Top honour for three Waikato alumni


2009 Distinguished Alumni Awardees Alyn Ware (centre), Annabelle White (left) and Dr Judy McGregor CNZM.


A peace educator, a chef and food critic, and the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner were honoured this month at Waikato University’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. 

Alyn Ware, Annabelle White and Dr Judy McGregor CNZM were acknowledged at an invitation-only dinner at the University’s stunning WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the awards celebrate top alumni and show the wider world what can be achieved with a degree from the University of Waikato. 


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Waikato alumni shine at winter lectures


Theresa Gattung, Anthony Byett and Adrian Orr came back to the University to share their insights on the current economic climate.


They joined Professor Ralph Lattimore, author Selwyn Parker and CEO Peter Neilson for Waikato’s annual public lecture series.

Theresa Gattung, Chair of Wool Partners International, former Telecom New Zealand CEO and Waikato Distinguished alumna launched the series with a talk on authenticity, in NZ wool and other products/services, as an outcome of the economic crisis, with authenticity being seen as something that people will view as important and value-added in light of increasing interest in sustainability.

Anthony Byett, Economist at fxmatters, former ASB Chief Economist and Waikato alumnus spoke about the impact of global forces on the New Zealand dollar and, in turn, the Kiwi’s influence on the New Zealand economy.

Adrian Orr, CEO of NZ Superannuation Fund and Waikato alumnus offered a survivor’s guide to the global financial crisis. He discussed why risk is more constant and more difficult to control than anyone realises, and why self-discipline and sticking to a good plan are the best protection. Two lectures remain in the series, which are free and open to the public – no bookings required – on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the University’s WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts. Parking in Gate 2B off Knighton Rd, Hamilton.

Selwyn Parker, author of “The Great Crash”
Date: Wednesday, 23 September at 6.30pm, Gallagher Concert Chamber
The global economic crisis of 2009 and the Great Depression of last century - Made in America

Peter Neilson, Chief Executive, NZ Business Council for Sustainability
Date: Wednesday, 30 September at 6.30pm, Gallagher Concert Chamber
Out of the recession: Into the clean economy


Save these dates

Wednesday November 11
Mills Reef Winery, Bethlehem
5.30 to 7.30pm
Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate on Dame Lynley Dodd, author of the Hairy Maclary series.

Thursday November 12
Microsoft, Viaduct Basin, Auckland
5.30 to 7.30pm
Ruud Kleinpaste, New Zealand's Bug Man and a Waikato Honorary Doctor.

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Off Campus out soon – have we got your postal details?


The 2009 Off Campus magazine for alumni and friends is now in production. To get yours, please ensure we have your current postal address.


Off Campus is a glossy publication featuring major University of Waikato stories -- the recipients of the glittering Distinguished Alumni Awards, honorary doctorates awarded by the University, highlights from the Schools, stories about teaching and research excellence, new developments on campus and much more. 


Off Campus is produced annually to showcase the year’s top stories and achievements. This Alumni and Friends E-News is produced bi-monthly, enabling us to stay in touch throughout the year and still honour the University’s commitment to sustainability. If we have all your current details, postal and email, we will keep you updated on all the latest news about Waikato and share the year’s highlights.

To update your details, send an email to or visit our website and fill out our Update Your Details form.


New Dean of Law brings indigenous expertise


New School of Law Dean, Professor Bradford Morse.


The University of Waikato’s new Dean of Law has left behind the largest law school in Canada to head up the smallest one in New Zealand. Professor Bradford W Morse, who’s come from Ottawa University, says Waikato’s School of Law has strengths that he thinks place the School in the first rank in some fields.


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The School of Law is hosting a series of public seminars over the next month. Further information is available on their website:


Put Postgraduate Research Month in your diary


Alumni interested in pursuing doctoral research are urged to check the University of Waikato website for information about the inaugural Postgraduate Research Month in October.

A recruitment evening for aspiring doctoral students on October 14 is just one of a series of events planned for the month, which are designed to highlight the work of the University’s most senior students and to give an insight into higher degree and PhD study.

Postgraduate website.


Hon Doc for man who made art a household word


AWARD FOR ART: The University of Waikato will bestow an Honorary Doctorate on arts guru Hamish Keith.


Hamish Keith, the “Cultural Curmudgeon” who brought art into living rooms across New Zealand with his 2007 TV series The Big Picture, is the recipient of the University of Waikato’s most prestigious award of Honorary Doctorate.

"Bestowing an Honorary Doctorate on Hamish Keith is recognition of a man who has spent a lifetime engaged with the arts and with the cultural history of New Zealand," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. 


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Top academic honour for greatest All Blacks captain


Acclaimed as New Zealand’s greatest All Blacks captain, Sir Wilson Whineray OBE, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate, the University of Waikato’s top academic honour, for his significant contributions to New Zealand rugby and New Zealand business.


Selected for the All Blacks in 1957, Sir Wilson led the side through 67 matches. He played 32 tests for the All Blacks, and was captain for 30, and is still recognised for setting the leadership standards by which everyone else could be judged. 


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Man on a mission


INSPIRATIONAL: Waikato graduate and polar adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald at Hamilton Girls’ High School as part of his sessions with Tauranga and Waikato schools.


Waikato alumnus, international rower and polar adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald is on the road again – this time with a mission to inspire young leaders.

In partnership with the University of Waikato and Saatchi & Saatchi’s Kevin Roberts, he’s been visiting Waikato and Bay of Plenty schools over the past two months to deliver leadership sessions to Year 12 students who have been identified as potential leaders and achievers.

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Waikato graduate and tutor named Antarctic Youth Ambassador


ICE WIN: Natalie Miedema, centre, is pictured with Lady Blake and Antarctic New Zealand Chief Executive Lou Sanson.


Waikato University earth scientist Natalie Miedema is the winner of this year's Antarctic New Zealand Youth Ambassador Award.

The award was developed by Antarctica New Zealand and the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and is aimed at engaging young New Zealanders in Antarctic environmental issues.

Ms Miedema, who has just completed her Masters degree at Waikato, will spend two weeks in Antarctica next summer finding out about the various science projects happening on the ice and the environmental practices that surround them. "It's a fantastic opportunity to go down to the ice - I've wanted to go to Antarctica since I was five."

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Prestigious fellowship for soil expert


LOUIS SCHIPPER: Top honour from American soil society.


The Soil Science Society of America has made Associate Professor Louis Schipper a society fellow – its highest honour, and one which is awarded to only a handful of its 6000 members each year.

Dr Schipper, who earned his BSc, MSc and PhD at Waikato, is in the Earth and Ocean Sciences Department and specialises in soil biogeochemistry.

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Kapa haka packs out academy


WINNERS: Ngā takere nui o ngā waka won the kapa haka contest at Waikato University.


The annual Waikato University kapa haka contest was so popular this year that 150 people had to be turned away.

Held in August at the WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, the Te Mura Haka Ngāhuru Super 10 Kapa Haka Competition was incredibly popular as crowds packed the venue to watch four groups of predominantly University of Waikato students showcase their skills and creativity.

Ngā takere nui o ngā waka was the overall winner and also took out the best costume award; Ngā Mauri Taniwhā was second and won the Te Reo award; and Ngā Ninjas were third, also taking out the originality award.

From the Vice-Chancellor

It gave me great pleasure to acknowledge three of this University’s top alumni at the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner.

The awards are a highlight on the University calendar, and celebrate the excellence and success of our alumni.

This year we honoured – top chef and writer Annabelle White; Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor CNZM; and Alyn Ware, who is internationally acknowledged as an expert on peace, education and disarmament. 

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Selwyn Parker, author of "The Great Crash"
Date: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 6.30pm, Gallagher Concert Chamber
Location: University of Waikato
The global economic crisis of 2009 and the Great Depression of last century - Made in America

Gallagher Great Race
Date: Sunday 27 September
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Grantham Street, Hamilton
Live rowing action, entertainment and free family fun make the Gallagher Great Race Rowing Festival a day for the whole family to enjoy.

Peter Neilson, Chief Executive, NZ Business Council for Sustainability
Date: Wednesday 30 September
Time: 6.30pm, Gallagher Concert Chamber
Location: University of Waikato
Out of the recession: Into the clean economy

Want to put your career into hyperdrive?
Date: Tuesday 29 September or Thursday 1 October
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Waikato Management School - Level 4, room 4.02
Do you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline and are looking to get into management? Enhance your career prospects by attending our Information Sessions to learn more. Join us for a barbecue and come and hear about our exciting 15 month Masters Programme.

Arts and Social Sciences for a Day
Date: Thursday 1 October
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: University of Waikato Campus 
Are you interested in what makes people think, our human nature, and the human mind? Do you want to explore your creativity, your thinking and your imagination? Do you want to excite and inspire those around you? Bookings are essential.

Frank Sargeson Lecture
Date: Wednesday 7 October
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: University of Waikato Campus, room S.1.02
Do Frank's Ashes Matter? The significance and sustenance of New Zealand's Literary House Museums. Not merely the material residue of a life and an era, writers...

October Graduation Ceremonies

Te Kohinga Mārama Marae
Date: Thursday 22 October
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: University of Waikato Campus, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road

Founders Memorial Theatre
Date: Friday 23 October
Time: To be announced
Location: University of Waikato Campus, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road

Alumni Links

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