Giving in Memory

There are times when people wish to honour and commemorate the life of a member of their family or someone who has been important or made a difference in their lives.

Ann Holway – A scholarship to honour an inspiring young woman

Ann Holway packed more into her 48 years than many people do in twice that life span.

Born in Hawaii, she spent her first three years playing on the white sands of the Island of Oahu and never lost her love of the sea. When the family moved back to her mother’s home in New Zealand, she transferred that love to the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Islands. Although a good student at school, most of her energy was devoted to family, friends and her passion for sailing.

She studied Architecture for her first two years at the University of Auckland before transferring to the psychology programme and graduated with a BA in Psychology. The following years were spent travelling the globe, never far from the sea.

Her return to New Zealand was the start of her professional career in market research and within five years she had started her own company. She presented at international conferences and was president of the Market Research Society of New Zealand. Despite the demands of her professional life Ann was always willing to help her community and the environment.

Ann’s success in business, sporting pursuits and her commitment to her family, friends and community made her an inspiration to all those who met her. It was with this in mind that the Ann Rich Holway Memorial Scholarship was established to assist a student enrolled full-time in a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or a Master of Commerce.

Her family would like that the recipients of this scholarship to show the same passion for their community, sporting and arts interests and in their chosen field of study and provide inspiration for those that follow.

The Marijana Kumerich Chair in Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Family, academics from the Faculty of Medical Health Sciences and University of Auckland representatives gathered to mark the establishment of the Marijana Kumerich Chair in Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and celebrate special memories of a much-loved family member.
The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the “wonderful contribution” that had been made and the huge impact that it would have on the University’s research capacity.

“The extraordinary generosity to fund a Chair in leukaemia and blood cancer reflects the donor family’s own personal desire to turn their tragic loss of a loved one into something powerful and good,” said FMHS Dean, Professor John Fraser. “It is our humble responsibility to ensure this is achieved. The Marijana Kumerich Chair further strengthens our commitment to leukaemia research by placing a direct focus on improving diagnosis, understanding and treatment of this disease.”

The chair was made possible with a substantial gift from an anonymous donor.

The Marti Friedlander Lectureship in Photographic Practices and History

Dr Sophia Powers

The memory of exceptional New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander (1928–2016) is being honoured by a new lectureship in the Faculty of Arts.

An American, Dr Sophia Powers, is the inaugural recipient of the Marti Friedlander Lectureship in Photographic Practices and History. A long-time admirer of Marti's work, she says she has always been struck by the "deeply relational" nature of her images.

"The photographs she produced evince a remarkable intimacy between photographer and subject, even evident within fleeting interactions. She saw the world around her with such wonder and empathy, and through her artistic practice was able to share this vision with the world."

The lectureship was made possible by a generous philanthropic gift from the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust. Mr Friedlander is delighted that photography, its history and practices, is to be treated as a serious subject in art history.

"While what she did photographically was intuitive,” he says, “Marti would have been so thrilled to know that there is now a full-time lectureship in the medium."