Media Advisory March 30

University partners with High Performance Sports Centre
The University of Waikato is to be the tertiary partner to the Tauranga High Performance Sports Centre. Stage one of the strategic partnership was given approval by Tauranga City Councillors on Tuesday, March 22. The university’s tenancy space will include a purpose-built laboratory, and a state-of-the-art environmental chamber, with the latter providing some New Zealand-firsts. The laboratory will be used for sports science and research as well as athletic performance testing. The high-tech environmental chamber, to be built inside the laboratory, will be able to control specific heat and humidity requirements. It will also offer the capability to simulate a high altitude environment. The laboratory and chamber will be ready for use by the end of April. The university’s space will be staffed by academic professionals specialising in sports science and human performance, with that group including PhD students carrying out research.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 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

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

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