Media Advisory August 08


Waikato Management School’s Dr Mary Fitzpatrick and the university’s School of Māori and Pacific Development’s Sandy Morrison were among 13 winners of the annual Ako Aotearoa awards held at a ceremony in Wellington last week. Funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, the awards acknowledge teaching practices that are student-focused and committed to promoting effective learning. They also provide an opportunity for teachers to further their careers and share their good practice with others. A key focus of the awards is how the teachers have enhanced their students’ learning, and student evaluation is an important part of the nomination process. “I don’t think there would be many of us who walk into a classroom aiming for awards,” says marketing’s Dr Fitzpatrick. “You just walk into the classroom with the aim of doing the very best you can for your students on the day.” Staff must first win Faculty and then Waikato University Teaching Excellence Awards to be nominated for the Ako Aotearoa awards by the university.


Professor Mike Pratt from the Waikato Management School speaks in the second of the University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series this week. Based around all facets of sport - including the good, bad, and rugby – the Winter Lecture Series aims to debate the role sport plays in the life of the community, the issues facing professional sport and the role business can play to keep Waikato a key sporting destination. Professor Pratt will speak about business lessons that can be learnt from high-performance sporting organisations and how a strategy for success can be transferred from the sports field to the board room. The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series, titled This Sporting Life, is a series of five free public lectures on all things sporting. All lectures run Wednesday evenings throughout August from 6pm to 7pm, at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts with parking available in Gate 2B off Knighton Rd, Hamilton.


New Zealand’s foremost military historian, Dr Chris Pugsley, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato next week. Dr Pugsley, who lectures in war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, completed his doctorate at Waikato in 1992 which was published as On the Fringe of Hell and looked at New Zealand military discipline in the First World War. In total, the former NZ Army Lieutenant Colonel has written 15 books on war. Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story, has been reprinted four times, and other books have covered the Western Front in the First World War, United States Forces in Operation Cobra (part of the 1944 Normandy Campaign), New Zealand Armed Forces in Malaya and Borneo, The Māori Pioneer Battalion in the First World War, and he has contributed to major works on all aspects of New Zealand at war and on war film and war art. He is also interested in the New Zealand wars of the 19th century and is writing a book about New Zealand official film in the First World War. Dr Pugsley will give a public lecture at the University of Waikato on August 18 and the following night will be presented with his Distinguished Alumni Award.


The man who began changing the low profile of downtown Tauranga is having his work acknowledged by the University of Waikato. Paul Bowker will be presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university next week for his contribution to the strategy and development of his adopted city. South African born, Mr Bowker moved with his family to Tauranga in 1996 and once he’d come to grips with the New Zealand building industry by 2000, proposed the redevelopment of the old Tauranga Club in Devonport Road, turning it into a 16-storey apartment and hotel complex – the first residential high rise in the city. It was while the construction was being done that Mr Bowker completed his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Waikato. Since then he has thrown himself into the life of the city. Because of his entrepreneurial spirit, problem solving and network creating abilities, he was invited by the Tauranga City Council to be a member of the City Centre Strategy Steering Committee. That strategy, two years in development, is now being put in place, setting a blueprint for Tauranga’s future. He has been vice-president of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce since 2004. He is a board member of Tourism Bay of Plenty and the ministerial appointment on the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council.


People wanting to find out about the range of courses offered at the University of Waikato are invited to information evenings held this week in Whakatane and Rotorua. No appointment is necessary and staff will be available during the evening to answer questions about study options at the university’s campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga. The Whakatane evening will be held from 3.30pm - 6pm tomorrow Tuesday August 9 at the Tuscany Villas Motor Inn, 57 The Strand, Whakatane. The Rotorua evening is 4pm - 6pm, Thursday August 11 at the Millenium Hotel, 1270 Hinemaru St, Rotorua.


Children’s book author Jean Bennett will explore the genre of writing for children through a practical course beginning later this month in Tauranga. Offered through the University of Waikato’s Centre for Continuing Education, the course will cover a wide range of children’s literature, both fiction and non-fiction. Participants will learn to write stories for their own pleasure, for family, or for publication, examine different writing styles, and gain an understanding of plot structure, setting, characterisation and dialogue, along with the importance of editing. This course also explores self-analysis, manuscript presentation, and publishing opportunities. Jean Bennett, from Tauranga, has published a wide range of children’s books, as well as short stories and poetry. In 2003 she was awarded the Storylines/Betty Gilderdale Award for services to children’s literature. The course will be held over four consecutive Saturdays beginning August 27 at the Bay Of Plenty Polytechnic Windermere Campus, room A2, and costs $280. For more information visit


A University of Waikato student making her mark on the business world has won a $1500 Zonta Women in Business scholarship. Third year Marketing student Jessica Hodson received the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International after submitting her CV detailing her work experience with Telecom as a marketing coordinator and her role as a marketing tutor at the Waikato Management School. Hodson now goes on to the next level of Zonta scholarships and has a chance of winning a further $US1000 at the end of August. The scholarship was established in 1998 to encourage undergraduate women to enter careers and seek leadership positions in business-related fields. Hodson is still deciding if she will continue her studies, but knows she wants to work in brand management.


An expert in organisational change says business high performance begins with organisation design. Leanne Pickering, a director of KPMG, will deliver the next session in the series of Excellence in Practice talks offered by Waikato Management School’s Centre for Corporate and Executive Education. Her talk will focus on practical ways to develop a strategic alignment, design and model to support the development of high performing teams, drawing on her experience of several large scale organisation design projects. Ms Pickering leads KPMG’s People and Change Advisory services, and has a strong focus on process efficiency and resource productivity to deliver effective business change. The Excellence in Practice series is aligned with papers taught in the Waikato MBA programme, and is open to the public. Leanne Pickering will speak on ‘Organisation Design to Support High Performance’ on Friday August 12 at 1 - 2pm at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room MSB.1.01. To book a place, phone 0800 800 891, or


Waikato Pathways College holds a one day harakeke or flax weaving workshop on August 13. Participants will become familiar with the basic essentials of traditional harakeke-weaving and leave the course with knowledge they can build on with regard to identifying, harvesting and preparing harakeke in the customary manner. Participants will also complete two to three woven items throughout the day-long course. The course costs $75 and begins at 9am on Saturday August 13 at the Waikato Pathways College, LITB Building, Gate 1, Knighton Rd. Enrolment information at

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