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Waikato Alumni & Friends, November 2015
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Tauranga Kaumatua receives highest honour

Dr Morehu Ngatoko Rahipere MNZM was conferred with an honorary doctorate at October graduation. He's pictured second from left with Chancellor Rt Hon James Bolger ONZ, the university's Kaumatua Taki Turner and Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley. Read more...

From Canada to Waikato, new Dean is coming home

Leading Māori academic Professor Brendon Hokowhitu has been appointed Dean of the University of Waikato's School of Māori and Pacific Development (SMPD).

He will start his new role at Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao in early January. He's currently Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Professor Hokowhitu plans to strengthen his te reo when he returns. "To be a Dean of SMPD with such a proud history of language teaching and revitalisation means I will have to be better. I plan to go into immersion classes as soon as I can." Read more...

The making of Penny Black

She's been a stunt double and a director's assistant in Hollywood and now alumna Fiona Jackson (pictured) has launched her own full-length feature. The movie is called Penny Black and it premiered in October at the Arohanui Film Festival in Te Aroha. Read more...

Around the Faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Social sciences students from Waikato and Massey universities are working together to fight against the child sex trade and human trafficking in Cambodia. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: student and Google Ambassador Grace Nolan wants more women to consider computer science. She helped set up SC3, a support group for computer science students, and actively seeks opportunities to spread the word that computer science isn't just for boys.

Education: Seven Māori and Pasifika student teachers have been awarded Kupe Scholarships by Education Minister Hekia Parata. There are only 30 scholarships offered annually throughout New Zealand, awarded to academically successful students who want to become teachers.

Law: Senior Lecturer Dr Sadeq Bigdeli has been appointed senior adviser and trade negotiator by Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade to oversee trade policy development.

Māori and Pacific Development: Senior Lecturer Tom Roa recently published his Māori translation of children's classic Alice in Wonderland. 

Management: The winning team at the annual Chesterman Group Public Relations Campaign competition, Walk About NZ, focused their campaign on getting sedentary office workers up and walking. 

Science and Engineering: Engineering student Rachel Molina is in Germany after being selected for an all-expenses-paid traineeship at the University of Stuttgart where she'll be researching chemical absorption processes and gas cleaning techniques during combustion.

On campus lately

Sport and arts winners were announced at the 2015 Blues Awards - pictured are Sportsman of the Year Caleb Shepherd (rowing), Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, Creative and Performing Arts Person Catherine Kwak (cello), sponsor Sir James Wallace and Sportswoman of the Year Zoe Stevenson (rowing); Iranian artist Neda Nourmohammadi took out the 2015 3MT competition; top masters student Sjoerd de Feijter won the inaugural Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship, worth $25,000; former Split Enz member Mike Chunn spoke about his childhood, personal battles and triumphs at the Hillary Scholarship leadership event and University technician Aaron Wall and Honorary Doctor Max Gibbs received KuDos Hamilton Science Excellence Awards.

Happening soon

Subsets: sets and pairs from the University of Waikato Art Collection, Calder & Lawson Gallery, October - February; Blue Stockings, a play about four young women fighting for education and self-determination runs November 11 - 14; Buddy Day, November 13, is an opportunity to raise awareness and drive change about the role adults play in a child's life - get involved hereJoin Hamilton's iconic run/walk event Round The Bridges on November 15 and Professor Linda Nikora will present her inaugural professorial lecture on November 17.

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