Media Advisory 1 May 2017

Urban ecological restoration: the new frontier?
Cities have a part to play in maintaining native biodiversity – it’s something Professor Bruce Clarkson has been researching and promoting for many years and he’s taking his message on the road. The University of Waikato’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research is the latest recipient of the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The award, made once every three years, requires Professor Clarkson to complete a public lecture tour. He begins on 11 May in Dunedin, followed by Wanaka on 12 May and Hamilton on 16 May, before going to Rotorua on 17 May, Auckland on 23 May and New Plymouth on 24 May. In his talk, Professor Clarkson will make the case for communities and local councils to bring indigenous nature back to cities and towns where 87% of New Zealand’s population live, and he’ll show how a trans-disciplinary approach to urban ecology is working to reconnect our neighbourhoods with nature to provide multiple benefits to urban dwellers. Visit for more information about the lectures.
Contact: Professor Bruce Clarkson, 07 838 4237, 027 4376 820, or

Waikato students help continue Sir Ed Hillary’s legacy in Nepal
University of Waikato students and doctors will be among the speakers at a special Himalayan Trust event in Hamilton this Thursday 4 May, celebrating Sir Edmund Hillary’s legacy in the Everest region of Nepal. The free event at the university is open to the public and introduces different facets of the Himalayan Trust’s work – from the early years when Sir Ed built the first schools and hospitals in the region, to current work helping communities rebuild their lives following the 2015 earthquakes. Students on the university’s Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme will talk about their recent trip to Nepal to see the trust’s work. This year, students raised more than $10,000 to help the community in the remote village of Musey build a seismic-resistant water system. Te Kuiti doctors Elly Kroef and Keith Buswell will also share their experiences during the two years they spent as volunteer doctors in the 1980s at the Kunde hospital. The hospital was built by Sir Ed in 1966 and was the first hospital in the Everest region. For more details visit
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Students ready to graduate
Nearly 1000 students will be graduating at University of Waikato ceremonies over the next two weeks. There will be three ceremonies this Wednesday 3 May at Claudelands in Hamilton, one at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae this Friday 5 May, and another in Tauranga on Wednesday 10 May. There are 308 Waikato Management School students graduating at the 10am Claudelands ceremony on 3 May, and a total of 237 students from the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematics and Law graduate at 2pm. At 6pm, 231 Education, Science and Engineering students will have their qualifications conferred. One hundred students will graduate at the marae, and 118 at Bay Park Arena in Tauranga following a student procession from Red Square down Devonport Street starting at 11am.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

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