Updated message – March 2021

From Eric Tracey- Chair of the UK Friends of the University of Auckland

It has been an extraordinary and challenging times for all in our community affected by the unprecedented global events of 2020. Yet amid distress and turmoil we see the absolute best coming from members of our Auckland alumni here, in UK, and around the world.

We see compassion, their ability to adapt to new ways of living, working, teaching and learning and most importantly their resolve to keep moving forward when the odds are against them.

The pandemic has brought us closer together. As we learned more about the virus, we also learned more about ourselves at the same time.

For some of us New Zealand has never felt so far away, and we have watched from afar how our fellow kiwis have dealt with their challenges. I have personally been full of admiration for how our University and new Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater has responded to these unprecedented times and kept the community safe, and the University operating.  

With spring now upon us I am looking forward to the year ahead immensely, and to a time when we can get together once more, as alumni and friends of the University of Auckland.

I shall be in touch with details and in the meantime please keep in touch, and stay safe and well.

Ngā mihi nui