Media Advisory March 21


Waikato University engineering student Sean Nixon may very well have the road to success licked. The 22-year-old masters student is working on developing ice cream that offers benefits rather than just calories. Sean has just won a $17,000 Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology to support his research into formulating a functional frozen dessert. “I can’t say too much about the product at this stage because I intend to patent it but it’s going to have benefits for athletes, diabetics and people who are obese,” says Sean who completed his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours last year. A co-director of Tuatara Nutritional Technologies, Sean and his work colleagues were one night discussing how good it would be after a session at the gym to be able to enjoy full flavoured ice cream that was actually good for them. “The idea went from there and I’ve spent the past five months doing the necessary research,” says Sean. Once Sean has the product’s formula he will patent it and approach an ice cream manufacturer. He hopes to have it on the market in about 18 months.


The University of Waikato celebrates Kīngitanga Day next month. The annual event recognises the university’s unique and distinctive connection with Tainui and the Kīngitanga. The daylong event features a range of activities including seminars, panel discussions and presentations from guest speakers and leading academics. Weaving and craft workshops, Māori merchandise and food stalls and a range of entertainment are also planned, including live kapa haka performances. Celebrations for Kīngitanga Day take place 9am-3.30pm on Thursday April 14, with all activities free and open to the public.


Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies student Louise Hutt is already a cover girl. As a result of posting some of her high school photography work on line Atlantic Books asked if they could use one of her shots for the cover of the UK edition of The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. The photograph was taken on a self-timer in her Waihi bedroom when she was 16. She’d had to shift around all of her bedroom furniture to create a studio with the right light. Louise is majoring in screen and media studies and theatre and would like to work in film, combining photography and drama. Ultimately the 2010 school Dux wants to be a director.


The rights of indigenous peoples will be explored in a free public lecture held at the University of Waikato this week. The university’s Te Piringa-Faculty of Law presents Professor Timo Koivurova, a renowned expert in international law particularly in the Arctic and Antarctic region. Professor Koivurova will outline the development of indigenous rights in international law, with particular emphasis on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He will also address how the nation-states and indigenous peoples were able to broker a compromise on how the self-determination of indigenous peoples was articulated in the declaration. The final part of his lecture will examine the Arctic and the national indigenous law and policy of the Arctic states. This lecture takes place at 6pm on Thursday March 24 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.1.02.


Waikato University’s Writer in Residence Dr Jeffrey Paparoa Holman was home in Christchurch when the earthquake struck on February 22. Back in Hamilton he found he couldn’t stop thinking about the quake, so he put aside the collection he had been working on and started writing quake poems. He’ll be performing his new works along with some of his older poems on campus on Wednesday night. The reading will take place at the Waikato Management School Momento starting at 6pm and the audience will be asked to give a donation to support the Red Cross Appeal.


Local experts will form a panel to discuss the possible local challenges in the event of tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and droughts over two evening sessions beginning this week. Among the experts is Waikato University’s Dr Willem De Lange and Associate Professor Roger Briggs, Professor Kevin Furlong of Penn State University in the US and Adam Munro from Environment Waikato. They will discuss a range of issues, including an overview of local coastal hazards, a brief history of volcanic activity in the Waikato region, the causes and consequences of earthquakes in New Zealand and strategies for dealing with natural hazards and emergency management in the Waikato region. This panel discussion is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room A.G.30, and takes place at 7-9pm on Thursday March 24, followed by another session on Thursday March 31.


University of Waikato masters student Jackson Efford has been presented with a scholarship worth up to $5000 from the George Mason Charitable Trust. Efford, who is completing a Master of Science looking into the tree-line forest dynamics on Mount Taranaki, was awarded the scholarship which aims to support students undertaking postgraduate study and who also have links to Taranaki and/or research relating to Taranaki’s natural history. The George Mason Charitable Trust scholarship was set up by Dr George Mason to advance the study of the natural environment, archaeology and social history of the Taranaki region. He is a businessman and entrepreneur. This year, Efford also received a University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship worth up to $12,000.


Waikato University’s Library is hosting a panel discussion about the impact E-Books will have on printed books in the future. The panel evening titled Click, touch, turn: the future of the book is part of NZ Book Month. Panellists for the event will include Print House CEO Brett Phillips, Associate Professor in Computer Science David Bainbridge, Waikato University Librarian Alistair Lamb and Veronica Liesaputa from the Digital Library Laboratory. The discussion starts at 6.30pm Thursday March 24 and is held at Waikato University’s Library.


Waikato University will once again host the Night Glow as part of the Balloons Over Waikato Festival next week. The festival, most of which takes place at Innes Common near Hamilton’s lake, will be held from March 30 to April 3, with the Night Glow taking place on Saturday April 2 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.


Waikato University’s Te Piringa-Faculty of Law will host New Zealand’s Governor General Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand this week. Sir Anand Satyanand was sworn in as New Zealand's 19th Governor-General in August 2006. Sir Anand has had a lengthy career as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman as well as contributing to many communities, professional and sporting groups. During his visit to the university, Sir Anand will present a lecture entitled The Architecture of Elections in New Zealand - a Governor-General's Perspective. This free public lecture will take place on Tuesday March 22 from 10.30am-11.30am at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room L4.


A University of Waikato Continuing Education lecture in Tauranga will examine how the Antarctic ice sheet works, and what it reveals. This public lecture, which takes place on Wednesday, will look at the sub glacial lakes and mountain ranges, and a history of climate dating back 5 million years. Fresh evidence of rock and ice cores reveals that the ice sheet is becoming unstable with far reaching implications around the world. This lecture is presented by Peter Otway, a surveyor and volcanologist who has spent 30 years with New Zealand Geological Survey researching volcanic and plate tectonics. This lecture is part of the Tauranga Environment Centre’s Sustainable Backyard Series and takes place on Wednesday March 23 from 6.30pm. It is held at the Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga. For information visit the Continuing Education website.

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