Media Advisory February 15

South Waikato students get new bus support to attend Waikato Uni
Students from the South Waikato townships of Tokoroa and Putaruru will be the first to take a new bus to university as part of Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence – a programme launched last year by the University of Waikato in a bid to make university more accessible. Established in partnership with the local communities, the programme gives prospective students access to direct bus transport from Tokoroa and Putaruru to the university, access to learning devices, learning hubs established in partnering schools, support and mentoring, and opportunities to apply for a fees scholarship. Tokoroa and Forest View high schools, Putaruru College and Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātatere are the affiliated schools on the programme. Organisations and local iwi have also come on board, including Ngāti Raukawa, Mighty River Power and ANZ. The programme’s first group of students will arrive on campus from 22 February via the new buses. A celebration for the first students on the programme will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, 16 February) from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the South Waikato Sports and Events Centre, 25 Mossop Road, Tokoroa.
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Fieldays Scholarship available
Applications are now open for the 2016 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2012, is funded by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society and is worth up to $22,000 for one year of study. It is aimed at graduate students undertaking research in the agricultural sector at the University of Waikato. Last year’s recipient Danielle Lelievre is researching the development of flavour in the G3 cultivar of kiwifruit, a replacement for the T Hort16A kiwifruit that had been severely impacted by the Psa virus.Applications for this year’s scholarship close on 31 March, 2016.
Contact: Alison Robertson on 07 858 5135, or

Blue Spaces: being in, on, with the sea – free public lecture tonight
From our sea-faring history to our contemporary sea-based tourism and leisure time, the sea is central to New Zealanders' cultural life and economic existence. A free public lecture brings together internationally recognised researchers exploring human relationships with the sea. Dr Easkey Britton talks about her experiences as a big wave surfer, co-founder of the #SurfSocialGood hashtag summit and the Fair Surf platform; Dr Kimberley Peters provides insights into how the sea intertwines with our social and cultural life; and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui) delves into how ancestral knowledge and wisdom help to bring context into the everyday journeys of rangatahi (youth). A University of Waikato panel discussion will follow the lecture.Details: Monday 15 February, 5.30-7pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
Contact: Lauren Taylor on 07 838 4466 ext 6404, or

More than $500,000 in postgraduate scholarships on offer
The University of Waikato has six research institutes each offering a doctoral scholarship worth up to $85,000 to international and domestic applicants, and a masters research scholarship worth $12,000 available to domestic applicants. The institutes support research in environmental science, demography and economic analysis, business and leadership, professional learning and development, education, and Māori and indigenous development. They fund programmes which span the length of the research pipeline from discovery to application and commercialisation.  Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – is traditionally a strong theme. The Institutes offering the scholarships are the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the Institute for Business Research (IBR), the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata (IPL), the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI), and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER). Awardees of both the doctoral and masters scholarships are required to study full-time. For more information go to
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, o

Flexible learning with a Hobbiton flavour

Education and tourism will come together in Hamilton in April when educators and trainers from the early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors gather for the national DEANZ2016 Conference in April. DEANZ is a national association committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in distance education, open learning and flexible delivery systems for education. This is the first time Hamilton will host the biennial event. The conference theme is “There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education” and is inspired by Hamilton’s close proximity to the Hobbiton movie set in the Waikato. The conference keynote sessions will cover a range of topics from education 3.0, learner engagement, learner design experiences, professional learning communities, teacher education, to learning in the workplace. The conference will be held from 17-20 April at the University of Waikato.
Contact: Dr Elaine Khoo on 07 838 4466 ext 6260

How artworks come to be
How artists create their works is the subject of an art exhibition opening later this month at the University of Waikato. Nothing Comes from Nothing will present the work of six Tauranga artists, Natasha Cousens, Ani Fourie, Kristian Lomath, Kyle Sattler, Hannah Wilson and Grace Wright, and aims to uncover aspects of visual art processes by showing studio installations, source material, documentation of the artists and the actual finished works – the ‘work’ component of ‘artwork’.
Nothing Comes from Nothing runs from 26 February to 29 April at the Calder & Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Steph Chalmers, 07838 4147, or

Busy days for a good grandmother
Louise Tainui, Manager of the School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato, won five medals at this year’s New Zealand Waka Ama nationals held at Lake Karapiro and is heading to the world champs in Australia later in the year.  Ms Tainui, mother and grandmother, won a gold in the single – the first time she’s done that at nationals – and three silvers and a bronze with her Auckland-based crew in the 1000 and 500 metre races. While she’s been to world champs before, this year will be the first time Ms Tainui has represented New Zealand in a single, and she attributes her success partially to the amount of single-waka training she does on the water, pitting herself against men’s crews on the river at Turangawaewae.
Contact: Louise Tainui on 07 8384960, or

Cultural Performance: E Rua Ia Here, Te Hono Hau & Te Hononga Manawa
Māori and Tahitian cultures come together in a public performance of a Polynesian love story that ignited in Tahiti between a Māori Prince and Tahitian Princess. The story is about the power of love, determination, intermarriage and the fusion of Māori and Mā’ohi cultures and the show will include haka and hula, music, song and dance. It takes place this Thursday 18 February at 7.30pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato. Tickets: Family $40, Adults $15, Students $10, Primary and Intermediate $5, and under 5s free.Contact: Donn Ratana at

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