A glittering event

f3, News — By on May 23, 2017 4:35 pm

The wild burst of torrential rain on the evening of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner only served to add to the feeling of warmth and conviviality for the guests inside the new pavilion and to make it even more memorable for all who attended.

Members of the University community and of the University of Auckland Society were gathered to honour our five Distinguished Alumni for 2017: Carol Hirschfeld, one of New Zealand’s best-known and most popular broadcasters; Ian Hunter, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT; Dr Lance O’Sullivan, GP and public health champion; Lisa Reihana, an acclaimed artist who is representing New Zealand at the 2017 Venice Biennale; and Erna Takazawa, the first and only fullyqualified optometrist in Samoa, our 2017 Young Alumna of the Year.

Each was presented with the traditional medallion to mark the occasion, and gave a speech that offered fascinating insights into their lives.

The impressive new pavilion which housed the event (seen from the inside above) is built from a combination of safety glass and sandwich walls, with a floor area of 110 square metres and a capacity to hold 1,420 people. Dismantled after the dinner to allow the lawn and tree roots to recover in the historic garden, it was rebuilt for the University’s Autumn Graduation and for other occasions that will follow. It replaces the former Alumni Marquee which has hosted many events over the last 20 years.

For more information about our Distinguished Alumni see the stories on pages 8, 14 and 30. To see the photos taken at the dinner and at the Bright Lights event held the night before see: www.alumni.auckland.ac.nz. The Bright Lights event, always a hit with the audience, features lively, intelligent, amusing and occasionally irreverent conversations between Finlay Macdonald and the Distinguished Alumni.

Nominations for 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The University of Auckland and the University of Auckland Society bestow the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards to honour alumni who have made outstanding contributions, through their different achievements, to their professions, to their communities and globally. To discover more about previous winners, see photos and videos from past events. To submit nominations, visit www.auckland.ac.nz/daa.  Nominations close 30 June 2017

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