The FINANCIAL -- Six stellar graduates from The University
of Auckland in fields ranging from astrophysics to the visual arts will
be saluted at a gala dinner this coming Friday.
According to The University of Auckland, each will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to their professions, their communities and the nation. Around 430 will attend the dinner in a large marquee on Old Government House lawn including politicians and leading figures in the community, business and the professions.
The six are: Professor Charles Alcock: Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Don McGlashan: One of New Zealand’s most celebrated song-writers and singer and song-writer in The Mutton Birds.
Dr Mark Sagar: Winner of two consecutive Academy Awards for digital motion capture technology used in Avatar and King Kong. Dame Robin White: One of New Zealand greatest visual artists. Emeritus Professor Ranginui Walker: Former Professor of Māori Studies and Pro-Vice Chancellor, activist and writer. Dr Privahini Bradoo, co-founder and CEO of BioMine, a green mining start-up.
As well as addressing the dinner each will share the ingredients of their success at an “Auckland Live! Mana, mettle and magic” event this Thursday 8 March. There they will talk about the aspirations and inspiration that have won them eminence as well as offering practical insights on how to achieve one’s potential.