Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every two years we acknowledge a number of our top-achieving alumni. Congratulations to our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients.

The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners are: Pamela Bell, Rob Campbell, Whaimutu Dewes, Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Dr Alexander Gerst, and Judge Carolyn Henwood.

Join us to celebrate their achievements at a black-tie dinner on Thursday 14 November.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with our distinguished alumni, influential guests, and the University community.

Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner

  • Date: 6.30pm, Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Venue: TSB Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
  • Dress code: Formal—black tie
  • Ticket prices: $200 per ticket or $1,800 for a table (10 tickets)
  • Contact: sophie.prebble@vuw.ac.nz or phone 04 463 6300

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Pamela Bell

Pamela Bell—BArch 2003, MArch 2009

Pamela Bell is the founder and former chief executive of PrefabNZ, and is one of New Zealand’s leading advocates for sustainable innovative building methods.

Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell—BA 1972, BA(Hons) 1974

Rob Campbell is a professional business director and an advocate for more equitable and responsible practices in business management.

Whaimutu Dewes

Whaimutu Dewes, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Rangitihi—BA 1975, LLB 1977, MPA 1988

Whaimutu Dewes is a prominent business leader, particularly in the seafood industry, and a strong advocate for Māori economic development.

Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn Dunlop

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop—BA 1974, BA(Hons) 1977, MA 1982

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop is a trailblazing Pasifika academic and an expert in a range of Pacific development issues.

Alexander Gerst

Dr Alexander Gerst—MSc 2003

Dr Alexander Gerst is a highly regarded volcanologist and astronaut, who has undertaken two missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

Carolyn Henwood

Judge Carolyn Henwood—LLB 1971

Judge Carolyn Henwood has had a distinguished career as a judge of the District Court and Youth Court, and as a prominent supporter of the arts.

Distinguished Alumni Award winners from 2015

Previous recipients

Victoria graduates have gone on to do incredible things. See who has won a Distinguished Alumni Award in recent years.

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