Media Advisory December 14

University of Waikato welcomes new tertiary entity for Bay of Plenty

The University of Waikato has welcomed Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce’s announcement that a new tertiary entity will be created for the Bay of Plenty, following the disestablishment of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. Mr Joyce announced last week that a new polytechnic will be established in the Bay of Plenty in May 2016 to better serve the tertiary education needs of the region. He also signalled he was looking forward to seeing the University of Waikato’s long-standing and strong relationships with BOPP in delivering programmes extended into the Rotorua area. The Bay of Plenty has a current population of about 272,000 people; this is expected to reach more than 400,000 by 2051 and the highest growth will be in young Māori.

Professor Quigley says the Minister understands a new institution will improve access to high-quality tertiary education and imbue the skills the graduates of tomorrow need. An establishment committee will be set up to manage the transition into the new institution. Professor Quigley says the University of Waikato will work with the committee and then the new entity to ensure long-term and sustainable education outcomes for the wider Bay of Plenty region.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 027 678 0743, or petag@waikato.ac.nz

Jasmax appointed to design new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus

The University of Waikato has appointed design firm Jasmax to design the Tauranga CBD campus it is developing for the region. The university is leading the project on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership. The campus, in Durham St, Tauranga, is expected to be open by 2020. Jasmax is one of New Zealand’s largest and longest-established architectural and design practices. With regional offices in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the design firm plans to bring its national expertise and local knowledge to the project, to produce a solution that has strong educational and community relevance for both the region, and the University. Design concepts will be created in the coming months, with approval expected around October 2016. A year or so of detailed planning and consent work would follow, with construction expected to begin in early 2018.

The new campus will be designed to provide a high-tech university environment with flexible, innovative space for teaching and learning, and collaborations with local and regional industries and businesses. It will focus on programmes that relate to areas of regional activity, including marine, ICT and logistics. Further courses will be developed over time to support areas of economic and industry need in the Bay of Plenty. To stay up-to-date, visit the web pages for the project.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 027 678 0743, or petag@waikato.ac.nz

The intersection of science and politics

The University of Waikato’s Visiting Distinguished Professor is an international authority on science, technology and society. Professor Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University and a pioneer in a field that combines elements of science, public policy, politics, and law. She will be giving a free public lecture tomorrow, Tuesday December 15 at midday at the university’s Academy of Performing Arts. Professor Jasanoff says better science advice requires more intelligent engagement with publics and while this observation may initially sit uncomfortably with advisers it should ultimately lead to more accountable uses of their knowledge and judgement. Professor Jasanoff is in Wellington today presenting to MBIE representatives in Wellington at a symposium titled ‘Turning great science into great policy and innovations for society’.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or alisonr@waikato.ac.nz

Membership of the reconstituted University of Waikato Council

The University of Waikato Council met for the first time under its new constitution last week. Most appointments have now been made, and are as follows: Four members appointed by the Minister responsible for Part 13 of the Education Act 1989: Merv Dallas, Ian Fitzgerald, Simon Graafhuis, Mike Pohio and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato Professor Neil Quigley. One member appointed by the Council after consultation with Te Rōpū Manukura: Ms Ngāreta Timutimu. One member appointed by the Council after consultation with Te Arikinui: Richard Jefferies. One staff member appointed by the Council on the nomination of the Academic Board: Dr Alison Campbell. One student member appointed by the Council following an election by the students: Indula Jayasundara. Three members appointed directly by the Council, chosen by the Council: Rt Hon James Bolger ONZ, Paul Adams and one further member to be appointed.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 027 678 0743, or petag@waikato.ac.nz

Ninja award for University Cloud specialist

Dr Ryan Ko from the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences has been awarded a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) ‘Cloud Security Ninja’ award. Judges ranked him number one on professionalism, innovation, role modelling and measurable success. The award recognises technical experts in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Cloud Security Industry during the past year who are hands-on and operational in charge of running the Cloud security operations in their organisations. The award seeks to reward individuals at all levels of an organisation who have contributed to the development and deployment of innovative Cloud solutions that improve business operations or enhance public services. Dr Ko was presented with his award at the CSA APAC Awards ceremony in Guangzhou, China on December 3.
Contact: Dr Ryan Ko, 0223 202 761, or ryan@waikato.ac.nz

Study to examine kava’s link to drink-driving

Former police officer and soldier Dr Apo Aporosa has received a 2015 Pacific postdoctoral fellowship worth $230,000 from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to examine the effects of the popular Pacific Island drink, kava, on driver ability and road safety. Kava has great cultural significance that produces soporific relaxant effects similar to sedative drugs. This study – the first of its kind – will use cognitive and driving simulation tests to access driver fitness immediately following high kava use. Dr Aporosa, a research associate of Fijian descent at the University of Waikato, is an expert in the area of kava and health, and has advised the NZ Police on several kava drink-driving cases. He says it is estimated there are more than 20,000 kava users on an average Friday or Saturday night in New Zealand. Most of these users are consuming kava at volumes 32 times greater than pharmacologically recommended doses, with many then driving home.
Contact: Apo Aporosa, 021 838 478, or aporosa@ihug.co.nz

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