• Three golds for cyclist Ally Wollaston (7 March 2023)

    University of Waikato law student and Hillary Scholar Ally Wollaston has returned to New Zealand with three gold medals from the UCI Nations Cup track competition in Jakarta, Indonesia.

  • Award-winning soprano and Waikato alumna is branching out into the world (7 March 2023)

    With one of her recent achievements on home soil having been the runner up at the prestigious Lexus song contest, which was held in Wellington this past July, Felicity Tompkins has now returned back to the United States, continuing her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

  • Waikato athletes in Birmingham (27 July 2022)

    Thirteen University of Waikato students and alumni will be competing in this year’s Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom, which starts on Thursday.

  • Lucrative scholarships support University of Waikato graduates overseas (5 July 2022)

    Bethany Angus, Felicity Tomkins and Gracie Francis have been awarded the Kia Ora Foundation Patricia Pratt Scholarship to support their artistic growth at prestigious academies worldwide.

  • Former Hillary Scholar switches codes (2 June 2022)

    From basketball to acting – University of Waikato alumnus Connor Johnston is using the skills he gained from the Sir Edmund Hillary Programme to break into his acting career.

  • Taking on the world stage (2 June 2022)

    Sitting in his Swiss apartment, Tongan-New Zealand tenor and University of Waikato alumnus Filipe Manu compares his new home town of Bern and Hamilton.

  • Linking passion with education (31 May 2022)

    From the moment young Majenta Gaffar got plopped in front of the telly by her mother to watch Hairspray or Grease, her future was set.

  • 2021 Hillary Medalists named (2 March 2022)

    Two alumni, Courtney Richmond and Tim Neild, have been named as the 2021 Hillary Medalists for their roles in the arts and sports.

  • Hard work and dedication a winning combo for alumnus and Olympian (15 October 2021)

    Fresh from winning an Olympic Gold medal, Shaun Kirkham is using his experience as a professional athlete and his university learnings to teach and inspire others.

  • From burnout to balance - prioritising wellbeing as an elite athlete (9 August 2021)

    Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship alumna and former Black Stick Brooke Neal is on a mission to help young sportwomen take control of anxiety, perfectionism, and burnout.

  • A passion for sports science: Dr Shannon O’Donnell (6 August 2021)

    While the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are playing out half a world away, a group of University of Waikato researchers are watching on with eager interest.

  • Celebrating Waikato University’s Olympic connections (23 July 2021)

    The University of Waikato is well-represented at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which runs from Friday 23 July to Sunday 8 August 2021.

  • A different style of coaching pays off for Morgan (10 June 2021)

    According to wakeboarding champion and University of Waikato alumna Morgan Haakma, a great coach can make all the difference.

  • Inspiring others is motivation enough for Kristie (21 May 2021)

    By studying what she was interested in, Kristie Baillie developed a genuine interest in people and helping them be the best they can be.

  • Rugby, law and travel - an unbeatable mix (17 May 2021)

    Law graduate Mungo Mason's average day is all about rugby - he's currently playing Major League rugby in the USA and will soon start further study at Oxford University in the UK.

  • A series of fortunate events (8 April 2021)

    If you've ever wondered how far a few chance meetings, some solid relationship-building and hard work can take you, look no further than University of Waikato alumna Michelle McCarthy.

  • Students win medal for extensive service, leadership and academic achievement (18 March 2021)

    Two University of Waikato students have won the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal for their significant contribution to their community, while upholding a high level of academic achievement and accomplishment in sports and the arts.

  • Golf and political science working well for Fai (18 March 2021)

    Golf and political science, not a common combination, but it's one that worked for Fai Tongdethsri.

  • Extreme commitment in and out of the water (11 November 2020)

    Former Hillary scholar and Olympics hopeful Helena Gasson knows all about setting targets and achieving them, even when huge obstacles stand in her way.

  • Elite on the track (9 November 2020)

    When most of his Marlborough Boys' College mates were looking at tertiary study closer to home, track cyclist Callum Saunders had his eyes set on the University of Waikato.

  • Former Hillary Scholar in charge at Sport Waitaki (27 October 2020)

    Sport Waitaki's newest regional coordinator is University of Waikato alumna, former Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and champion cyclist Pip Sutton.

  • Student, teaching fellow and promising multimedia producer (14 August 2020)

    Ashton Ledger, a postgraduate student, teaching fellow and promising multimedia producer moulded his own path to success from a young age, with the help of his family, teachers and careers advisors at Rotorua Boys High School.

  • Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, Michaela Kerr, fueled by competition (13 August 2020)

    Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, Michaela Kerr, explains her life as a road cyclist, University student and scholarship recipient.

  • University welcomes this year’s high achieving scholars (6 March 2020)

    Waikato University’s newest recipients of the 2020 Sir Edmund Hillary, Te Paewai o te Rangi, Te Ara Whānui and Pacific Excellence scholarships were officially welcomed this week.

  • Hillary Medalists announced for 2020 (4 March 2020)

    A former dentistry student who followed her passion for theatre and an elite endurance swimmer who is now giving back to the sport through coaching are the Sir Edmund Hillary Medallists for 2020.

  • Gold for three Hillary Scholars in Hong Kong (19 December 2019)

    Three Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars from the University have won gold at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong.

  • Waikato student wins elite cycling title ahead of world cup (21 November 2019)

    Student Ally Wollaston claims first place ahead of cycling world cup

  • Extraordinary Things to take the stage (6 November 2019)

    Next week's event will celebrate student talent and honour the life and legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary.

  • Top students recognised for sporting and creative excellence (30 September 2019)

    A rower, cyclist, singer and kapa haka performer were recognised for top excellence at this year’s Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards.

  • Waikato students step up for Nepal trekking scholarship (20 August 2019)

    Three University of Waikato students will travel to Nepal next year after receiving the Step Higher award as part of the university’s Hillary Programme – a scholarship which educates future leaders within the values of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary.

  • Waikato students perform at Himalayan Trust Gala Dinner (19 July 2019)

    Eight students performed at the Himalayan Trust Gala Dinner this week – an event which commemorated our greatest New Zealand hero, his remarkable achievements, his spirit of adventure, his humility, and his “can-do” attitude to helping others.

  • Waikato student named Casio ambassador (17 May 2019)

    Rising star and University of Waikato student Tayla Alexander has been singled out as a brand ambassador by leading piano and keyboard maker Casio Music NZ.

  • All doom, no gloom (13 March 2019)

    Waikato graduate Shoshana Sachi has cracked Hollywood. She currently writes for TV show Doom Patrol, starring Brendan Fraser and Timothy Dalton.

  • From Chicago law to professional rugby in Scotland, Mungo’s in boots and all (13 March 2019)

    Tauranga law student Mungo Mason may miss his graduation ceremony but it's for a good cause - he's pursuing a professional rugby career in his homeland of Scotland.

  • It runs in the family (1 March 2019)

    Hillary scholars Joey Field (cricket) and Ally Wollaston (cycling) are starting at the University this week, both following in the footsteps of an older sibling in the same sport.

  • Hillary Medal awardees announced (8 February 2019)

    Top vocal performer Felicity Tomkins and netball player Sam Sinclair have been named Sir Edmund Hillary medallists for 2018.

  • High and dry (5 February 2019)

    Top swimmer Claudia Ashby is off to Nepal to climb to Ama Dablam Base Camp and fundraise for the Himalayan Trust Literacy Programme.

  • Dancing her way to Nepal (29 January 2019)

    Kaylee Bird is swapping New Zealand summer for a trek up the Himalayas as she and three other Step Higher Award recipients head to Nepal next month.

  • Playing his way into uni (22 January 2019)

    Fergus Byett, dux and head boy, pianist, saxophonist and organist, and now a Hillary Scholar.

  • From hockey fields to mountain slopes (21 January 2019)

    Garrick du Toit is one of four Step Higher Awardees who will travel to Nepal to fundraise for the Himalayan Trust, trek around the Khumbu Valley (including part of Mount Everest) and volunteer in local schools and hospitals.

  • Silver Fern steps higher (11 January 2019)

    Silver Fern Sam Sinclair is now off to Nepal to climb to Ama Dablam Base Camp and fundraise for the Himalayan Trust Literacy Programme.

  • A Wales of a time (18 December 2018)

    University of Waikato Hillary Scholar Michaela Kerr will be heading to Wales next year for a semester-long exchange at Cardiff University.

  • It’s uni in the Bay for Bae (10 December 2018)

    Water polo and volleyball rising star Bae Fountain was awarded a University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science and Aquaculture at the new Tauranga city campus in 2019.

  • Dancing from the heart (3 December 2018)

    December’s graduation ceremony will mark the end of an academic journey and the start of a year-long travel adventure for 21-year-old dancer Courtney Richmond.

  • Top students recognised at Blues Awards (11 October 2018)

    A Black Stick, a rowing champion, a kapa haka performer and an international composer were among the 52 students acknowledged for their achievements at this year’s Wallace Group University of Waikato Blues Awards.

  • Creating a legacy through language (10 September 2018)

    Rotorua Hillary Scholar Arapeta Paea is determined to retrieve and nurture the language lost to three generations of his family.

  • Waikato futsal champs off to Kazakhstan (2 August 2018)

    Three University of Waikato students will head to Kazakhstan this month to represent New Zealand in the 2018 World University Futsal Championships.

  • Waikato student wins Emerging Leaders Award (27 July 2018)

    Kaylee Bird took out the top law prize at the New Zealand Emerging Leaders Awards this month. Competing against the country’s top emerging leaders in the profession, she says it was a “real honour” to have her leadership skills recognised.

  • A career going places (25 July 2018)

    Soprano Blaire White has won a Pettman DARE Fellowship to study in the UK for a year.

  • Sing to the elephants (7 June 2018)

    Forget talking to the animals, Niamh Lovelock is taking her Bachelor of Music major in Voice all the way to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand where she plans to sing to them.

  • A head for numbers, a heart for promises (7 June 2018)

    Valued alumna, successful businesswoman, TEDx speaker and marathon runner, Vanessa Oshima shares her inspirational story of friendship, resilience and promises kept.

  • Music to their ears (10 May 2018)

    University of Waikato Hillary scholars Matthias Balzat and Filipe Manu have been awarded the 2018 Patricia Pratt Scholarship in musical performance – two of only three recipients this year.

  • Gold Coast medal glory (19 April 2018)

    Congratulations to University of Waikato current and former students who competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, bringing home two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.

  • From hockey field to graduation stage (17 April 2018)

    When hockey champion Natasha Fitzsimons graduates at Claudelands next week, she can proudly reflect on her long list of achievements over the past three years.

  • From audience member to top performer (22 February 2018)

    University of Waikato alumna Noelle Dannenbring performed at Rotorua’s Lakeside 2018 on Saturday, a concert she has watched her whole life.

  • Waikato sevens team wins National Tertiary Championships (5 February 2018)

    University of Waikato Women’s Sevens team wins UTSNZ Championships at FMG Stadium.

  • Climbing in Sir Ed’s footsteps (1 February 2018)

    Toby Beisly becomes the first mountaineer ever to receive the University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship.

  • Sir Edmund Hillary Medal awardees announced (9 January 2018)

    Cellist Matthias Balzat and and all-rounder Stacey Waaka given prestigious award.

  • Waikato alum conquers Mount Chimborazo (8 January 2018)

    Tim Stewart conquers Mount Chimborazo, the farthest point from the centre of the Earth.

  • Following in Sir Ed’s footsteps (15 December 2017)

    Hillary scholar raises over $2,000 for the Himalayan Trust.

  • Top students put to the test (7 September 2017)

    From 300 wannabes, 24 students were chosen for the 2017 Top Student Awards – two from Waikato.

  • One weekend, two world champions (27 August 2017)

    Stacey Waaka and Morgan Haakma have reason to celebrate.

  • Big time shot for Waikato netballers (20 October 2016)

    Two University of Waikato netballers will get to play alongside the nation’s best at the end of this month.

  • Hillary scholar’s unfinished business in Nepal (15 August 2016)

    It was a life-changing trip to Nepal in 2015 that prompted Hillary scholar and track athlete Kristie Baillie to return for a second visit.

  • Waikato University Cello Student Wins National Concerto Competition (14 March 2016)

    University of Waikato cello student Sam Lucas has won the 2016 National Concerto Competition, held recently in Christchurch. Mr Lucas performed Bloch's Schelomo with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

  • Hamiltonians score top university scholarship (2 March 2016)

    Former Sacred Heart Girls College student Erena Calder Hawkins is one of nine Hamilton locals to be awarded a top scholarship from the University of Waikato.

  • Huntly hero wins top Waikato scholarship (2 March 2016)

    Former Te Wharekura o Rākaumanga head boy and Dux Keihana Kingi-Takoko has been awarded a hefty scholarship to study at the University of Waikato.

  • Braving ice and cold in the name of Sir Ed (1 March 2016)

    Four Hillary scholars went on the journey of a lifetime, trekking in high altitudes and enduring cold temperatures through Nepal’s Khumbu Valley.

  • Scholar’s dairy flick lands spot in top film festival (1 March 2016)

    A short film created by screen and media student and Hillary scholar Ashton Ledger was chosen for showcasing at this year’s Tropfest New Zealand – the world’s largest short film festival.

  • Soprano and Rugby player receive Hillary medals (1 March 2016)

    Seasoned rugby player Adam Burn and soprano Blaire White have been awarded one of Waikato University’s most prestigious awards – the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal.