Media Advisory 4 September, 2017

4 September 2017

Top students aim for New Zealand title
Two University of Waikato students are finalists in New Zealand’s Top Student Awards that celebrate exceptional students currently attending tertiary institutions around the country. Management student Nicole Calderwood and Arts student Calum Hughes will be in Auckland on Wednesday (6 September) to participate in the final rounds of the competition that will require them to complete a series of tasks, including a five-minute presentation on what New Zealand will be like in 2025, a 25-minute competency-based interview, and a group activity. To make the final round the students were assessed on their grades and extra-curricular activities, and had to undergo psychometric testing and online interviews. Nicole, who’s doing her honours year and majoring in marketing and strategy, is in the Business and Finance category of the competition, while Calum, a theatre studies and English major is one of four finalists in the Arts category.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420,

Election 2017: Change is on the Way – Ready or Not
In the third University of Waikato’s Tauranga public lecture series, political scientists Dame Margaret Clark and Dr Jon Johansson from Victoria University will examine the 2017 election campaign. They will discuss the election in terms of New Zealand’s political history, its cycles of politics, and campaign performance. They will also reveal some of the political, leadership and policy challenges facing both the incumbent and challenging political parties as campaigns hit high gear. Potential government formation outcomes will also be a feature of their analysis. This free public lecture will be held on Thursday, 14 September in the Sir Tristram Lounge at Tauranga Racecourse, 1383 Cameron Road, Tauranga. Doors open at 5.45pm. Lecture starts at 6.15pm. To register and for more information visit:
Contact: Anthea McLeary, 07 557 8960, or

The Sargeson Lecture
Writer Adam Dudding will present the annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture at the University of Waikato this month. Mr Dudding is the author of My Father’s Island, a memoir about his late father, literary editor Robin Dudding. The book won the E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction in the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. His Waikato lecture, HEARTS AND LETTERS: How I decided to read 10,000 pages of literary chitchat from decades past, and am a better person for it, will take place on Tuesday 19 September 19, 5.30pm in S.1.04, S Block, Hamilton campus, and is co-hosted by The Friends of Hamilton Library Association.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Robocars are go
Two teams of Waikato engineering students are in Sydney this week competing in the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, going up against teams from 24 other New Zealand and Australian universities. The aim of the competition is to design and build an autonomous robot to manoeuvre around a small scale 'city' mock up. The robot needs the capability to carry passengers in the form of cubes to parts of the 'city' that is made up of different areas, including a passenger pick-up zone, a city zone with a speed limit, a passenger drop-off zone and a highway with moving traffic. Daniel Dredge, leader of one of the teams says it’s taken about five months to build and test the cars. Success in the competition is based on how fast your robot can complete the course, with as few wall bumps as possible.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, 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 about his research on 13 September at 1pm, MSB.1.01, Level 1, 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, the Student Centre, Library building, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Alonzo Mason, 07 838 4554 or

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