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King Tuheitia receives an honorary doctorate

8 September 2016

King Tuheitia

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, King Tuheitia and Chancellor James Bolger.

The University of Waikato acknowledged the leadership of King Tuheitia by conferring an honorary doctorate during the university’s annual Kīngitanga Day celebration held on the University’s Hamilton campus on 8 September.

King Tuheitia is the seventh monarch of the Kīngitanga movement, ascending the throne in 2006 following the passing of his mother Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, who led the Kīngitanga for 40 years.

“Over the last 10 years, King Tuheitia has continued the tradition, dedicating his life to the service of others and to the continuation of the Kīngitanga,” says University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley.

“King Tuheitia has also developed a strong relationship with the University of Waikato, and has provided support to the university in terms of its vision for strengthening relationships with Waikato, Tainui and the Kīngitanga. King Tuheitia is the patron of the university’s Kīngitanga Day, which has been held every year since 2008, and it’s always great to see him in attendance at the various celebrations and events on campus.”  

King Tuheitia says he accepts the honour from the university. “I am very humbled to accept the honorary doctorate on behalf of the Kīngitanga, and it is important to me that we maintain our strong links with the University of Waikato. We have high expectations of the university to contribute to the education of our people and to advance research and innovation in ways that will support our aspirations and benefit our communities. This award recognises our partnership and I look forward to our work together for the future.”