Media Advisory May 19

Ties strengthened with Indonesia

A successful trip to Indonesia has seen the University of Waikato sign two significant agreements. On May 12, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airlangga University, one of Indonesia’s top tertiary institutions and on May 15 signed an agreement with Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture which will open the door for up to five Indonesian postgraduate and three doctoral students to study at the University of Waikato each year. The multi-disciplinary delegation, headed by Chancellor, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger, Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, faculty deans Professor Roger Moltzen (Education), Professor Bradford Morse (Law), and Professor Geoffrey Holmes (Computing and Mathematical Sciences) also hosted an alumni event in Jakarta to mark the University’s 50th anniversary.

Open Days and Alumni event well attended

The University of Waikato held its annual Open Day on Friday, May 16, which was attended by 3700 secondary school students from all over the North Island. This was followed by the University’s first Community Open Day on Saturday, May 17, attended by 3000 community members who had the opportunity to visit the University and experience campus life. There were themed hubs, activities, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, tours and mini-lectures on offer. An alumni evening event was also held on May 17.

Enduring Fieldays partnership

A mutual interest in contributing to – and growing – New Zealand’s agricultural sector is behind an enduring strategic partnership between two iconic regional organisations. The University of Waikato is in its eighth year as a strategic partner of the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says it is an important partnership for both organisations. The University of Waikato has embraced the theme of this year’s Fieldays - ‘Managing Resources for a Competitive Advantage’ – by focussing on one of the key resources in need of careful management, fresh water. Fresh water is one of our most precious resources and University of Waikato researchers have been working in a diverse range of areas to protect, preserve and improve not only the quantity of fresh water available but the quality of that water too. Fieldays runs at Mystery Creek from June 11-14. For more information, visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/events/fieldays/ 

Te Matatini Partnership strengthens relationship

Supporting and developing Māori leadership and community engagement while promoting excellence and innovation in Māori performing arts is behind a new agreement signed by the University of Waikato. The University has signed an agreement formalising its strategic partnership with New Zealand’s premier Māori cultural performing arts festival, Te Matatini. The University and Te Matatini have developed the partnership over six years with the common purpose of promoting excellence in Māori performing arts. The partnership ties in with the University’s commitment to having a strong and positive presence in Māori events and complements the fact that many staff and students have been involved in Te Matatini as organisers, judges or performers. The next Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival is being held in Christchurch in 2015.

Agribusiness Professor to chair waterways panel discussion in Tauranga

University of Waikato Professor of Agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth will compere an expert panel discussion on New Zealand waterways this month in Tauranga. Cry Me a River panellists will include environmentalist Craig Potton, economist Rod Oram, Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills and Antoine Coffin, a cultural and heritage consultant for Ngaiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, and Ngāti Raukawa. Speakers will discuss issues such as how well the cultural significance of our rivers is understood or appreciated, and is it possible to have it all – clean water, primary produce and the “100% Pure” brand that drives New Zealand tourism. Cry Me a River is part of the Tauranga readers and writers’ festival ESCAPE, and takes place onSaturday, May 31 at Baycourt Theatre, 34 Durham Street, Tauranga, 7.30pm. For more details on the event, which is organised by the Tauranga Arts Festival and supported by the University of Waikato, visit www.taurangafestival.co.nz/escape-event/Cry-Me-a-River?i=94   

Waikato Uni debating team runner-up in tournament

Making it into the semi-finals of the North Island Novice Debating Tournament was a first for one University of Waikato debating team this month. The team of Stephen Taylor, Sarah Hyde and Elaine Gyde were undefeated through four preliminary rounds and ranked second after making it through to the semi-final. The University of Waikato Debating Society hosted 125 debaters and judges in the tournament, which is called Thropy. The Waikato team was narrowly beaten by Victoria University, which won the tournament.

WMS Interns off to Multinational Finance Society Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

Waikato Management School students - Michael Agnew and Veshaal Singh - are off to Prague next month to present their research at the 21st Multinational Finance Society Conference. The pair, majoring in finance and economics, are completing an honours year for their Bachelor of Management Studies degree. Their research paper is titled “Dividend Policy and its determinants: Evidence from UK firms over a time of economic adversity” and examines the cash dividend pay-out policy, and its determinants, of industrial UK firms in ‘pre, during, and post’ financial crisis periods of 2008. Their findings show support for the Life Cycle theory, indicating the resilience of mature firms during times of crisis. They also show convincing results of dividends becoming significantly concentrated during times of crisis. The Prague conference is considered a ‘must attend’ event for finance researchers, educators, doctoral students and practitioners.

Waikato students win Innes 48 Hour Business Startup Competition

A team of Waikato University students have won this year’s Innes 48 Hour Business Startup Competition. Management students Dion Mataira Evett, Dara Dimitrov, Tilly Heke Sweet, Te Rauroha Pokaitara, and Tau Marsden formed team Te Ranga Ngaku to take out the prize for Most Viable Business. The team had only 48 hours to develop an idea into a business reality. Te Ranga Ngaku’s winning model “Black Gold” aimed to revolutionise international rugby recruitment through connecting second-tier rugby players with international clubs. The University of Waikato was a sponsor of the competition as part of its role in support innovative activities.

Endangered species and wildlife protection

A trio of high-profile speakers will give their perspectives of endangered species and wildlife protection at a seminar at the University of Waikato. They will look at issues in New Zealand, Europe and North America. Pip Wallace, a senior lecturer in environmental planning at Waikato, will talk about the limitations of the Resource Management Act as a default measure for wildlife protection in New Zealand. The protection of endangered species in Europe will be addressed by attorney at law Dr Peter Schütte who lectures at the University of Bremen’s Faculty of Law and is a visiting fellow at Waikato. He will cover permit enforcement procedures and judiciary control. The third speaker will be Professor Shaun Fluker from the University of Calgary in Canada. His specialist areas include access to the legal systems for people advocating environmental protection, the implementation of environmental norms in law and the regulation of environmental markets. The Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law is hosting the event which is sponsored by the Canadian-New Zealand Studies Unit. The seminar is on Thursday, May 22, 4.45pm-7pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato.

Waikato University recruiters at career expos 

Student Recruitment Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Wanganui Careers Expo at the Wanganui Memorial Hall on May 20 from 8.30am-7pm, the Christchurch Careers Expo at the CBS Arena on May 22 from 9am-3pm and 5pm-7pm, May 23 from 9am-3pm and May 24 from 10am-4pm. They will also be at the Hawke’s Bay Careers Expo onMay 20 from 9am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm, and May 21 from 9am-1pm. The advisers talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, the lifestyle and the academic choices.

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