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University of Waikato
Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
University of Waikato logo.svg
Coat of Arms of the University of Waikato
MottoMāori: Ko te tangata
Motto in English
For The People
TypePublic research university
Established1964; 58 years ago
BudgetNZD $263.6 million (31 December 2020)[1]
ChancellorSir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, KStJ
Vice-ChancellorNeil Quigley
Administrative staff
1,499 (FTS, 2020)[1]
Students10,448 (EFTS, 2020)[1]
Location, ,
New Zealand (Māori: Kirikiriroa, Waikato, Aotearoa)
65 ha (160 acres)
ColoursUW Red, Gold and Black
AffiliationsACU, ASAIHL,
The University of Waikato logo

The University of Waikato (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato), is a public research university in Hamilton, New Zealand established in 1964. An additional campus is located in Tauranga.[2] The university performs research in the disciplines of education, social sciences, and management and is an innovator in environmental science, marine and freshwater ecology, engineering and computer science. It offers degrees in health, engineering, computer science, management, Māori and Indigenous Studies, the arts, psychology, social sciences and education.[3]


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In the mid-1950s, regional and national leaders recognised the need for a new university and urged the then University of New Zealand (UNZ) and the government to establish one in Hamilton. Their campaign coincided with a shortage of school teachers, and after years of lobbying, Minister of Education Philip Skoglund agreed to open a teachers’ college in the region. In 1960, the newly established Hamilton Teachers’ College, joined by a fledgling university (initially a branch of the University of Auckland), opened a joint campus at Ruakura

In 1964, the two institutions moved to their new home, and the following year the University of Waikato was officially opened by then Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson.[4]

At that time, the university comprised a School of Humanities and a School of Social Sciences.[4] In 1969 a School of Science was established.[5] This was followed by the creation of the Waikato Management School in 1972,[4] Computer Science and Computing Services in 1973,[4] and the School of Law in 1990.[6]

In 1990 the Hamilton Teacher's college merged with the University of Waikato [7]

From the beginning, it was envisaged that Māori studies should be a key feature of the new university,[4] and the Centre for Māori Studies and Research was established in the School of Social Sciences in 1972.[4] A separate School of Māori and Pacific Development was formally established in 1996 and in 2016, became Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.[8] In 1999, the original Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences were merged to form the School of Arts and Social Sciences.[9]

In 2018 the university was reorganised under a divisional structure which resulted in its Schools and Faculties being brought under four Divisions and a School; Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, Division of Education, Division of Health, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Waikato Management School and the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Although the university has had a presence in Tauranga since the 1990s, it officially opened its dedicated Tauranga campus in 2019 located in Tauranga's CBD. This added to the university's presence in the Bay of Plenty with the Adams Centre for High Performance in Mount Maunganui and the Coastal Marine Field Station in Sulphur Point on the Tauranga Harbour. In November 2020, the university also opened a new algal research and aquaculture facility in Sulphur Point.

The Kīngitanga, Waikato-Tainui and the university

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Born in the 1840s and 1850s, the establishment of the Kīngitanga was a united national response of Māori chiefs to the effects of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi, and the establishment of the settler Government. From its inception, the Kīngitanga has had the role of leading, governing and representing Māori, as the rafters on one side of the house of Aotearoa, with the Queen and her subjects as the rafters on the other.

In relation to the university, the Kīngitanga has played a pivotal role, with King Koroki giving his personal support to the establishment of a university in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton, which led to the project gaining the support of Waikato iwi. This is notable as, when the University of Waikato was set up in 1964, it was on a site that had been part of lands confiscated from Waikato-Tainui by the Crown in 1865, only returned later, in 1995.

The university and the Kīngitanga have had an active relationship over the course of the university's history, including the establishment of the new campus in Tauranga, and the awarding of honorary doctorates to a number of tribal members. Most recently, doctoral honours were awarded to Kīngi Tūheitia in 2016.

Administration and organisation


Division, Faculty, School[10]
Division of Arts, Law, Psychology & Social Sciences
Division of Health, Engineering, Computing & Science
Division of Education
Waikato Management School
Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies
University of Waikato College
Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
Research Institutes[11]
Environmental Research Institute (ERI): Te Pūtahi Rangahau Taiao
Institute of Professional Learning (IPL): Te Whai Toi Tāngata
National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA): Te Rūnanga Tātari Tatauranga
New Zealand Institute for Business Research (NZIBR): Te Pūtahi Rangahau Umanga o Aotearoa
Te Ipu o te Mahara: The Artificial Intelligence Institute
Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi: Te Kotahi Research Institute
New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS): Te Puna Haumaru
Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER): Te Pūtahi Rangahau Mātauranga o Wilf Malcolm
The village green is the social hub of the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus
The village green is the social hub of the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus
One of three lakes on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus
One of three lakes on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus

The chief executive of the University of Waikato is the vice-chancellor, currently Professor Neil Quigley. The university is governed by a council, headed by the university's chancellor, who is currently former New Zealand governor-general Sir Anand Satyanand.[12]

Te Rōpū Manukura was formed in 1991 as a consultative body to the university council. Te Rōpū Manukura is currently made up of members from over 20 different iwi within the catchment area of the university.

The following list shows the university's chancellors:[13]

Name Portrait Term
1 Denis Rogers
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2 Bruce McKenzie
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3 Henry Bennett
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4 Douglas Arcus
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5 David Tompkins
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(3) Henry Bennett
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6 Joy Drayton
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7 Gerald Bailey
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8 Caroline Bennett
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9 John Gallager
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10 John Jackman
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11 Jim Bolger
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12 Anand Satyanand
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The University of Waikato operates from two campuses, Hamilton, and Tauranga. Undergraduate degrees are also offered through a joint-institute on a satellite campus at Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou.[14]


The main Hamilton campus is spread over 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas. Originally farmland, the campus was designed by architect John Blake-Kelly in 1964. The open space landscaping contains extensive native plantings, including a fernery, centred around three lakes.[4]


The University of Waikato previously shared campuses with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Tauranga at Windmere in the central city. In March 2019, the university opened a stand-alone campus in the central city.[15]

The Student Centre officially opened in 2011 by Waikato alumnus Governor-General Jerry Mateparae.[16]


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[17]701–800 (2020)
QS World[18]373 (2022)
THE World[19]401-500 (2022)

In the latest 2021 QS rankings, The University of Waikato is ranked at 373 out of the world's top 1,000 universities. Additionally, the university has been ranked between 501 and 600 for the Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings and between 101 and 200 in the THE Impact Rankings.[20]

Notable people

Notable alumni

Main category: University of Waikato alumni

Waikato Management School

Division of Arts, Law and Social Sciences

Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Science

Division of Education

Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies

The University of Waikato's official website lists other notable alumni, referred as "Distinguished Alumni" by the university.[21]

Notable faculty and honorary doctorates


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  2. ^ "History of University of Waikato: University of Waikato". www.waikato.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 24 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Qualifications". www.waikato.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 15 August 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Day, Paul. (1984) From The Ground Up: An informal chronicle of the genesis and development of the University of Waikato 1964–1984. University of Waikato, pp. 6, 18,-27, 30, 55, 56, 58–60, 157–9, 172–5, 219.
  5. ^ Celebrating 40 years of Science & Engineering, 1969–2009, University of Waikato (2009), p. 1
  6. ^ "New Name for Faculty". Waikato.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  7. ^ Alcorn, Noeline (2014). Ko te tangata : a history of the University of Waikato : the first fifty years. Wellington New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa. ISBN 9781927242322.
  8. ^ University of Waikato Calendar 1996, p. 31
  9. ^ University of Waikato Calendar 1999, p. 16
  10. ^ "Faculties and Schools: University of Waikato". waikato.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Research Institutes: University of Waikato". waikato.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 29 February 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  12. ^ Leaman, Aaron (6 August 2019). "Waikato University announces Sir Anand Satyanand as new chancellor". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Former Chancellors of the University of Waikato". University of Waikato. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  14. ^ Biddle, Donna Lee (12 October 2017). "University of Waikato offers students degree overseas". Stuff. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  15. ^ Hunter, Zoe (11 May 2018). "Exclusive: Tauranga's new university campus a year ahead of deadline". New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  16. ^ "University of Waikato Student Centre – Portfolio". Warren and Mahoney. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  18. ^ "University of Waikato". Top Universities. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  19. ^ "University of Waikato". Times Higher Education (THE). 13 November 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  20. ^ "Rankings and Reputation". The University of Waikato. Archived from the original on 16 August 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Alumni and friends". University of Waikato. Archived from the original on 15 August 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.

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