Associate Prof Janine Hayward, recently elected chairwoman
of the Hayward College council, at the University of Otago
residential college yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson
The University of Otago's Hayward College, named in
honour of the late Jock and Vera Hayward, now also has a
Hayward as chairwoman of its advisory council.
Associate Prof Janine Hayward, of the Otago politics
department, said yesterday it was a special experience to
become chairwoman at the college, which was named in honour
of her grandfather and her great-aunt.
Mr Hayward was a long-serving Otago University registrar
(1948-75), and former Otago Hospital Board member, and his
sister, Miss Hayward, was a health campaigner and influential
member of the hospital board.
The Vera Hayward Centre, a child health facility at Dunedin
Hospital, is also named after her.
Prof Hayward said she had big shoes to fill, having this week
succeeded Jeanette Leigh, who served as chairwoman for the
past seven years.
Taking on the role was a ''tremendous honour'' and Prof
Hayward was pleased to continue the Hayward family connection
with the student college of residence, which this year is home
to 162 students.
Prof Hayward said her connection with the college in
Frederick St - which was the Queen Mary Maternity Hospital
until 1992 - began in 2012 when she went to a 20th
anniversary function there after another relative could not
She had then taken up an invitation to join the college
Mr Hayward had been a ''wonderful'' man, and both he and his
sister were passionate about the value of education.
Neither of them had expected to have ''any recognition of
what they had done'', in terms of a building being named after
them, and also ''didn't like a fuss about things''.
''But I do think they would be really thrilled to know that
there was still a Hayward family connection with the
They would also have been pleased with the way the college
was being run and the support being offered for today's
students, she believed. College head Pauline Donovan welcomed
Prof Hayward's continuing involvement.