Media Advisory March 21

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

New Careers Fair for Tauranga students
The University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic are helping to connect students with potential employers at the inaugural Careers Fair this month. Taking place at the Bongard Centre this Wednesday March 23 from 4pm-6pm, the Careers Fair is about providing students with a valuable opportunity to network with participating organisations and discuss career opportunities and pathways. The Careers Fair is another example of the Tertiary Education Partnership in action. The intention is to grow this event and make it a regular annual fixture, especially as the Tauranga CBD campus development progresses. Tauranga Careers Fair, Wednesday 23 March, 4pm-6pm, Level 5, Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga CBD. To register for the Careers Fair visit:
Contact: Dean Howie, 022 066 9903, or

Top scientific mind at Waikato
Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep from the University of Waikato has been named as one of the “world’s most influential scientific minds of 2015” by Thomson Reuters. Dr Prinsep is a highly cited researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and is one of nine New Zealand researchers - and 3126 worldwide – named as influential in this report. Her current research interests include the isolation and structural elucidation of biologically active and/or novel metabolites from marine organisms, especially bryozoans and from marine and freshwater cyanobacteria and coastal fungi. Chemical ecology, or looking at how organisms use the chemicals they produce in their interactions with other organisms, is another strong interest. It’s estimated there are about nine million researchers in the world who produce more than two million reports each year. Dr Prinsep’s work has been recognised as consistently wielding outsized influence in the form of citations from fellow scientists.
Contact: Associate Professor Michèle Prinsep, 07 837 9392, or

Interactive video an innovative first for Waikato University
The University of Waikato is pioneering new interactive technology in its latest recruitment initiative. The interactive video includes moving scenes, animation, video profiles and gamification, and lets prospective students navigate their way around Waikato’s Hamilton campus, at any time, from anywhere. It’s the first of its kind among New Zealand universities. The project was developed by a team from the University’s Communications, Marketing and Engagement area, alongside Auckland-based technology experts Rush Digital, and took six months to perfect. Visit
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

American e-learning expert presents to New Zealand educators in April Well-known international academic and corporate trainer in e-learning, Professor Curt Bonk from Indiana University, will be speaking at the national ‘DEANZ2016’ Conference hosted at the University of Waikato from April 17-20. Professor Bonk is an authority on emerging technologies for learning and will offer insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology and technology. Professor Bonk will give a keynote speech on Education 3.0 and its impact on educators and trainers, and conduct a workshop on how to effectively engage learners in this digital era. The conference has attracted educators, corporate trainers and professional developers working in open, distance, flexible and mobile learning. It is open to anyone interested in this fast developing field of open and flexible education.
Contact: Dr Elaine Khoo, 07 838 4466 ext 6260, or

University of Waikato to defend VC Cricket Challenge TrophyA strong University of Waikato team is set to defend its title at the University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor’s Cricket Challenge today (Monday, March 21) at Seddon Park. The annual contest will consist of a 40/40 match between an invitational University of Waikato Cricket XI and Northern Districts Māori. Now in its fifth year, the Vice-Chancellor’s Cricket Challenge brings together some of the region’s best cricket talent, creating not only a distinctive experience for the players involved, but a longstanding tradition between the two teams. The university fields one of its strongest teams yet, including eight of last year’s winning team members and four Sir Edmund Hillary cricket scholars. University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley will perform the official coin toss at 10.30am, with the match due to start at 11am.
Contact: Kayla Wilson, 07 838 4664, 027 349 1211, or

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