Media Advisory 3 September

The University of Waikato will welcome crews from across the Tasman at the official Great Race pōwhiri this Thursday 6 September. The annual Gallagher Great Race will see Waikato University men’s and women’s eights row this year against Queensland and Sydney university crews over the gruelling 3.85km upstream course on the Waikato River. This year the men will look to retain the coveted Harry Mahon Trophy while the women’s crews will row to keep the Bryan Gould Cup. The pōwhiri will be held from 10.30am at Te Kohinga Mārama marae on campus. Everyone is welcome. 
Professor of Reo and Tikanga at the University of Waikato Pou Temara has been acknowledged for his mastery of the language at the national Te Waka Toi Awards held on Saturday night. The awards celebrate excellence in Māori oratory, literature, music, performance, object and visual arts. Professor Temara’s extensive knowledge of whaikōrero (oratory), whakapapa (genealogy) and karakia (prayers and incantations) has made him a cultural authority. He didn’t speak English until he was eight years old, growing up with his grandparents in the bush in the heart of the Ureweras, in a punga hut with an earth floor. He went to boarding school in Auckland and says he could have easily left his old world behind. “But when I was 25 I had what you might call an epiphany and realised my destiny lay in the Māori world.” That led him into academia, where he studied at Victoria University and continued his academic career there before coming to Waikato in 2005. Professor Temara was appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal in 2008 and chairs the Repatriation Advisory Panel to Te Papa. He is a Professor of Reo and Tikanga at the University of Waikato and is one of three directors of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (the Institute of Excellence in Māori Language). The supreme award went to Dr Timoti Kāretu QSO (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe) who has an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato and worked at the University of Waikato. Dr Karetu was the inaugural Māori Language Commissioner, is a director of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo and is Chair of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust. 
Next Saturday 8 September is International Literacy Day and this year’s theme is Literacy and Peace. The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults at the University of Waikato is marking the day on Tuesday with a gathering of key people in the Waikato interested in supporting and building literacy and numeracy skills and abilities, who will have the opportunity to discuss initiatives and collaborations. Director of the National Centre Professor Diana Coben says the theme for this year’s day was adopted by the United Nations Literacy Decade to demonstrate the multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people. She says International Literacy Day reminds us all that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. “As UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has stated, ‘The importance of literacy and numeracy cannot be underestimated; it not only increases qualification achievement but also improves employability and increased workplace productivity’.” The Centre is also taking the opportunity to showcase its work and launch a new dyslexia resource for educators and managers in the tertiary sector. It’s called Dyslexia Decoded: What it is, what it isn't, and what you can do about it.
Legal issues facing Māori and other indigenous people will be discussed in-depth during a three-day conference at the University of Waikato being hosted by the Māori Law Society this week. Topics on the agenda include indigenous economic development, ownership of natural resources, alternative dispute resolution, the courts, constitutional reform, indigenous education and the interface between law and health. Te Piringa Faculty of Law Dean Professor Brad Morse says the event is part of the annual hui of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (the Māori Law Society) and has attracted distinguished speakers from USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong, seven New Zealand judges and many leading practitioners and academics from Aotearoa. “This will be an extraordinary conference,” he says.
The University of Waikato continues its history of supporting and encouraging women with the fourth annual Women in Leadership Day this Thursday 6 September. Kea New Zealand Global CEO Dr Sue Watson is this year’s keynote speaker; her address, “You already have everything you need”, will focus on why life experiences and personal background are as vital in equipping one for leadership as qualifications or education. She joins a host of University of Waikato staff to discuss topics surrounding this year’s theme, Leadership in Action. The day consists of lectures, panel discussions and practical workshops for University staff members and guests from across the region – both male and female. Women in Leadership Day is a professional development initiative designed to encourage and enable women in and aspiring to leadership positions.

The notion that our values influence our behaviours is a popular belief but how does this happen? A one-day workshop in Tauranga will explore the relationship between values and ethical behaviour and will question whether it is possible to develop ethical leadership. Values-led Leadership and Implications for Practice will be presented by Professor Christopher Branson of the University of Waikato. Using theory and practical workshop experiences, participants will explore the nature and function of values and then look at how people can develop ethical behaviour through ethical sensitivity, ethical decision-making and ethical motivation. Professor Branson has worked as an educational professional in Australia for more than 35 years in state, Catholic and independent schools and as a university lecturer. The workshop costs $25 and takes place on Saturday 15 September from 10am-3pm at the University’s city campus, 142 Durham St, Tauranga. For further information please contact Nyree Sherlock, 07 577 5376 or

An international expert on language revival says the loss of language is more damaging than the loss of land for indigenous peoples, and governments are likely to come under increasing pressure to compensate indigenous peoples for the loss of what he calls “native tongue title”. Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He’ll be giving a free public lecture at the University of Waikato next week, where he’ll discuss the importance of revitalising languages and the establishment of a new universal discipline – revival linguistics – in which he says Oceania ought to play a leading role. Professor Zuckermann will deliver his lecture “Sleeping Beauties Awake - Towards the Establishment of Revival Linguistics,” 12-1pm on Monday 10 September at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato.
If you thought opera was all high-brow, then you haven’t heard Sol3Mio. At the first of the University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series, soprano Dame Malvina Major brought her favourite “rugby front row” on stage. They may have looked as if they’d just walked off the paddock, but when they opened their mouths, the audience was gobsmacked. The three men, brothers Darren Pene Pati and Amitai Pati, and Moses Mackay sing opera with plenty of humour and are currently fundraising to study at the Welsh International Academy of Voice. The University of Waikato is hosting a fundraising concert, where they’ll perform a mix of their favourite arias and songs - from Samoan to Italian, from Puccini to Adele. There will be two shows, with concerts on Wednesday 19 September at 7.30pm and Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The trio also sing at a fundraising concert at arts patron Sir James Wallace’s house, Rannoch House, on Sunday 16 September. That invitation only concern is hosted by the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and supported by the University of Waikato. 
Top secondary schools from around the county have been selected to compete in the Head of the Waikato rowing challenge this coming Sunday 9 September. A pre-event to the Gallagher Great Race, the Head of the Waikato will see secondary school rowing crews battle it out over 2.7km upstream. The boys’ crews this year are Hamilton Boys' High, St Paul’s Collegiate, St John’s College, Macleans College in Auckland, Auckland Grammar School and St Peter’s Cambridge who will also have a crew competing in the girls division. Also in the girls division are Waikato Diocesan, Hillcrest High School, Sacred Heart (Hamilton) and Craighead Diocesan from Timaru. The University of Waikato partners with the organisers of the Great Race to hold the Head of the Waikato. A formal dinner will be held for the secondary school crews on campus at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on 8 September with senior Waikato crew members also expected to attend.

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