Media Advisory July 12


Waikato University’s new Student Centre is the first building in the region to be awarded a five-star rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council. It is also only the second educational building in the country to receive the rating. The $30 million project to turn the university Library into a state-of-the-art Student Centre is on budget and on schedule to be completed by mid-2011. The five-star rating recognises the environmental and sustainable features of the Student Centre design which include specially selected and recycled materials, sophisticated lighting and heating controls and energy-generating lifts. Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the five-star rating demonstrates the university’s ability to apply its core values in ways that will benefit students, staff and the community.


The Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 has proven to be one of the most contentious pieces of legislation in recent history. A review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act was provided for in the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the National government and the Māori Party. The report of the independent ministerial review panel released in 2010 confirms there is widespread dissatisfaction with the Foreshore and Seabed Act. Waikato University’s Te Piringa – Faculty of Law presents a seminar which will explore the options available to the New Zealand Government in response to the review panel’s report. This free public seminar is delivered by lawyer and Māori activist Moana Jackson on Monday July 19 at 6pm and at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.1.05.


From B Semester, the Waikato Management School runs a new paper that draws together the best practice in event management. “Many students have said that event management is an area they would really like to get involved in and this paper is being offered based on this demand,” says course convenor Dr Michele Schoenberger-Orgad. So far 125 students have enrolled for the practical-based paper that aims to equip students with the skills necessary to plan and carry out an effective event. As part of the paper, students will be working for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society and contributing to their appeal for $4.25 million to build a new accommodation facility for people who are receiving treatment for cancer. The facility, on Tainui St in Hamilton, will house 600 people every year and provide free meals and accommodation, and will also be the hub for the Cancer Society’s support services. Money raised by Waikato University students will go directly to support the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society in their appeal. Dr Schoenberger-Orgad says students won’t be graded on the amount of money they raise, but on how they apply what they’ve learned to their event.


Four talented Year 13 students from Pukekohe High School won this year’s Analytical Chemistry Competition at the University of Waikato. Katikati College was second, followed by Hamilton’s St Paul’s Collegiate, Mt Maunganui College and John Paul College in Rotorua. The competition saw nearly 100 Year 13 students spend a day in the university laboratories, accessing chemistry equipment which is not available at schools. Twenty-four teams of four from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions entered the competition which was held on June 16. Their task was to analyse a lead salt for lead content, using a gravimetric and a back-titration method. “This was a demanding task in the time available but some excellent results were achieved,” says competition judge and key organiser, University of Waikato Professor Brian Nicholson. The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry sponsored lunch for all the students at one of the university’s Halls of Residence. The winning team received $160 from Hill Laboratories.


Waikato University’s major Hillary scholarship production this year is Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, a challenging play with a big cast that spans five years and involves several complex storylines and equally complex characters. In what she thinks is a first, Theatre Studies senior lecturer Gaye Poole has called in many of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Creative and Performing Arts students, plus extras, to stage The Three Sisters, this year’s major Hillary production. They’ve come from Theatre Studies, Music, Dance and Computer Graphic Design. “For the theatre students, I wanted a play that would get all the actors involved at a deep level, and this play fits the bill because it doesn’t have one or two leads, it’s an ensemble piece,” says Ms Poole who’s directing the play. “And the characters are highly individual, rich and idiosyncratic.” Hillary scholars Calvin Petersen and Kate Davison are playing husband and wife. Calvin is Andrei, brother of the three sisters and Kate plays Natalya, looked down on by her sisters in law. There will be five performances of the play in November.


Renowned natural history author/photographer and conservationist Julian Fitter, who now lives in the Bay of Plenty, is launching his latest book, Bateman Field Guide to Wild New Zealand in Tauranga on July 29 . The University of Waikato at Tauranga’s Centre for Continuing Education is jointly hosting the event with Books-a-Plenty. Fitter moved to New Zealand five years ago to research and write the book, which is a comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s flora and fauna. More than 600 species of New Zealand’s plants, birds, insects and animals are described in detail with accompanying colour photographs. Fitter is also the author of the Bradt Wildlife New Zealand Guide, and he co-authored Albatross: Their world, their ways and Wildlife of Galapagos. He has been an integral part of the University of Waikato’s environmental lecture series in Tauranga. The launch includes a brief floor talk, followed by question and answer time, and will be held at 6pm, Books-a-Plenty, Grey Street. Gold coin donation.


A dance filmed in Midge Marsden’s Raglan house will have its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Beat, directed by Virginia Pitts, was filmed last year and is a work by the University of Waikato’s Sir Edmund Hillary scholarship students, featuring student dancers with some willing guests. It’s about four flatmates as seen through the eyes of a child. Virginia Pitts says choreographing and performing in a domestic space was a challenging activity for the dancers, just as shooting in a tight space presented unique problems for the students involved as crew. The cinematographer was celebrated New Zealand filmmaker Leon Narbey. The screenings will take place at Dunedin’s Rialto Theatre on July 27 and 28.


Waikato University’s Te Piringa - Faculty of Law presents a lecture this week that will examine the challenges for privacy and security rights in New Zealand. The free public seminar will consider the issues arising from the tension generated by an individual’s right to privacy and the State’s rights stemming from the need for security. Waikato University lecturer Wayne Rumbles, National MP Tim Macindoe, and legal commentator Tim McBride will discuss topical issues, including New Zealand’s rapidly emerging surveillance society, an individual’s right to privacy, and the legal issues involved. This seminar runs 6pm-7.30pm on Thursday July 15 and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room S.1.02.


Engineering’s many facets are on show at Waikato University this week during the department’s Open Day. Secondary school students from around the North Island will visit Waikato University for the Open Day on Thursday July 15. Biochemical engineering, electronic engineering, materials and process engineering, mechanical engineering and software engineering are all represented at Open Day where students get the chance to programme robots, produce biochemical reactions, test mechanical behaviours of different materials, and try their hand at software design, among other things. Students will also visit the Halls of Residence and listen to talks about the department’s degree structure.


The University of Waikato Centre for Continuing Education explores the history of healthcare in a series of lectures next month. Histories of healthcare explored: The Waikato and beyond is a four-part lecture series. Lectures will examine a range of topics, including the history of mental healthcare and general practice in New Zealand, the history of the Waikato Hospital from 1877 to the present day, and a comparison between the history of health policy in New Zealand with that of "Obamacare" recently developed in United States. These lectures are held 7pm-9pm every Tuesday beginning August 3 and take place at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus. For more information visit


Waikato University resumes Opus on Fridays from July 16. The free music sessions are designed to help the public unwind on a Friday evening at the Opus Bar, while raising the profile of local musicians. Opus on Fridays runs 5pm-7.30pm on Fridays during B Semester in the foyer of the WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts. Upcoming featured musicians include singer Anna Hawkins, guitarist Ashley Knox, jazz band Zebra Jazz, and the Mira Lacey Jazz Duo. For more information on this event visit

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