Working at the University of Waikato

With beautiful campus locations and excellent facilities, the University of Waikato, provides a stimulating and fulfilling work environment.

The Hamilton campus covers some 68 hectares of Tainui land located in New Zealand’s heartland, the Waikato. The University’s location, origins, partnerships with Māori and unique regional and cultural resources have always been fundamental aspects of our identity. We place a high level of importance on the University's role as a key driver of social well-being and economic growth in its region.

Our modern Tauranga campus opened in 2019. It is located in the Central Business District (CBD) on the north-eastern coast of the Bay of Plenty. The building includes a research and innovation centre, is high-tech and available for community use. The building itself features a future-proof design with very flexible spaces so it is able to cater for changing styles of teaching and learning. The purpose-built space is designed to accommodate leading academic researchers and teaching staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, industry and community collaborations and commercialisation activities.

The University is committed to partnership with Māori as intended by the Treaty of Waitangi. The University has strong connections with the Kīngitanga, Waikato-Tainui, Bay of Plenty and many other iwi throughout New Zealand.

The University is a vital player in the regional and national economies. It generates nearly $1 billion annually in sales revenue for the New Zealand economy.

Dress code

Staff dress codes range from smart business to smart casual, depending on the role and key client groups. There is a basic expectation that your dress reflects a professional approach but can also reflect your personal style and identity.

Hours of work

The normal hours of work will be set out in your employment agreement. The University allows some flexi time depending on role obligations, but you are expected to be punctual for time-bound work commitments such as classes, meetings and reception duties. Wednesday afternoons from 1.00 to 2.00 pm are designated as “cultural hour” which is expected to be free from scheduled classes and meetings to allow students to engage in a range of social activities.