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.