James McGillivray, has been appointed as a Director. Click here for more...

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A Chair's welcome

Waikato University’s new Chair in Coastal Science, Professor Chris Battershill, has been formally welcomed to the role. The professorial role is based at the University of Waikato and is being funded for 10 years by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  Click here for more....

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

As we welcome our new students to the University of Waikato and prepare for the year ahead, our thoughts remain with all those affected by the Christchurch disaster. Many areas of our campus came to a virtual standstill for two-minutes last Tuesday to remember those who have lost so much. There will be few people in New Zealand who have not been touched by the tragic events in Canterbury.

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Events 

Academy of Performing Arts In the coming months a number of critically acclaimed international acts will be performing at the Academy, plus a Royal Society of New Zealand public lecture and much more: What’s on. 

Alumni Association AGM - 30 March 2011 5.30pm Academy of Performing Arts All Waikato alumni, Association Life Members, plus current and former staff are invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Monday 21 March to: alumni@waikato.ac.nz.

Balloons over Waikato - 30 March to 3 April 2011 Each Autumn over 30 hot air balloons from around the world gather in Hamilton for this 11 year old iconic festival.  The University is a proud sponsor of the event.  For more information visit: Balloons over Waikato.

Kingitanga Day - 14 April 2011 Our third annual Kingitanga Day celebrations will take place at the main University campus in Hamilton.  Watch this space for further information. 

Law Reunion - 18 to 20 April 2011 An international conference is being hosted in Hamilton by Te Piringa - Faculty of Law to be followed by a reunion and gala dinner. More information and registration.

Kuala Lumpur & Shanghai - May 2011 We are pleased to announce that the University will be making an official visit to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai in May of this year.  Details and invitation will follow and we look forward to meeting with many alumni and friends in that region.

For all University of Waikato events, visit our website.

Alumni links

Alumni Representatives University of Waikato Alumni Representatives are available to you as a first point of contact wherever you are in the world. Let us know if you would like to set up an alumni group in your area and become an Alumni Representative.

Executive Education Study for a Triple Crown Accredited qualification at New Zealand's #1 management school.  Click here to find out more.

Golden Key Are you a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society? Please get in touch and tell us what you're doing now.

Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Awards

The Sir Peter Blake Trust is seeking nominations for their 2011 awards.  The Blake Medal celebrates a New Zealander who has made an outstanding contribution to the country.  The Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award recognises and encourages six younger leaders of considerable potential.  Why not nominate a Waikato graduate this year?  Contact siobhan@sirpeterblaketrust.org or visit their website: www.sirpeterblaketrust.org.