Media Advisory 28 August 2017

28 August 2017

The environment and the 2017 election
Politicians from the six major political parties will be at the University of Waikato this Wednesday (30 August) to debate the state of the environment. The debate has been organised by staff from the Political Science and Public Policy Programme and will cover issues such as water quality, climate change and biodiversity. The panellists will be David Parker, Labour’s spokesman for the environment, National’s MP for Hamilton East David Bennett, the Green’s environmental spokesperson Eugenie Sage, Rahui Papa from the Māori Party, Denis O’Rourke – New Zealand First, and Donna Pokere-Phillips from The Opportunities Party. The forum will take place on the Hamilton campus in S.1.04 at 6.15pm.
Contact: Professor Priya Kurian, 07 837 9319 or

A radical new approach to surrogacy
Putting the interests of babies at the heart of surrogacy is the starting point for a new model being put forward by two University of Waikato researchers. Dr Ruth Walker and Dr Liezl van Zyl have just published a book which challenges the current thinking about the increasingly popular form of assisted reproduction.  Instead of the altruistic (unpaid) or commercial (paid) forms, they want to see surrogacy move to a professional standing, legally regulated and with greater protection for intended parents, the planned baby, and the surrogate mother. It's not about building a career, but recognizing the surrogate’s caring motives, and compensating her for her work. Dr Walker and Dr van Zyl’s book is titled Towards a Professional Model of Surrogate Motherhood.
Contact: Dr Ruth Walker 0211126474 or

Keeping invaders at bay
What is the public's willingness to pay for government action to combat the growing problem of invasive pests and diseases that harm forests and agriculture? That's one of the questions raised by leading environmental economist Nick Hanley. Professor Hanley is looking at how economic, ecological and epidemiological factors combine to determine the economically-optimal response to a new invasive pest or disease. He’s also pointing to a new system of contracts that encourage private landowners to go beyond mitigation to reduce the threat of such pests and diseases to society. He’s speaking on his research on 13 September at 1pm, MSB.1.01, Level One, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Tell me more – UoW Applicant Day
This year’s Applicant Day at the University of Waikato is on Saturday 23 September. Applicant Day gives prospective students, applicants, and their families and whānau the opportunity to visit the Hamilton campus and talk to student advisers and faculty staff about degrees and subjects, and go step-by-step through the application process. There will also be information sessions to cover aspects of life on campus, accommodation, scholarships, support services, postgraduate study and Tauranga study options. Applicant Day runs from 9am-2pm on Level 2 in the Student Centre, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Alonzo Mason, 07 838 4554 or

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