University of Auckland Alumni & Friends Gathering

-- Date/Time
Date(s) - Tuesday, September 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The University Club - Council Room


New York

  • Date: Tuesday 4 September
  • Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Venue: The University Club
    Council Room, 7th Floor
    One West 54th Street
    New York 10019
  • Dress Code: Business Attire. Please click here for more information on The University Club dress code guidelines.
  • Cost: $25.00 USD
    $15.00 USD for graduates 35 years of age and under Drinks and canapés will be provided.
  • RegistrationsRegister and pay online by Wednesday 29 August
    Please note we’re currently unable to accept payment by American Express
    Regrettably we unable to refund confirmed registrations

Queries To Melanie Middleditch, Events Coordinator or
Phone: +64 9 923 6409

Guest Speaker
Dr Jennifer Curtin
MA (Hons) , PhD ANU

Rethinking Rugby as New Zealand’s National Game

In 2016, Rugby Sevens will feature at the Olympic Games in Rio and, for the first time, both women and men will be playing international rugby for New Zealand at the same tournament. How did rugby come to be New Zealand’s “unofficial religion”? What role have women played in building New Zealand’s national game?

Dr. Curtin is a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Georgetown and is the Coordinator of the Master of Public Policy Programme in the Department of Political Studies at The University of Auckland. An expert on women’s representation in politics, public policy and as political leaders, she is also writing a book tentatively titled “More than a Man’s Game: Women and Rugby Union in New Zealand”.

Performance change, New York
James Ioelu , Bass-Baritone

Marlena Devoe is sadly now unable to perform at this event, however we are delighted to announce that James Ioelu will be singing for us instead.

Auckland alumnus, James Ioelu is currently a second-year Master’s degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Maitland Peters. James has benefited from the generous support of numerous New Zealand organisations and is the recipient of the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year award.

Vice-Chancellor’s update

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, will highlight important news from the University. This includes the recent completion of a major redevelopment at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and further major projects ahead which will provide state of the art research and teaching facilities in other areas.

We hope you will take the opportunity to join us to enjoy networking with fellow alumni based in New York and to meet with the Vice-Chancellor and Michael Davies, Dean of Engineering