Media Advisory February 9

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, or

The lakes are getting warmer
The gradual warming of surface air temperatures is threatening the health of New Zealand – and the world’s – lakes. Professor David Hamilton from the University of Waikato is one of a group of more than 60 scientists across six continents who took part in a lake-warming trends research project published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. The results show that lakes are warming an average of 0.34 degrees Celsius every decade, which Professor Hamilton says is greater than the warming rate of either the oceans or the atmosphere, and it can have profound effects on lakes. He says that with sudden changes in temperature, life forms in lakes can change dramatically and in some cases, disappear completely. This is particularly harmful in a New Zealand context, where we have a lot of end-users that rely on our lakes – particularly iwi, local and regional councils and recreational users.
Contact: Professor David Hamilton on 07 858 5046, or 021 135 7288, or

Top rating for diversity study
A major research project to identify how New Zealand can prepare for its increasingly diverse population has been awarded a gold rating by its funder, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). CaDDANZ (Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand) is a programme conducted by researchers from Waikato University, Massey University and Motu. It is the only one of 25 projects out of 203 that achieved a 2016 gold rating from the Ministry, indicating that the researchers have been performing above expectation. The project covers a wide range of topic and methodologies. At the moment the researchers are working on measuring, forecasting and communicating population and migration trends; with particular emphasis on ethnic diversity and including a Maori perspective. Dr Alison Day of the Waikato team says the research aims to measure, map and analyse the complex societal impacts of diversity and the implications for business, households and communities.
Contact: Dr Alison Day on 07 838 4913, or

Blue Spaces: being in, on, with the sea – free public lecture
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. This 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

Raglan’s Surf Community Day
Leading researchers from the University of Waikato’s Sport and Leisure Department and international researchers will be part of the ‘+Surf for Social Good’ Community Day at Raglan on 12 February. The day is open to members of the public and will appeal to anyone interested in thinking critically about contemporary surfing culture and media, as well as for people who want to connect with other like-minded people. Issues to be discussed include the surfing media, how surfing can be made into a more inclusive community, whether surfers are environmental warriors or inconsiderate consumers, and how the New Zealand surf culture and experience is unique. The Surfday takes place at Solscape, 611 Wainui Rd, Whaingaroa. Costs start at $28. For more information visit
For a media pass/photos/interviews, contact: Lauren Taylor on 07 838 4466 ext 6404, or

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. Early bird registrations close on 15 February. The conference will be held from 17-20 April at the University of Waikato.
Contact: Dr Elaine Khoo on 07 838 4466 ext 6260

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