Media Advisory 3 July 2017

3 July 2017

Tauranga campus ready to build
The University of Waikato has chosen Hawkins Construction to build the new Tauranga CBD tertiary campus. Activity on the Durham Street site will commence towards the end of July and the campus will open in 2019. University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Alister Jones says the central city campus will enhance education and research in the Bay of Plenty and offer a vibrant and engaging campus. The development has been made possible through $30 million of community funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, and will sit on land donated by Tauranga City Council. The Bay of Plenty tertiary partnership includes the university, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Contact: Anthea McLeary, 022 068 1069, or

Fulbright scholarship to study prosperous indigenous groups in US
University of Waikato senior law lecturer Dr Robert Joseph is heading to the US next month to study prosperous indigenous groups; the place of culture within indigenous tribes, their governance practices and how culture enhances economic performance and increases productivity. Dr Joseph (Tainui, Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāi Tahu) researches indigenous law and has been awarded a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholarship that will see him spend five months based at Harvard University, Boston and the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Contact: Dr Robert Joseph, 07 838 4466 ext 8796, or 022 010 3275, or

Preparing for climate change
A team of researchers at the University of Waikato has won a $270,000 research grant from the Deep South National Science Challenge to engage with a wide range of New Zealanders about how we can all better prepare for the future impacts of climate change. The two-year research project will also explore how people’s own cultural values shape and influence their adaptation strategies to the new realities of climate change. The three Waikato researchers are Professors Debashish Munshi and Priya Kurian and Associate Professor Sandy Morrison who’ll be joined by Dr Lyn Kathlene from the Spark Policy Institute in the USA. The research will include a series of ‘citizen panels’ with a variety of business and community groups across New Zealand – such as farmers, small-to-medium business owners, tourism operators, Māori iwi and hapu, and residents living in coastal or low-lying areas.
Contact: Professor Debashish Munshi, 07 838 4450, 027 212 7709, or Ruth Taylor, 07 838 4263 or

University hosts Whānau Evening in Whakatāne The University of Waikato is hosting a free event at Trident High School in Whakatane on Tuesday evening (4 July) for whānau and hāpori (families and communities) to get information about what university education has to offer our rangitahi (young people). The evening is for anyone looking to study or support someone into study and aims to break down some of the myths that exist about university being inaccessible. The Whānau Evening starts at 5.30pm at Trident High School, 76 Arawa Road, Whakatāne. The event is open to all, so bring your whānau and your questions. To register or for more information visit
Contact: Tahangāwari Tangitu-Huata, Māori Liaison Adviser, 027 4567 927, or, or Anthea McLeary, 022 068 1069, or

Entrepreneur for a Day Challenge
Secondary school students in years 10-13 are invited to take part in Waikato Management School’s ‘Entrepreneur for a Day Challenge’. Students don’t have to have any knowledge of business to take part. The event involves students working in small groups to develop a new product idea that has real market potential. At the end of the day, the groups will pitch their product ideas to a panel of judges to be in to win some great prizes.  The event will take place on Friday July 21 from 10am to 4pm at Waikato Management School on Hillcrest Road.  To register to participate in the challenge, please visit: There are limited places.
Contact: Joanna Green, 07 858 5080, or

First Science and Engineering Open Week popular
More than 500 secondary school students from across the North Island came to the University of Waikato’s first ever Science and Engineering Open Week which took place from June 26 – 29. Open Week offered Year 12 and 13 students the chance to spend a day on campus, attending hands-on workshops and experiencing a day in the life of science and engineering students. The workshops covered the programmes on offer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Engineering workshops included chemical & biological, materials & process, mechanical, civil, environmental, electronic and software engineering. Science workshops included ecology & biodiversity, environmental sciences, earth sciences, molecular & cellular biology, chemistry and materials science. The workshops gave potential tertiary students a taste of the fun and varied subjects available to study as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Technology) and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
Contact: Margaret Hegarty, 07 837 9564, or

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