University of Waikato Alumni & Friends

  • Former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith CNZM graduated in 1979 and went on to play 35 games for New Zealand before moving into management and coaching.

  • Dr Andrew Smith is the CEO of Prolife Foods and was a founding sponsor of the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation.

  • Brian Sweeney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in politics in 1980 and went on to co-found international strategy and PR firm SweeneyVesty.

  • Vittoria Shortt is the CEO of ASB, charged with leading the bank into the future against a backdrop of rapidly evolving technologies and ever-increasing customer expectations.

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

  • Celebrating graduation at the University of Waikato Tauranga campus.

  • Whānau celebrating graduation at Te Kohinga Marama Marae ceremony.

  • Graduating with family at the University of Waikato ceremony at Claudelands in Hamilton.

  • At a London alumni event attendees heard from Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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 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.

As Waikato Alumni you can receive:


  • Waikato alumna behind local fashion success (5 March 2020)

    Stacey McIntosh is the brains behind one of New Zealand’s latest fashion successes, and if you’re a bit clothes-obsessed, it’s likely you’ve heard of it.

  • Hillary Medalists announced for 2020 (4 March 2020)

    A former dentistry student who followed her passion for theatre and an elite endurance swimmer who is now giving back to the sport through coaching are the Sir Edmund Hillary Medallists for 2020.

  • Remembering Tom Shaw: Family gift supports biological sciences students (14 February 2020)

    To remember their brother Tom, the Shaw brothers and their parents established the Tom Shaw Memorial Prize in Biological Sciences for students with outstanding ability in ecology or botany. The prize is now in its 40th year, and the Shaws have committed to funding the prize for a further 20 years.

  • Tech for good: Waikato alumni developing software to benefit local communities (21 January 2020)

    Two University of Waikato graduates are putting their tech skills to use for the greater good at Imagimation, a Waikato social enterprise that develops software to benefit local communities' quality of life.

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