Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every two years the University acknowledges a selection of top-achieving alumni who have made a major contribution in their field.

2023 recipients

Four alumni of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have been selected as Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2023. In fields ranging from public health and agritech, to finance, literature, and justice, these alumni have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to their professions, communities, and to New Zealand.

Each recipient displays leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurship, whether social, cultural, scientific, or commercial, that reflects the University’s core values and purpose.

The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards 2023 are venture capitalist and global agritech leader Arama Kukutai, Solicitor General of New Zealand Una Jagose, esteemed poet and author Tusiata Avia, and drug harm reduction advocate Wendy Allison.


For any enquiries please contact the Alumni and Engagement Office
Email: alumni@vuw.ac.nz