Media Advisory April 04


Celebrations for this year’s University of Waikato Kīngitanga Day will kick off at 9am on Thursday April 14. Presentations and seminars from leading academics and guest speakers, including MP Dr Pita Sharples, Dr Wayne Mapp and Waikato University Chancellor Jim Bolger, will be held across campus throughout Kīngitanga Day. Haka and poi demonstrations, weaving and craft workshops, student and staff idol competitions, and a range of entertainment are also planned. All activities are free and open to the public. Waikato University has had strong connections with Tainui and the Kīngitanga since its founding in 1964 and it is this distinctive relationship that is celebrated annually through Kīngitanga Day. For event details visit


More than 20 Waikato University students have received a share of $115,000 in scholarships from the David Johnstone Charitable Trust. The Trust, which aims to help young people expand their knowledge, awarded $5000 to first-year students who demonstrate qualities of character, initiative, enterprise, ingenuity and leadership, and who are also pursuing a science or teaching degree at the University of Waikato. Scholarships are administered on behalf of the David Johnstone Charitable Trust by Guardian Trust. The late David Johnstone was a successful Waikato farmer and also, entrepreneur. He developed a hotel on Norfolk Island and was also a founding member and benefactor to the National Fieldays.

Waikato University’s Professor Chris Battershill will discuss the important role New Zealand plays in biochemical discoveries in the next Tauranga Café Scientifique taking place next week. He will speak about biomedical discovers which have been crucial to the development of anti-cancer and anti-tumour drugs. A recent example is the part New Zealand played in the successful development of a new breast cancer active drug derived from a marine sponge. Professor Battershill is the university’s Chair in Coastal Science in Tauranga. His role aims to expand coastal science endeavours in the region through links with existing expertise to provide integrated education, training, and research efforts from the ranges to the reef. Tauranga’s Café Scientifique takes place at 7.30pm on Monday April 11 and will be held Alimento, 72 First Avenue, Tauranga. These sessions are supported by Waikato University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Debbie Muller has been awarded the Statistics New Zealand Undergraduate Prize for the top undergraduate statistics student at Waikato University. Muller, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in statistics, was chosen by her professors for her aptitude across the board and her potential for success in her chosen field. “Statistics was my favourite subject at school, so a statistics degree at Waikato seemed like the best choice for me,” says Muller. “My dream job would be anything with numbers, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this degree takes me.” She plans to put her $1,000 prize money towards travel. The Statistics New Zealand Undergraduate Prize is awarded annually to the top student majoring in statistics at each of the country's major universities.


Interested in learning more about how Google employees have applied their education and experiences to work on interesting challenges that impact millions of people around the world? Want to learn more about what Google does with cutting edge technology in an inspiring work environment? This week David Day and David Loxton from Google will give a tech talk at Waikato University. They will discuss ways to improve the web and will share their experiences working for Google. This event takes place at 12noon on Wednesday April 6 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room L.G.04.


The University of Waikato will again host the Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Excellence Awards later this month. The awards are an annual event to acknowledge Māori PhD graduates across the country who have had their doctorates conferred in the last calendar year. This year, awards will be given out to more than 45 PhD graduates from across New Zealand tertiary institutions, including four from Waikato University. The Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Excellence Awards take place on Friday April 29 and will be held at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia.

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