University of Waikato in Hawke's Bay

The University of Waikato is making it easier for Hawke’s Bay people to access University-based research and teaching – with a little help from our friends.


In Hawke’s Bay, the University of Waikato is partnering with local stakeholders to strengthen its community engagement in the region. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Napier City Council (in April 2016) and, more recently, a co-operation agreement with Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), the University is poised to increase educational options and innovation projects that will help grow and diversify the region’s economy.

These activities are all linked to Hawke’s Bay’s Regional Economic Development Strategy “Matariki”, which was co-designed by stakeholders and has broad support from central and local government agencies, iwi and hapu, and other entities. As a Great Things Grow Here Brand Champion, we're passionate about Hawke's Bay as a great place to live, learn, and innovate.

University staff are now establishing cross-disciplinary research projects with region-wide stakeholders, developing linkages between students and local employers through internships and summer research placements, and identifying opportunities with EIT to collaboratively deliver new courses and/or additional majors and pathways for postgraduate qualifications.

Additionally, Waikato’s Napier-based Institute of Professional Learning team deliver professional development for teachers in areas such as numeracy and literacy, digital learning, and leadership, in English and Te Reo Māori.