Media Advisory 21 November 2016

Cyber Security Skills Taskforce established
University of Waikato Cybersecurity Programme Head Dr Ryan Ko is one of eight people selected by the government to be part of a Cyber Security Skills Taskforce to address the shortage of cyber professionals in New Zealand. Dr Ko has extensive experience in cybersecurity skill and training development, including establishing the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge. There is a growing global shortage of cyber security professionals and it’s estimated there will be a global workforce shortfall of between one to two million positions by 2019. This shortage is limiting the ability of organisations to protect themselves from the increasing threat of cyberattacks. The taskforce will focus on practical actions to increase the number of cyber professionals the industry needs to help defend against cyber-attacks, which cost the New Zealand economy $257 million last year.
Contact: Dr Ryan Ko, 07 838 4704, or

Two new appointees to Waitangi Tribunal
Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell has appointed two prominent Māori academics from the University of Waikato to the Waitangi Tribunal. Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou) and Dr Thomas Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato Tainui) will join their colleague Professor Pou Temara on the Tribunal.  Members of the tribunal investigate and report on claims made against the Crown for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, which includes assessing large quantities of historical, traditional and legal evidence.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Waikato University sponsors international ecological conference in Hamilton
Ecology and Restoration, Australasia (ERA2016) is the first joint conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) and the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) and is being held in Hamilton until 23 November at Claudelands Events Centre. The conference theme is “Restoring Resilience across all Environments”. University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and authority in ecological restoration Professor Bruce Clarkson is the conference chair. Themes being covered at the conference include ecosystem function, forests and grasslands, invasive and pest species management, mining restoration and indigenous restoration and co-management. The keynote speaker is Predator Free NZ Chair Sir Rob Fenwick, and canopy ecology pioneer and scientist Meg Lowman is the plenary speaker. Media is welcome to attend. For more information visit
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Waikato DHB Chief to speak on healthcare management accountability
Waikato District Health Board CEO Dr Nigel Murray will give a free public talk at the University of Waikato this Thursday, November 24 sharing his experiences of management accountability in healthcare. Dr Murray took over the reins of Waikato DHB in July 2014. He was previously chief executive of Fraser Health Authority in Canada where he led an organisation of 22,000 staff serving a population of more than 1.6 million people. Dr Murray also spent 10 years with the New Zealand Army as a senior medical officer, and carried out United Nations assignments to plan and implement health services in Bosnia and post-war Iraq. In 1995, he was awarded an MBE for his services to health. Dr Murray then moved into a health management career, initially at Auckland District Health Board as general manager planning and development. His talk, starting at 4.30pm, is part of the Excellence in Practice series run by Waikato Management School's Corporate and Executive Education centre. Spaces are limited, so please register attendance at
Contact: Ruth Taylor, 07 838 4263, or, Debbie Roberts, 07 838 4014, or

Lecture on Democracy and Politics in the 21st Century
The American election raises new questions about the contemporary practice of democracy and a number of countries traditionally recognised as democratic leaders are showing signs that they may no longer warrant such a label. In a public lecture on November 29, speakers will comment on the contemporary state of democracy in four different contexts – the USA, India, Turkey and New Zealand – each of which can be said to be experiencing the deterioration of key institutions for democracy. The speakers include Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi (University of Waikato), Amy Fletcher (University of Canterbury), Negar Partow (Massey University) and Bryce Edwards (University of Otago). The lecture is at 5pm in S.1.04 (S Block, University of Waikato).
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

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