The Napier Centre

The University of Waikato’s Hawke’s Bay-based staff are located at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier. We’re centrally located on campus on the first floor of the Hetley Building – Building A (view the EIT map).

About the Director

Dr Belinda Sleight is the University of Waikato’s Director in Hawke’s Bay. This role, jointly funded by the Napier City Council, links the University’s research and teaching expertise with opportunities across Hawke’s Bay.

After completing a PhD in Plant Pathology (Lincoln), Belinda has worked in managerial roles in the government sector and private businesses that conduct research or implement research results as new products or improved productivity. Most recently, she spent three years in the health sector project managing innovation programmes. She has lived in Hawke’s Bay for the past 13 years.

Developing stakeholder relationships, scoping collaborative research projects, and identify funding opportunities are Belinda’s major roles. She is also the key link between staff from Waikato and EIT, working to expand the range of courses delivered in Hawke’s Bay.