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Benefits of work at the University of Waikato

In addition to a great working environment, the University of Waikato offers a range of benefits to its staff members, which include:

Health and Wellbeing

  • The University of Waikato provides a smoke-free study and work environment.
  • Employees are able to get a discounted membership at UniRec (gym) located on the Hamilton Campus. Tauranga staff have access to discounted gym membership at BOP Windermere campus gym, and Bodyzone in Durham Street.
  • Discounted medical, income protection and life insurance schemes are available to University staff.
  • Free counselling is available for employees and their families through an off campus confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
  • General staff who are engaged in computer work for at least half of their time, may be entitled to a free eye test and up to a $400 gross reimbursement for spectacles/lenses at two-yearly intervals, subject to certain criteria being met.

Professional Development

  • Eligible academic staff can apply for generous study leave of up to eight weeks of paid leave for each year of service plus allowances.
  • Employees can enrol in papers and tuition fees may be paid by the University provided certain criteria are met.
  • The University offers a wide range of in-house professional development options which are run as part of an annual programme.
  • The University has a number of induction activities and practices to welcome new staff and help their transition into a new workplace.

Leave

  • Staff receive a minimum of four weeks annual leave per year and up to five special University holidays, in addition to 11 statutory holidays.
  • Employees taking parental leave are eligible for at least six weeks paid leave (in addition to the statutory paid leave provided by the government) or a gratuity on their return to work, subject to meeting certain criteria.
  • Generous sick leave provisions.

Superannuation and KiwiSaver

  • Continuing (and some longer fixed-term) employees may join the UniSaver Superannuation Scheme, with employer contributions upon commencement. The University will contribute up to 6.75%.
  • Depending on eligibility KiwiSaver is available to staff.

Flexible Working

  • The University of Waikato is willing to consider flexible working arrangements to support an effective work life balance; requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals may include hours worked, period of the year worked, partial or occasional working from home.

Carparking and Transport

  • Employees are able to pay for car parking in specified reserved areas located around the Hamilton campus via payroll deductions.
  • Subsidised bus fares are available within Hamilton city.
  • Secure bike storage facilities are located across campus.

Campus Facilities

There are a number of great facilities spread across the Hamilton campus including:

  • UniRec Centre
  • University outdoor pool
  • University Library
  • ASB Bank
  • ANZ Bank
  • Campus Computers
  • Pharmacy
  • Travel Agent
  • Hairdresser
  • A variety of food vendors
  • A mini-mart/superette
  • Park-like grounds surrounded by an exercise walkway

Events

Throughout the year the University of Waikato holds a number of events including:

  • Kīngitanga Day
  • Women and Leadership
  • General Staff Day
  • New Staff Expo
  • Special events hosted by the Vice-Chancellor
  • Lunchtime concert series
  • Inaugural Professor Lectures

Childcare

Privately run crèche and kōhanga reo facilities are situated near the Hamilton Campus.

Other

  • Discounts on a wide range of goods and services through arrangements with University vendors (including computer hardware and software, whiteware, travel, travel insurance, building and decorating supplies, etc)
  • A range of professional and interest networks across campus (eg Gender Research, Māori Staff, Pacific Staff, etc)

Note: Not all of these benefits are available to all employees.  Your entitlement will depend on your employment agreement and location.