Honorary Doctorates 2012
Dr Roger Hill
Conferred 19 October 2012
In recognition of his services to science Dr Roger Hill has been awarded the University of Waikato’s top academic honour.
As a founding member of the New Zealand Association of Consulting Labs and as an active member of several organisations concerned with testing regimes, he has been a key contributor to the development of a reputable analytical industry in New Zealand.
He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science.
Dr Hill trained as a chemist, completing his PhD in 1976 at the University of Auckland. He then moved to Analytical Services Ltd in Cambridge, where he set up and subsequently managed the company’s soil testing lab.
In 1984, he and his wife Anne established their own testing services company in the agricultural and horticultural sectors, initially operating out of a small laboratory in Hamilton East.
From these small beginnings, Hill Laboratories has grown to become New Zealand’s largest privately-owned commercial laboratory, with more than 250 employees.
Conferred 18 October 2012
Artist, playwright and poet, Campbell Smith, has been instrumental in shaping Hamilton’s cultural identity.
Mr Smith first joined the Waikato Society of Arts in 1958 and ran the Society’s Art Gallery. Later, the Hamilton City Council opened a city Museum and Art Gallery in London Street and he became the Gallery Director. It was here that he began planning for a new river-facing museum on Victoria Street.
The museum was one of the first major public buildings to acknowledge the cultural link between the river and the city - a link also reflected in Mr Smith’s art.
Primarily a wood engraver, his first exhibition was in 1967. The University has four of Mr Smith’s works in its collection, as do the Waikato Museum and Te Papa. Mr Smith is equally at home expressing himself in words. He has written 24 plays – many featuring prominent New Zealanders like artist Frances Hodgkins, First World War safe-sex advocate Ettie Rout, and MP Mabel Howard.
In 2003, Mr Smith was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.