Media Advisory 27 June
University announces passing of former VC Roy Crawford
Former University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Roy Crawford CNZM, died on June 23 after a period of illness. Robert (Roy) James Crawford, engineer and academic leader, was the university’s vice-chancellor for a decade, completing his term in December 2014. In the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to tertiary education. He was made an Emeritus Professor and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in April this year. University of Waikato Chancellor Rt Hon James Bolger paid tribute to Emeritus Professor Crawford, saying he led the university through a period of changing landscapes for universities in New Zealand. Emeritus Professor Crawford was the former Chair of Universities New Zealand during 2013-2014.
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Acknowledgements for contributions to Māori education
University of Waikato’s Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Education and Māori Development) has been acknowledged for her contribution to education with the Te Ururangi Award at the 2016 Matariki Awards. Professor Smith has worked in Māori education for many years as an educator and researcher, and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Māori research. Professor Smith was an inaugural Co-Director of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence and has recently established the Te Kotahi Research Institute for Innovation at the university. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to Māori and education. Alumnus Scotty Morrison was also recognised for his contribution to te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. The presenter of Māori current affairs programmes ‘Te Karere’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ won the Te Waitī Award for Te Reo & Tikanga tonight. Morrison holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters degree (Education) from Waikato.
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Cyber Security Challenge to save the world
The 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 that closes this Friday July 1, followed by the competitive round at the University of Waikato on July 14 and 15. NZCSC’16 is open to anyone living in New Zealand of any age. There will be a cyber job fair on July 15, and talks from cyber security experts. The challenge is hosted by the university and supported by the New Zealand National Cyber Policy Office (Connect Smart), INTERPOL and Internet New Zealand. For more details or to register, visit www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.nz
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University to host parent information session in Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting a Parent Information Session in Tauranga on Thursday June 30. The information session is for both parents and young adults from secondary schools across the region who are contemplating university study. The session is essentially a ‘Uni 101’ and will cover many aspects of study and university life, including the transition from school to university, what’s involved at university (study, timetables, hours, assessments), the cost of being a student and how to pay for it, managing finances, support services, career development services, scholarships, accommodation options, and admission processes and timelines. The evening will also feature a Q&A session with a panel of current university students. To register for the Parent Information Session in Tauranga visit waikato.ac.nz/go/info
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Missing Māori men
Māori women substantially outnumber Māori men in nearly every tribe, and two University of Waikato researchers are working to find out why. Associate Professor Tahu Kukutai and Research Officer Moana Rarere say the ratio of men to women identifying with an iwi in the census has dropped steadily since 1991, now sitting at 89 men for every 100 women. In some iwi it’s as low as 60:100. Their research finds Māori women are identifying with iwi at a higher rate than men, linked to gender differences, such as women being more likely than men to know all aspects of their pepeha (their tribal identity), and more likely to speak Māori in all age groups under 50. Ms Rarere says the dearth of men in most iwi is concerning, for cultural roles on the marare, for kaumatua and language revitalisation, for iwi development.
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Waikato imagines sustainability
The University of Waikato, in collaboration with the Waikato Regional Council, is launching a new event that focuses on the future of sustainability in the Waikato region. Imagine Sustainability, a free, public event is on Friday July 15 from 10am-4pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton. The day includes presentations and panel discussions by Waikato’s leading professionals and academics in sustainability, including Parekawhia McLean - CEO Waikato-Tainui, Antanas Procuta - Principal Architect PAUA Architects, Paula Southgate - Waikato Regional Council Chair and the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Bruce Clarkson. There will also be DIY workshops by university staff, students and community groups. Waikato Students’ Union will run a resource exchange auction and the student winners of the Eco my Flat competition will be announced. Not-for-profit, volunteer and community organisations are invited to host a stand or display on the day. Registrations close Tuesday July 5. Visit bit.ly/ImagineSustainability to register.
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