Vol 1 - No 3 - July 2009  out from the crowd

Prime Minister John Key with University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford at the University’s Fieldays stand. For more about Mr Key’s visit, and the award-winning stand follow the link below.

(click here for full story) book showcases sustainable research

The University of Waikato has launched a publication that highlights the wide reach of its research, from ecosystem research in Antarctica to poverty mapping in China, and demonstrates the University's substantial contribution to sustainable development.


In a message at the front of the publication, Research and Innovation: Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future, Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the publication "illustrates this University's commitment to making New Zealand a world leader in sustainability, and showcases the high calibre and broad sweep of our research portfolio."

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High-level deal sees Germans invest $5,000,000 for Waikato centre

A multimillion-dollar major centre of research excellence is being established in Tauranga involving the University of Waikato and Germany's University of Bremen.

Called INTERCOAST, it will enable interdisciplinary researchers from the two universities to work together on projects significant to both the Bay of Plenty and North Sea coasts.

"The issues surrounding the area involve environmental and social sciences, law and management and the collaboration means we can draw on Northern Hemisphere research and experience when planning for the harbour's long-term growth and enhanced profitability," Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Doug Sutton says. Bremen University has one of the world’s top five oceanographic institutes.

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Honorary Doctorate for mastermind of Hamilton Gardens

DIG THIS: Waikato University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Hamilton Gardens Director Peter Sergel at the May graduation. He is pictured here with Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford.

The man who masterminded the Hamilton Gardens is the latest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato.

Peter Sergel has been involved in the Hamilton Gardens for more than 20 years, the past 14 as the Gardens Director. He has guided their development to create a venue that is now much-visited and internationally acclaimed.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says Mr Sergel is a creative thinker who has worked to transform what was a former dog-dosing strip, sand quarry, go cart track and rubbish dump into a 58ha park that contributes to the social, cultural and economic life of the city.

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IDEAS MAN: Graham Bethune won this year’s Ted Zorn Alumni Award for management communication for his Ministry of Health television adverts.

It’s been a busy time at the Waikato Management School. It recently presented its annual alumni award for management communication, and the world's most influential organisation of PR professionals has given its stamp of approval to the public relations programme at the school.

The man who helped create a series of compelling TV advertisements that encourage M
āori and Pacific women to have breast cancer checks and cervical smears is the winner of this year's Waikato University Ted Zorn Alumni Award for management communication.

Graham Bethune, Communications and Marketing Manager for the National Screening Unit at the Ministry of Health, is a Waikato masters graduate with a long and successful track record in communication.

(click here for full story) engineer-turned-humanitarian worker heads to warzone

THE WATER MAN: Waikato alumnus Michael Carter helps the Red Cross establish water supplies in northern Africa.

Raglan drystock farmer and Waikato alumnus Michael Carter knows a lot more about deserts than most Kiwi farmers – thanks to a chance encounter at Fieldays.

Mr Carter, who farms 100 hectares with two of his sons and has a Masters in Earth Sciences, has spent much of the past three years helping establish water supplies for some of the world's poorest and most war-torn communities in parched northern Africa.

Last month, he headed out to the Ethiopian-Eritrean border for another 12-month stint as a water and habitat engineer with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Alumnus named on new national infrastructure board


Dr Arthur Grimes, a University of Waikato alumnus and adjunct professor of economics, and Director of the Reserve Bank, is one of eight people named on the new National Infrastructure Advisory Board.

The board will provide independent advice to Infrastructure Minister Bill English and help put together the first 20-year National Infrastructure Plan, which will be completed by the end of the year.

Mr English says a key role for the board will be to engage with the private sector, local government and other stakeholders about regulatory barriers that are slowing investment and opportunities for partnership.

Dr Grimes is also a senior fellow of the Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, and chairman of forecasting panel the Hugo Group.

“An amazing woman” Valmai Ridler - 1920-2009


Valmai Ridler, who graduated from Waikato in 1997 at the age of 77 with a double degree in anthropology and feminist studies, has died.

Her niece Michelle St Jane graduated with her at the same time, and contacted the Waikato University Alumni office with the news.

“Val was an amazing woman. She built hospitals and roads throughout the South Pacific after World War II, worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and did the peace walk across Russia in 1990 when she was 70 years old.

“I hope you can make a mention in the Alumni news as I believe she was impactful during her time at Waikato as a mature student in bringing such wonderful real-world experiences into the classroom and to share with those she met on campus and in class.”


Student excellence rewarded

Congratulations to 2009 winners of the Alumni Association Prize for Excellence

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Budget Car Rental

As the preferred Rental Car supplier to the University of Waikato, Budget has great rates to offer Alumni. Reservations can be made via the Budget website and rates will be automatically applied or you may call Budget Reservations on 0800 Budget (0800 283 438) and quote BCN # E729504.

Your Budget Account Manager is Lisa Dearden: 09 529 9602 or

From the Vice-Chancellor

It’s a rare treat for me to spend two solid days at an event, so I was pleased to have time at this year’s Fieldays to admire our stand, talk to our staff and students, check out our counterparts and chat with the Prime Minister John Key.

Fieldays also gave me the opportunity to talk about the launch of our major research document on sustainability, and to also tell people about our independent economic impact report.

One of Waikato Management School’s former economists, now an independent consultant, Dr Warren Hughes, was brought in to detail our economic impact in 2008. His findings make interesting reading; they confirm we are a major player nationally, contributing nearly $1 billion to the New Zealand economy.
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Engineering Open Day
Date: Thursday 16 July 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: University of Waikato Campus
Interested in Engineering? Spend the day on campus with staff and students and experience engineering through hands-on workshops.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Terry Locke
Date: Tuesday 21 July 2009
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Wel Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, Gallagher Concert Chamber
"Minding the aesthetic: The place of the literary in education and research" 

Experience Arts and Social Sciences for a Day
Date: Tuesday 28 July 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: University of Waikato Hamilton Campus
Find out more about the diverse range of subjects on offer in Arts and Social Sciences, discuss study options with a Student Adviser, attend lectures in subjects that interest you, meet some current ‘FASS' students, tour the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the University of Waikato campus, and have lunch at a Halls of Residence.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Date: Friday 4 September 2009
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wel Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts
The 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at a black-tie, invitation-only dinner, hosted by Chancellor Rt Hon. Jim Bolger
ONZ and Vice-Chancellor Prof Roy Crawford.

Alumni Links

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