New Chancellor of The University of Waikato Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO was officially welcomed to the University this week with a whakatau at the Tauranga CBD campus yesterday and a pōwhiri at the Hamilton campus today.
The welcoming events acknowledge the beginning of the leadership and governance role that Sir Anand was appointed to in August. The ceremonial events also mean that he is now able to confer degrees on graduands of the University.
Sir Anand says that being welcomed into the University community with cultural protocol is something unique to New Zealand and suitable for a University with the highest proportion of Maori students in the country.
“These welcoming ceremonies have been the official marker the beginning for me of a new governance contribution. The ceremonies have brought together for them people from beyond the University and I have enjoyed the opportunities to connect with those who will be my new colleagues in both Hamilton and Tauranga,” says Sir Anand.
He has had experience of the law and governance in a number of settings and says that he brings to the role a background from a different part of the New Zealand community.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley, says that Sir Anand is joining the University at an exciting time.
“We are not the largest University In the country, but we have a strong sense of community and a student body that more than any other, reflects the vibrant multicultural society of New Zealand today”, says Professor Quigley.
“We are delighted that someone of such significant national and international standing has agreed to play a key role in the future direction and governance of the University of Waikato.”
A former lawyer, judge and ombudsman, Sir Anand is well-known to many New Zealanders for serving as the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand from 2006 until 2011.
Sir Anand’s appointment follows in the footsteps of predecessors including Sir Paul Reeves and Sir Bernard Fergusson who after leaving office as Governor-General each went on to contribute to the education sector as University Chancellors.
In addition to his role as Chancellor, Sir Anand will chair the University Council’s People and Culture Committee and its Honours Committee.