Congratulations to 2015's Distinguished Alumni Awardees
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Celebrating our Distinguished Alumni
Distinguished Alumni honoured for 2015: From left, University of Waikato Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger; awardees Rob Waddell ONZM, Hinewehi Mohi MNZM and Peter Churchouse, Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones. 

Head to the Alumni & Friends Facebook page for photos from the event. 

Peter Churchouse

Peter Churchouse is a Hong Kong-based finance and investment expert. He has worked all over the world, including stints in London, Africa and the Middle East, before setting up Morgan Stanley's first Asian office in 1987. Since 2009 he has been writing The Churchouse Letter, a monthly newsletter providing investment advice stemming from his extensive experience in the Asian market and contributes regularly to Bloomberg and CNBC. Read more

Hinewehi Mohi MNZM

Hinewehi Mohi shot to fame singing the national anthem in te reo Māori at a 1999 Rugby World Cup match in Twickenham. That same year, she had released her first album Oceania. A critical success, Oceania was the first Māori language album to be released internationally. Since then, she's released two more albums and established the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in 2004 to support children and their families with music therapy. Read more

Rob Waddell ONZM

Rob Waddell was studying at the University of Waikato when he won the single sculls title at the New Zealand Rowing Championships. He was New Zealand's only gold medallist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, following which he won his third Halberg Award, making him the first person to win Sportsperson of the Year three years in a row. He later joined sailing's Team New Zealand as a grinder, competing in the 2003, 2007 and 2013 America's Cup campaigns. Recently, he led New Zealand's team to the 2014 Commonwealth Games as Chef de Mission, and will do so again next year to the Olympics in Rio. Read more

Waikato rankings climb higher than the rest

The University of Waikato has jumped more than 60 places in the latest world rankings, the biggest move of any New Zealand university. Read more

Around the Faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Social Sciences student and Golden Key Honours Society member Darelle Howard has managed to complete her degree debt free.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: A team of second-year students from Waikato, named nullPointerExceptions, took out the second New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge which involved a series of cyber security challenges based on a pirate theme. This year's challenge attracted 150 people. 

Education: The Professional Practice of Teaching is the book that keeps on keeping on. Developed in 1994 by Professor Deborah Fraser and now Emeritus Professor Clive McGee, it was updated this year with a greater emphasis on digital technologies, inclusion and partnerships with parents. 

Law: Stephen Taylor has made history by becoming the first Waikato student to win the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition at the annual Law Students' Association (NZLSA) conference in Dunedin. 

Māori and Pacific Development: High achieving Pacific students were celebrated at an awards ceremony where nine students received Edna Money scholarships for achievement and excellence and 40 students received Tertiary Achievement in Pacific Ako (TAPA) awards. 

Management: Four Hillary Scholars, including two management students, will head to Nepal next year as Step Higher Scholars. They will visit the Khumbu Valley to see the work started by Sir Edmund Hillary and work on projects run by the Himalayan Trust. 

Science and Engineering: Self-confessed "nerd" and "tree-hugger" Bridgette Farnworth is the recipient of a Research Institute doctoral scholarship, worth up to $85,000 for three years, to assist her study into non-lethal pest control. 

Join us in Beijing, 22 October

Join the University of Waikato's Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alister Jones; New Zealand's Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, the Honourable Steven Joyce and New Zealand's Ambassador to China, John McKinnon for a Universities New Zealand alumni event in Beijing. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

On campus lately

Harvard University (pictured) claimed their revenge by winning this year's Great RaceKīngitanga Day celebrated the University's distinctive identity, heritage and relationship with Tainui and the Kīngitanga and featured a keynote speech from Māori military historian Dr Monty Soutar; Oxford University's Sir Ivor Crewe presented on the history and politics of Britain's identity crisis; the annual Harkness Henry Lecture was presented by Judge Neil MacLean who reflected on coronial death investigation; the Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation made a significant gift to fund the new Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering and the University of Waikato received nearly $10 million in MBIE research funding.

Happening soon

Professor Bernhard Pfahringer from FCMS will present his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on October 13; author Murray Edmond presents this year's Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture on October 14; High-achieving sport and performance students will be recognised for their achievements at the annual Blues Awards (pictured is 2011 Blue awardee Laura Langman) on October 16 and the popular 3MT series finishes on October 21 with research students summarising their thesis in just three minutes. 

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