The University of Waikato (Hamilton Campus)

The University of Waikato opened in 1964 after many years of energetic lobbying by a group of Hamilton locals, determined to have a university in their city. To begin with, facilities were sparse, but in early 1965 new buildings were officially opened by then Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson. Sir Don Llewellyn was founding Vice-Chancellor.

By the 1980s, Waikato was the fastest growing university in New Zealand. Computer Science was becoming an increasingly popular study choice and the thriving Department was elevated to a School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in 1987.

The University always had a close relationship with its neighbouring teachers’ college and, leading the way for others to follow, became the first university in New Zealand to combine with its regional teachers’ college. It was through its teaching programmes that the University began to establish a presence in Tauranga.

The University of Waikato holds a nationally significant art collection which has been developed to enhance the cultural environment of the University, and to foster an appreciation of the visual arts for staff, students, visitors and the community. The primary focus of the University of Waikato Art Collection is original works of contemporary Māori, Pacific and New Zealand art practitioners, particularly those who have an association with the Waikato and/or Bay of Plenty regions. Holding over 600 artworks the collection consists of a broad range of contemporary art and taonga including paintings, works on paper, photography, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, whakairo and mixed media, amongst others. It is displayed across both University of Waikato campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga. A selection of these can be explored on campus through an audio sculpture tour which is available via Arataki – Cultural Walking Trails phone app.


ClientThe University of WaikatoServicesEducation providerYear2020Linkwww.waikato.ac.nzNumber of POI15