Alumni Profiles

Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

The Hawaiian Hobbit
Have you ever wondered what Gollum or Gandalf would sound like speaking Hawaiian? Thanks to Keao NeSmith, you won't have to much longer. The Waikato alumnus has just translated J.R.R Tolkien's "The Hobbit" into Hawaiian.

A family of role models
The Rohorua family has had connections with the University of Waikato for more than a decade - and they've certainly left their mark on the University and on the local Pacific community.

French calling for Waikato Māori graduate
A University of Waikato Māori and Theatre Studies graduate already working with the famous Théâtre du Soleil in Paris has been accepted to study at the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq school in the city.

Alumnus revitalising Hawaiian language
Hawaiian PhD graduate Keao NeSmith completed his Doctorate in applied linguistics at the School of Māori and Pacific Development. He hopes to develop a professional teaching programme for his endangered native language.

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