A Māori Land Court judge, two trail-blazing professional directors and a top marketer have been honoured by the University of Waikato for their achievements.
Kevin Bowler, Liz Coutts ONZM, Judge Craig Coxhead and Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson received Distinguished Alumni Awards at a small ceremony over the weekend, recognising their significant successes and the outstanding contributions they have made to their communities.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says this year’s award recipients are at the top of their respective fields and are role models for students and graduates of the University.
“We are incredibly proud of what they have achieved in their careers since graduating,” he says. “I am also pleased that the recipients see their qualifications from the University of Waikato as the foundation from which they have built a successful career, which is encouraging for students and graduates alike.”
In addition to their professional success, each recipient has shown a commitment to their communities throughout their careers, including supporting Pacific nations through the judiciary, mentoring young leaders, championing diversity on boards and recognising Māori values within business.
They have also remained connected to the University, volunteering their time and expertise by sharing their knowledge with current students, contributing to advisory groups, judging student competitions, and guest lecturing.
“We always encourage alumni to connect with us in whatever capacity then can, and it is great to see this group of Distinguished Alumni serving as role models in this way,” says Professor Quigley.
The 2020 awardees join a prestigious group which includes ASB CEO Vittoria Smith, former governor general Sir Jerry Mateparae, computer scientist Dr Craig Nevill-Manning and former All Blacks coach and player Wayne Smith.