Media Advisory September 22

Students to be acknowledged in annual Blues Awards

Next month, the Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards celebrate more than 60 high-achieving students who excel in sports and the creative and performing arts. The Blue is a prestigious award for excellence in sport or creative and performing arts, and recognise regional and national excellence, through to world champions. They are one of the University of Waikato's strongest traditions, dating back to 1971. Thirty-four University of Waikato students will be recognised for their sporting achievements this year, alongside 27 students who have made considerable contributions to the creative and performing arts. Among the awards to be given out will be the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Māori Person of the Year and Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year. The Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues are on October 3 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. For more information on the Waikato Blues.

Postgraduate Month at Waikato underway next week

October is Postgraduate Month and an opportunity for University of Waikato students to consider continuing their studies and for others in the community to explore the university’s postgraduate options. There is a Postgraduate Research Information Evening on October 2 at The Verandah at Hamilton Lake from 5.30pm-7.30pm, as well as a Post Graduate Information Session from 1.15pm-1.45pm on campus on October 15 in S.G.01. On October 22 in Tauranga, there is a Post Graduate Information evening from 5.30pm-7.30pm in V Block, Maharaia, Windermere Campus, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. The month culminates in 3MT, with heats on September 19, 23 and 26, and the final on October 30. For more information on Postgraduate Month.

Workshops to develop research capacity

The University of Waikato’s Te Kotahi Research Institute has received $115,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to run a series of workshops aimed at developing capacity in kaupapa Māori research and methods. The workshops - being developed with the Waikato‐Tainui Research and Development College - will provide Māori organisations with capacity development in the areas of kaupapa Māori and methodology; kaupapa Māori qualitative and quantitative approaches to research and developing research proposals and collaborations. Each workshop will run over 2 ½ days and will include guest presenters providing a range of approaches to understanding the role of kaupapa Māori in enhancing research and development processes and opportunities. They will bring together scholars across disciplines to support research and research development for Māori communities, organisations, whānau, hapū and iwi.

Honorary doctorate for long-standing law man

One of the Waikato’s most respected lawyers is being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato. Warren Scotter, a senior partner at Harkness Henry and a specialist in litigation, has had a long career in practice and in law administration. He has appeared in hundreds of cases, often counsel of choice for many serious assault and sexual abuse cases, frequently acting for the underdog. More recently his focus has been in areas of litigation about trusts, wills and estates. Mr Scotter has been president of the Waikato - Bay of Plenty District Law Society, chair of the High Court Practice Committee, chair of the society’s Complaints Committee, councillor of the New Zealand Law Society and a member of the New Zealand Law Society’s executive. More recently, he has chaired the Law Society’s Standards Committee for Waikato - Bay of Plenty. He has also been a strong supporter of the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Law since it was established 25 years ago. Mr Scotter’s honorary doctorate will be conferred on October 22 at a graduation ceremony at Claudelands Events Centre.

Good rides at cycling symposium

Coaching, the science of training and recovery nutrition strategies will be some of the topics discussed by delegates at the University of Waikato Cycling Symposium, being held at the Avantidrome, Cambridge over Friday and Saturday (September 27 and 28). Run by the University of Waikato with support from Bike NZ, High Performance Sport NZ and the Home of Cycling, the symposium is bringing together coaches, athletes and support personnel from New Zealand and overseas to share in the latest innovative advancements in coaching practice, performance monitoring, sport nutrition, training and technology, all with a focus on enhancing cycling performance. Keynote speaker will be US-based Hunter Allen, an endurance specialist and expert on computer power-meter analysis, and responsible for the development of Training Peaks and the WKO+ series of software programs. Find out more information.

Cyber challenge success

More than 40 people took part in the inaugural Cyber Security Challenge held at the University of Waikato last week, with a team of undergraduate students coming out on top. Matthew Law, Marc Tiehuis and Carlin St Pierre from Team Double MC won the challenge from another undergraduate team, CyberTeemos, made up of Joshua Scarsbrook, Danial Roslan and Janik Singh. The challenge involved teams solving 11 cyber security problems in a scenario based around a zombie outbreak. Eleven teams managed to clear half the challenges while there was one challenge which no one was able to solve. Organiser Dr Ryan Ko says the event was a great success and he hoped it would become an annual event for the university’s Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. He hoped the next one would see registration open to teams from industry and the public to participate.

Campus art gallery to play part in Mini-Fringe festival

The Art Fusion Gallery at the University of Waikato will play a role in bringing the arts to Hamilton this month as part of the Hamilton Mini-Fringe festival, running from September 25-27. Three days of music, theatre and visual arts are on the cards, including play readings, contortion, music and dance. Local Te Toi Whakairo, Ronnie Hohaia Grey, will be pushing the boundaries of traditional carving and creating a piece especially for Fringe. Renowned film maker Colin Hodson will be giving a talk and screening his film ‘Shifter’. The festival will also see the premiere of Hamilton playwright Pip Smith’s newest work ‘Burning Year’, a gig night featuring local bands, and will close with a performance café, showcasing snippets of the city’s best poetry slamming, classical guitar, blues dancing and comedy. For further information, contact Katie Hansen 021 0240 2529 or info@hamiltonfringe.co.nz.

Writers talk writing

A high-profile group of writers is coming together to read and talk about their work at the Academy of Performing Arts on Wednesday 24 September at 6.30pm. Writers Talking Writing will feature poet and novelist Anne Kennedy whose latest book The Last Days of the National Costume was a finalist in this year’s NZ Post Book Awards. She’ll be joined by University writer in residence Dr John Newton and award winning writers Dr Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey who both lecture in creative writing at the University of Waikato.

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