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AUT recognises prominent NZers at graduation

11 October 2006

AUT recognises prominent New Zealanders at graduation

Distinguished New Zealand sports patron Graeme Avery and former AUT Chancellor Wyn Hoadley are being honoured by AUT University at its Spring Graduation at North Shore City this week.

Graeme Avery, co-founder of the Millennium Institute for Sport and Health, will be conferred an honorary doctorate for his outstanding and nationally recognised contribution to health publishing, and elite and developmental sport in New Zealand.

Graeme Avery set up the Millennium Institute in Albany in the late 1990s with The Warehouse founder Stephen Tindall. Its aim is to create a world class centre for excellence in sports and participation in health, recreation and fitness.

In 1997, he established Sileni Estates winery in Hawke’s Bay with Chris Cowper and winemaker Grant Edmonds.In 2002 he was honoured as North & South’s New Zealander of the Year for his contribution to business, sport and tourism.

Wyn (Winifred) Hoadley will be made an honorary associate of AUT at the university’s graduation on Friday. She will receive the accolade for her significant contribution to the university over many years as a member of AUT Council and as Chancellor from 2001 to 2005.

Barrister Wyn Hoadley is an Auckland Regional Councillor and chair of its finance committee. She is a former NorthShore City councillor and wasmayor of Takapuna City from 1986 to 1989. She is patron and trustee for various North Shore performing arts, sport and community organisations.

She holds the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993 and the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal and is a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for Public Services (QSO).

Graeme Avery and Wyn Hoadley will join more than 1400 graduands at AUT’s largest ever spring graduation. AUT’s four conferment ceremonies are being held over two days at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13.

Author and tutor at NorthTec Michael Mullanywill be conferred Doctor of Philosophy with his doctoral thesis entitled: ‘The Use Of Analyst-User Cognitive Style Differentials To Predict Aspects Of User Satisfaction With Information Systems’.

Spring Graduation:

Thursday October 12 10am Procession starting from No. 1 the Strand going to the Bruce Mason Centre 11am Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences graduation 2.30pm Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies graduation

Friday October 13 10am Procession starting from No. 1 the Strand going to the Bruce Mason Centre 11am Faculty of Business 2.30pm Faculties of Applied Humanities and Te Ara Poutama

For more information about AUT University’s spring graduation, please visit:

www.aut.ac.nz/students/student_services/graduation

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