Vol 1 - No 5 - December 2009         

A Message from Jim Bolger


Throughout my life, I have been a strong supporter of education. Travelling the world as Prime Minister and then as Ambassador to the US, I witnessed firsthand how education can transform people and nations.


Since becoming Chancellor of the University of Waikato, I have grown extremely proud of what the University has achieved in a relatively short time period.

Waikato alumni are making their mark here in New Zealand and globally. As Chancellor, I have been privileged to publicly recognize several who have distinguished themselves. Others serve as leaders in major international corporations, teach at respected universities and schools, work as scientists, government officials, entrepreneurs, lawyers, performing artists and athletes. 

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2009 Off Campus Magazine


Over the next month all Alumni and Friends of the University of Waikato will receive a copy of the 2009 Off Campus magazine. For your convenience we have also provided an online version.


2009 Off Campus Magazine


Honorary Dog-torate


Dame Lynley Dodd and her iconic creation, Hairy Maclary, have been acknowledged with an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato.


The conferral took place at Mills Reef Winery near Tauranga on November 11, in front of family and friends and university staff. Dame Lynley was presented with her honorary doctorate by Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and Chancellor Jim Bolger. A toy version of Hairy Maclary, wearing his own gown and trencher, was also presented to Dame Lynley, along with a citation just for Hairy Maclary.


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A Green Breakfast at the Gallagher Great Race


Deloitte’s Michael Crawford welcomes guests.


Foundation Trustee and Deloitte Managing Partner Michael Crawford graciously hosted a Foundation Breakfast at the Deloitte offices in Hamilton East, on Sunday 27 September for the Gallagher Great Race. Deloitte’s three-story office building is Hamilton’s newest commercial property development and has a stunning view of the Waikato River. Other features include a huge atrium running through the centre which recycles rainwater and creates reflective light and spaciousness, sensor lighting that adjusts to natural light levels, a low energy air con system and 4,000 sq m of high performance glass.

Over 100 guests enjoyed brunch on the balcony watching the secondary school and business house races. Guests then boarded the new river-boat Te Awa Kuini for up close viewing of the two main races of the day; Waikato Women against Sydney University for the Bryan Gould Cup and the Harry Mahon Trophy, convincingly won by Waikato Men against Oxford University.


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Getting Buggy in Auckland


Dr Ruud Kleinpaste - New Zealand's Bug Man.


In November alumni living in Auckland were treated to an outstanding presentation by Dr Ruud Kleinpaste at Microsoft, overlooking the Viaduct Harbour. Ruud is New Zealand’s celebrated Bug Man. He captivated and delighted the audience with his interactive presentation and great humour, reinforcing the importance of bugs in our world. A regular on the Jay Leno Show, Ruud has also appeared on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He has published two books, Scratching for a Living and Backyard Battlefield, and was awarded a Waikato Honorary Doctorate in 2008.

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Science & Engineering’s 40th Anniversary


Spirits were high in November as Science & Engineering staff, friends and stakeholders celebrated, shared stories and looked to the future as they marked the School’s 40th anniversary of Science at Waikato.

Monday 9 November saw present and former staff come together with invited guests to attend a formal dinner in honour of the occasion. Guests included the Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and founding staff member and former dean Emeritus Professor John McCraw.

November 12 gave University and Science & Engineering staff the opportunity to mingle with key stakeholders as they attended a cocktail evening hosted by the Communications Office. Guests from the Hamilton City Council, Environment Waikato, Hill Laboratories, Novel Ways, as well as Science & Engineering alumni attended the evening.

A commemorative 12-page publication, “Celebrating 40 years of Science & Engineering”, marked the occasion.

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Milestones for Education and Law


Milestones will be reached in 2010 for the Schools of Education and Law.

Education will celebrate 50 years of teacher education. Formerly known as Hamilton Teachers’ College, the institution’s first student intake was in 1960. Since its formation the teacher education provider has educated thousands of pre-service teachers in early childhood, primary, secondary and Māori medium teaching. An average first-year student teacher intake is now around 940.

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 Law will celebrate 20 years in existence. Today, the School has over 600 full-time equivalent students, the highest number ever. It also has the largest number of academic staff working on environmental issues, and the most Māori staff of any law school in New Zealand. 

Visit the School of Law website in 2010 for future details.


Alumni Links

Did you know that there are Waikato Alumni Representatives on campus, around New Zealand and in cities throughout the world?

We want to hear from you. Drop us an email and tell us about your successes:

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If you know of any online Waikato alumni communities please let us know too:

Alumni & Friends E-News
Distributed every two months. In keeping with Waikato's sustainability focus, most of our communications will be emailed.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association, a membership organisation founded in 1989, is another way to stay connected.

Life Membership is available for a fee of $150 and includes concession rates at the Rec Centre and Library. 

The Alumni Association AGM will be held on 10 March 2010. Further information will be sent out to Life Members in the New Year.