SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

SDG3 GoodHealthAndWellbeing
Free counselling services for students
100% smoke-free campuses
New Bachelor of Nursing degree

Some things we are especially proud of

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Fitness and Wellness

We provide a comprehensive range of fitness and wellness services on campus through Unirec with significant discounts for students and staff.

We host Park Run on campus every Saturday, a 5km community fun run.


Health Programmes

Our practical Bachelor of Nursing degree, which continues to grow from strength to strength.

Our upcoming graduate-entry Master of Pharmacy designed to meet the needs of New Zealand's health workforce.


Flexible Working & Support

We have embraced flexible working to ensure our staff achieve the work/life balance they need.

We provided generous support to staff and students when New Zealand was plunged into lockdown again in late 2021.

Our cutting edge sports science facilities

The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance is a cutting-edge facility based at Mt Maunganui’s Blake Park, equipped with the latest in sports science and research capability. It is a valuable resource for many of our biomechanists and other academics working with elite sportspeople from around the country. The centre was opened in 2016 as a laboratory for sport science research, education and commercialisation.

Showcasing careers for women in biomechanics

Dr Kim Hébert-Losier, a physiotherapist and senior lecturer in Te Huataki Waiora Division of Health, led a series of events across the country to support New Zealand National Biomechanics Day in 2021. The events were focused on young women in secondary schools and celebrated the mechanics of human movement, while showcasing the opportunities for women to study and work in the field.

App helps expectant mothers

An app designed to help prevent postnatal depression and anxiety among expectant mothers was relaunched by the University of Waikato in 2021 to help women find the support and strategies they need for positive mental health. Dr Carrie Barber, from the University’s School of Psychology, first developed the Positively Pregnant app in 2017 and piloted it with a group of mothers. With seed funding from the University’s commercial arm, WaikatoLink, a redesigned and updated version was launched in 2021.