Media Advisory March 14

Modern Māori men
When we think of today’s Māori men, we’re inclined to think staunch, stoic, strong, and often silent. But early colonial writers often talked of Māori men being very physical and more emotional, even more feminine, than the ‘Victorian Gentlemen’ they were encountering. New Dean of Waikato University’s School of Māori and Pacific Development Professor Brendan Hokowhitu has researched what he calls Māori modernities, or how Māori have interacted, evolved or devolved in a postcolonial era, including in relation to masculinity. In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture next week, Professor Hokowhitu will outline his research that covers Māori participation in sport and the reasons for it, Māori masculinity in general, and the media’s interface with Māori, whether that be stereotypical representations of Māori or how Māori have taken up media to represent themselves. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the University’s way of introducing new professors to the community. Professor Hokowhitu’s free lecture is tomorrow, Tuesday March 15 at 5.15pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Waikato rowers off to Rio
Five University of Waikato students have been named in the New Zealand Rowing Olympic Team: Caleb Shepherd, Isaac Grainger, Kayla Pratt, Ruby Tew and Zoe Stephenson. Zoe McBride who has been named as a reserve for the team and Drikus Conradie has been named in the Mens Coxless Four to compete at the last chance regatta in Lucerne for Olympic qualification.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Groundhog Day for flood response
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. University of Waikato Professor of Environmental Planning Iain White says it’s the same responses to flooding and extreme weather events that’s stopping our ability to learn from previous events and plan effective responses to flooding. He’s co-authored a paper on the subject with colleague Professor Graham Haughton from the University of Manchester. Called “UK’s response to flooding just like Groundhog Day”, the paper urges the UK government to re-think its flooding policy, warning otherwise they will continue the trend of repeated damaging events followed by the same ineffective public conversations. Professor White says parallels can be drawn between the UK and New Zealand, with New Zealand’s flooding also requiring individual solutions and the need for a policy environment that changes as the science does. The full paper is available online here
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Get the jump on future of ag-tech at University of Waikato event
A Tauranga business leader helping Kiwi technology entrepreneurs break into Silicon Valley is the guest speaker at a free event being hosted by the University of Waikato’s Management School in Hamilton on Tuesday, April 5. The talk, ‘The future of ag-tech with Peter Wren-Hilton’, is open to alumni and members of the public. Numbers are limited, so please register online at Mr Wren-Hilton is the founder of The Meteoroid Program, an accelerator programme that helps Kiwi start-up ag-tech companies to connect with entrepreneur and investor networks in Silicon Valley, and get them ready to launch on the global market. Mr Wren-Hilton says emerging new digital technologies - such as robotics, drones, sensors, digitalisation and big data – are having a significant impact on agri-business opportunities, and will enable Kiwi companies to become even more profitable, productive and sustainable on a global scale.
Contact: Aimee Burness, 07 838 4540, or

Fulbright Scholar from the United States starts journey at Waikato University
Kandyce Anderson, a graduate of Depuaw University in Indiana is set to begin her research at Waikato University thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. She is one of 10 students from the United States to receive the award this year. Kandyce says she loves working in the education space and is particularly interested in studying Kaupapa Māori education – the philosophy of being fully Māori in schools through language, culture, critical thinking and identity. Research will focus on whether Kaupapa Māori education can be translated and implemented in the context of an American ‘urban education’ for early childhood and year one African American students.
Contact: Lauren Taylor, 07 838 4466 ext 6404, or

Waikato University Cello Student Wins National Concerto Competition
University of Waikato cello student Sam Lucas has won the 2016 National Concerto Competition, held recently in Christchurch, performing Bloch's Schelomo with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This is the fourth consecutive time a University of Waikato cello student has placed first in the national competition. The competition enters its 50th year this year. It is the renowned concerto competition in New Zealand, with the top prize sought after by music students throughout the country. Many of the winners have gone on to have strong musical careers both in New Zealand and overseas. University of Waikato students who have taken out the top spots in previous years include, Mattheus Balzat (1st) and clarinetist Nathaniel Smorti (3rd) in 2014, pianist Andrew Leathwick (1st) in 2013, cellist Santiago Canon Valencia (1st) in 2012 and cellist Edward King (1st) in 2010.
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

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