Media Advisory 19 April 2017

Is bicultural common law a reality in Aotearoa?
As part of the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Law 25th anniversary lecture series, the Honourable Justice Christian Whata will be on campus next week to give a public lecture about the past, present and future of bicultural common law in New Zealand. He will address the statistics of over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system, recent court decisions affecting Māori and whether the current system gives rise to a distinctly Māori issue. Justice Whata has extensive experience as a litigation lawyer. He specialised in resource management law and Māori issues, and has been a High Court Judge since 2011. His lecture is on Wednesday 26 April from 5.30pm in N.1.03, Law Building, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

International expert explains cyber psychology
How cyberspace and digital technology affects the way we think and behave will be the subject of a lecture by international cyber risk and psychology expert Professor Edward Humphreys on 27 April at the University of Waikato. The use of technology is not only shaping how we work and play, but also influences how we think and behave, our interactions with others, and our perceptions of the world. Professor Humphrey’s lecture will examine research and development related to how people react, respond and behave to situations, incidents, events occurring in cyberspace. It will include topics such as risk psychology covering people’s perceptions, attitudes and responses to risky situations, 'hacking of the human mind' through persuasion, influencing and manipulation people’s thoughts, feelings and emotions, online relationships, on-line identities and social networks.  From the UK, Professor Edward Humphreys has been an expert and senior advisor in the field of information security and risk management for more than 40 years. He has worked for major international organisations such as the European Commission, Council of Europe, UN, WHO and the OECD, as well as being a leading figure in the field of international standardisation. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is at 2pm on Thursday 27 April on the Hamilton campus in K.G.11.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory joins international network
New Zealand’s booming tourism economy has led to the Waikato Tourism Monitoring Observatory joining the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO). Hosted by the University of Waikato Management School, the Waikato observatory conducts regular measurement of the economic and social impacts of tourism on two major Waikato tourist locations – Raglan and Waitomo. The observatory is a first for New Zealand and will monitor aspects such as local and visitor satisfaction, destination economic benefits, tourism seasonality and development control in the short term. Long-term measurement activities will look at waste management, housing issues, water supply and sewage management.  INSTO is a network of tourism observatories monitoring the economic, environmental and social impact of tourism at the destination level to better understand destination-wide resource use and foster responsible tourism management. There are currently 18 observatories worldwide.
Contact: Associate Professor Asad Mohsin, 07 858 5061, or, or Professor Chris Ryan, 07 838 4259, or

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