Tāmaki Innovation Campus


Greg Anson
Head of Tāmaki Campus Greg Anson

March 2019

Kia ora Colleagues,

Welcome to the beginning of another busy year at Tāmaki. Semester One is underway and it is great to see the campus activity increasing with returning and new students. Orientation at the end of February was a great success, with more than 400 new students attending. Thank you all for making this event positive for our students as they commence their educational journey at the University of Auckland.

This is a significant year for the Tāmaki Campus community, as transition activities increase in preparation for several moves to new locations before the end of 2019. Development of new facilities at Grafton and on the City Campus are progressing well. Property Services will be managing the many transition events and you can expect updates from Campus Management throughout the year. Tāmaki Campus Management is committed to supporting “business as usual” throughout this year. A full Tāmaki Campus Life Programme is scheduled. We will continue to host Campus networking events and hope to see you all there.

We look forward to celebrating the achievements and history of the Tāmaki Innovation Campus later this year on the 24 October. Daniela Rovere and Elle Dibrova have assembled a small planning group to organise the event. Look for updates in the next edition of this newsletter. In preparation and for preservation of the archival history of the campus, Campus Management is collecting documents and photos relating to the campus. This material will contribute to a static display summarising the history, activities and achievements of the campus and the campus community. Video screens in the atrium of Building 730 will display rolling slide shows. If you have any historical documents or photos associated with the campus and are willing to share these please contact Daniela or Elle who will be pleased to collect them.

Significant achievements and successes continue to be a feature of business as usual on the Tāmaki Campus. Some of them are highlighted in this edition of the Tāmaki Update. We warmly congratulate Professor Ngaire Kerse, Head of the School of Population Health who has been awarded the first Joyce Cook Chair in Aging Well – a hugely meritorious appointment made possible by generous funding from Metlifecare. Ngaire also received HRC funding for her project, ‘Staying UpRight in residential care’, a feasibility grant for ‘People with dementia & robots for independence’ study, and was awarded the Charles Bridges-Webb medal for contribution to primary care research.

Professor Susan Morton (Social and Community Health) has been recognised for her huge contribution to epidemiology and public health research in the New Year Honours List 2019, becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Dr Daniel Exeter (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) received The New Zealand Spatial Excellence Award in the People and Community Section (the award is supported by Land Information New Zealand). Dr Monique Jonas (Health Systems) received a Butland Teaching Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence, and Professional Teaching Fellow Teri Ko (Te Kupenga Hauora Maori) received a Butland Teaching Award: Early Career Excellence in Teaching and a 2018 University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award: Early Career Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to all!

We congratulate Dylan Rogers, Senior End User Services Engineer, who has celebrated 40 years of work at the University, many of them based at Tāmaki. Emeritus Professor Mick Clout’s significant contribution to Tāmaki Campus is also highlighted in this issue. Please take a look at more reflections and memories from campus staff in this issue of Tāmaki Update. Communications and Events Coordinator Elle Dibrova is collecting stories of Tāmaki people and I encourage you to contact Elle to share your memories about the Campus.

Best wishes to all for a thoroughly successful and enjoyable year.

Ngā mihi,

Associate Professor Greg Anson
Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus