Dean's Awards

The Dean's Awards is a list of theses examiners deem to be of exceptional quality including research and analytical content, originality, quality of expression and accuracy of presentation.

For a thesis to pass, it needs only minor editorial changes and to be submitted before or by the official submission date without any requests for extensions.  The candidate also needs to perform well in the oral examination.

This is an outstanding honour and the candidates theses are considered amongst the best in their fields.


  • 2017

    Muhammad Anwar
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Measurement of True Ileal Calcium Digestibility of Feed Ingredients for Broiler Chickens

  • Elizabeth Daly
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Fine scale population structure through space and time.

  • Lisanne Fermin
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Pre-implantation maternal uterine effects on embryo growth and development: An investigation using models of maternal constraint in sheep

  • Tahlia Fisher
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Cleared to Disconnect? A Study of the Interaction between Airline Pilots and Line Maintenance Engineers

  • Jane Hurst
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    It's all about relationships: Women managing women and the impact on their careers

  • Nicola Kells
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Acute nociception in neonatal pigs undergoing tail docking: Influence of docking method and age, evaluation of pain mitigation strategies, and assessment of the potential for longer-term pain

  • Ariadne Menzel
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Making Meaning through Movement: Hiking the Cathar Trail in the South of France

  • Heather Nunns
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    The practice of evaluative reasoning in the Aotearoa New Zealand public sector

  • Nirosha Pitakande Gedara
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Wavelet-Based Birdsong Recognition for Conservation
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  • Silvia Schwartz
    2017, Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the role of Histone Deacetylase HDAC4 in long-term memory formation

  • 2016

    Paul Beumelburg
    2016, PhD (Arts)
    Apiianga no te oraanga akapuapinga e te taporoporo i te ipukarea: Education as Sustainable Development: Mangaia, Cook Islands.
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  • Eric Breard
    2016, PhD (Earth Sciences)
    Dynamics of Pyroclastic Density Currents
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  • Antoinette Danso
    2016, PhD (Science)
    Nutrient utilisation, growth and chemical body composition of pre-weaned lambs reared artificially: Effects of feeding milk replacer and pellets
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  • Sarah Dodds
    2016, PhD (Marketing)
    Consumer Value and Value Co-creation in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Health Services
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  • Hemant Ghayvat
    2016, PhD (Science)
    Wellness Protocol: An Integrated Framework for Ambient Assisted Living
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  • Eva McVitty
    2016, PhD (Arts)
    Treason, Manhood, and the English State. Shaping constitutional ideas and political subjects through the laws of treason, 1397-1424
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  • Elizabeth Norman
    2016, Doctor of Education
    Judging competency: A study of in-training evaluation of veterinary students
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  • Siwen Pan
    2016, PhD (Economics)
    Frontiers in Decision Theory
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  • Devastotra Poddar
    2016, PhD (Food Technology)
    Stability of the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei CRL 431 under different environmental conditions
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  • Kate Richardson
    2016, PhD (Conservation Biology)
    Dispersal: The effects of phenotype and habitat selection in reintroduced populations
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  • Hwee Ming Teo
    2016, PhD (Food Technology)
    Development of novel nanoemulsions as delivery systems
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  • Matthew Wilkins
    2016, PhD (Mathematics)
    Symplectic Integrations for Vakonomic Equations and For Multi-Hamiltonian Equations
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  • 2015

    Kate Blackwood
    2015, PhD (Human resource Management)
    Workplace bullying in the New Zealand Nursing Profession: The case for a tailored approach to intervention
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  • Johanna Emeney
    2015, PhD (English)
    Biomedical Discourse and the Discourse of the Lifeworld in Contemporary New Zealand Poetry on a Medical Theme
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  • Bevan Erueti
    2015, PhD (Management)
    NGA KAIPARA MAORI: NGA PUMAHARA O TE TUAKIRI MAORI ME TE AO HAKINAKINA Maori Athletes: Perceptions of Maori Identity and Elite Sport Participation
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  • Hossein Ghani Zadeh
    2015, PhD (Plant Science)
    Aspects of Herbicide Resistance in Three New Zealand Weed Species
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  • Rosemary Gibson
    2015, PhD (Psychology)
    Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Sleep Problems: Community-Based Research with Older New Zealanders
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  • Elizabeth Grant
    2015, PhD (Fine Arts)
    Bronze as a non-customary intervention in the interpretation of insects from the natural world of Maori
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  • Elsa Guillot
    2015, PhD (Statistics)
    Modelling the role of social structures in population genetics
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  • Karen Khayat
    2015, Doctor of Education ( )
    Inclusive Education Policy, Practice and Progress: A Transformative Analysis of Three Middle East Countries
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  • David Littlewood
    2015, PhD (History)
    The Tool and Instrument of the Military?: The Operations of the Military Service Tribunals in the East Central Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire and those of the Military Service Boards in New Zealand, 1916-1918
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  • Lujia Liu
    2015, PhD (Chemistry)
    Multi-Component Metal-Organic Frameworks
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  • Bernard Phiri
    2015, PhD (Agri-Horticulture)
    Estimating the public health risk associated with drinking water in New Zealand
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  • Hinurewa Poutu
    2015, PhD (Education)
    Kia Tiori nga Pipi: Ma te aha e korero Maori ai nga taitamariki o nga wharekura o Te Aho Matua?
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  • Suresh Rajput
    2015, PhD (Finance)
    Pattern Recognition Techniques and Financial Analysis
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  • Robert Taylor
    2015, PhD (Psychology)
    Hierarchical Bayesian Modelling of Criterion Variance in Probabilistic Categorisation as an Analogue to Signal Detection
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  • Matthew Williams
    2015, PhD (Psychology)
    How well do psychologists' research methods equip them to identify the impacts of climate change on behaviour? A methodological investigation with particular reference to the effects of temperature on violent behaviour
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  • 2014

    Melle Wietze De Boer
    2014, PhD (Animal science)
    Aetiology and consequences of reproductive tract diseases in dairy cows
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  • Mark Farnworth
    2014, PhD (Veterinary science)
    Pain assessment and alleviation in the domestic cat (Felis catus)
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  • Jane Hardcastle
    2014, Doctor of Education (Doctor of Education)
    Understanding Preparedness: The Influence of Teaching and Learning Experience on Bioscience Integration by Nursing Lecturers
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  • Ali Intezari Harsini
    2014, PhD (Management)
    Wisdom and decision making: Grounding theory in management practice
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  • Victoria Johnson
    2014, PhD (Psychology)
    Evaluating Disaster Education Programs for Children
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  • Eleanor Kahu
    2014, PhD (Psychology)
    Inviting study in: The engagement of mature-aged distance students in the transition to university
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  • Van Long Nguyen
    2014, PhD (Veterinary Epidemiology)
    The Epidemiology of Avian Influenza in the Mekong River Delta of Viet Nam.
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  • Acushla O'Carroll
    2014, PhD (Health)
    Kanoi ki te kanohi - a thing of the past? An examination of Maori use of social networking sites and the implication for Maori culture and society
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  • Sally Potter
    2014, PhD (Emergency Management)
    Communicating the Status of Volcanic Activity in New Zealand, With Specific Application to Caldera Unrest
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  • Ann Rogerson
    2014, PhD (Psychology)
    Transforming feminist care ethics: Tracing (un)memorable mother-daughter relations through psychoanalytic inquiry
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  • Brielle Rosa
    2014, PhD (Veterinary science)
    Maternal Exercise During Pregnancy Affects the Rat Musculoskeletal System and Indicies of Energy Metabolism
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  • Nagender Suryadevara
    2014, PhD (Computer Science and Engineering)
    Real-Time Fusion of Wireless Sensor Network Data for Wellness Determination of the Elderly in a Smart Home
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  • Stacey Wilson
    2014, PhD (Nursing)
    Mental health crisis intervention: A discourse analysis involving service users, families, nurses and the police
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  • Bojian Zhong
    2014, PhD (Genetics)
    Phylogenomics and Plant Evolution
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  • 2013

    Denise Blake
    2013, PhD (Psychology)
    Wade in the Water: Storying Adoptees Experiences through the Adoption Act 1955
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  • Rebecca Bloomer
    2013, PhD (Plant Biology)
    The molecular genetic basis of natural variation in trichome density in Arabidopsis Thaliana
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  • Ann Boston
    2013, Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
    Health anxiety and older adults: A cross sectional study comparing predictors of health anxiety between an older and younger cohort
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  • Lauren Callow
    2013, Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Assessing Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults and its Relationship to Quality of Life

  • Gemma Cartwright
    2013, PhD (Genetics)
    Redox regulation of an AP-1-like transcription factor, YapA, in the fungal symbiont Epichloe festucae
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  • Herath Herath
    2013, PhD (Soil and Enviromental Sciences)
    The Water Footprint of Agricultural Products in New Zealand: The Impacts of Primary Production on Water Resources
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  • Saman Herath Mudiyanselage
    2013, PhD (Soil science)
    Stability of Biochar and its Influence on the Dynamics of Soil Properties
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  • Amy Van Wey Lovatt
    2013, PhD (Nutrition )
    Mathematical models of biofilm growth and food particle degradation in the gastrointestinal tract
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  • Elizabeth Yan
    2013, Doctor of Clinical Psychology ( )
    Children's Emotion Regulation in Unfair Situations: Using Regulatory Focus Theory
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  • 2012

    Mohd Syaifudin Abdul Rahman
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Novel planar interdigital sensors for the detection of bacterial endotoxins

  • Shailesh Agrawal
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Evaporative Crystallization of Alpha-Lactose Monohydrate

  • Francis Amagloh
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Sweetpotato-based complementary food for infants in Ghana

  • Jesse Conklin
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Extreme migration and the annual cycle: Individual strategies in New Zealand Bar-tailed Godwits

  • Andrew Dickson
    2012, PhD
    The Other Side of Weight Loss: A Lacanian Autoethonography of Weight-anxiety
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  • Muhammad Khurram
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    VLSI Design, Fabrication and Testing of An Ultra Wideband Low Noise Amplifier Microchip using Nanometric CMOS Technology

  • Natalia Pardo Villaveces
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Andesitic Plinian Eruptions at Mt. Ruapehu (New Zealand): from Lithofacies to Eruption Dynamics

  • Wooi Chee Soo
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Enzyme promiscuity and the origins of cellular innovations

  • Teo Susnjak
    2012, Doctor of Philosophy
    Efficient boosted ensemble-based machine learning in the context of cascaded frameworks

  • 2011

    Catherine Campbell
    2011, PhD (Social Work and Social Policy)
    A Study of the Career Pathways of Canadian Young Adults During the Decade After Secondary School Graduation
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  • John Di Stefano
    2011, PhD (Fine Arts)
    Moving images of home
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  • Scott Hutchings
    2011, PhD (Food Science)
    Oral processing of heterogeneous foods
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  • Arno Leist
    2011, Doctor of Philosophy
    Data-Parallel Simulation and Analysis of Complex Systems With Irregular Graph Structures

  • Ninya Maubach
    2011, PhD (Marketing)
    The effects of front-of-pack nutrition information and product claims on consumers' product evaluations and choice behaviour
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  • Sarah McWha
    2011, PhD (Psychology)
    What's in a Name? Job categorisation, relationship-building, and work motivation in aid organisations.
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  • Daniel Playne
    2011, PhD (Computer Science)
    Generative Programming Methods for Parallel Partial Differential Field Equation Solvers
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  • Zachary Schlader
    2011, PhD (Sport and Exercise)
    Human Behavioral Temperature Regulation: An Exercise Approach
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  • Adi Vudiniabola
    2011, PhD (Nursing)
    The Fijian Diploma of Nursing curriculum: An indigenous case study of a curriculum change
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  • 2010

    Nicholas Albert
    2010, PhD (Plant Molecular Biology)
    Two novel MYB transcriptional activators regulate floral and vegetative anthocyanin pigmentation patterns in petuna
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  • Darryl Cochrane
    2010, PhD (Sport & Exercise Science)
    The effect of vibration exercise on aspects of muscle physiology and muscular performance
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  • Michael Easden
    2010, PhD (Psychology)
    The relationship between case conceptualization and homework in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression.
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  • Kimberly Falconer
    2010, Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    "Is the Black Dog Really a Dalmation?"
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  • Petrina Hargrave
    2010, PhD (Psychology)
    Sudden death: The impact of the immediate aftermath on police officers, victim support workers and bereaved survivors
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  • Margaret Hartnett
    2010, PhD (Education)
    Motivation to learn in online environments: An exploration of two tertiary education contexts
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  • Christine Kenney
    2010, PhD (Midwifery)
    Me aro ki te ha o hineahuone: Women, miscarriage stories and midwifery: Towards a contextually relevant research methodology
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  • John Noone
    2010, PhD (Psychology)
    Psychological and socioeconomic factors influencing men and women's planning for retirement
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  • Mieke Sachsenweger
    2010, Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The impact of attributional style and homework experiences in cognitive behaviour therapy for depression: A longitudinal investigation employing multilevel analysis
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  • Anwesha Sarkar
    2010, PhD (Food Technology)
    Behaviour of milk protein-stabilized oil-in-water emulsions in simulated physiological fluids
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  • Carlene Starck
    2010, PhD (Biochemistry)
    The human myostatin precursor protein: Structure, function and amyloid formation: Implications for the muscle wastage disease sporadic inclusion body myositis
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  • Kawtar Tani
    2010, Doctor of Philosophy
    Under-reporting in aviation: An investigation of factors that affect reporting of safety concerns

  • Ting Wang
    2010, PhD (Statistics)
    Statistical models for earthquakes incorporating ancillary data
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  • 2009

    Trisia Farrelly
    2009, PhD (Social Anthropology)
    Business Va'avanua: Cultural Hybridisation and Indigenous Entrepreneurship in the Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
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  • Sharleen Harper
    2009, PhD (Mathematics)
    Mathematical models for dispersal of aerosol droplets in an agricultural setting
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  • Andreas Hermann
    2009, PhD (Physics)
    Ab initio calculations of water and ice: Structural, electronic, and optical properties
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  • Alison Kearney
    2009, PhD (Education)
    Barriers to school inclusion: An investigation into the exclusion of disabled students from and within New Zealand schools
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  • Bambang Kusumo
    2009, PhD (Soil Sciences)
    Development of field techniques to predict soil carbon, soil nitrogen and root density from soil spectral reflectance
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  • Song Shi
    2009, PhD (Business)
    Monthly house price indicies and their applications in New Zealand
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