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Round the Bridges

A team of 85 alumni and staff participated in the Round the Bridges on the 13th of November 2016. Participants received free entry to the event along with a race pack containing a shirt, pedometer and access to our event site. The day was charged with energy and many enthusiastic participants went away having achieved their finish time goal or placing. A special shout out to our fastest alumni runners:

12km - Paul Ewart and Laura Christian

6km- Jonathan Hall and Gemma Johnson

 Congratulations and thanks to all. See more photos

RTB 2016

L- R: Peter Sun, Pat Mellsop, Sarah Nathan, Andrea McBeth, Stephanie Chalmers 

Win a KARKT Bag

The University of Waikato has won the Student Engagement Award at the 2016 Green Gown Awards Australasia (GGAA). The University was a finalist in two categories - Continuous Improvement and Student Engagement, taking out the Student Engagement category for its broad initiatives such as an eco-emporium resource exchange. 

As part of our sustainability initiative we are giving away two customised University of Waikato KARKT bags.

These bags are handcrafted from unwanted materials diverted from landfill.

To be into win, just email - entries open to wherever in the world you are!

Never lose your focus - Damon Kelly

Over 80 Alumni attended our BA5 in October to hear Damon Kelly, CEO of Enlighten Design, share his inspirational business journey from caravan start up to the multi award winning web design and software development firm it is today. He talked about the importance of having good people on board and staying focused on what is important. 

Lt Col Tenby Powell talks Tauranga

  See event photos.

50 Alumni and friends gathered at the Tauranga Club on Devonport Road to listen Lt Col Tenby Powell, and enjoy an evening of networking. The audience heard of Tenby's business journey from his security work in pirate controlled waters in Africa, to his extensive involvement with start-ups. They also learnt about the purchase and expansion of Hire Pool and its journey to becoming the nation’s leading hireage company.The event attracted people from the Waikato and the Bay of Plenty alike, and was also a chance to learn about all the developments going ahead in Tauranga. The resounding feedback we received was that you want us to hold more events in Tauranga, so stay tuned for our future events. 

Tell us what you think - complete our annual alumni survey so that your voice shapes our upcoming alumni programming. Click Here.  


Employability Plus initiative to launch in 2017

The University of Waikato is launching an Employability Plus Programme (EPP) in A semester 2017.

This new initiative has been designed to give students the opportunity to gain the practical skills and experience sought by prospective employers.

Students involved in the programme will advance their skills through personal development workshops, volunteer work for a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, and involvement in co-curricular activities with the University.

If you are available to help, or have any questions, please make contact by email 

Roman puts his Alumni Scholarship towards his Masters of Educational Leadership 


Roman Akroyd was our inaugural winner of the Alumni Scholarship and has just finished his first paper towards a Masters of Educational Leadership. 

Roman says it has been challenging balancing work, study, and his son's busy life but he is extremely grateful to have been the recipient of the Alumni scholarship for 2016. He is looking forward to the upcoming learning journey. 

Find out if you qualify for the University of Waikato Alumni Scholarship.  

Right - Roman pictured with student and Boccia competitor, Vishal Chandra. 



Alumni Profile: Lance King and the art of learning

Waikato Alumnus, Lance King, always knew he could change the world if he put his mind to it, and that’s exactly what he’s doing today as an internationally recognised author, teacher and workshop facilitator.

Today Lance travels the world teaching the principles and strategies of effective learning to schools, universities, and private businesses. He delivers his message to educational establishments in 28 countries and has recently published his book ‘The Importance of Failing Well’.

Read more on how Lance has dedicated his life to the art of learning.   


Around the Faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Bachelor of Social Science graduate, Alex Hitchmough, is a School Partnerships Manager for World Vision New Zealand. Her role involves working with schools to design education and leadership programmes that increase young people's awareness of global issues and empower them to create change.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: 
Head of Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko is one of 22 people who have been made Research Fellows by the Cloud Security Alliance. The taskforce will focus on practical actions to increase the number of cyber professionals the industry needs to help defend against cyber-attacks. 

Three academics from Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education have picked up awards at this year's New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) awards. Professor Martin Thrupp was awarded the McKenzie Award, Senior Lecturer Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips was awarded the Sutton-Smith Doctoral Award and the Judith Duncan Award for Early Childhood Education Research went to Associate Professor Jayne White.

Academic and University of Waikato Senior Lecturer, Les Arthur, strives to close justice gap with a proposal to establish an online court and further increase the monetary threshold of dispute tribunals. This proposal could enable more kiwis who are unable to afford legal representation to secure access to justice. 
University of Waikato graduate and Alumnus, Stuart Barrass, is working with some of Europe’s most innovative companies as a Management Consultant for Ernst & Young. Based in London, Stuart is working with high profile companies to find ways to use or adapt to new technologies. 

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies:
New name signals new direction for Māori and indigenous studies at Waikato. 

Science and Engineering: 
Science graduate Freya Robinson has received a $73,000 scholarship to study a masters degree in Europe.  Freya will spend two years completing an Erasmus Mundus joint master degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES). She’ll travel between Scotland, Greece and France looking at how other countries use aquaculture to develop sustainable fishing and harvesting methods.

Tauranga Campus:  The proposed design concept for new Tauranga CBD Campus has been approved by its three regional funders- Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust. Features of the design concept includes customisable teaching spaces, a 200 seat lecture theatre, computer labs, and common areas for studying and socialising. 

Tauranga is a happening place with lots if exciting new developments. Watch this clip to learn about what's happening in New Zealand's fastest growing region.  


What's On

End of year graduation ceremonies have been moved from October to December to allow for students who complete their studies in B Semester to graduate in the same year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos. The University acknowledged the leadership of King Tuheitia by conferring an honorary doctorate during the university’s annual Kīngitanga Day celebration in September. The University of Waikato has proposed a third medical school for New Zealand. This will be a community-engaged, graduate entry medical school based in the Waikato and at regional clinical education sites in 12-15 locations throughout the central North Island.The University of Waikato has become the first New Zealand university to be approved to teach and award its degrees in China in a first of its kind partnership.


What's coming up





Join us for a summer BBQ with the VC.  Friday 24 February, 5.30pm on the Village Green. RSVP. 

Waikato University Combined Sports (WUCS), is committed to the growth of sports clubs and development of relevant sporting facilities for students, alumni and community members. Let us know if you were a member of any clubs while you were studying at Waikato, or are interested hearing about University clubs. 

Take your career to new heights with an MBA, Alumna Kate Davies says the rewards have been endless since completing her MBA, from increasing her work capacity and expanding her professional network, to ensuring she’s an authentic and inspiring business leader. Find out more. 


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