Alumni & Friends Newsletter March 2019
Kia ora ,

Like all Kiwis, we're still trying to process the tragedy in Christchurch last Friday, but we know that our diverse alumni community is our greatest strength. The beautiful ways in which people have come together over the last week has been inspiring, and we think it's important to continue to support, uplift and connect with you all at this time. Remember to reach out to each other, access support if you need it, and never forget that you're part of the Waikato whānau.

It's been a whirlwind start to the year here at Waikato, welcoming our new students for 2019 and taking the first steps to opening our new campus in the Bay of Plenty. We can't wait to share it with you, so watch this space for invitations to our formal opening events and tours coming soon.

It's also been a busy time in our research and scholarships space, and we have several events coming up too. Read on for more updates from around the university, or check out the News and Opinion section on the website.

Ngā mihi

Rachael Elliott, Alumni Engagement Adviser
University of Waikato Alumni Team

A message from the VC 

All members of the University community are shocked and saddened by the deaths of so many people in Christchurch on Friday. The University supports diversity and freedom of expression, including religious expression on campus and in New Zealand as a whole. There can be no place in our society for the intolerance and violence reflected in the attacks on the mosques in Christchurch.

We grieve for those who have been affected, send our thoughts to their loved ones and stand strong together against intolerance, racism and hatred. The University's flag has been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.

Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, their friends and whānau during this distressing time. 

He mihi aroha noa i roto i ngā pōuritanga o te wā.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Neil Quigley
Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato

A new dawn for our Tauranga campus 

At the end of February we took the first steps to open our new campus in Tauranga. Our dawn karakia ‘Tā i te kawa’ will ensure the spiritual wellbeing of the new campus, and of staff and students who will make it their home. Read more in our latest campus update here or check out the photos below.

What's on

Did you miss the first event of out Hamilton Public Lecture Series for 2019Professor Martin Lodge spoke on why humans make, play and listen to music. Check out the recording of 'Music is Not a Thing' here. (Tauranga lectures will commence once the campus is formally opened.)

Alumni discount for future-focussed conference with keynote Jan Zijderveld, CEO - Avon Products 

Waikato Management School warmly invites all alumni to attend the inaugural Future of Work conference on Monday 15 April in Hamilton. All Waikato alumni can attend the 1 day future-focused conference for only $95 – usually $115. Use the VIP code ‘Alumni2019’ when registering online to receive the discount. This event promises to inspire and educate attendees to embrace opportunities and innovations in all industries. View the conference brochurefull speaker line up and conference programme for more information.

Mana Wahine Speaker Series Launches

Over 100 people turned out for the first lecture in the Mana Wahine speaker series, hosted by the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies earlier this month. The next lecture in this free series will take place on 3 April, if you're interested in attending check out the facebook event or our events calendar

Our people

Founding staff of future-focussed Tauranga school

Taumata School in Tauranga opened its doors for the first time this term and many of its founding staff, including Gen Fuller (Principal), Dan Priest and Sjaan McDivitt (Learning Coaches) are alumni of Te Kura Toi Tangata, Faculty of Education. Read more here.

All Doom, No Gloom for Shoshana

Screen and Media Studies and Sir Edmund Hillary scholarship alumni Shoshana Sachi is currently living her dream in Hollywood while writing for TV show Doom Patrol, which stars Brendan Fraser and Timothy Dalton. Read more here.

Share your story

We love hearing about our alumni and their successes! Whether it's in the boardroom or on the playing fields, our alumni continue to make a real impact in our communities. Share your stories or let us know of other alumni who are transforming the world here.

What's new: in brief

For more stories about our latest graduates, visit our News & Events page.

We have a huge range of online offerings, short courses and of course full semester papers available if you're keen to pick up some extra skills.

Scholarships are also up for grabs: you can view the full scholarship listing on our online Scholarship Finder


There's something for everyone, search your course preferences here.


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