Alumni Profiles

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Q&A with Alumnus Finian Scott
Fin Scott came to the University of Waikato in 2010 studying towards a BA majoring in Political Science and Geography. He was first awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship in 2011 for his achievements in rowing and remained on the scholarship for three years.

Bestselling author honed her skills at Waikato
Waikato alumna and bestselling author Deborah Challinor has just finished a nationwide book tour in support of her new novel - A Tattooed Heart.

The making of Penny Black
She's been a stunt double and a director's assistant in Hollywood and now University of Waikato PhD student Fiona Jackson is launching her own full-length feature.

An interesting mix
Joanna Bishop has done it all. A single mum before starting university, Joanna has been a gardener at Hamilton Zoo, a mortuary technician at Waikato Hospital and a wellness professional at a health retreat.

Getting to know: Jeremy Mayall and Steven Rae
2015 marks 10 years of the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme. We get to know two of our Hillary Scholarship graduates: Jeremy Mayall and Steven Rae.

Getting to know: Ai-lada Chotechuang
Welcome to a new series where we put the hard questions to alumni to get to know them better. First up, Bangkok alumni representative and social sciences graduate - Ai-lada Chotechuang.

Alumnus working to bring about "collective change" to communities in Samoa
Jason Hisatake is the Principal Analyst for the Public Service Commission (PSC) in Samoa, and he credits the University of Waikato with instilling in him "the human and professional qualities" that have helped him in his career.

From Whakatane to Wellington, and all the jobs inbetween
Chris Roberts didn’t think about going to university until he was turned down from a job at a bank. Today, Chris is the Chief Executive of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand (TIA).

Singing with the Phantom
For a chunk of 2014, alumna and soprano Julia Booth became Christine - the star of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera. The show ran through the month of May in Hamilton's Founders Theatre, but rehearsals began more than six months before that.

Bridging the gap between New Zealand and Mongolia
Chuluun Munkhbat says New Zealand is not that different from his home country of Mongolia. "The sheep, the livestock, the countryside. It's very similar to home," he says.

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