Media Advisory August 5

HIGH LEVEL DELEGATION IN SAMOA TO STRENGTHEN PACIFIC BONDS
A high level delegation from the University of Waikato is in Samoa this week to re-establish ties with alumni, build relationships with government officials and take part in a public lecture on climate change at the National University of Samoa. The delegation, led by Chancellor Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, will spend four days in Samoa and will meet Head of State, His Royal Highness Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and several other government ministers, community leaders and organisations and educational representatives. University of Waikato geography lecturer Associate Professor John Campbell will also deliver a public lecture, Vulnerability and Resilience: Climate Change and Natural Disasters in Pacific Island Countries, at the National University of Samoa on 7 August at noon.

WINTER LECTURE SERIES GETS UNDERWAY
The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series kicks off on Wednesday 7 August with “An Unexpected Result: The Business of Hobbits”. Tourism heads and researchers discuss the benefits to the region of having parts of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies filmed here. The speakers are Hamilton & Waikato Tourism head Kiri Goulter, Matamata PR Association manager Sue Whiting and the University’s Dr Carolyn Michelle, who has been carrying out worldwide research on perceptions of and reactions to The Hobbit. This is the first of four lectures that will be on every Wednesday evening in August. The series continues on 14 August with “It’s all in Your Head: Understanding More about Mental Health” with speaker Denise L’Estrange-Corbet - a long time mental health campaigner who will be joined by Waikato University researchers Associate Professor Cathy Coleborne and Dr Nicola Starkey. The lectures bring together university research, and experts from the community to promote robust discussion on a series of topics. The Winter Lecture Series is held in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6pm-7pm. Lectures are free and open to the public.

BRITAIN’S HOUSE OF COMMONS SPEAKER GIVES LECTURE AT WAIKATO UNIVERSITY
Britain’s Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, is in New Zealand this week visiting Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington. Mr Bercow will spend a day in Wellington observing the New Zealand parliament in session and meet with New Zealand Speaker, David Carter. Mr Bercow has an interest in the experiences of different ethnic groups (particularly New Zealand’s Pasifika communities) in the political process, as well as youth and gender issues. On Thursday, August 8 Mr Bercow will give a public lecture on the “Parliament of the Future” at The University of Waikato’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 12.15pm-2pm. British High Commissioner Vicki Treadell and Deputy High Commissioner Patrick Reilly will also be attending the lecture.

SCIENCE LEARNING HUB IN FINALS OF WORLD SUMMIT AWARDS
The University of Waikato’s Science Learning Hub website has been named as one of eight New Zealand finalists in the 2013 World Summit Awards. The awards recognise excellence in creativity, and innovation in information and communication technology. Winners will be announced after final judging in Estonia in late October. The Science Learning Hub website has been selected in the e-learning and science category. The website promotes student interest and engagement in science by providing contemporary resources for school teachers of students in Years 2-10 and demonstrates the relevance of scientific research to everyday life. The quality-assured, curriculum-based resources include classroom-ready resources, multimedia collections, teaching strategies and starter ideas, plus videos, interactive content and timelines. There are also interactive thinking tools that teachers can customise and use to support critical thinking and inquiry-driven learning. Visit the Science Learning Hub website for more information. For more information on the World Summit Awards, visit the World Summit Awards website.

VISITING FORMER FRENCH GOVERNMENT MINISTER TO GIVE LECTURE AT WAIKATO UNIVERSITY
Dr Azouz Begag, former Minister for Equal Opportunities in the French Chirac Government and renowned author, is visiting New Zealand giving open lectures in Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Dunedin and Nelson. While New Zealand has not experienced the kind of unrest seen in France, similar inequalities, high poverty levels, low educational attainment and job market exclusion exist in parts of this country. In both NZ and France it is important to consider how issues of ethnic and/or religious identity intersect with socio-economic challenges, both in practice and in political debate, he says. Waikato University’s Professor of Political Science Dov Bing will respond to Dr Begag’s address. The lecture is on Wednesday 7 August at 5.30pm at the University of Waikato in Room SG.03.

MARINE SCIENCE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
“Marine science under the microscope – what’s it all about?” features presentations, interactive displays and the opportunity to speak directly with University of Waikato Coastal Marine Station staff and post-graduate students in Tauranga. The objective is to educate parents and students about the wealth of options available to marine scientists, and show how job options change with further study. There will be several speakers, including the University of Waikato’s Chair in Coastal Science Professor Chris Battershill, speaking on their pathways into science. “Marine science under the microscope – what’s it all about?” is on Monday 12 August at 5.30pm at the Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga.

A FIRST IN THE BAY
The University of Waikato is hosting its first Young Alumni event in the Bay of Plenty. The number of former students living and working in the Bay is increasing and the event provides a good opportunity for alumni to make contacts and network. Dr Heather Connolly, lecturer in strategy and human resource management at the University’s Management School, will be the guest speaker on the importance of networking – the ins and outs, and how to get it right. The Young Alumni event will be held at the Astrolabe Brew Bar in Mt Maunganui, Thursday 15 August, 6pm-8pm.

HAMILTON GULLY RESTORATION SERIES BRINGS INFORMATION TOGETHER
With restorations underway across Hamilton, gullies have gone from being rubbish dumps to real assets. The Hamilton Gully Restoration Series 2013 from 15-25 August covers a wide range of gully-related topics, and is made up of two seminars and two gully field-trips. It is a collaboration between the University of Waikato’s Environmental Research Institute and the Hamilton City Council. The event is open to the public and its goal is to pool information and encourage gully restoration. Speakers include ERI Research Support Officer Catherine Kirby, Leigh Cornes from HCC, Moira Cursey from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum and Rex Bushell from the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group. Seminar session one is on 15 August with session two on 22 August, both from 7-9pm in MSB.1.01 at the University. The first field trip is to Humarie Park on August 17, the second to Mangaonua Gully on August 25 for a showcase of restoration work followed by a community tree-planting.

KIWIS TO FACE-OFF AGAINST BRITS AND AUSSIES IN GALLAGHER GREAT RACE
Cambridge and Sydney universities have been selected to compete against the University of Waikato in the Gallagher Great Race on 8 September. Returning for the seventh time is Cambridge University, who are looking to take their fourth win in what is one of Hamilton’s most anticipated events. Also competing is Waikato University and last year’s winners Sydney University. In the women’s event, Sydney and Melbourne universities will take on Waikato University for the Bryan Gould Cup. Last year, the Waikato University women’s crew took a convincing lead over their Australian counterparts and are planning to keep the coveted Bryan Gould Cup on home-ground. Secondary schools from around the country will also take to the waters in the University of Waikato-sponsored Head of the Waikato challenge, a pre-event to the Gallagher Great Race. The race starts at Ann Street and finishes at the Ferry Bank on Grantham Street.

UNIVERSITY AWARDED GRANTS FOR INDIA-RELATED RESEARCH
The University of Waikato has been awarded $129,539 of a total of $507,219 in research grants from Education NZ for India-related research – the largest amount for any of the country’s universities. Waikato Management School’s Professor Alison McIntosh has been awarded nearly $50,000 to research the ‘Expectations & experiences of Indian students in tertiary education in New Zealand’, and economist Professor John Gibson has been awarded $40,000 to study urban expansion, land loss, and food security in India. Dr Adrian Athique, chair of arts in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded $30,000 to host a workshop and symposium on the Indian media economy, while senior research fellow at the Institute of Business Research, Surya Pandey, has a $5000 travel grant to travel to India at the invitation of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, to talk about technology transfer in agribusiness. PhD psychology student Sripriya Somasekhar has also been awarded a $5000 travel and research grant for her study "Navigating safety in the context of conflicting socio-cultural values: Indian immigrant women experiencing domestic violence in Aotearoa/New Zealand".

TWO HILLARY SCHOLARS SELECTED FOR CRICKET AND RUGBY SQUADS
University of Waikato Hillary Scholar Adam Burn has been selected in the Waikato ITM Cup squad. The ITM Cup season starts with a Ranfurly Shield game against Northland on 17 August at Waikato Stadium. Hillary alumnus Whetu Douglas, now a University staff member, has also been selected for the squad along with Hame Faiva and Brian Alainau’uese who play for University Club. Meanwhile cricket opening batter Natalie Dodd, a current Hillary Scholar, has been selected for the New Zealand White Ferns team heading to the Caribbean in October. Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarships provide support for students to achieve high academic standards in a programme of study, excellence in a sporting code or the creative or performing arts, and to develop leadership qualities through a leadership and personal development programme.

TERTIARY PARTNERS TAKE PART IN CAREERS EXPO AND FUTURE FOCUS SHOWCASE
From certificate and diploma programmes, to degree and postgraduate study – information on the full range of programmes offered through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato will be available at the Tauranga Rotary Careers Expo taking place this Friday and Saturday from 9-10 August. The Priority One FutureFocus Business Showcase running alongside the Careers Expo will also feature interactive displays from the University’s Coastal Marine Field Station. Study marine organisms under the microscope, search for gastropods in sand core samples and check out videos showing what marine scientists do. The Careers Expo and FutureFocus Business Showcase will be open from 9am-4pm on Friday and 9.30am-3.30pm on Saturday at the ASB Arena, Baypark, Tauranga.

STUDENTS HELP WITH CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
A group of Waikato University students is helping new residents feel more at home in Hamilton. The students, mostly members of the University’s Golden Key Honour Society, have started a conversational English group in the city. They meet every Friday in the Garden Place Library. Fourth-year social science student Jackson Mason-Mackay had the idea to start the group, and Hamilton City Libraries came on board providing the venue and helping with promotion. Jackson says he was surprised when more than 30 people turned up to the first evening in July – he had to put the call out for more university students to take part so the groups didn’t get too big. The second week, student numbers doubled to 16 and they conversed with people from a range of countries including, Colombia and Uruguay, Burma, India, Saudi Arabia and Korea. The Golden Key Honour Society is an international non-profit organisation for top academic students, committed to recognising and promoting academic achievement, and part of the society’s criteria is to also promote altruistic conduct through voluntary service.

CHILDREN IN CRISIS CONFERENCE
Motivated by New Zealand’s poor record of child abuse, child poverty and the lack of national policies around child protection, Professors Michael Peters and Tina Besley from the University of Waikato’s Centre for Global Studies in Education have organised the Children in Crisis Conference to be held in Hamilton in October. The conference is aimed at teachers, counsellors, social workers, police, medical professionals and government agencies. There are four major strands that will be covered at the conference – child poverty, children’s rights, child abuse and policies and practices and Professor Besley hopes the conference will lead to on-going forums and a handbook designed to assist teachers dealing with issues that they may come up against in their day-to-day teaching. The conference is on 7-9 October. For more information visit the Children in Crisis website.

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