Benefits of work at the University of Waikato
In addition to a great working environment, the University of Waikato offers a range of benefits to its staff members, which include:
Health and Wellbeing
- The University of Waikato provides a smoke-free study and work environment.
- Employees are able to get a discounted membership at UniRec (gym) located on the Hamilton Campus. Tauranga staff have access to discounted gym membership at BOP Windermere campus gym, and Bodyzone in Durham Street.
- Discounted medical, income protection and life insurance schemes are available to University staff.
- Free counselling is available for employees and their families through an off campus confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
- General staff who are engaged in computer work for at least half of their time, may be entitled to a free eye test and up to a $400 gross reimbursement for spectacles/lenses at two-yearly intervals, subject to certain criteria being met.
- Specsavers, Paterson Burn, and Gates optometrists offer staff discounts
- Eligible academic staff can apply for generous study leave of up to eight weeks of paid leave for each year of service plus allowances.
- Employees can enrol in papers and tuition fees may be paid by the University provided certain criteria are met.
- The University offers a wide range of in-house professional development options which are run as part of an annual programme.
- The University has a number of induction activities and practices to welcome new staff and help their transition into a new workplace.
- Staff receive a minimum of four weeks annual leave per year and up to five special University holidays, in addition to 11 statutory holidays.
- Employees taking parental leave are eligible for at least six weeks paid leave (in addition to the statutory paid leave provided by the government) or a gratuity on their return to work, subject to meeting certain criteria.
- Generous sick leave provisions.
Superannuation and KiwiSaver
- Continuing (and some longer fixed-term) employees may join the UniSaver Superannuation Scheme, with employer contributions upon commencement. The University will contribute up to 6.75%.
- Depending on eligibility KiwiSaver is available to staff.
- The University of Waikato is willing to consider flexible working arrangements to support an effective work life balance; requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals may include hours worked, period of the year worked, partial or occasional working from home.
Carparking and Transport
- Employees are able to pay for car parking in specified reserved areas located around the Hamilton campus via payroll deductions.
- Subsidised bus fares are available within Hamilton city.
- Secure bike storage facilities are located across campus.
There are a number of great facilities spread across the Hamilton campus including:
- UniRec Centre
- University outdoor pool
- University Library
- ASB Bank
- Campus Computers
- Travel Agent
- A variety of food vendors
- A mini-mart/superette
- Park-like grounds surrounded by an exercise walkway
Throughout the year the University of Waikato holds a number of events including:
- Kīngitanga Day
- Women and Leadership
- General Staff Day
- New Staff Expo
- Special events hosted by the Vice-Chancellor
- Lunchtime concert series
- Inaugural Professor Lectures
Privately run crèche and kōhanga reo facilities are situated near the Hamilton Campus.
- Discounts on a wide range of goods and services through arrangements with University vendors (including computer hardware and software, whiteware, travel, travel insurance, building and decorating supplies, etc)
- A range of professional and interest networks across campus (eg Gender Research, Māori Staff, Pacific Staff, etc)
Note: Not all of these benefits are available to all employees. Your entitlement will depend on your employment agreement and location.