Media Advisory July 25


The University of Waikato’s world-class performance venue will now be called the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. In total the Gallagher Group and Dr John and Glenice Gallagher have committed $2.5 million to the University of Waikato. In recognition of their generosity, the Academy will bear the Gallagher name for the next 10 years and the stand-out building’s 340-seat concert chamber will be renamed to honour Dr John Gallagher. The announcement coincides with celebrations to mark the Academy’s first 10 years. University Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says he’s pleased the Gallaghers are part of the Academy’s next decade. The official renaming takes place at a function at the Academy tomorrow, Tuesday July 26.


There are clear links between high performance sport and achievement in all areas of life, but what are some of the markers of success and how can we best nurture talent and foster high performance? The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series kicks off next week with transatlantic rower, Antarctic adventurer and University of Waikato alumnus Jamie Fitzgerald joining university lecturer Brett Smith and Pat Malcon of the Northern Districts Cricket Association for the first panel debate of the series. The panel will discuss a range of issues regarding sport and high achievement on August 3. Fitzgerald is dedicated to fostering excellence and leadership among students while Mr Smith provides high performance monitoring for the New Zealand Elite Rowing Team. The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series is free and open to the public. All talks take place throughout August at the university’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, 6pm-7pm on Wednesdays beginning August 3.


New research shows that Auckland’s share of employment in the knowledge economy has grown faster than elsewhere in New Zealand over the past decade, offering a clear example of agglomeration forces at work. The research was conducted by Dr Arthur Grimes and Professor Philip McCann, who both hold joint positions at MOTU Economic and Public Policy Research and at Waikato Management School, and Jason Le Vaillant, policy analyst at the Ministry of Economic Development. The researchers looked at trends in shares of knowledge intensive economic activities within five major New Zealand and five major Australian cities, and interpreted these trends in light of modern economic geography theories. Dr Grimes, who’s also Chair of the Reserve Bank, will present the findings at a seminar this week organised jointly by the Department of Economics and the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) to which Dr Grimes and Professor McCann are affiliated. Dr Grimes will present “Knowledge workforce developments across 10 Australasian cities” on Wednesday 27 July at 1.10-2pm at Waikato Management School in MSB.1.02.


University of Waikato science student and Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar Angela Simpson is in the midst of international orienteering competitions in Europe, so far achieving outstanding results. She had a podium finish at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Poland in early July, finished fifth overall in a competition in Finland, and will soon head to Sweden for the largest orienteering event in the world where she will compete against 115 other young women in her grade. Simpson says the support of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme is invaluable in helping her achieve both her academic and sporting goals. The Hillary programme provides recipients with full university course fees while studying at Waikato, comprehensive support for the recipients’ academic and sporting activities and additional support in leadership and personal development.


The University of Waikato Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering two open days to Year 11-13 secondary school students and adult learners. Both events are already full, with more than 100 participants registered to attend. Offered annually, the Engineering Open Day, held on Friday July 29, is a chance for potential students to spend the day on campus, attending workshops in chemical, biological, mechanical, software, electronic and materials and process engineering. Topics covered this year will include making a plastic key ring using the injection moulder, developing an iPad or iPhone application, and assembling and testing small electric cars. Science Open Day, held on Thursday July 28, is a new initiative that focuses on biological sciences, earth and ocean sciences, physics and chemistry. Workshops will cover topics such as ‘where is it safe to build your house to avoid natural disasters’ and the antibacterial properties of honey. Both open days will also have sessions covering degree structures and the work placement programme offered by the University of Waikato.


Art always suffers during wartime, from the sack of the Temple of Solomon by the Romans, through the many indignities visited on Van Eyck's masterwork, the Ghent Altarpiece, down the centuries, to the depredations of Napoleon and Hitler across Europe. This week Waikato University’s Te Piringa - Faculty of Law presents Stealing Beauty: Art Crime during War - a free public lecture which examines some fascinating examples of these sorts of crimes. The lecture, presented by Hamilton District Court Judge Arthur Tompkins, will cover the experiences of some of the people involved, both as perpetrators and as rescuers, and explore some of the myths surrounding art crimes during war. This lecture takes place at 12noon on Friday July 29 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.G.01. For more information visit


A group of University of Waikato students will head to Malaysia to represent New Zealand in the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup in October. SIFE is a global organisation for university students where teams create sustainable projects in the community to teach business finance, market economics, business ethics and entrepreneurship. The Waikato students won the national SIFE competition against teams from AUT and Massey Palmerston North, and now go on to compete in the global competition in Kuala Lumpur on October 3-5. To win, the Waikato team presented three innovative projects to aid at-risk high school students, restore a local lake and create a mentoring programme for first-year university students. Students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations and are judged on the success of their projects and how they’ve empowered people. A SIFE Waikato team last reached the global finals in 2006.


Men’s learning and wellbeing is the focus of a University of Waikato free public seminar this week. Guest speaker Professor Barry Golding from the University of Ballarat in Australia will discuss what men learn and the benefits that arise for them, their families and communities. Professor Golding’s research interests have been in evaluating learning in smaller and remoter Australian suburbs, particularly for older men not in the workforce. He has built an international reputation for his enquiries into learning in men’s sheds and has received funding from Australian Commonwealth sources and other funding avenues. This seminar takes place 3pm-5pm on Tuesday July 26 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.1.05. Professor Golding will also be presenting another seminar, titled Exploring the connections: What have men’s sheds got to do with adult and community education? This seminar is held on Wednesday July 27 from 4pm-6pm at the university’s Lady Goodfellow Chapel, Gate 1. Cost is $5.


University of Waikato staff will hold a fundraising breakfast next week to support Chace Topperwien, the Hamilton toddler who was diagnosed with a rare cancer just days before his second birthday. The breakfast, held from 7.30am on Thursday July 28 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, aims to raise as much money as possible for the Topperwien family. Chace’s mother is a PhD student at Waikato University, and her close friends, Naomi Simmonds, a fellow PhD student, and staff member Dr Carey-Ann Morrison, are organising the event. Before his diagnosis, Chace also attended the university’s crèche. The July 28 event includes a full cooked breakfast, entertainment and a charity auction. Auction items include an autographed t-shirt from Hyundai Code stars, an autographed painting of Anika Moa, a night away at Amora Resort in Okawa Bay and numerous vouchers for restaurants, day spas and retail stores. Tickets for the breakfast are $50 each or $450 for a table of ten. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Topperwien family.


Excellence in practice is the focus of a lecture hosted by the University of Waikato’s Management School this week. This lecture is presented by Professor Galen Hull of Tennessee State University. Professor Hull specialises in international business management and in this session he will discuss certain Chinese companies (Tsingtao Brewery and Haier Group) and how they grew to be a large global organisation. His presentation will provide participants with an insight into Chinese businesses and their impact in the global market. Professor Hull presents his lecture at 1pm-2pm on Friday July 29 at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room MSB.1.01. For information or to register for this lecture email or call 0800 800 891.


The University of Waikato Te Piringa-Faculty of Law will today, July 25, host Mike DeGagné, the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national Aboriginal organization dedicated to addressing the legacy of Canada's Indian Residential School System. He has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for the past 25 years and has held positions in Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Mr DeGagné served as senior negotiator for the Federal Government in its negotiations of the Labrador Inuit Association Comprehensive Claim. Mr DeGagné is visiting the University of Waikato on Monday July 25 to attend a lecture on Māori land law.

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