Media Advisory 8 May 2017

Students ready to graduate
About 118 students will be graduating from the University of Waikato in Tauranga this Wednesday 10 May. The graduation ceremony is at Bay Park Arena and follows a student procession from Red Square down Devonport Road, starting at 11am.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or alison.robertson@waikato.ac.nz

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 next week 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 http://royalsociety.org.nz/events/ for more information about the lectures.
Contact: Professor Bruce Clarkson, 07 838 4237, 027 4376 820, or bruce.clarkson@waikato.ac.nz

All welcome to uni Open Day
The University of Waikato invites prospective students and other visitors to its Open Day on Friday 19 May on its Hamilton campus. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, showcases qualifications, academic excellence, student support, facilities and lifestyle on offer to students. Throughout the day, prospective students will be able to try their hand at science experiments, take part in tours around the halls of residence and campus, attend mini-lectures and workshops, and talk to staff and students about study options. The full Open Day schedule is available on the Open Day 2017 App, where people can build their own timetable of events to attend, find their way around campus, and share their experiences on the university’s social media platforms. There will be live entertainment, food stalls, competitions and giveaways. Open Day runs from 9.30am-3pm. For more information about Open Day, and to register, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/go/openday
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or ann.huston@waikato.ac.nz

University hosts environmental film evening
As part of a larger commitment to waste reduction, the University of Waikato’s Eco Emporium will be running events to promote tangible, positive solutions for environmental issues. A film and discussion evening called, “Wai, Waste and What you can do” will be held on the Hamilton campus later this month. This will include a talk by Merren Tait (1yearnoplastic.blogspot.co.nz), who will talk about her year without plastic. Following this, the documentary A Plastic Ocean, will be screened, and a panel of waste experts will answer questions. This documentary was filmed by a team of international adventurers and researchers in 20 locations to document the global effects of plastic pollution and offer potential solutions to address the associated problems of plastic. The event is free and open to the public on 23 May from 6.30pm-9pm on the Hamilton campus in S Block (S.G.01).
Contact: Valeria Bianchi, or vbianchi@waikato.ac.nz

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