About 100 people gathered at the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Station in Tauranga on 29 September to mark the university’s 50th anniversary.
While the University has only been in Tauranga for half that length of time - offering a quality education to Bay of Plenty residents - it has made a telling impression and will lead the development of a tertiary campus in downtown Tauranga in the years ahead.
The anniversary event was attended by many University Senior Leadership Staff, along with key stakeholders from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty communities.
Former Vice-Chancellor Dr Bryan Gould was a surprise attendee at the function.
Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby spoke at the event before presenting a letter to be included in a time capsule the university is preparing to mark the anniversary.
Visitors were able to see a range of displays showcasing the university’s efforts in the Bay of Plenty.