Media Advisory March 8


Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, and Otago are among 13 regions in New Zealand who celebrate their region’s identity, so what about the Waikato? Waikato University, in collaboration with the Waikato Times, is hosting a public forum tonight that aims to find out whether Waikato residents support the move to have a Waikato anniversary day. Guest speakers include National MP for Taupo Louise Upton; Hamilton Mayor Bob Simcock; Waikato Times Acting Editor Roy Pilott; and University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Doug Sutton and Pro Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate Studies Professor Giselle Byrnes. Results from the discussion will be put forward at the next mayor’s meeting. The public forum takes place tonight, Monday March 8, at 6.30pm in the Concert Chamber at the University’s WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts.



Dr Tamati Reedy has become Waikato University’s first Māori Emeritus Professor, in recognition of his commitment and contribution to the university. Dr Reedy joined the University in 1996 as the founding Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development and later became the university’s founding Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori in 2001. His leadership and guidance during his time at the University was instrumental in developing Waikato University’s Māori distinctiveness and ensuring the growth and development of the School of Māori and Pacific Development, a school recognised as an international leader in the teaching and research of indigenous issues.



The University of Waikato in Tauranga offers two writing master classes. Techniques for Short Story Writing will examine the aspects of creating a successful short story which includes establishing characters and the importance of dialogue; the use of conflict and resolution within the story; and the differences between the first person and third person narrative. Novel Writing: the beginning, the middle and the end discusses approaches to the planning and writing of an extended work of fiction. Discussions will cover setting, characters, theme, treatment of time, and point of view. Both master classes are held at Waikato University’s Tauranga campus, 144 Durham St, and are presented by Graeme Lay, an editor and writer of stories, magazine articles, television plays, fiction and non-fiction books. Techniques for Short Story Writing takes place from 9.30am-12pm on March 13, followed by Novel Writing which takes place from 1pm-3.30pm. For more information visit



Amy Christophers, the newest and youngest member of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic line-up, is now able to juggle university study with top-level netball with the support of a prestigious Hillary Scholarship at Waikato University. Christophers, 18, and a former Otumoetai College student, is embarking on a Bachelor of Science (Tech) at Waikato. She is one of about 50 new students on the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme. Offered since 2005, it awards scholarships to academic high achievers who show significant leadership qualities and also excel in sport or in the creative and performing arts. The scholarships provide full university course fees while studying at Waikato, comprehensive support for the recipients’ academic, sporting and/or arts activities, and additional support in leadership and personal development. Christophers says the scholarship is a huge help. “Not only on the finance side, but it offers me all kinds of extras for training, such as gym membership and a physical trainer. And the programme will help me keep on track with my studies and my sport.” The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme has recently signed a partnership relationship with Netball Bay of Plenty to match its existing partnership with Netball Waikato. 



A team of computer science students from the University of Waikato have made it into the finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010. Team eUtopia will now compete with three teams from Auckland for the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the worldwide finals in Poland in July this year. The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s largest technology competition, challenging students from around the globe to develop technologies to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Teams have to develop projects using Microsoft technology, and present them to judging panels composed of Microsoft executives and industry experts. eUtopia is the brainchild of Waikato students Laura Bocock, Matt Bird, Carlo Meister and Gabe Young. Their project aims to harness the power of ‘human computing’ to protect wildlife and help preserve the world’s biodiversity. Using a live video distribution system, or liVID, with webcams in, for example, safari parks, zoos, marine reserves or native forests, the project will link conservation organisations to the public and allows for remote monitoring, private research and even surveillance of animals. “People who want to be involved in the project can have the live webcam feed constantly running in a corner of their screen as they work on other things,” explains team member Matt Bird, who’s starting his honours year. “Watchers can ‘tag’ the video when something interesting or unusual happens, like a kiwi egg hatching or a poacher entering a wildlife reserve. These tagged bits of video can then be put together for educational or research purposes.”



A German marine research economist who completed her masters degree in aquaculture has chosen to take a legal focus on a PhD that’s part of the newly launched Intercoast project between the University of Waikato and Germany’s Bremen University. The project will see international PhD students and doctoral fellows researching the Bay of Plenty coastline and aspects of the North Sea in areas of marine science, with geosciences, law and the social sciences also being studied in fields relative to coastal development. Bremen’s Lisa Marquardt will take a legal view. “When you’ve got coastal areas there’s always conflict surrounding how the area should be used, disputes over harbour and residential development, protecting the environment, disposal of dredging - so many things. I am going to study the law and how it relates to the control of conflicts.” She says she’ll be able to make comparisons between conflicts in North Sea ports and Tauranga, how the law is used to control those conflicts and how effective those laws are. Her New Zealand supervisor is Professor Barry Barton from Waikato Law School who’s enthusiastic about the two-way university relationship. “How different agencies can be induced to work together in coastal zone management seems to be as much as a problem in Europe as it is in New Zealand. We need good-quality research on legal and institutional settings that will reduce conflict, and increase co-operation.”



A University of Waikato Continuing Education course focusing on family history research will take place in May. Cultural Literacy: Genealogical Research Online is a four-week course that gives budding family historians the opportunity to learn about the extensive and diverse genealogical and family history resources available online. Tutor and recently retired Waikato University associate professor David Swain says the course will cover the use of general and specialised genealogical internet search engines; online databases; and, how to find and make contact with other unknown researchers whose research overlaps with one’s own. The courseruns 7-9pm every Wednesday beginning May 5 and takes place at the main University of Waikato campus. For more information on this course visit



Waikato University will once again host the Night Glow as part of the Balloons Over Waikato Festival this month. The festival, most of which takes place at Innes Common near Hamilton’s lake, takes place March 24-28, with the Night Glow taking place on Saturday March 27 from 4pm on the university’s sports fields. The evening includes performances, fireworks and, from 8pm-8.20pm, the Glow itself when the balloons inflate to music.

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