victoria university of wellington famous alumni
  • Melanie Lynskey

    Actress who played Rose on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. She was also cast to play Michelle Pierson in the HBO series Togetherness.

    Melanie Lynskey

  • Fred Hollows

    Fred Hollows was an Australian ophthalmologist who is known for providing quality eye care to those in need throughout the world. He spent his life helping others who could not afford or access healthcare. Early on in his career, he realized that the Aborigines were not being provided the screening and treatment that could eliminate a majority of the cases of blindness that were occurring. He believed that everyone should be provided with the same quality of healthcare, and was appalled by the number of children that were unnecessarily going blind. The bulk of these cases were being caused by trachoma, a treatable infectious disease caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. He established many clinics and treated Aborigines in Australia who were needlessly suffering. As a child, Fred had considered becoming a missionary. While he never traveled the world sharing the gospel, he did bring medical training and treatment to Nepal, Africa and many third-world countries. The work of Fred Hollows has been monumental in advancing the number of people who are now able to receive eye care; he has helped over one million people regain sight through his efforts. His legacy of making proper healthcare accessible to the poor continues through the Fred Hollows Foundation

    Fred Hollows

  • Jacob Ellison

    Rugby Prop who joined the Highlanders in Super Rugby in 2012.

    Jacob Ellison

  • Fleur Adcock

    Fleur Adcock is a New Zealand writer who has been one of the most influential poets in Britain for the past 30 years. Born in New Zealand, she left her country at the age of five when her family migrated to England. After receiving her early education from several schools there, she returned to her homeland and completed her graduation as well as post-graduation. She started her career as a teacher and librarian in her home country but later decided to move permanently to Britain where she held the post of a library assistant until she decided to dedicate herself to the task of writing. She began her literary career with a book of poems titled ˜Eye of the Hurricane' and went on to produce many such spellbinding collections of poetry. She has written poems about the process of belonging and about the life in Britain. She has also edited and translated many books throughout her career. Her poetry is a display of technical precision which, together with its ironic, sarcastic tone captivates the readers and transforms reading into an engrossing experience. She has experimented with different voices and speakers in her works, moving away from direct observations and into an exploration of the unconscious. Her ability to combine inwardness with very tangible impressions makes her work unique and places her among the leading poets of Britain.

    Fleur Adcock

  • Nico Evers-swindell

    Most well known to international audiences for his portrayal of Prince William in the film William and Kate. He also appeared in the film Edge of Darkness.

    Nico Evers-swindell

  • Hilary Barry

    Journalist and newsreader known in New Zealand for her career with TV3, which included being on Newshub. She resigned from the station, somewhat unexpectedly, in 2016.

    Hilary Barry

  • Hosea Gear

    Rugby wing who played for Wellington from 2005 to 2013.

    Hosea Gear

  • Rosie Scott

    New Zealand-based author whose notable works of fiction include Feral City and Faith Singer. She also published an award-winning play, Say Thank You To The Lady, as well as a 1984 poetry collection entitled Flesh and Blood.

    Rosie Scott