Media Advisory May 23

University formally opens CBD office
Stakeholders and the business community will help formally open the University of Waikato’s new CBD office at a breakfast event tomorrow, Tuesday May 24. The refurbished space located on the ground floor of the PwC Centre in Hamilton (109 Ward St) offers a convenient meeting point for people to make general inquiries and seek study advice. The office provides a venue for the university to better connect with the community, and engage with industry and alumni. University staff are based at the office Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm and can be contacted on 07 837 9469.
Contact: Rhianon Lewis, 07 838 4446, or

SkyCity Breakers co-owner shares recipe for successful business leadership
What can you do to make your business as successful as the SkyCity Breakers basketball team? Co-owner of professional basketball team Liz Blackwell will reveal the culture and leadership of the Breakers at a free public lecture titled What Drives our Incredible Journey? at the University of Waikato. With Mrs Blackwell’s mentoring and support, the team has developed a reputation for being New Zealand’s most successful sporting franchise both on and off the basketball court. Her presentation will take place at Waikato Management School in room MSB1.02 this Friday, May 27 from 1pm-2pm. RSVP on Facebook or email Lyn Cameron at
Contact: Associate Professor Peter Sun, 07 838 4283 or Joanna Green, 07 837 9437, or

University of Waikato highlights collaborations at Fieldays
The University of Waikato will highlight collaborations and partnerships with industry at this year’s National Agricultural Fieldays. Using the theme of Natural Capital and Environmental Enhancement, the university will showcase research that is helping manage the impacts of water on the environment around us. Research includes the clean-up of freshwater streams, rivers and lakes, the effects of bush and forest on water, controlling the spread of invasive fish, the effect of water on city planning and how economic policies can be designed to meet environmental goals without putting pressure on the agricultural sector. Fieldays is at Mystery Creek from June 15-18. The university’s stand is located in the Mystery Creek Pavilion. For more information, head to
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Cyber Security Challenge to save the worldThe world as we know it is on the verge of collapse. A group has been formed called the Coalition whose members don’t trust each other but share a common goal: to throw the world into chaos so they can take control of it themselves. A global task force has identified Coalition members, now it’s a race to locate the members who, after having been tipped off, have escaped and gone into hiding. That is the task for those taking part in the 2016 New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge. The challenge begins with an online qualifying round from 17 June to 1 July, followed by the competitive round at the University of Waikato on 14 and 15 July. NZCSC’16 is open to anyone living in New Zealand of any age, and is divided into three categories: Secondary, Tertiary and Industry/Open. The challenge is hosted by the university and supported by the New Zealand National Cyber Policy Office (Connect Smart), INTERPOL and Internet New Zealand. Entries close on 16 June. For more details or to register, visit
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Transport futures: connected and autonomous vehicles survey
Car companies are rapidly integrating new technologies into their vehicles with the aim of making driving safer, reducing fuel consumption and easing congestion. These range from helping drivers in particular situations for example, Intelligent Parking Assistant System, to total automation (self-driving cars). Technology is also enabling cars to ‘talk’ (or connect) to each other and the road network around them, which can provide information about cars suddenly braking in front of them or traffic congestion. The University of Waikato’s Transport Research Group is interested in finding out New Zealanders’ views of these new vehicle technologies and their willingness to use them. They seek participants to take part in their survey that takes approximately 15 minutes. The findings will be written up for publication and presented at relevant conferences. For more information on the study, contact Dr Neha Malhotra, Associate Professor Samuel Charlton or Associate Professor Nicola Starkey at
Contact: Associate Professor Nicola Starkey, 07 837 9230, or

Deleted Scenes for Lovers “powerful and harrowing”

Dr Tracey Slaughter’s new collection of short stories will be launched at the University of Waikato Art Fusion Gallery this Thursday, May 26. Called Deleted Scenes for Lovers, the book contains 17 stories that often focus on small-town New Zealand and the characters who reside within. Dr Slaughter, a senior lecturer on the University of Waikato’s creative writing programme, has a string of awards for her writing, including the international Bridport Prize 2014, the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards in 2004 and 2001, and the 2015 Landfall Essay Competition. Her latest collection is published by Victoria University Press. The Spinoff review says Dr Slaughter has quietly gone about these past few years writing electrifying short stories unlike anything else published in New Zealand. Her new fiction is collected in a powerful, sometimes harrowing book.
Contact: Dr Tracey Slaughter, 07 838 4466 ext 9194, or

Lifting our climate change game
In the past few weeks the government has announced new policy to promote electric vehicles. Waikato University law professor Barry Barton says it’s a good start but it doesn’t address what we know from international experience are the most important things. Professor Barton is a co-author of the recent report published by the Royal Society of New Zealand that sets out a blueprint for shifting to a low-carbon economy through improvements in energy, transport, building, agriculture, industry and land use. Professor Barton looked at law and policy around mitigating climate change and says when it comes to transport there are many issues and opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. He says any policy to push EVs will face a head wind if we refrain from tackling the problems caused by conventional vehicles; we don’t have the fuel efficiency standards most countries have, we don’t have an effective price on carbon emissions. And we need to tackle price, as why would people want to buy a more expensive EV?
Contact: Professor Barry Barton, 07 838 4187, or

University of Waikato hosts Postgraduate Information Session in Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting a Postgraduate Information Session in the Bay of Plenty this Thursday, May 26 from 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Bongard Centre in Tauranga’s CBD. The Postgraduate Information Session is targeted at anyone considering a career change, wanting to upskill or improve their employability. University staff will be available to answer any questions. Light snacks will be provided. For more information and to
Contact: Anthea McLeary, 07 557 8960, or

Waikato University professor supports community action group
University of Waikato education professor Martin Thrupp is speaking at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Waikato event in Hamilton this Friday. The not-for-profit organisation aspires to bring children in New Zealand security, food, shelter, education and healthcare. Professor Thrupp's main research interests are in education policy and its effects across New Zealand’s socially diverse and unequal communities. He will be discussing a recent Poverty Action Waikato report 'Neglect and Nurture', authored by Dr Anna Casey-Cox and Dr Rose Black, and is a guest speaker alongside Alan Johnson, CPAG's housing expert. Professor Thrupp has 10 years’ association with CPAG and recently also joined the working group for Poverty Action Waikato. The event runs from 12-1pm on Friday May 27 at the Celebrating Age Centre, 30 Victoria St, Hamilton.
Contact: Professor Martin Thrupp, 07 838 4907, or

Creating supportive classroom environments for teachers and students
A new book 'Better classroom relationships' by Waikato University's Senior Lecturer in Education Dr Maria Kecskemeti and Professor John Winslade from California State University, breaks new ground in its exploration of relationship-centred classrooms. The authors argue that in order to respond to the diversity of today’s classrooms and constantly shifting relationship dynamics, teachers need to be able to deal with uncertainty and have a clear understanding of power relationships. In relationship-centred classrooms, the teacher and the student are seen to be equally important. Research revealed that respectful classroom interactions and constructive responses to conflict could be achieved if teachers applied specific conversational moves and a theoretical framework to offer new perspectives on relationship problems.
Contact: Dr Maria Kecskemeti, 07 838 4466 ext 6446, or

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