Media Advisory July 21

First Winter Lecture Series to discuss future of business

As the University of Waikato celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks to the next 50 years and beyond, the first lecture of the 2014 Winter Lecture Series will take a look at one of the most crucial practices for a healthy economy: business – or more appropriately, the future of business. On August 6, Waikato Management School sustainability academics Professor Juliet Roper and Associate Professor Eva Collins will examine the role of sustainable practices in business; alumnus and Executive Director of 37 Degrees South Chris Insley will discuss his work in finding innovative and sustainable business solutions for a range of government, iwi and business groups; and Raglan local Steve Crowhurst will talk about his experiences setting up his successful online men’s retail store, Fallenfront.co.nz. The University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series is an annual series held Wednesdays in August. It is a focused and relevant seminar series designed to provide an opportunity for robust discussion on topical issues affecting the community. All lectures are free and open to the public, and take places from 6pm-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit http://www.waikato.ac.nz/events/lecture-series/winter-lectures.shtml

Te reo celebrated on campus

This week, the nation celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week. As part of the celebrations, the University of Waikato is showing full support by running activities for staff, students and the wider community. Today and Friday, the university will host free te reo workshops, which are open to the public. On the Wednesday, a public seminar will take place at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, featuring Dr Jillian Tipene and Dr Roger Lewis. The te reo workshops will take place from 12pm-1pm today (July 21) and from 1pm-2pm Friday (July 25) in A1.01, University of Waikato, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road. The public seminar will take place on Wednesday (July 23), starting with a pōwhiri at 10am, at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road. For more information visit www.waikato.ac.nz/events/mlw

Agreement benefits Chiefs and University

An agreement between two of the region’s most successful organisations will bring the worlds of sports and academia closer together. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Chiefs Rugby Club and the University of Waikato. The University of Waikato is committed to extending its research contributions to include high performance sport, and formalising the relationship with the Chiefs also serves to strengthen the university's engagement and partnerships regionally and nationally. The MoU will see the two organisations working together in a range of areas of interest, with key priorities identified as education and research programmes, student projects and internships. For the Chiefs, the main benefits are likely to be in the form of in-depth research into areas such as on field performance and fan behaviour, while university researchers will benefit from being able to study different areas of a professional sporting organisation.

Organisations working together to build stronger communities

Community organisations will come face to face with influential business leaders in a bid to raise awareness around current social issues within the Waikato at a function this week. The Network for Community Hospitality, in conjunction with the University of Waikato’s Management School, will host ‘Town and Gown: Advocating the Social Issues through the Network for Community Hospitality’, a dinner for local business leaders and corporate guests, as well as University of Waikato staff, on Thursday, July 24 in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The purpose of the event is to encourage community and academic engagement around current social issues such as disability, accessibility, health, social housing, poverty and the causes of these, as well as to raise the profile of the Network for Community Hospitality. The Network was founded by Professor Alison McIntosh and Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten from the university and includes volunteer, charitable and not-for-profit organisations who are working together to share resources, knowledge and support each other around Waikato social issues. The Network also includes academics who support the different activities and needs of the community organisations by way of funding, promotion, shared learning and training resources.

Waikato University supports Hamilton Science Excellence Awards

The University of Waikato is again supporting the 2014 Hamilton Science Excellence Awards – the KuDos Awards. The awards were launched in 2007 to celebrate science from within the Waikato region. The university sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises a local scientist whose research has made a contribution to the Waikato and the international profile of New Zealand science. The sponsorship is part of the University of Waikato’s ongoing commitment to supporting excellence in science and innovation. Nominations for the 2014 KuDos Awards are now open and close on August 1. To find out more about the awards or to make a nomination, visit the KuDos website. The awards dinner will be held on October 9.

Film on widening income inequality to be shown at UoW in Tauranga

In association with ‘Closing the Gap’, a New Zealand organisation that wants to raise public awareness of the benefits of a more equal society, the University of Waikato is hosting a screening on 23 July of the documentary film ‘Inequality for all’. University of Waikato’s School of Psychology Professor Neville Robertson will introduce the film which examines the widening income inequality in the United States. It questions what effect this increasing gap has, not only on the American economy, but also on democracy. The film screens on Wednesday, July 23 at 6.30pm at the Bongard Centre, lecture theatre 104, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga. Entry is by gold coin for Closing the Gap.

Café Scientifique Tauranga discusses how to protect kiwifruit industry from biosecurity risks

Tauranga’s August Café Scientifique will look at the plans put in place to help overcome the impacts of Psa-V, including the research into more tolerant new kiwifruit varieties and implementation of orchard management practices. Presenter Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), says while growers cannot eradicate Psa-V from their properties entirely, they are now in a much better space, thanks to higher returns, confidence in the new varieties, two good growing seasons and improved disease-management practices. Supported by the University of Waikato, Café Scientifique is a forum for discussing science issues, where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The next Café will take place on Monday August 4, 7pm at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5 and refreshments are provided. For more information please visit: www.waikato.ac.nz/go/cafescientifique.

Art Thou Arty – Scholars to perform in Hillary showcase

Creative and performing arts Sir Edmund Hillary scholars from the University of Waikato will offer an entertainment spectacle next month as they perform their showcase, Art Thou Arty? The showcase is an opportunity for Hillary scholars to work collaboratively with peers and share their talents with the public. A key feature in this year’s programme is the collaborative work between musicians, dancers, singers, theatre artists, Māori performing artists, graphic artists, and screen and media artists. They drew inspiration for their piece from Late Song – a poem by New Zealand poet Lauris Edmond. The Hillary Scholars” Showcase is at 7pm on Sunday, August 3 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in the Gallagher Concert Chamber. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased pre-sale from Nicola Clayden at nclayden@waikato.ac.nz or at the door on the night. Half the revenue from ticket sales will be donated to the Himalayan Trust.

Close-up on international and indigenous law

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Professor James Anaya, is keynote speaker at a symposium being held at the University of Waikato this week, July 24 and 25. Professor Anaya is based at the University of Arizona, specialising in international human rights, constitutional law and issues concerning indigenous peoples. He’ll be joined in Hamilton by former Australian of the Year law professor Mick Dodson, one of the Yawuru people from Western Australia, and a cluster of indigenous law academics from New Zealand and around the world. The symposium, titled Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa – theory and practice, will discuss issues around the meaning of the Declaration and the likely impact of its endorsement in relation to New Zealand law and policy. For more information http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/news-events/undrip-symposium

Spotlight on pre-schooler obesity

Waikato University clinical psychology student Julie Chatwin wants to talk to parents who have concerns that their pre-schooler may be an unhealthy weight. Julie is completing her Master of Social Sciences concurrently with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) and is looking to better understand how parents perceive a number of known risk factors for pre-schooler obesity as part of her research. The interview will take no longer than an hour and each participant will be given a $25 petrol voucher in compensation for attending the interview. If you are interested in taking part in Julie’s research, she can be contacted at jls57@students.waikato.ac.nz or phone/text 021 067 6593 for more information.

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