Ko te Tangata: A History of the University of Waikato – The First Fifty Years

Noeline Alcorn


A tribute to many who have shaped ideas, implemented changes and nurtured the distinctive culture of the University of Waikato.

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The University of Waikato, a dream held by local enthusiasts in the 1950s, has come of age. The bare pasture and swamp of 1964 have been transformed into a beautiful and vibrant campus. From the outset it aimed to honour Maori knowledge and ambitions, to value its students, and to make a difference in the community. The path has not been easy and this story is an exciting one. The University of Waikato has grown and developed in a dynamic political and economic context, including a major upheaval in tertiary governance and funding. Central to the story are the staff and students who have worked and studied within the university; who have dreamed, debated, protested injustices and challenged the thinking of others. This book pays tribute to many who have shaped ideas, implemented changes and nurtured its distinctive culture.

About the author

Noeline Alcorn is an emeritus professor of the University of Waikato and former dean of its School of Education. She has played national roles in education and published research in educational policy and history, and is the author of a biography of ‘the architect of our modern education system’, C E Beeby.

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Dimensions 19 × 24 mm