Vol 2 - No 3 - July 2010   building awarded 5 Green Star rating

Five star: An artist impression of what the new Student Centre will look like.

Waikato University’s Student Centre has been awarded a prestigious 5 Green Star rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council.

The 5 Green Star – Education Design PILOT certified rating recognises the environmental and sustainable features of the Student Centre design. The Student Centre incorporates, updates, and expands the existing university library. It is the first 5 Green Star project in the Waikato region. 

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 for lifetime of coastal work

University honour: Professor Terry Healy (centre) with his University of Waikato medal, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and Council member John Gallagher.

Coastal scientist Professor Terry Healy passed away in July after a courageous battle with cancer. Earlier this year his work was acknowledged with a New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, a University of Waikato Medal and a life membership of the NZ Coastal Society.

Widely regarded as New Zealand’s pre-eminent coastal scientist, Professor Healy was only the third person – and the first scientist - to be awarded life membership of the Society, a technical group of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) which represents a wide range of coastal science, engineering, management and planning disciplines.

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 ecologist named new dean at Waikato

Top role: New Dean of Science and Engineering Professor Bruce Clarkson.

A passionate advocate for ecological restoration in urban areas has been named the new Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato.

Professor Bruce Clarkson is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost authorities on ecological restoration, and leads a $300,000 per year government-funded research programme looking at the best methods to restore indigenous biodiversity in cities.

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 Zealand universities alumni reception in Shanghai

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford (centre) with alumni Lance Jin, Lu Dao, Yinuo Jin, Hui Wang.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford met more than 80 University of Waikato alumni at the joint New Zealand Alumni Reception in Shanghai recently. Considering the total attendance was more than 300, the Waikato contingent was considerable, so thank you to all our alumni who came to show their support!

The New Zealand universities event in Shanghai was organised by the Ministry of Education with Education Minister Anne Tolley in attendance to address the gathered alumni. Ms Tolley's emphasis was on the special connection developed through studying abroad and that this association to New Zealand should be nurtured for the academic, economic and social benefit of both countries. Also in attendance was Steven Joyce the Minister of Tertiary Education.

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 calling for Waikato Māori graduate

Parlez-vous Franais?: Waikato University Māori and Theatre Studies graduate Moko Smith will study at the Jacques Lecoq international theatre school in Paris.

Kei ngā pukenga, kei ngā kaiako, kei ngā puna o te kī, otirā kei te Whare Wānanga o Waikato whānui, tēnei te mihi, tēnei te mihi, tēnei te mihi.

Waikato University Māori and Theatre Studies graduate Moko Smith has been accepted to study at the Jacques Lecoq international theatre school in Paris.

The 23-year-old, who also studied French at Waikato, went to France for a year to improve his language and cement what he had learnt at Waikato. After landing a position with Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, where he worked for a year, he decided to apply for the international school.

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 bunch of Easters

All in the family: The Easter family from left Ashley, Caitlin and mum Ann.

Ann Easter has gifted and talented children, but that’s not the reason she’s studying high achieving students for her PhD. Ann, mother to Ashley and Caitlin, has been working at Waikato University in the Faculty of Education for a decade, but in March she began her PhD to study the experiences of students who enter university at a young age.

She’s been awarded a University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship which will cover her fees and provide a modest living allowance for the three years her degree will take.

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 Trustee focus

Mark Donovan, CEO, Donovans Chocolates.

There aren’t many of us who can honestly say they run a chocolate factory, but that’s exactly what University of Waikato Foundation Trustee Mark Donovan does. He’s CEO of Donovans Chocolates, a family firm based in Te Rapa sending its chocolate delights around the world.

Mark’s been on the University Foundation for two years and he’s also a Waikato alumnus. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Waikato, and his wife and brother are also Waikato graduates. “I’m very aware of the benefits the University brings to the Waikato region, and to New Zealand, and by becoming a trustee I felt I was going to be a part of something special,” says Mark. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust that works to raise financial support for scholarships and other key University projects. 

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 of Law celebrates 20 years

From left to right: Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, Judge Stephanie Milroy, Dean of Law Professor Bradford Morse, Professor Margaret Wilson, former VC Dr Wilf Malcolm and Justice Grant Hammond.

Waikato University’s Faculty of Law is 20 years old, but it nearly didn’t happen at all. In December of 1990, with planning for the new school at an advanced stage, Education Minister Lockwood Smith told Waikato’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Wilf Malcolm that the new National Government was withdrawing the promised $10 million establishment funding.

A million dollars had already been spent. Margaret Wilson had already been appointed Foundation Dean; she’d recruited a dozen staff and had a thousand applications for 350 student places. Wilf Malcolm, believing the University needed to increase its professional programmes, refused to pull the pin and rallied support from across the University which enabled the school to open its doors the following March.

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 of music lovers supports young talent

Two promising young singers studying at the University of Waikato have received a boost to their careers thanks to the generosity of a local family of music lovers.

Chase Douglas (right) and Kararaina Walker, who are both Hillary Scholars, were winner and runner-up respectively at this year’s Waikato Aria Contest, the prize money for which is funded by the BV Adams Family Trust.

Retired psychiatrist Dr Alan Simpson, whose daughter is an opera singer herself, set up the award three years ago in memory of his mother. He is a member of the St Peter’s Cathedral congregation in Hamilton, where Waikato music lecturer Dr Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Director of Music.

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 CD for Chamber Soloists: Elegy

Ian (centre) and Agi Graham (far left) with New Zealand Chamber Soloists Lara Hall (left), James Tennant (right) and Katherine Austin (far right).

The New Zealand Chamber Soloists launched a new CD at Waikato University’s Academy of Performing Arts in June.

Their first CD Ahi was a finalist in last year’s Vodafone Music Awards and featured the work of local composers. The latest CD, Elegy, focuses on the Russians and the works include Rachmaninov’s single-movement Trio Elegiaque from which the CD gets its name, Shostakovitch’s dramatic E minor Trio that captures the unsettling years of the Second World War and the relatively unknown 1952 Piano Trio by Armenian composer Arno Babajanian.

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 titanium research a key part of new facility

Dr Wayne Mapp, the Minister for Research, Science and Technology.

Research at the University of Waikato has played a key part in a new facility dedicated to creating a titanium industry in New Zealand.

The Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) opened its facility in Tauranga on July 2. The Applied Powder Metallurgy Centre is based at the Windermere Campus in Tauranga which is shared by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato. The partnership between the two organisations means they are continually working together to increase tertiary education opportunities for the region.

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 the target

Sharp shooter: Myles Browne-Cole is heading to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi later this year.

Sir Edmund Hillary scholar Myles Browne-Cole has been juggling the final stages of his BSc (Tech) with shooting commitments and the good news is he should finish his degree in mid-August, giving him plenty of time to prepare for October’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Twenty-two year old Browne-Cole has been doing the final nine-month practical part of his degree which sees him living in Palmerston North and working at AgResearch’s Grasslands campus.

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'Lost' Alumni update: Over 800 'Found'

Thanks to you, weve put a big dent in our lost alumni list.

Over the next two months we’ll focus on ‘lost' alumni from the School of Education and Hamilton Teachers College, now known as the Faculty of Education. We wish to find as many alumni as possible to celebrate Education’s 50 Year Anniversary.  Check out our 'Lost Graduate' list, fill in an Update Form or email us at and go into the monthly draw to win a Waikato t-shirt.

Congratulations to our first winner, Dr Peter Braun, who is both an alumnus and former staff member. He and his wife currently live and work in Australia.
 reconnect to Waikato

Back row: Phil Laurence, Max Christophersen, Graeme Buckley, Gail Cawkwell, Peter Cawkwell, Dave Cameron, Patricia Kerr, Barry Kerr, Mike Dix. Front row: Su Laurence, Trevor Laurence.

Every year on the last Saturday in June, the University of Waikato Varstonians -- sports men and women  -- gather to celebrate their Waikato connection and have a great day.  If you played rugby, netball, hockey, football or rowed during your student days, the Varstonians would love to hear from you.




From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this latest issue of E-News. It has been a busy couple of months showcasing the University’s achievements here at the National Agricultural Fieldays and overseas at the Shanghai World Expo. Both occasions have provided excellent opportunities to reconnect with alumni and friends.

Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, and the University is now in its fourth year as a Fieldays strategic partner. This year’s Fieldays theme, Innovation for Future Profit, gave us a unique opportunity to demonstrate the range and breadth of our innovative research at the University’s display stand and seminar series.

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University of Waikato

Faculty of Education Celebrates 50 Years of Teacher Education

The first student intake for the Faculty of Education, formerly the Hamilton Teachers’ College, was in 1960. It is now the No1 education school in the country according to government rankings.

For further information view the Waikato Faculty of Education website or contact them on (07) 838 4500 or email To update your details email

Continuing Education - Hamilton programmes

Continuing Education - Tauranga programmes


University of Waikato Events 

WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts - What’s on calendar



New Zealand Russian (Waikato) Friendship Society

25th Anniversary Celebrations

Producer: Janet Franks
Musical Director: Mikhail Tablis

Celebrating our history together – our thanks to New Zealand 


University to co-host Business Event
The University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic are co-hosting the next Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 event.

Dr Alan Hampton, CEO Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, and Professor Roy Crawford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, will talk about how both institutions are working together to improve regional productivity and economic performance in Tauranga, and what they can offer the business community in order to tackle the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

When: Wednesday 4 August
Where: Roof Top Café, Bongard Centre, Cameron Road, Tauranga
Time: 5.15-7pm 

Super 10 Kapa Haka Competition 2010
The 'Super 10' competition will be held on Friday 6th August, 6.00pm - 9.00pm at the WEL Academy of Performing Arts and invites teams to compete for a grand prize of $1000.

University Information Evenings in Rotorua and Whakatane
School students, parents and anyone contemplating study at the University of Waikato next year are invited to attend information evenings in August in both Rotorua and Whakatane. Staff will give details about the different programmes available, as well as information on entrance requirements, scholarships, accommodation and university life.

Attendees can drop in at any time to speak with staff. Whakatane Information Evening: Tuesday 3 August, 3.30-6.30pm, Tuscany Villas Motor Inn, 57 The Strand, Whakatane; Rotorua Information Evening, Thursday 5 August, 4-6pm, Millennium Hotel, 1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua. Contact: Tammy-Lee Millard, 07 544 0920 ext 6136, or 

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series
Presenter/Speaker: Professor Roger Moltzen - Critical Issues in Talent Development
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2010
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: University of Waikato, Academy of Performing Arts, Gallagher Concert Chamber 

Hamilton Gardens Jubilee Series: Power Belief and Reason: Aspects of Hamilton Gardens Presenter/Speaker: Geoff Doube, MA Philosophy and Sociology; Dr James Beattie specialist in environmental history; Peter Sergel Director of Hamilton Gardens; Ethnograhic Researcher Wiremu Puke.
Date: Tuesday 24 August 2010 - Tuesday 14 September 2010
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: S.G.02 Waikato University



Craig Nevill-Manning
Engineering Director,

Public lecture - 6.30pm on Thursday 26 August
Nerds in Crisis: using technology to respond to disasters

Earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis, fires and military action regularly take a terrible toll on people around the world. Technology has always been used to respond in times of crisis, but in the last decade, pervasive cellular data and internet access have enabled new approaches to saving lives and reducing misery. 

Several organizations, including Google, are developing systems to help disaster responders and people affected by a disaster. For disaster responders, detailed aerial and satellite imagery is accelerating disaster response and rebuilding, and new cloud-based tools can improve communication and collaboration. SMS- and internet-based systems allow victims of a disaster to request help and provide on-the-ground status reports. 

This talk will describe specific responses to disasters this year such as the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, and man-made disasters like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

To be held at the WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, Gallagher Concert Chamber.

Alumni Updates

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.

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:

Have you moved recently? Update your details.

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

This e-zine will be distributed to Alumni & Friends every two months. In keeping with Waikato's sustainability focus, most of our communications will be emailed.