Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

2019 Awardees

Wayne Smith CNZM

All Blacks rugby player and coach

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) 1979
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Dr Andrew Smith

CEO Prolife Foods

Bachelor of Science 1987, Master of Science (First Class Honours) 1989
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Brian Sweeney

International business strategist and communications specialist

Bachelor of Arts 1980
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Vittoria Shortt


Bachelor of Management Studies 1994
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2018 Awardees

The Honourable Dame Annette King

Former Member of Parliament

Bachelor of Arts 1981
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Dr Sarah Calvert

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Bachelor of Social Sciences 1974, Master of Social Sciences 1975, Doctor of Philosophy, 1982
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Jan Zijderveld

CEO, Avon Products

Bachelor of Management Studies 1986
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Miriam Dean CNZM Q.C.


Bachelor of Social Sciences 1977
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Professor Tom Higham

Professor of Archaeological Science, Deputy Director of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit

Doctor of Philosophy 1993
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Dr Shane Legg

Co-founder and Chief Scientist Google DeepMind

Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Second Class Honours, First Division) 1996
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2017 Awardees

Mark Wilson

CEO, Aviva

Bachelor of Management Studies, 1989
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Professor Fui Le'apai Tu'ua 'Īlaoa Asofou So’o

Vice-Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa

Bachelor of Education, 1981; Bachelor of Arts, 1982; Master of Arts, 1988
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Deborah Challinor MNZM

Historian, writer

Bachelor of Arts, 1981; Master of Arts (Honours), 1994; Doctor of Philosophy, 1999
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2016 Awardees

No award ceremony was held this year

2015 Awardees

Peter Churchouse

Financial analyst, publisher and investor

Bachelor of Arts, 1970; Master of Social Sciences, 1971
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Dame Hinewehi Mohi DNZM

Managing Director, Raukatauri Productions Ltd, singer and songwriter, co-founder and trustee of the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

Bachelor of Arts, 1985
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Rob Waddell ONZM

Olympic rower and yachtsman

Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours), 1998
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2014 Awardees

Jamie Fitzgerald

Management consultant, adventurer and motivational speaker

Bachelor of Communication Studies, 2005
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Dr Arthur Grimes


Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1979
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Le Mamea Taulapapa Sefulu Ioane QSO

Author; Inaugural Director, Pacific Island Education Resource Centre

Bachelor of Arts, 1974 and Master of Arts, 1976
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Parekawhia McLean

Director, Businessperson, CEO

Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1986 and Master of Social Sciences, 1992
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2013 Awardees

Professor Marston Conder

Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of Auckland

Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1976 and Master of Social Sciences, 1978
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Judge Stephanie Milroy

Maori Land Court Judge and former Deputy Chair, Waitangi Tribunal

Master of Laws, 1997
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Edmund Wee

Managing and Creative Director, Epigram (Design) and Publisher and CEO, Epigram Books

Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1974 and Master of Social Sciences, 1976
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2012 Awardees

Warren Gatland OBE

Head Coach, Chiefs, British & Irish Lions

Diploma of Teaching, 1986
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Karen Morrison-Hume

Anglican Missioner, Anglican Action

Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1997
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Murray Sherwin CNZM

Chairman, New Zealand Productivity Commission

Bachelor of Social Sciences, 1974 and Master of Social Sciences, 1976
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2011 Awardees

Paul Bowker

Owner, Hotel on Devonport, H & H Construction Ltd

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, 2007 and Master of Business Administration, 2008
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John Erkkila

Entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Director, New Zealand Home Loans

Bachelor of Sciences, 1985
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Hon Hekia Parata

Former MP

Bachelor of Arts, 1980 and Master of Arts, 1984
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Lt Col Dr Christopher Pugsley ONZ, FRHistS

Military historian and Former Senior Lecturer War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Doctor of Philosophy, 1992
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2010 Awardees

Sam Knowles

Board Director, Synlait; Kiwibank Founding Chief Executive

Bachelor of Sciences, 1975
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Dr Craig Nevill-Manning

Director, New York Engineering, Google

Doctor of Philosophy, 1996
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Lt Col Tenby Powell

Businessperson; Mayor, Tauranga

Bachelor of Sciences, 1987
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2009 Awardees

Dr Judy McGregor CNZM

Associate Dean Postgraduate, AUT

Bachelor of Arts, 1970
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Alyn Ware

Peace Activist

Bachelor of Education, 1984
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Annabelle White

Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author

Master of Arts, 1982
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2008 Awardees

HE Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO

High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom

Master of Arts, 1996
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Dr David Derek Sikua

Former Prime Minister, Solomon Islands

Doctor of Philosophy, 2003
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Sir Peter Vela ONZM

Business founder and owner

Master of Social Sciences, 1973
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2007 Awardees

Theresa Gattung CNZM

Leading New Zealand business personality, former Telecom CEO

Bachelor of Management Studies, 1984
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Clare McTamney

Manager - Remuneration and Benefits, ANZ

Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws, 1999
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Deryck Shaw MNZM

Director, APR Consultants Ltd

Bachelor of Science, 1978
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