2006 Staff Awards Ceremonies

Hillcrest Campus - Tuesday 23 January 2007

The HRM Meeting Room was packed as friends, family and colleagues gathered to celebrate the success of 2006 recipients.

Staff awards have existed since 1989 and the presentation ceremony has always been a special celebration acknowledging the outstanding contributions made by staff.

Teaching Excellence Awards

Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten is a senior lecturer in the Management Communication Department of the Waikato Management School, where she has been teaching since 1998. Cheryl was described by one of her students as “a teacher who goes out of her way to help students” and by another as “easy going, fun and jovial” with “a knack of making students comfortable in the lectures and out of class”. In addition to receiving excellent feedback in her course evaluations she is also highly valued by colleagues and is a mentor in the University wide mentoring programme which supports and helps develop new teachers. She is an advocate of critical action learning and is constantly striving to improve the quality and effectiveness of her teaching.

Dr Mike Duke from the Engineering Department in the School of Science and Engineering has made a large impact on the new mechanical engineering programme through an emphasis on product development. He has lead two exciting hands-on student projects including the design and build of a Formula SAE racing car and a two year initiative to build an electric commuter car which have stimulated enthusiasm for engineering amongst students and provided a strong platform for the further development of engineering at this University.


Administrative Excellence Awards

Carol Robinson works in the UNILink Research Office and receives her award for excellence in management of the Human and Animal Ethics Committees. She is described as being “a pleasure to work with” and consistently goes beyond normal expectations to ensure these two committees function well, that their business is conducted smoothly and that committee members are well-informed about relevant issues.

Joseph Macfarlane is Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori. Joseph’s contribution is outstanding and significant in the promotion of this University’s distinctive recognition of Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi partnership principle and this certificate recognises his sustained organisational and management skills as Executive Assistant in the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori Office.

Lesley Meade is the Mixed Media Programme Administrator in the Centre for Teacher Education within the School of Education. Lesley began working at the University at the time of the introduction of the Mixed Media Programme in 1997 and has been an integral component ever since. She has always shown absolute commitment to the tasks and people of this programme – bringing to life this University’s motto ‘Ko te tangata’. Lesley provides amazing pastoral support for students on the Mixed Media Programme through frequent communication and problem resolution and has been a significant factor in encouraging many students to return to post-graduate study.

Vice Chancellor's Medal for Staff Excellence

In addition to these awards the Vice-Chancellor selected from this group a recipient of an over-arching Medal for Staff Excellence. This proved to be a very difficult task as the contributions made by all of these worthy staff were re truly outstanding and to single out one individual or team was no easy task. The recipient of this award had not been announced, so it came as a wonderful surprise to the recipient – Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten.

Tauranga Campus - 24 January 2007

The entire Adminsitration Team at the University of Waikato in Tauranga were awarded an Administrative Excellence Staff Award which was presented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Doug Sutton at a lunchtime function held in Tauranga.

The members of this team have provided outstanding customer service in Tauranga and developed administrative processes that will be robust as the Tauranga campus grows. The team is comprised of Fiona Hullah, Layna Armstrong, Traci Wepiha Te Kanawa, Natalie Hesqua, Peter Sutton, Karen Tindall, Karen Steer, Nyree Sherlock, Kim O’Brien, Tomika Whiu, Cath Fraser and Brenda Sherson. Cath and Brenda are actually employed by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic but funding for their positions comes from the University and they are integral members of the team, providing a high level of support for our Tauranga students.

In addition to the certificates presented on the day each individual recipient received $5,000 and the team received $15,000 to be shared by members. Congratulations to all 2006 Staff Award recipients.

If you would like further information about Staff Awards, or would like to initiate a nomination for a 2007 award please click here.

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