Media Advisory 25 July

Scholarship for high-achievers
The University of Waikato has launched a new scholarship for high-achieving school leavers. Te Paewai o Te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement is worth up to $25,000 over three years and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and community citizenship. There’ll be 20 scholarships available each year, and the money may be applied to tuition fees and, where applicable, Halls of Residence fees.  Applications for Te Paewai o Te Rangi in 2017 close August 31.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Behind the beltway with Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell
What role does public opinion play in political decision-making, and how does the numbers game work in our MMP voting system? Māori Party co-leader and Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell will share his insights into what happens behind the scenes in Parliament when he gives a free public talk at the University of Waikato's Management School on Friday August 5 from 1pm-2pm. The talk, being held in MSB.1.36 on Hillcrest Road, is part of the 'Excellence in Practice' series run by the Centre for Corporate & Executive Education. Mr Flavell, who holds a Master of Arts (Māori) from the University of Waikato, worked as a teacher, school principal and CEO of a whare wānanga before being elected MP for Waiariki in 2005. Those wishing to attend, email
Contact: Associate Professor Peter Sun, 07 838 4283, or

Pacific students get boost to study
Applications are open for the University of Waikato’s Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders’ Scholarship, a scholarship that provides support for Pacific students to achieve academically and develop leadership skills through a tailored leadership and personal development programme. The scholarship, worth $6000 a year for up to three years, is given to students of Pacific descent who excel academically and demonstrate significant leadership potential. It was established from a $1 million bequest by the late Morrinsville farmer and accountant Edna Money, who passed away in 2013 aged 94. Applications for the Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders’ Scholarship close August 31. More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found on the university’s website.
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Strings to their bows
Some of the world’s finest concert cellists will be performing and teaching at the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 from August 21-28 at the University of Waikato. The international cast includes Wolfgang Schmidt and Li-Wei Qin, two of the world’s best, and they’ll be joined by leading professors from the Paris Conservatoire, Philippe Muller, and the “rock-star” from New York’s Juilliard, Richard Aaron. For students who have signed up, it will be a chance to learn from and impress the international guests who will be taking master classes.  It’s not just Waikato cello students who will be participating; cello students from Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK have also registered. Members of the public can attend all of the classes for $5 a session and for $100, audience members can pair the masterclass attendance with a few concerts during the week.  For more information visit
Contact: Nick Braae,

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