The University of Waikato 50th Anniversary

50th Celebration Events

2014 is an opportunity for the University of Waikato to celebrate and reflect on 50 years of teaching and research excellence. Find out more about our events during the year to involve our staff, students, alumni and local community in our anniversary celebrations.

For more university events, please visit the events calendar.

Past events

50th Anniversary Launch

University of Waikato 50th Anniversary Launch

The official launch of our 50th year took place on 14 February, with a great turn out of current and previous staff, and invited stakeholders who have been integral in our first 50 years. Read more about the launch event and view photos.

Commemoration of 50th Anniversary

Commemoration of 50th Anniversary

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 on 13 March.

Balloons over Waikato ASB Nightglow

Balloons over Waikato

The University of Waikato hosted Nightglow, an iconic Waikato event on 29 March 2014, offering entertainment for the whole community. Read more about this year's Nightglow.

Hamilton & Tauranga Stakeholder Breakfasts


We invited stakeholders and thanked them for their support over the past 50 years with breakfast in Hamilton on 10 April 2014 and Tauranga on 11 April 2014.

Campus 5km Fun Run & Walk

Campus run

The University of Waikato, in association with the Hamilton City Hawks Running Club and the Waikato Students' Union hosted a 5km fun run & walk. Read more about the Campus 5km Fun Run.

Community Open Day

Open Day

About 3000 members of the public were welcomed on campus on Saturday 17 May, as the University held its first Community Open Day.

Let's Talk Waipa

Let's Talk Waipa

Waipa District Council in conjunction with the University of Waikato hosted a series of engaging talks about Waipa's fascinating heritage.

Unveiling of the 50th Anniversary Sculpture

University of Waikato sculpture on campus

On 7 October 2014 we unveiled "L" by Sophie Hermann, a six-piece sculpture that acknowledges the University of Waikato's first 50 years. Find out more.

50th Anniversary in Tauranga

50th Anniversary in Tauranga

About 100 people gathered at the University of Waikato's Coastal Marine Station on 29 September to mark the university's 50th anniversary. Find out more.

A Historical Tour of the University of Waikato Gardens

Historical tour of gardens

Horticulturist, Ron Lycette, who directed the creation of our botanical treasure on campus gave a leisurely guided tour through the transformative landscape. Find out more.

Golden Jubilee Visiting Distinguished Professor: Dr David Bloom

Dr David Bloom

Dr David Bloom gave a free public lecture on 'Prospects for Economic Growth' on Tuesday, 21 October at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Find out more.

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