Media Advisory May 18

Research, resources and indigenous rights symposium

Experts in bioethics and indigenous health are getting together with Māori academics to share and discuss the key messages emerging from Te Mata Ira research project, which focuses on the use of human tissue in biomedical research. The one-day seminar is on tomorrow, Tuesday 19 May at the University of Waikato with speakers are coming from New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and Canada. Delegates will discuss how biomedical issues relate to the management of resources more generally and lessons that might be applied to biomedical research and biobanking. The speakers will share examples from national and international contexts relating to the issues of governance, cultural foundation, engagement with indigenous communities, free prior informed consent and benefit sharing, and discuss how these relate to discourse around indigenous rights and the management of resources.

New ways to do business

Businesses should make it their business to improve the lives of others according to the University of Waikato's new professor of strategic management Kathryn Pavlovich. She's an advocate for people and businesses working collaboratively to make a positive difference to society through leadership and management practices. Professor Pavlovich researches and teaches Noetic wisdom, which is about knowing and understanding self and developing inner technologies that can transform. She'll be talking about it more at her Inaugural Professorial Lecture this week. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university's way of introducing its new professors to the community. Professor Pavlovich's lecture is on tomorrow, Tuesday 19 May at 6pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Waikato University amped for Open Day

Modern heroes, black holes and dancing with the stars – an odd mix, but all are mini-lecture topics to be featured at this year's University of Waikato Open Day this Friday, 22 May. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase the qualifications, academic excellence, student support, facilities and lifestyle the university offers students. Thousands of students come to the Hamilton campus every year from Taranaki, Gisborne, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay to attend Open Day. Throughout the day, prospective students have the chance to try their hand at science experiments, take part in tours around the halls and campus, and talk to staff and students about study options. Open Day is also an opportunity for others who may want to commence their studies in the mid-year intake. For more information about Open Day visit  

Unique view of forest giants

Spending a month in the forest taking photos of a tree may not be everyone's idea of a good time but Catherine Kirby thought it was great. The University of Waikato Science and Engineering research support officer says it was a fantastic experience as her and her colleagues worked on a New Zealand version of one of the most successful National Geographic projects ever undertaken. That American National Geographic project involved a 1500 year old redwood tree which was portrayed in a five page fold-out using hundreds of individual photographs. In New Zealand, they chose a 40-metre rimu deep in the Pureora Forest. Kirby and her colleagues are involved in the New Zealand Tree Project, an innovative film and photography venture that captures imagery of majestic trees and native podocarp forests from viewpoints that we rarely get to experience from the forest floor.  Scientists, photographers and expert climbers spent more than 100 hours in the tree to capture over 120,000 images and 1200 video clips during a month long expedition.

Professors take the stage at TEDx Ruakura

University of Waikato Professors Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi have been announced as speakers at Hamilton's first TEDx event in June. Priya is a professor of political science and Debashish a professor of management communication and what brings them together is a shared concern about issues of diversity, equity, and sustainability. They are passionate about the idea of what they call sustainable citizenship and they like to work with diverse groups of people on negotiating contentious public issues. They recently completed a project on "Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies," funded by a Marsden Grant of the Royal Society of New Zealand. They will be joined at TEDx Ruakura by Masterchef New Zealand winner Aaron Brunet, with more speakers to be announced in the coming days. TEDx Ruakura will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato on 20 June. To register for the chance to purchase a ticket, visit:

This page has been reformatted for printing.