University of Waikato News

Kia ora,

We hope you have had a fantastic start to 2019! The Future Students Team have hit the ground running this year with school visits already in full swing. As always, thank you to those schools that have invited us to present and have managed to fit us into your busy schedules. We have felt very welcomed!

2019 has much excitement in store for you all, particularly our Open Day on Friday 17th May. This is a great opportunity for students to experience the campus and live a day in the life of a Waikato student. We hope to see you all there! There are also links to many of our key events happening on campus under ‘Key Dates’ below.

Nga mihi and we look forward to another exciting year ahead!

Tauranga Campus Opening

You will have heard the buzz of a new and improved University of Waikato campus opening in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD. Located on Durham street, this campus is a vibrant and engaging multipurpose space where students, researchers, and the community can work together. The campus will have capacity for around 1500 students a year, with further development planned as demand grows.

We have received the certificate for public use for part of the building, an important step in allowing us to enter the building and start classes; the first of which have begun in the computer laboratories. We have also had the ground floor and levels one, two and three handed over to us, which means fit out, testing and the familiarisation programme for staff is underway, to ensure a seamless transition for students. Some key timelines are as follows:

  • Mid-March: fit out, testing and staff familiarisation programme
  • Early April: student services to set up on level one
  • Early April: all classes to start from the new campus
  • Early April: level four completed and remaining staff to move in
  • Official opening: this will be confirmed in due course

I’m pleased to share that we have increased our EFTS in Tauranga by 130, compared with this time last year. The Kaimai Shuttle and Katikati bus services also started last week, and it has been pleasing to hear that both services are already attracting strong numbers.

These are really important milestones, and achieving these is thanks to a large number of people who have gone the extra mile, including working extra hours and working across the organisation in the best interests of the University.

A dawn karakia occurred to bless the new space and begin the process of opening this building to the public. You can read more about this  here.

For a full list of the programmes offered in Tauranga, you can check out our website.


It is never too early in the year to start thinking about scholarships! Although many of our scholarships for school leavers are not yet open, we encourage students to begin gathering information about our scholarships in anticipation of applying later in the year.

Students can use the Scholarships Finder to check their eligibility, open and closing dates, and application details.

Sargeson Prize – Short Story Competition

Writers rejoice! The brand new Sargeson Prize is a short story competition sponsored by the University of Waikato and conceived by award-winning writer and Writing Studies lecturer Catherine Chidgey.

The Secondary Schools Division is open to students aged between 16 and 18.  Entries will be open from 1 April – 30 June, and the word limit for the School division is 3000 words. First prize is $500, and a one-week summer writing residency at the University’s Hamilton campus.

Please refer to the Sargeson Prize website or Facebook page for more information.


We are delighted to have enrolled a record number of year 13 students in 100-level papers this year. If you are interested in any of your students taking Unistart papers please click here or email

Key Dates…

Important 2019 dates at Waikato are:

Our faculties will also be hosting different events and activities during the year.

Rangatahi Youth Summit

‘He Rangatahi, He Anamata’ is a leadership summit for young Māori leaders in the Bay of Plenty. The annual two-day summit will move across the region and will provide a platform for young leaders to explore leadership, pathways, innovation and enterprise.

The event is scheduled for 19-20 March and is being held at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. Primary features of this event include:

  • An Iwi Leaders panel
  • Workshops on leadership, innovation and critical thinking
  • Inspirational speakers
  • A forum to explore the aspirations and priorities of rangatahi and to hear about the challenges/barriers and solutions from a rangatahi perspective

The Summit is open to rangatahi between the ages of 16-24. The aim of the summit is to inspire our rangatahi to embrace their identity, realise their potential and, most importantly, allow them an opportunity to have a voice on key matters relevant to them as young Māori living in this modern day.

Please follow this link for more information.

Law Student for a Day

Attention all budding Lawyers! The University of Waikato is hosting Law Student for a Day where students in years 11, 12, and 13 are invited to join us on campus for a day of activities and workshops related to Law. These are running throughout the year beginning this month on Wednesday the 20th March. Please refer to our website for more information and to register for this event!

Please keep in mind that the Waikato National Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition is an event for Year 11, 12 and 13 students to develop their advocacy skills in a competitive environment.  Approximately 40 New Zealand schools participate in an intense competition held over May – July each year. Please follow this link for more information or to register a team.

Hamilton Boys’ High Junior Curriculum Coordinator Joanne Wallace encourages schools to participate in this event. She says that “the Waikato National Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition is an invaluable experience, demanding and nerve-racking but one which develops and rewards the students enormously. Whether they enjoy the teamwork with their peers, or merely the addition of Mooting on their fledgling CVs, the students all emerge with a sense of satisfaction and increased self-worth. The mooting competition window is one of the highlights of my teaching year.”