Distinguished Alumni nominations 2018

Nominations for 2018 close 30 June 2017


The University of Auckland and the University of Auckland Society bestow the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards to honour our alumni who have made outstanding contributions through their different achievements to their professions, to their communities and globally.  Up to five such awards will be presented each year.

Additionally, a Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award will be made. Nominees should be up to and including 35 years of age on the closing date of nominations, and have already demonstrated outstanding achievement according to the Distinguished Alumni Awards criteria listed below. 

Achievements And Contributions

There is no limit on the nature of the achievement and contributions recognised. However, the following areas will be specifically considered in making the awards:

Individuals should be nominated on the basis of their exceptional and sustained contribution to any or several aspects of the social, cultural, sporting, environmental and economic well-being of the community.

A condition of acceptance is that the nominee must be able to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner in person to receive the award.


Selection is made by the special Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Panel appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, and which includes up to three members of the Society.

Please note that a nominee who is not selected for an award in one year is still eligible for consideration in a subsequent year.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony

The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards will be honoured at the annual Alumni dinner, usually held in early March. The Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be presented with a silver medallion and the Young Alumnus of the Year will be presented with a bronze medallion, designed by the eminent artist, Professor Robert Ellis. All successful nominees (and their partners) will be invited to attend the function.

The Nominee

A. The nominee must hold a degree or diploma from the University of Auckland.

B. At the time of the nomination the nominee should not be:

  • An employee of the University
  • A member of the University Council or Senate
  • A member of the Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Panel of the University of Auckland
  • A member of the University of Auckland Society Executive Committee
  • A sitting politician

The Nomination Process

A. Alumni of the University of Auckland are invited to submit nominations. Current or former staff and Friends of the University are also invited to submit nominations at the discretion of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Selection Panel.  A nomination may be made by an individual or a group. If more than one nomination is submitted by the same person or group, each submission must be made separately.

B. A nominator is to provide to the selection panel, the name and a brief one-page Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.

The information should include the following:

  • Nominee’s full name and address, including title
  • Career affiliation or occupation
  • Faculty affiliated to
  • Full list of academic qualifications with speciality (if known) and universities
  • Contributions and achievements which make the nominee eligible and deserving of selection for a Distinguished Alumni Award

The nomination should make clear how this contribution has been demonstrated and on what basis it is regarded as exceptional.

C. Nominations can be made using the online nomination form.


NB: All nominations and information submitted are confidential. 

Nominators must also respect the confidentiality process and not advise the nominee of their submission to avoid any embarrassment should the nominee not be selected for an award.

Please direct all enquires to:

Natalie Newton, Alumni Relations Engagement Coordinator

Alumni Relations Office, the University of Auckland 

Private Bag 92019

Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Telephone: +64 9 923 4653

Email: n.newton@auckland.ac.nz