Media Advisory September 07

Research rides wave of funding success

The University of Waikato received nearly $11 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in its latest round of science funding. Almost $10 million is for four research projects led by Waikato academics. Professor David Hamilton Chief Science Officer for Lake Ecosystem Restoration New Zealand (LERNZ) receives $5.1 million to continue lakes research which has contributed greatly to improved water quality in the Rotorua lakes. Professor Peter Kamp receives $2,409,172 over four years to develop a modern understanding of the tectonic environment in which Cretaceous basins formed, which will assist exploration companies. Professor Vic Arcus receives $1m over two years to continue his engineering high value enzymes using forward and reverse evolution while Associate Professor Karin Bryan has $1,206,390 over three years to develop
remote sensing, classification and management guidelines for surf breaks of national and regional significance. University of Waikato academics are also involved in sub-contracts valued at $1,136,000.
Contact: Tracey Cooper, 07 858 5014, 022 071 2443, or

New chair in Engineering

A significant gift from the Glenice and John Gallagher Foundation will be used to establish a new chair in engineering at the University of Waikato. The position will be known as the Dr John Gallagher Chair in Engineering in recognition of the Gallagher's long history of support for the university, and they will be formally acknowledged at a ceremony on Thursday September 9. The establishment of the chair coincides with the university's plans to expand its engineering offerings by also appointing a Dean of Engineering later this year. Both positions will be advertised this month with the appointments to start early 2016.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Great Race

Crews from Harvard, Cambridge, Sydney and Melbourne universities are in town this week to take on University of Waikato rowing crews in the 2015 Gallagher Great Race rowing regatta, racing 3.85km upstream on the Waikato River. The men's and women's feature races are on Sunday September 13, with secondary schools and corporate eights racing on both days in the weekend. The visiting crews will be welcomed with a pōwhiri on Wednesday at Waikato University's Te Kohinga Mārama Marae at 10am. For more information, visit
Contact: Lauren Taylor, 021 0247 1433, 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

Kīngitanga Day

Dr Monty Soutar, the country's foremost Māori military historian will be the keynote speaker at the University of Waikato 2015 Kīngitanga Day on Thursday September 17. Dr Souter is the author of Nga Tama Toa: the Price of Citizenship about the Māori Battalion's C Company, and is working on a major publication about Māori contribution to the First World War. Kīngitanga Day is held to celebrate the university's distinctive identity, heritage and relationships. There are no lectures on the day so all staff and students can attend talks, panel discussions, films and cultural sessions.
Contact: Mike Watson, 07 838 4235, or

Remembering Douglas Lilburn

The University of Waikato's contemporary classical music group Okta presents its spring concert for 2015 this week, themed to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn. Lilburn's three songs for baritone and viola will be performed by David Griffiths and Lara Hall. A new work for bassoon by Ben Hoadley will also feature, along with a pair of bagatelles composed by the university's Associate Professor Martin Lodge and played by Nathaniel Smorti on clarinet and Katherine Austin on piano. A set of piano pieces by Janet Jennings will also feature. The 'Okta Spring Concert – Lilburn 100' takes place on Wednesday 9 September at 7pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door; free entry for students with a valid student ID.
Contact: Associate Professor Martin Lodge, 07 838 4466 ext 8551, or

No Longer a United Kingdom: Britain's identity Crisis

Why is one of history's most successful political unions under threat? What might be done to restore it? International expert Sir Ivor Crewe will be visiting Waikato University later this month to deliver a public lecture that will look at the UK's general election of May 2015 which revealed a country more divided about its national identity and destiny than at any time since the rise of Irish nationalism more than a century earlier. Sir Ivor's academic work focuses on British politics and he has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. The lecture is on Tuesday September 15 at 6pm in S1.04 at the University of Waikato. It is free to attend and all are welcome.
Contact: Dr Patrick Barrett, 07 858 5028, or

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