Vol 2 - No 1 - March 2010         

EBOP to fund major University role


Marine research in the Bay of Plenty has been given a huge boost with the announcement that the regional council will fund an important University of Waikato role.


Environment Bay of Plenty has committed to fund $1.5 million over 10 years for a University of Waikato Chair in Coastal Science. A memorandum of agreement between the Council and the University was signed on February 11 in Tauranga between the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford and John Cronin, the Chairman of Enviroment Bay of Plenty.

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Generous Gift - Flower Fellowship


A man who had little formal education himself has made a generous donation to Waikato University. Bill Flower, farmer and property developer has made available $30,000 a year for three years for a doctoral fellowship in economics.


"I had to leave school when I was 12 because of the Depression. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to boarding school. My father went bankrupt during the Depression and I knew I didn’t want that to happen to me."


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Alumni giving back


In January of this year Waikato Alumni Christine and Matthew Boyd sent in a contribution in response to Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger's appeal for support for the University. This is their story:


We wanted a tangible way to say ‘thank you Waikato for what you have done for us’. We studied management from 1978 -1981, the early years of the School of Management...the days of Mac Forbes and Professor Schmitt. As BMS graduates we were equipped for interesting and challenging careers in New Zealand and abroad. We were also fortunate to be part of the generation when bursaries and grants for tertiary education covered the bulk of a student’s financial needs - sure you had to work to supplement this financial support but nothing like the students of today.

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Welcome Intercoast


A major international research project has officially started, with welcomes for the Intercoast team at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, and in the Bay of Plenty.


The Bremen University and Waikato University project, driven mainly by Waikato's Professor Terry Healy and Bremen's Professor Dr Gerold Wefer, began on February 9 with a pōwhiri at the Hamilton campus. That was followed by a pōwhiri at Whareroa Marae in Mt Maunganui and a function in Tauranga hosted by the German Embassy. The Bay of Plenty region will benefit hugely from the research work that will be done by the Intercoast project.


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Dedication for new partnership building


A new building used by the University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic was officially opened by King Tuheitia on February 11.


The Maharaia building was named after the distinguished educator and community leader Dr Maharaia Winiata (Ngati Ranginui, Bay of Plenty). His work with Māori in the Waikato region saw him form lasting bonds with the Kingitanga movement, including joining the council of the then Māori King Koroki. Maharaia Paki, King Tuheitia’s brother, is a member of the University of Waikato Council.

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2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards - call for nominations


The Distinguished Alumni Awards are focused specifically on graduates of the University of Waikato. The awards celebrate alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities.

Only graduates of the University holding a degree or diploma are eligible for nomination. All nominations are confidential and use the broad criteria of excellence and achievement. Nominations from alumni, current or former staff and friends of the University are welcome.

Confidential nominations close April 30.

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Foundation Trustee Focus


When Adrienne von Tunzelmann was invited to become a trustee of the University of Waikato Foundation, she readily accepted. She’s one of 11 trustees on the Foundation - an independent charitable trust that raises funds for the University to support a wide range of scholarships, prizes, research and new initiatives.


Adrienne is a principal of McKinlay Douglas Ltd in Tauranga, a public policy consulting company that advises on strategy and governance issues mainly for central and local government and associated agencies. She has masters degrees in economics and public policy from Canterbury and Victoria universities respectively, and has a long and varied career in governance and leadership roles in the public and private sectors. She cares about her community.


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Investing in scientists of the future


Students Jonathan Mayo from Mt Maunganui College and Liza Bolton from Te Awamutu College experience Biochemical Engineering in the Waikato University labs during the Science Summer School. Photo: Michelle Armstrong


In December 2009, forty Year 12 science students from the central North Island descended on the University of Waikato for the annual week-long Hill Laboratories Waikato Summer Science School. Budding young scientists are given the chance to work with the latest scientific techniques, meet like-minded students and experience university life first hand. This year the students began with a field trip to Waihi, examining plankton from the waters of Lake Gilmour (biological sciences), rocks from Karanagahake Gorge (earth sciences), analysing rocks and tailings for gold and silver from Martha Mine (chemistry) and also learning about various areas of electronic and biochemical engineering.


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University merchandise now at Bennetts Bookstore

The University has been working on an exciting  range of modern clothing with new branding for staff, students and the community.

A percentage of profit from all sales will go to the University of Waikato Foundation for student scholarships.

The new store within Bennetts Campus Bookshop means branded merchandise will now be available 8.30am to 5pm, five days per week in a central easy to find location.

Modernisation and relocation would not have been possible without the project management team. Thanks go to Rebecca White in the Alumni Office, Virginia Duncan in Procurement, Justin Hare from the Communications Office, Herearoha Skipper from PVC Māori, Shelley Slade-Gully, the Waikato Legal Advisor, Sean Vercammen of FSD and John Badham of FMD. 

A new range of branded memorabilia will be following shortly.  Once this process is completed the merchandise website will be updated.

Farewell to Alan Neilson

The former Director of the University of Waikato in Tauranga was one of the first Waikato students ever to be arrested. Alan Neilson and a couple of other first year students got a little too keen helping the University in a fundraising drive. Police decided to take them in after they scaled the side of a building to hang a University banner in Garden Place. “We were also called into the VC’s office and asked to ‘please explain’ by Don Llewellyn. We gave him our version of events and he supported us when we went to court.” The young men were discharged without conviction.  That was in 1967 and Alan Neilson scarcely left the University until his retirement in February this year.

His first degree was a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Economics and Maths. He spent two years teaching at Taumarunui High School before FASS’ founding dean John Ward lured him back to Hamilton with the offer of a masters and some teaching time.

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Māori Alumni ‘Home Coming’ Luncheon


The Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University Development Office are co-hosting a luncheon for Māori Alumni, during the unique Kīngitanga Day to be held on Wednesday 21 April 2010.

Guest speaker Pāora Howe was one of the first University of Waikato Māori graduates in the School of Humanities in 1968, graduating with a BA in 1969. He then went on to teach, becoming a Kaiako (Teacher/Lecturer) for the University of Waikato. More recently Pāora has worked as an independent consultant for Government agencies on Treaty of Waitangi training and with the Ministry of Education on iwi relationships. For those who would like to attend this lunch celebration, or to simply register as a Māori Alumni, please contact Dee Isaacs at or 07 858 5122. Reservations for the luncheon are essential, as numbers are limited.


Alumni Links

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.


From the Vice-Chancellor

Welcome to the first E-News of 2010. This issue highlights recent success stories that underscore our excellence and impact in New Zealand and around the world. Support from Environment Bay of Plenty will enable us to establish a Coastal Science research capability in the Bay of Plenty that will have international reach thanks to our Intercoast partnership with Germany’s Bremen University. A generous gift from Bill and Joan Flower will enable a talented doctoral student to study the economic issues affecting the future of agriculture in the Waikato and beyond. And a gift for scholarships from Management School alumni Christine and Matthew Boyd will help lighten the financial load for a bright young BMS student.

As Vice-Chancellor, I strongly believe in the importance of support from alumni and friends. The University of Waikato has a distinctive and vital role to play in New Zealand and a responsibility to share its excellence with the world. Scholarships, top facilities and knowledge creation enhance the University’s reputation and that helps lift the value of your degree too. The levels of excellence we can achieve with your help are 'backdated' for the benefit of all students who have graduated in the past 40 years. A gift to the University is an investment in your future, and it also benefits those following in your footsteps. 

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Kīngitanga Day
Date: Wednesday 21 April 
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: University of Waikato

A day full of celebration, festivities, guest speakers, displays and a whole lot more, in acknowledgement and to highlight and inform University staff and students and the wider community about the Kīngitanga Movement in recognition of the unique relationship shared between the University and the Kīngitanga.

Save the Date - Thursday 20 May
Wellington Alumni and Friends event with Vice-Chancellor Prof Roy Crawford and Theresa Gattung, Waikato Distinguished alumna, Chair of Wool Partners International, former Telecom New Zealand CEO and author of new book, “Bird on a Wire” which is being billed as "the inside story from a straight-talking CEO". To register for the event please email

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series
The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series is endorsed and championed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, who sees it as an opportunity to give maximum exposure to the University, its academic staff, and the importance of their research and specialist areas.

Graduation Ceremonies

University of Waikato Tauranga Graduation Ceremony
Date: Friday 9 April
Time: 1pm
Holy Trinity Event Centre, Tauranga

University of Waikato Marae Graduation
Date: Friday 16 April
Time: 9:30am
Location: University of Waikato Campus, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae

University of Waikato Graduation Ceremonies - Founders' Theatre
Date: Monday 3 May to Thursday 6 May
Time: 10am till 2pm


Executive Education Calendar
The Centre for Corporate & Executive Education at the Waikato Management School is geared to meet the educational needs of working professionals in a fast-changing global economy, providing a range of programmes for individual business people as well as customised executive development for some of New Zealand's biggest organisations including Telecom New Zealand, Gen-i, Westpac Banking Corporation, Bank of New Zealand and AgResearch. For more information visit:

Waikato Graduate Women 2010 Programme
Waikato Graduate Women is a branch of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women. It works to empower women by offering a range of scholarships and providing opportunities to engage in advocacy at local, national and international levels. For more information visit

School of Education Newsletter
Edline is published twice a year in April and October. Alumni who want to keep current on School of Ed news and events should send their postal details to