Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Plaque unveiled at University 50th anniversary commemoration

14 March 2014

Plaque unveiled at University’s 50th anniversary commemoration

Prime Minister John Key, Chancellor Jim Bolger, Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker and other guests attended a commemoration of the University of Waikato’s 50th anniversary at a function on Thursday 13 March at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Chancellor Jim Bolger spoke of the early days when the campus was nothing but farmland and a cowshed, saying the University was a credit to past and present Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors.

In her speech, Mayor and law alumnae Julie Hardaker spoke of the strong connection between Hamilton city (celebrating 150 years) and the University, reinforcing the integral role the University plays in the region, both educationally and economically. She said the city was immensely proud of what the University had achieved over the past 50 years and gave a gift to the Vice-Chancellor to be added to a time capsule, which will be sealed then opened in another 50 years.

Professor Crawford said the University had reached an historic moment, being transformed from what once was farmland to “New Zealand’s most beautiful campus”. He highlighted many of the areas - such as agriculture, marine science, law, management and Māori - to which the University has contributed in significant ways. He said true success came from the graduates and staff, and that while the University celebrates its history, it was also looking to the future, and the opportunities ahead.

Professor Crawford also announced that Fletcher Construction has been awarded the contract for the new Law and Management building on which work is scheduled to begin mid-April.

Mr Key said that at 50 years old, the University of Waikato was just getting started, and that while the University had done extremely well, he was sure the best was yet to come.

He said universities were a place to challenge ideas, come up with new perspectives, and push the boundaries through research, saying these were the things that would make us more developed as a nation. Mr Key acknowledged the priority Waikato had placed in fostering opportunities for Māori and Pasifika students, and stressed the importance of this for the region and New Zealand overall.

A 50th anniversary short promotional film was played and a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Prime Minister, who was presented with a copy of the book Ko Te Tangata: A history of the University of Waikato.

More than 100 guests attended the event, including Dame Malvina Major, MPs David Bennett and Tim Macindoe, former Chancellors Dr John Gallagher and John Jackman, and former Vice-Chancellor Wilf Malcolm.

Other 50th anniversary events include Community Open Day on 17 where the community is invited to activities, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, tours and mini lectures on campus.

For more on 50th celebrations, visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/about/50/

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Max Rashbrooke: Review - The NZSO And Nature

This was a lovely, varied concert with an obvious theme based on the natural world. It kicked off with Mendelssohn's sparkling Hebrides Overture, which had a wonderfully taut spring right from the start, and great colour from the woodwinds, especially the clarinets. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news