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The Vice-Chancellors

The eight universities, represented by their Vice-Chancellors, make up the membership of Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara. The Vice-Chancellors meet on a formal basis six times a year with the position of Chair rotating every two years.

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Professor Cheryl de la Rey (Chair 2023, 2024)

BA, BA Hons (cum laude), MA cum laude (Natal), PhD (Cape Town)

University of Canterbury

Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140

Professor Cheryl de la Rey is Chair of Universities New Zealand for 2023-24.
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Professor Jan Thomas

BSc, BVSc (Murdoch), MVS (Melbourne), PhD (Murdoch)

Massey University

Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, Manawatu Mail Centre 4442

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Professor Damon Salesa

BA, MA (Hons) (Auckland), DPhil (Oxford)

Auckland University of Technology

Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142

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Professor Dawn Freshwater

FRCN, PhD (Nottingham)

University of Auckland

Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142

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Professor Neil Quigley

BA, MA (Hons) (Canterbury), PhD (Toronto)

University of Waikato

Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, Waikato Mail Centre 3240

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Professor Nic Smith

BE (Hons) (Auckland), MA (Oxford), PhD (Auckland)

Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600, Wellington 6140

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Professor Grant Edwards (Deputy Chair 2024)

BAgrSci (Hons) (Lincoln), DPhil (Oxford)

Lincoln University

PO Box 85084, Lincoln, 7647

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Professor Helen Nicholson

BSc (Hons) MB CHB MD (Bristol)

University of Otago

PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054