September 2012         

University honours Distinguished Alumni

The Welsh Rugby coach, a social justice campaigner and an economist are University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni for 2012. Warren Gatland, Karen Morrison-Hume and Murray Sherwin CNZM were presented with their awards at a black tie dinner on August 24.

The awards ceremony was held at the University's Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, where Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford presented each recipient with their awards in front of 200 guests.

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Warren Gatland

Welsh Rugby coach

Pictured with son Bryn, wife Trudi and daughter Gabby.

Warren Gatland, Waikato born and bred, made his debut for the Waikato rugby team in 1986, the same year he graduated with a Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato.  He played a record 140 games for Waikato and led the side to some notable victories over Wales, the British Lions, Argentina, Samoa and Australia.

By 1988 he was an All Black touring the world.  Rugby commitments saw him scale back his teaching to part-time and move from primary to secondary schools.  He taught at Huntly College and St Paul's Collegiate.

After his playing days, Mr Gatland turned to coaching at home and in Ireland during the off season.  He was appointed Ireland's national coach, then London Wasps director of rugby before returning home to coach a winning Waikato team in the NPC, and its successor, the Air New Zealand Cup. 

A year later, he was coaching Wales and preparing them for Grand Slam victories in 2008 and 2012 and for the World Cup.  As a mark of esteem in which he is held in the northern hemisphere, Mr Gatland was recently appointed Lions coach to tour Australia next year.

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Karen Morrison-Hume

Director, Anglican Action

Pictured with mother Gay Morrison and husband Charles Hume.

Karen Morrison-Hume graduated from the University of Waikato in 1997 as a mature student with a social sciences degree.  Shortly afterwards, she took up the directorship at what was then Anglican Social Services and quickly became Anglican Action.

At Anglican Action, Mrs Morrison-Hume has in all senses of the phrase lived her commitment to "justice through service." She championed the creation of the Te Ara Hou Social Services Village in Hamilton, and stood in solidarity with those who supported the invitation for Te Hurihanga Youth Detention Facility to be built there.

Her ability to manage without escalating the misinformation and community tension surrounding the initiative while continuing to advocate for the rights of the young men who would be referred to Te Hurihanga is a testament to her visionary and moral leadership.

She has been invited to be part of national and local groups including the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, the Hamilton Council of Christian Social Services and the Combined Housing Action Research Group.

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Murray Sherwin CNZM

Chair, New Zealand Productivity Commission

Pictured with son Nick, wife Wilma and daughter Annemieke.

Murray Sherwin graduated from the University of Waikato in 1976 with a Master of Social Sciences and began what was to be a 25-year career with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, appointed Deputy Governor in 1993.

In 2001, Mr Sherwin was appointed Director General and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, leading an organisation at the heart of New Zealand's economic performance.  He brought to the Ministry a strong perspective on the primary industries' place in shaping New Zealand's economic performance, and the importance of removing barriers to market access.

For nearly a decade of services to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Sherwin was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010.

Mr Sherwin is the inaugural chair of the newly established Productivity Commission.  He sits on the Review Panel of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Official Statistics.

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Waikato shines at Olympics

Congratulations to Waikato students and alumni who won medals and starred in water, track and field events at London 2012.

Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen took home gold in the Men's Double Sculls; both studied at the University and have rowed in the Waikato crew in the Gallagher Great Race.  Nathan also won Sportsman of the Year at the 2011 Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards.  Former students Juliette Haigh and Rebecca Scown achieved a bronze medal in the Women's Pair.

Congratulations also to former Hillary Scholar and alumna Emma Twigg (pictured) who competed in the Women's Single Sculls; members of the cycling Women's Team Pursuit Rushlee Buchanan and Jaime Nielsen; Cathryn Finlayson (former Hillary Scholar) in Women's Hockey and Blair Hopping (2002 Sportsman of the Year) in Men's Hockey.

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Image Waikato wins major research contracts

The University of Waikato has won two major research contracts in the latest funding round from the 2012 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Several Waikato academics will also collaborate with leading institutes on other projects.

The University's WAND Network Research Group has been awarded just under $1.5 million to develop models and tools to monitor the performance of New Zealand's internet networks and will involve the first-ever measurement of the network infrastructure across the whole country.

A project led by Professor Peggy Koopman-Boyden from the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis, to encourage greater independence for older people living alone, was awarded $687,000.

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

This special edition of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter is one of celebration.  We acknowledge three new Distinguished Alumni awardees; the outstanding achievements of current and former Waikato students at the London Olympics and recent news that the University of Waikato has won major research funding and opportunities for collaboration in the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funding round.

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Calder & Lawson Gallery 'Sci Fi' by Judy Darrah, 20 August to 5 October

Gallagher Great Race Sunday 9 September, Waikato River

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, lunchtime recitals and much more

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

Prof Jaqueline Rowarth, Waikato Management School, 18 September

Prof Tina Besley, Faculty of Education, 9 October

Waikato Management School Students' Association networking evening 27 September, 5.30pm.  WMS Alumni and local businesses are welcome to register for this free event aimed at engaging current students with members of the wider business community.

Excellence in Practice Series: Helen Green, CBM Board Director: Development in the Developing World 14 September, 1pm.

Michael Swain, NZ Consul-General, Shanghai, 28 September, 1pm.

Bruce Hassall, CEO PwC New Zealand, 12 October, 1pm.

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