Media Advisory November 29


Businesses and industry groups will be able to access the latest management thinking and research expertise with the launch this week of the Institute for Business Research at the University of Waikato. The new institute, to be launched at separate functions in Hamilton and Tauranga on December 2 and 3, will offer research, consultancy and advisory services to businesses, government agencies and other end users with the aim of increasing productivity and providing sustainable profitability into the future. The IBR’s four main areas of interest are business performance and leadership, agribusiness and innovation, business in the service sector, and business in society. IBR Director Dr Stuart Locke says the IBR offers a significant and internationally recognised depth of research expertise. “The key challenge facing NZ Inc today is how we are going to increase productivity and provide sustainable profitability into the future,” he says. “The IBR can make a valuable contribution in this context.” Keynote speaker at the IBR launch events is Professor David Hensher, an international authority on urban transport issues and the role of private partners in infrastructure developments. The IBR is one of four new research institutes being launched by Waikato University over the next few months; the others are the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and Te Kotahi Research Institute for Innovation, Well-being and Inspiration (IWI).


The latest Summer Research Scholarship programme has kicked off at Waikato University. The annual programme aims to give students the chance to experience research with an established academic. It’s open to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, a final-year honours or a first-year masters degree at a New Zealand or Australian university. About 65 projects will be on offer in the 2010-2011 study break and students are paid $5000 for the research which is often part of larger research being undertaken by Waikato academics. Some of this year’s topics include: ‘The Great Victorian Garden of Death: The design and history of the Hamilton East Cemetery’; ‘Harvesting electrical power without any moving parts’; ‘The impact of water quality on the value of property adjoining Rotorua lakes’; and ‘Using medical obituaries for medical historical research’.


A University of Waikato Te Piringa-Faculty of Law lecture which focuses on the racially discriminatory treatment of indigenous Australians takes place this week. Guest speaker Associate Professor Julie Cassidy of Australia’s Deakin University highlights through two contemporary examples the application of international law to the indigenous peoples of Australia. The first example is the racially discriminatory extinguishment of aboriginal/native title pursuant to the Native Title Amendment Act 1998. The second example involves what is known as the ‘Northern Territory intervention'. Both, it will be seen, involve blatant breaches of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1966). This free public lecture takes place 12noon - 1pm on Wednesday December 1 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room LAW.G.03. For more information visit the Faculty of Law website.


A week packed full of exciting science sample collection and lab work, coupled with fun team building activities and a tour of Hill Laboratories, is all in store for students attending the Hill Laboratories Waikato Science Summer School this December. Forty Year 12 science students from the central North Island will descend on Waikato University on December 5 for its annual week-long Science Summer School. The budding young scientists will travel to Waihi on an overnight field trip, stopping along the way to collect samples from Martha Mine, Karangahake Gorge, Paeroa, Golden Cross Mine and Bowentown. The students will bring their samples back to Hamilton where they will spend the rest of the week in Waikato University’s science labs analysing their finds. The students will examine collected samples of plankton and feathers, volcanic rocks from Karangahake Gorge and magnetic minerals in Bowentown’s sands. The students will also analyse rocks and tailings for gold and silver from Martha Mine and undertake interesting electronic and biochemical engineering projects. The 40 students will stay in one the university’s halls of residence, Bryant Hall, giving them the opportunity to experience student life.


A symposium investigating mobile peoples and populations in the Pacific takes place at the University of Waikato this week. Different areas of the Pacific experienced settler colonialism in different forms with different outcomes. Under the Eye of the Law: Mobile Peoples in the Pacific is a one-day symposium which will see leading researchers and academics come together to discuss these differences. Keynote speakers include Professor Sally Engle Merry from New York University, who's a leader in the field of law and society, and Professor John Taylor, Director for the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University. This free public symposium takes place on Friday December 3 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.1.04. For more information visit the Faculty of Law website.

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