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Honorary Doctorate for Sir Patrick Hogan          

Thoroughbred pioneer Sir Patrick Hogan's contribution to the New Zealand bloodstock industry has been recognised with the University of Waikato's highest honour - an Honorary Doctorate.

A Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM), Sir Patrick was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005 and the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame the following year. 

In 1975 Sir Patrick and his wife Justine founded the eponymous Cambridge Stud on 135 hectares at Hautapu. For more than 30 years Cambridge Stud has been synonomous with horse breeding success that has seen it achieve an unrivalled record as leading vendor by aggregate at the annual NZ Yearling Sale at Karaka. Read more



Waikato University researchers win prestigious research funding

University of Waikato researchers have been awarded more than $7 million of funding to support ideas-driven research projects.

Six Waikato researchers are recipients of Marsden and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) research funding. 

Professors Vic Arcus (pictured), Natalie Jackson and Margaret Carr were awarded Marsden Grants, and Professor Arcus, along with Professor Peter Kamp, Maui Hudson and Associate Professor Kevin Collier were awarded a total $5 million from the MBIE Science Investment Round



Rocking in Houston

A woman who grew up wanting to be a marine biologist has instead found a successful career working with rocks.

Alumna Sarah Bluett works for energy corporation Chevron, based in Houston, Texas. It's a long way from where she started her studies at the University of Waikato.

"I wanted to be a marine biologist my whole life, but I fell in love with geology doing a second year Earth Sciences paper. I really loved the field course and the associated mapping and work and after that I dropped my biology work and went full on with Earth and Ocean Sciences," she says. Read more



Reporting to BBC World

Alumnus Lucas de Jong is a born story-teller. Already an accomplished speaker by the time he had left high school, it was only natural that Lucas would carve out a successful career as a television reporter and wind up telling some of the world's biggest stories.

It was his talent for public speaking (he was runner-up in the Lions Young Speechmaker of New Zealand competition in 2005) that secured Lucas a place as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar.

After graduating from Waikato with a Bachelor of Communication Studies, and a year's further study in Auckland, Lucas landed internships with Fairfax Media and TVNZ. He spent more than a year as a producer and reporter on TV1's Breakfast, later basing himself in the capital as Breakfast's Wellington reporter. After a period of travel, Lucas is now settled in London as a broadcast journalist for BBC World News. Read more



Around the faculties

A round-up of the top news and events from across the University's faculties.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Renowned poet and literary historian Dr John Newton has been named the University of Waikato's writer in residence for 2014. 

Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Science: Computer Science team Trigraph have been selected as one of the top two collegiate teams from the South Pacific to compete in the world finals of the ACM-ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) in Russia in June 2014. 

Faculty of Education: Sue Middleton and Clive McGee have been named Emeritus Professors in recognition of the influence they have had in shaping New Zealand education.

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Fourth-year mechanical engineering student Andrew Gerbich has created a hydraulic rescue tool as an alternative to the 'Jaws of Life.'

Faculty of Law: Te Mātāpunenga: A Compendium of References to the Concepts and Institutions of Māori Customary Law, a book that gives in-depth insight into Māori customary law, has recently been released at the University and in Wellington. 

School of Māori and Pacific Development: The recipients of the inaugural Te Kotahi Research Institute Postgraduate Scholarships have been announced: Pania Papa, who is undertaking research to develop a new curriculum for teaching te reo Māori and Jaime Rolleston, who has focused her research in the area of te reo Māori revitalisation.

Waikato Management School: BMS student Tania Tapsell (pictured) has been elected to Rotorua District Council at the age of 21 - the youngest elected councillor so far.



New faces to Foundation

The University of Waikato Foundation has welcomed two Waikato business personalities to its board of trustees: Greg Delaney and Michael Jackson.

Greg Delaney (far right) is a Waikato Management School graduate and currently General Manager, Fertiliser Operations and Distribution at Ballance Agrinutrients. Prior to joining Ballance in 2002, Greg had a successful career in the forestry industry and was Auckland regional manager of national waste company EnviroWaste.

Michael Jackson (right) retired in 2011 from leading Hamilton law firm Tompkins Wake after a 40-year career practicing law, and many years as Chairman of Partners. Michael joined the Foundation in anticipation of upcoming fundraising activity for the new Law and Management building, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. 



From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to the November issue of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter, our final issue for 2013. As we draw closer to the University of Waikato's 50th anniversary in 2014, it is a time not only to reflect on the successes and triumphs of the past 50 years, but to also develop plans for the future. Read more

Off Campus 2013

Keep an eye out in your letterbox for this year's Off Campus alumni magazine. The 2013 edition showcases inspiring stories of alumni achieving in their careers, and top Waikato achievements. We also feature the upcoming 50th anniversary, plans for the new Law and Management building and many other stories that will make you feel proud of your University. To help us stay as sustainable as possible, you can choose to subscribe to the e-version of Off Campus instead. Let us know by emailing  

Support your University

Alumni, friends and staff can support the University of Waikato in a number of ways. Click here to find out how. 

Enrol for 2014

As alumni of the University of Waikato, if you've thought about enhancing your career prospects by undertaking further study - now's the time. There are a number of options available to complement your career or kick-start a new one. Find out more here


Community and Alumni Open Day, 17 May 2014

Keep this Saturday free in your diaries to join us on campus to celebrate the University of Waikato's 50th anniversary. Keep an eye on the official Jubilee website for information on events in 2014.

Tell us your stories

As part of 2014's 50th celebrations, we're also acknowledging the achievements of our alumni - and we want to hear from you. What are some of your favourite Waikato memories? Share your story with us and you could be a part of our Jubilee Profiles.

Google hangouts

This year the University of Waikato hosted a number of successful online Google hangouts, getting together top academics and researchers to discuss current topical issues. So far we've covered deep sea oil drilling in NZ, Antarctic research, flouridation in Hamilton and much more. Keep an eye out here for upcoming hangouts. 

Calder & Lawson Gallery 

Proofmakers: Nine Contemporary Printmakers. Proofmakers is an introduction to innovative approaches happening in NZ printmaking. Works by nine printmakers challenge conservative notions of what printmaking is and how it is constructed and presented. On display until 13 December at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.


Help us reconnect 

Lost Alumni are graduates of the University of Waikato we have lost touch with. We want to connect with as many alumni as possible. Check the Lost Alumni website to see if you or someone you know is there. 

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