Vol 2 - No 4 - December 2010  

Waikato Distinguished Alumni

At a glittering awards dinner in late August, the University was proud to honour three of its top graduates.

Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford presented the awards to the three winners – Google’s Dr Craig Nevill-Manning, entrepreneur Lt Col Tenby Powell, and Kiwibank Founding Chief Executive Sam Knowles.

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New links with top Chinese universities

During an official visit to China in November the University of Waikato signed Memorandums of Understanding with Renmin University in Beijing and Shanghai-based Tongji University.

Students and staff at Waikato now have the opportunity to work closely with two of China’s leading universities, thanks to the new agreements signed by Waikato’s Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford.

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 of Education 50th reunion

They came, they saw, they reminisced!

Hundreds of Faculty of Education alumni gathered on campus recently to mark 50 years of excellence in teacher education.

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 for scholarships

An annual fundraising appeal was launched in October with over 30,000 letters and emails sent worldwide.

Scholarship funding is crucial for the University of Waikato to attract the best students and achieve its goal of becoming a world class Australasian tertiary institution.

A big thanks to those who have already donated. Should you wish to do so now, your options are: Donate Online or download a Donation Form. Remember that New Zealand tax payers receive a 33.33% rebate on donations. Visit our website for more information.
 welcome for Antarctic Endowment Fund

Antarctic research has a strong history at the University of Waikato and it received a major financial boost in 2010.

Antarctica New Zealand has provided $50,000 in seed funding to the University's International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR) to establish the Antarctic Research Endowment Fund.

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New research institutes launched

Research excellence at the University of Waikato has been enhanced with the recent launch of two new institutes focussed on demographics and business.

An ageing population, increasing ethnic diversity and the growing divide between regional and urban New Zealand are some of the key elements shaping the country's future.  Policymakers can look forward to a better understanding of the issues with the launch of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA).

Keeping up with the latest management thinking and gaining access to research expertise has got a whole lot easier for businesses and industry groups with the launch of the Institute for Business Research (IBR). The IBR is based at Waikato Management School, ranked the number one business school in the country for research quality.

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Honorary doctorates conferred

Tauranga business leader and Māori language pioneer celebrate honorary doctorates

In September the University of Waikato conferred an honorary doctorate on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Chairman Jon Mayson.  In August Roka Paora, a nationally recognised expert and authority in Māori language, culture and history, also received an honorary doctorate.

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 Trustee focus

Michael Crawford, Partner - Accounting and Advisory, Deloitte Hamilton

Michael Crawford’s often talking money – at work as a partner at Deloitte Hamilton, and out of the office as chairman of the Waikato Rugby Union, as a Chiefs’ director and deputy co-chair of the University of Waikato Foundation.

“I came onto the Waikato Foundation because I know the importance of the University to Hamilton and the region and I want to see it continue to be successful and grow.” Michael’s three daughters have all studied at Waikato, so while Michael didn’t attend himself, he’s followed his daughters’ progress closely.

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Alumni get together

In recent months we have hosted alumni and friends in Auckland, Beijing, Hamilton, Fiji and Samoa.

It is always a pleasure to engage with Waikato alumni around the world. We hope to see you in 2011 at an event in your region.

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this final edition for 2010 of the Alumni and Friends E-News. As we head towards the end of the year I have been reflecting on the University’s achievements. During 2010 I have been able to share many of these at alumni functions within New Zealand and overseas and I take great pride in being able to report on our successes.

Recently I was in China with the Chancellor, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger. We attended an excellent 'alumni and friends' event that we co-hosted with the New Zealand Ambassador to China, Carl Worker, at his Official Residence.

Alumni Officer Wanted

Start 2011 at the University of Waikato. Join the Development Office based in Hamilton as our new Alumni Officer and help us reach out to Waikato alumni around the world. Visit the HR website in mid-January to view the position description and apply online.

Off Campus

The 2010 Off Campus magazine has been posted.  Didn't receive yours?  Download a PDF version or contact the Alumni Office and we will get one to you: This may mean it's time to update your contact details.

Seeking your opinion

The University of Waikato is currently conducting research to better understand how we are perceived, locally and nationally. As a Waikato graduate we greatly value your opinion and feedback. Please follow this link to help us out by completing a short survey: Brand Survey.


Law Reunion - 20 April 2011 For information visit:

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.

For all University of Waikato events, click here to visit our website.

Alumni Links

Golden Key Are you a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society? Please get in touch and let us know what you are doing, in life and in work.

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 University Rec Centre and Library.

Alumni Representatives University of Waikato Alumni Representatives are available to you as a first point of contact no matter where you are in the world. If you would like to set up an alumni group in your area and become an Alumni Representative please contact us:

WEL Academy of Performing Arts Click here to see what's on.

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