Media Advisory August 29


An Olympic medalist, a festival organiser and the head of the chamber of commerce will compare sport and spectacle, and the economic benefits of each in the fifth and final of the annual Waikato University Winter Lecture Series. Olympic gold medalist Rob Waddell joins Sarah Nathan from Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and FUEL Festival alongside Wayne Walford from the Waikato Chamber of Commerce to discuss ‘Sport or Spectacle?’ and which is best for Hamilton’s economy. Based around all facets of sport - including the good, bad, and rugby – the free 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. Referee Associate Professor Stuart Locke will control the discussion. This lecture runs on Wednesday 31 August from 6pm to 7pm, at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts with parking available in Gate 2B off Knighton Rd, Hamilton. It is free and open to the public.


The Gallagher Great Race is getting ever closer with defending champs the University of Cambridge arriving tomorrow, August 30. Women’s crews from the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne will arrive in time for the Great Race Ball on Saturday September 3 with the Melbourne Men’s crew arriving on September 7, a mere four days before the September 11 race. The Gallagher Great Race takes place over a 3.85km upstream course on the Waikato River. In between training twice a day, visiting crews head out to explore the attractions and places of interest throughout the North Island as well as getting the chance to use the world class rowing facilities at Lake Karapiro and visit Hamilton Secondary Schools. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Gallagher Great Race and for the first time includes three-boat races, which will add another dimension to the competition. Festivities kick off with the Great Race Masquerade Ball, back after a two-year absence, being held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on September 3. A powhiri officially welcoming the visiting crews, will be held on September 5 at the University of Waikato marae, Te Kohinga Mārama, beginning at 11am. All are welcome to attend.


A microeconomist with a focus on migration, labour economics and development issues is the winner of this year’s Waikato Management School Dean’s Award for Research Excellence. An international leader in the field of empirical microeconomics, Professor John Gibson combines rigorous economic analysis with issues of significant importance for policy-makers and ordinary people alike. His research agenda is wide-ranging; he has examined the evidence for ‘brain drain’ or ‘brain gain’, the extent of personal savings in New Zealand, the impact of temporary migration schemes for poverty reduction, mapping poverty in rural China, public sector pay premiums and improving the efficiency of remittance services in the Pacific among other topics. “John stands out for his ability to ask novel questions, collect unique data and apply new analytical tools,” says Professor Frank Scrimgeour, Dean of Waikato Management School. “He is an exceptional economist, and regularly conducts research in collaboration with leading international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations.” Ranked among the top five economics authors in New Zealand, Professor Gibson was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research 2008 Economics Award. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, and provides expert advice to the Minister of Finance as a member of a small select Economic Advisory group.


New Zealand Poet Laureate Ian Wedde will be the guest speaker at the 9th Annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture being held at the University of Waikato on September 15 before a book launch celebrating the series. Wedde is one of New Zealand’s most influential cultural commentators and public intellectuals. As a poet, novelist and essayist he has been awarded some of the country’s most significant literary awards and earlier this year was announced the third New Zealand Poet Laureate. The University of Waikato started the Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures in 2003 with the intention of celebrating Hamilton’s cultural history and the life of Hamilton’s most famous literary son. “To date, the Frank Sargeson Lectures have featured prominent New Zealand writers who have personal ties to Sargeson. They've often shared memories of the author and the place he lived,” says organiser Dr Sarah Shieff. Wedde will speak before the official book launch of Speaking Frankly: The Frank Sargeson Memorial Lectures 2003 – 2010, celebrating eight years of lectures at the University of Waikato. The lecture and book launch will take place at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Thursday September 15, beginning at 5.30pm. The evening is open to the public but please rsvp to


The University of Waikato has appointed a sustainability co-ordinator to help the university continue to develop as a leader and role model in regard to sustainability issues, says Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. Before working for the University of Waikato, Rachael Goddard ran her own environmental consultancy firm specialising in project management, waste minimisation and education. “I think people have a greater understanding of sustainability now and are more willing to get on board,” says Ms Goddard. Professor Crawford says the move to creating a more sustainable campus is a constant consideration behind any developments at the University of Waikato, and Ms Goddard’s role is another step in that direction. In August last year the New Zealand Green Building Council awarded the university a five green star rating for the environmental and sustainable features of the new $30 million Student Centre. It was the first building in the region to receive the Five Green Star Award. In 2003 the university used a $400,000 loan from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority to fund an upgrade of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control systems. Initial estimates suggested the investment could be recouped within five years and the university made $900,000 in energy savings.


The University of Waikato and the Waikato Art Museum are sponsoring a public evening about Anne Frank. Professor Dov Bing will talk about the Nazi persecution of the Jewish community of Holland, and following that will be a screening of The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank. The film is by award-winning Dutch documentary maker Willy Lindwer and includes rare interviews with people who knew Anne Frank in the concentration camp, picking up where her diary left off. The event takes place on Thursday September 1 in ELT at Waikato Management School, starting at 7.00 pm. The lecture open to the public with a gold coin donation.


The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music is getting theatrical this winter with its yearly opera Walls of Troy composed by David Griffiths with libretto by former staff member John Davies. Lead roles are taken by Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars, brother and sister combination Jarvis and June Dams alongside Chase Douglas. Griffiths describes the production as being an evening of drama, tragedy and pathos and says the performance will feature some of the finest talent coming out of the Music school. “This is the premiere of a new opera with a fantastic story to boot. There is pageantry, a battle scene, dramatic interaction between characters, beautiful solos, fabulous costumes, great lighting and a full orchestra all combining to create a spectacular production.” Walls of Troy runs at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on September 9 - 13. Tickets are available from or in person at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.


The University’s Waikato Management School (WMS) will hold two information evenings in Tauranga next month for people interested in the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies programme. The two-year, part-time programme covers 10 papers and is aimed at people who are working in a business environment and want to upgrade their management skill-set. Dr Peter Sun and Andrew Buchanan-Smart from WMS will discuss details about the programme including course content, entry criteria and how the programme is delivered in Tauranga. Two current students will also share their experiences of the programme so far. The information sessions will be held on Tuesday September 6 and Wednesday September 14, from 5.30pm at the Bongard Centre, DT106, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga.


A city-central fibre network system will help put Hamilton on the map as a digital city thanks to a multi-million dollar deal between the network’s owners and WEL Networks. The Hamilton Fibre Network (HFN) is currently jointly owned by the University of Waikato, Wintec, Hamilton City Council, Waikato Regional Council and private partner Velocity Group Holdings Ltd. As a result of the deal HFN and Velocity Networks will become part of the digital infrastructure owned by Ultrafast Fibre Ltd, the WEL Networks’ subsidiary which recently won the tender to supply ultra-fast broadband to more than 163,000 homes in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki regions under the government’s digital strategy. Kevin Adamson, HFN Chairman and Head of IT Services at the University of Waikato, says the deal will help realise HFN’s original vision of creating a high-speed network for the benefit of the Hamilton community. “Four years ago, we established a successful company to realise a digital future for our city,” he said. “We supported WEL Networks’ bid to develop an ultra-fast broadband network, and we are pleased that HFN has contributed to enhancing Hamilton’s digital future, transforming the way we do business and changing the way we live, work and play.”The university has a small minority shareholding in HFN.

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