Media Advisory August 31

Project management firm chosen for Tauranga CBD campus development

Greenstone Group, a project management company with offices in Hamilton and Tauranga, has been chosen to project-manage the design and build of the Tauranga tertiary campus development. The University of Waikato-led campus will open in the Tauranga CBD by 2020 and will be shared with the three other parties in the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and Waiariki Institute of Technology. The university is leading the tertiary campus development on behalf of the partnership. The university conducted a Request for Proposal through the Government Electronic Tender System (GETS) which attracted nine proposals; three were selected for interviews following a rigorous evaluation process. Greenstone Group will start work at the beginning of September and will be responsible for developing and managing a master programme that takes the project from design through to completion. It will employ the consultants and architects for the project, with the process to find architects beginning immediately.
Contact: Tracey Cooper, 07 858 5014, or

Women's sport and good health

Organisers of a symposium on the specific health needs of athletic girls and women have been overwhelmed by the response. Nearly 200 people have signed up for the two-day symposium on September 3 and 4 at Cambridge's Avantidrome. It's being hosted by staff from Sport and Leisure Studies from the university and has attracted sport and exercise scientists and researchers, health professionals, clinicians, trainers, educators and coaches who work with female athletes, parents, and athletes themselves. A key focus of the symposium will be energy deficiency in women and the unique risks facing female athletes, particularly girls and women whose dietary intake doesn't cover their energy expenditure, and the interrelated issues such as body image concerns, disordered eating practices, menstrual function, and bone health. Speakers are from New Zealand and overseas, and include Professor Mary Jane De Souza Director of the Women's Health and Exercise Lab at Penn State University in the US, and her colleague Professor Nancy Williams who specialises in nutrition and physiology. For more information, visit
Contact: Kathy Maling, 021 859 003, or

Waikato Uni fast-tracks applications to study

Waikato University is making it easier to apply for study by hosting Applicant Day on Saturday September 19 from 10am-3pm at the Hamilton campus. It's the first event of its kind and gives prospective students, applicants and their families the opportunity to receive guidance on their study options and complete their applications on the day. For those still unsure of their study plans, Applicant Day is an opportunity to explore what the university has to offer. There will be one-on-one consultations with faculty staff, information sessions, mini lectures, and StudyLink will be on campus to provide financial information and support. For more information visit
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or 

The job of the coroner

After 35 years as a coroner, eight as New Zealand's first Chief Coroner, Neil MacLean QSO will talk about his job at this year's Harkness Henry Lecture, hosted by University of Waikato's Te Piringa – Faculty of Law. The recently retired judge will talk about coronial death investigation and legislation, the origins and development of the office of Coroner, a legal institution that predates the Magna Carta, through to the present in the context of comparative reforms in Australia, England and Wales. He'll also have some thoughts on the future of the office. The Harkness Henry lecture is on Tuesday September 8 at 6.15pm in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Academy of Performing Arts. Admission is free is charge, but RSVPs to are necessary for catering purposes
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

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