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A list of the University’s most decorated alumni, including Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, inductees to New Zealand’s Royal Honours system, and other notable achievements where available.

Names are ordered alphabetically by surname, from S-V.

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Dr David Sabiston MNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2010: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to ophthalmology and the community

Dr Mark Sagar – BSc 1988, PhD Engineering 1996

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2012
  • Won a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010 for developing a system used to create the realistic appearance of digital characters in the film Spiderman 2
  • Won an Academy Award in 2011 for facial motion capture solutions used in King Kong, Avatar, and other blockbuster films

Mary Schnackenberg – BA

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 1996

Tom Schnackenberg – BSc, MSc, Honorary Doctorate in Engineering

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2003

Dr Charlotte Severne ONZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and science

Dame Karen Sewell DNZM QSO

  • New Year’s Honours 2012: Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to the State
  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education

Honourable Sir Dr Pita Sharples KNZM, CBE

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2015

Judge David Sheppard QSO

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Karen Sherry QSM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Marie Shroff – MA with Honours

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2004

Richard Sibson – BSc with Honours (1968),MSc London (1970), PhD London (1977)

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2010
  • Helped establish the University of Auckland’s Institute of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society, London, in 2003
  • Recognised internationally for pioneering earthquake research
  • Served appointments at Imperial College London, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Otago

The Honourable Clement Rudolph Simich QSO

  • New Year Honours 2009: Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament

Professor David Christopher Graham Skegg OBE DCNZM

  • New Year Honours 2009: Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine

Dr David Skilling – BCom, MCom, MPP, PhD

  • Young Alumnus of the Year 2006

George E Smith – BSc

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2000

Nicholas Smith ONZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the media and sport

Janine Smith MNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2015

Professor Graham Smith CNZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Alan Smythe – BA, MA

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 1999

Dame Cheryll Sotheran – BA, MA

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 1999

Victoria Spackman ONZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television

Ailsa Spicer QSM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Associate Professor Susan St John CNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2010: Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to social policy

Michael Stanley CNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2017: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport

Francis Stark MNZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014

Emeritus Professor CK Stead – BA (1954), MA (1955), PhD Bristol (1961)

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2008
  • Professor of English at the University of Auckland for 20 years
  • Admitted to the Order of New Zealand in 2007
  • Poet, novelist, essayist and literary critic

Sir Laurence Stevens – BCom

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2001

Lynette Stewart – PGDipBus (2001), MMgt (2004)

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2008
  • Maori leader recognised for innovative leadership
  • Served as the Chairperson for the Northland District Health Board

Arihia Stirling QSM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to education and Māori

The Honourable Paul Desmond Swain QSO

  • New Year Honours 2009: Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament

Professor Janis Elizabeth Swan MNZM

  • New Year Honours 2009: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to engineering

The Reverend Peter Sykes QSM

  • New Year’s Honours 2017: The Queen's Service Medal for services to the community

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Sir Peter Talley KNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2015

Dr Jeffery Lewis Tallon CNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2009: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science

Dr William Tan – Medical and Health Sciences

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2014 
  • Neuroscientist, medical doctor, Paralympian and international speaker

Wanda Tate QSM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2009: Received the Queen's Service Medal for services to conservation

Professor Warren Perry Tate CNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2011: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science

Dr Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki – Arts

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2014 Minister of Education and Training in the Kingdom of Tonga

John Taylor MNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2016: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education

Dr Jennifer Plane Te Paa – BTheol (1993), MEd (1995)

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2010
  • Served as the Ahorangi or Principal of Te Rau Kahikatea at the College of St John the Evangelist
  • First lay, indigenous, and single woman appointed as head of an Anglican theological college throughout the Anglican Communion
  • Named among the 50 most influential Anglicans globally by the London Daily Telegraph

Dr David John Teece CNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2013: For services to New Zealand-United States relations

Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and business

Associate Professor Jean-Claude Theis ONZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2011: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medicine

Dr Andrew Thoon – MBChB

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2006

Professor Peter Rowland Thorne CNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2009: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to auditory neuroscience

Robert Tilsley MNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2009: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agriculture and the community

Professor Helen Timperley CNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2010: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education

Evelyn Maria Tobin MNZM

  • New Year Honours 2009: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Te Reo

Sir John Desmond Todd KNZM CNZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2012: Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business
  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2009: Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community

Dr Anthony Townsend MNZM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2015

Garnet Tregonning MNZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to orthopaedics

Watene Waara Tukukino QSM

  • Queen's Birthday Honours 2011: Queen's Service Medal for services to Māori

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John Ure MNZM

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music

Colleen Urlich JP, ONZM

  • New Year’s Honours 2015

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Nguyen Van Thanh – BE (1971), PhD (1975)

  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2010
  • Joint winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s ER Cooper Medal in 1978
  • Vietnamese recipient of a Colombo Plan Scholarship
  • Founder and CEO/President of NVT Technologies, an engineering company spanning 13 states in the United States
  • Notable philanthropist