Media Advisory August 4

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. This Wednesday, 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, 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 place from 6pm-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit

Young Waikato alumni launch major expedition

University of Waikato alumni Zac and Josh Lyon this week launch their 4caps expedition to cross the world’s four major ice-caps, with a function at the university. The pair, who studied earth sciences at Waikato University, depart New Zealand on August 17 for the adventure which will see them crossing Greenland, Patagonia and the North and South poles. The university is supporting them on their expedition - first stop Greenland - and guests at the August 5 launch event will hear more about their plans. For more information about the twins’ trips, visit their website:

Future of cyber security featured at Waikato Winter Lecture Series

With the cyber security market expected to grow to US$94 billion by 2017, the second lecture of the University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series, on August 13, will examine just how safe our information is online. With an increased reliance on computing devices and cloud computing environments, three cyber security experts will discuss the risks involved with living our lives online. Hear from NetSafe Chief Executive and digital safety expert Martin Cocker, Computing and Mathematical Sciences’ Senior Lecturer and Head of the University’s Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko, and Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer and online legal expert Wayne Rumbles on how we can enhance our digital safety. The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series is a free public lecture series designed to inspire critical thought and debate on issues affecting the community. Lectures are free and open to the public and are held each Wednesday throughout August, on campus at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6-7pm. For more information, visit

Awards for Waikato women

Two University of Waikato students are the recipients of New Horizons for Women Trust Awards. Tauranga-based Te Ara Kuka is enrolled in a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and has been awarded the Barbara Wood Second Chance Award of $3000. Natasha Pakai was awarded the NZ Federation of Graduate Women Mildred Keir Second Chance Award of $3000. Natasha is enrolled in the Honours programme of a Bachelor of Management Studies. The New Horizons for Women Trust is a charitable organisation established in 1991 to provide grants for women in New Zealand to develop their potential through encouraging, fostering and promoting opportunities for their education or training. Each year the Trust provides a number of second-chance education, research and specific purpose awards.

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

Tonight, 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 Café is from 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, visit

Tauranga Careers Expo to showcase Waikato’s coastal marine research

Live sea creatures in aquariums and research displays focused on the grounding of the Rena are just a few of the things on show this week on the University of Waikato’s Coastal Science stand at the Tauranga Careers and Business Expo. Among others, Chair of Coastal Science Professor Chris Battershill and research fellow Dr Phil Ross will answer questions about studying Coastal Science at the University of Waikato in Tauranga, and the future career opportunities. The Coastal Marine Group, part of the Faculty of Science & Engineering, is a specialist operator in shallow water mapping and surveying, meeting the needs of researchers, managers, and developers of New Zealand’s marine and water resources. Researchers from the Coastal Marine Group will be at the Tauranga Careers Expo, TECT Arena, Baypark Stadium on Friday, August 8 from 9am-4pm and Saturday, August 9 from 9.30am-3.30pm.

New law internship is one of a kind

Law students at the University of Waikato will have the chance to work on real cases as part of a new law internship programme – the first of its kind in New Zealand – established between the University’s Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, and the Police Prosecution Service (PPS). Third- and fourth-year law students, who have completed the third year Crimes paper, are eligible to undertake the internship programme which runs during the University’s summer school period (November to February). Students in the programme spend six weeks working on a number of cases, under the guidance of a mentor, in a town or city within the central North Island. They then spend another six weeks writing a research paper following on from their case work.

Ten scholarships on offer worth $40,000 each

Students wanting to apply for a scholarship worth up to $40,000 at the University of Waikato have only a month left to do so. As part of this year’s 50th celebrations, the University of Waikato is offering 10 Golden Jubilee School Leaver Scholarships valued at $40,000 for up to four years. The scholarships will be awarded to school leavers intending to study at the University of Waikato in 2015, and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential and community citizenship. The scholarships will provide support for students to achieve academic excellence in a programme of study at the University of Waikato, to develop leadership skills through a tailored leadership and personal development programme, and to foster community involvement and participation. Applications close September 1. For more information visit

Soloist opportunity for young violinist

Second-year University of Waikato music student Brigitte Balzat was the first violinist to win first prize at the annual Waikato University Concerto Competition final last Friday night. The Hillary Scholar has been playing violin since the age of nine, and comes from an extremely musical family of nine, all of whom play an instrument. Brigitte has secured herself a guest soloist spot with the Opus Orchestra on their September tour for winning the concerto competition. Brigitte performed a Henri Vieuxtemps piece, concerto no. 5 in A major op.37, with her mother, Vivian Balzat, accompanying her on the piano. Five music students progressed through to the final after a preliminary competition. The four other finalists were: Jacky Siu (cello), Lauren Grout (flute), Alex Geary (violin) and Alex Swale (cello).

The White Lady Sings again

Waikato University Senior Lecturer in Music David Griffiths is putting on his memorable opera The White Lady for the second time. This opera, with libretto by Lynn John, tells the story of two star-struck students amidst the turmoil and intrigue of downtown Auckland, centred round the iconic White Lady takeaway caravan. A fully-staged spectacle, the opera features university vocal students and the University Orchestra conducted by James Tennant. The White Lady runs from August 15, with performances at 8pm on August 15 and 16 and 2pm on Sunday, August 17. Tickets are $35 Adults, $20 Concessions, $15 students with valid student ID and are available from Ticketek.

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