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Victoria University of Wellington honours outstanding alumni

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Six alumni of Victoria University of Wellington have been selected as Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2019, recognising their outstanding contributions to fields ranging from business, to youth justice, to space exploration.

The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards 2019 are business leaders Rob Campbell and Whaimutu Dewes; Pasifika academic Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop; sustainable building advocate Pamela Bell; judge, youth justice advocate and co-founder of Wellington’s Circa Theatre Judge Carolyn Henwood; and astronaut Dr Alexander Gerst.

Chancellor Neil Paviour-Smith said the award recipients had established themselves as leaders in their respective fields over the course of their careers, and were outstanding examples of what graduates from Victoria University of Wellington could achieve.

"These alumni have achieved at the very highest level and made an immeasurable difference to those around them. In their different ways, each of these award winners have demonstrated the best of our University’s values and the quality of an education from our institution. We are honoured to count them as alumni."

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at a gala dinner in Wellington on 14 November 2019. Tickets are available at

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