Bright Lights highlights

Bright Lights is our annual “chat show style” event showcasing the University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Below is a video of highlights from previous years' events.

Join us for Bright Lights 2018 on Thursday 8 March

This year, the discussion will again be led by alumnus Finlay Macdonald.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Jan Beagle, Arts (United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Management, and International Gender Champion)
  • Jennifer Gill ONZM, Education and Social Work (CEO of Foundation North, recipient of the Perpetual Guardian NZ Lifetime Achievement Award in philanthropy)
  • Robert McLeod, Law (Well-known New Zealand tax expert, former chairman of the NZ Business Roundtable and former CEO of EY Australasia)
  • William (Bill) Robertson ONZM, Creative Arts and Industries (World-renowned figure in surveying and mapping)
  • Our Young Alumnus of the Year Luke Willis Thompson, Creative Arts and Industries (Youngest recipient of the Walters Prize, recent artist in residence at Chisenhale Gallery, London)

Last year's event sold out, so make sure you get your tickets early!