Media Advisory February 11

The University of Waikato’s Management School and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law have worked together with the Institute of Directors to deliver the nation’s only postgraduate governance qualification, aimed at upskilling company directors, trustees, board members and elected government officials. The new Governance and Leadership Programme, known as the G3, will be officially launched on 15 February at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts with the first intake on Friday 1 April. The nine-month Postgraduate Certificate qualification will be taught by staff from the Waikato Management School and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and will cover finance, corporate law, ethics, governance, strategy and leadership. Participants will also complete a final project on their own organisation, putting their new skills to the test. Waikato Management School Dean Professor Frank Scrimgeour says the qualification is another example of the university meeting the needs of the region and the nation.

University staff member Carey Tuhaka will lead the group Te Whānau a Apanui at this year’s Te Matatini. From Whakatane, Carey is of Whānau-a-Apanui and Tūhoe descent and will be one of many university staff members performing at Te Matatini. Every weekend Carey travels four hours to Omaio Bay, 50km north of Opotiki, with practices often running from morning to night. It’s a big commitment, but Carey says she’s fortunate to be among family in the same group. The University of Waikato is once again a strategic partner of Te Matatini – New Zealand’s national kapa haka competition and premier Māori cultural performing arts festival. University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford says the university’s partnership with Te Matatini is part of an on-going commitment to developing and enhancing its Māori distinctiveness. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) Professor Linda Smith, also Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development, says partnerships such as that with Te Matatini help strengthen the university’s ties with Māori. Te Matatini takes place at the Rotorua International Stadium, 20-24 February.

Newly appointed University of Waikato law professor has experience on both sides of the law. Professor Neil Boister, who has joined Te Piringa – Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato, was briefly arrested during anti-apartheid protests during the late 1980s in his native South Africa. Professor Boister was a student at Natal University during one of the most tumultuous periods of the republic’s history and says the only thing which stopped him going to jail was that “the jail was full”. That hiccup aside, he completed his law studies, moved to England, back to South Africa – where he taught one of Nelson Mandela’s sons - and then to New Zealand, spending 10 years at the University of Canterbury before moving to Waikato this year. Professor Boister teaches criminal law, international criminal law and transnational criminal law, as well as aspects of criminal justice. He has published extensively on Transnational Criminal Law and has taken an interest in the ongoing court saga involving larger-than-life German internet mogul Kim Dotcom. Professor Boister will use his Inaugural Professorial Lecture to explore similarities between Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to the United States, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden and is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

A team of University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars and supporters land in Nepal tomorrow (12 Feb) to follow in the footsteps of Sir Ed. The team consists of Inaugural Step Higher Award recipients Caitlin Easter, Alex Hitchmough, Josh Blue, and fellow Hillary Scholars Shannon O’Donnell and Sami Flay. The Step Higher Award is sponsored by the Compass Group, a supplier on campus for a range of hospitality services.The team arrives in Kathmandu on 12 February and will spend 17 days trekking through Khumbu Valley, stopping at Lukla-Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Pangboche, and Thyangboche before returning to Kathmandu. While in Nepal they will visit schools, hospitals, and see the work being undertaken by the Himalayan Trust. Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarships are the University of Waikato’s most prestigious scholarships and are awarded to students who are high academic achievers, who are also achieving in the arts or sport and have leadership qualities. They are blogging about their experience at

Cutting-edge technological developments in the Bay of Plenty are quickly bringing New Zealand in line with progress being made globally using 3D printers for manufacturing. Today’s (11 Feb) Tauranga Café Scientifique will look at how laser sintering, or 3D printing, is on the verge of changing our manufacturing industry forever. Warwick Downing, CEO of the Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA), based in Tauranga, will explain the process of laser sintering, in which a laser is used to selectively melt metal powder to form a desired object, often at a fraction of the cost of machining methods and with little waste. Café Scientifique is a forum for exploring science issues, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to find out about the latest ideas in science and technology. The series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. Café Scientifique is held today, Monday 11 February, from 6.45pm at Alimento Cafe, 72 First Avenue, Tauranga.

University of Waikato Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori Professor Linda Smith has won the Mātauranga category at the Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka – Māori of the Year Awards. Presented by TVNZ programme Marae Investigates,the awards celebrate Māori excellence and achievement and were announced during a one-hour special on Waitangi Day. A leading social scientist and Māori scholar, Professor Smith is recognised nationally and internationally as a having inspired and mentored many Māori and non-Māori social scientists. “Winning the Mātauranga category is an honour and was a big surprise, but there is always more work to do,” says Professor Smith. It has been a successful start to the year for Professor Smith, who was included in the New Year’s Honours List and made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Māori and education. Late last year she was also awarded the Dame Joan Metge Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

How seaweed along New Zealand’s coastline is coping with habitat changes will be explored in a free public lecture next week by a visiting scientist from the University of Bremen in Germany. Professor Kai Bischof heads Bremen’s department of Marine Botany and will discuss the multiple and vital ecological functions performed by seaweeds in coastal ecosystems while showing how some species, such as sea lettuce, may become a nuisance once released from their controlling factors. His presentation will look in particular at the biology and ecology of the giant kelp (Marcocystis pyrifera), which forms dense underwater forests along the New Zealand coastline, and its associated communities. The lecture will be held from 5.30-6.30pm on Monday 18 February at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point. The visit is part of the work between the Universities of Waikato and Bremen who formed the INTERCOAST project for international PhD students. For more information call Rowan Marsh on 07 578 5927.

Nominations are now open for the University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate and honour graduates of the University of Waikato who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities. Past awardees include Sir Jerry Mateparae, New Zealand’s Governor-General; Warren Gatland, Welsh Rugby Coach; Theresa Gattung, former Telecom CEO and Dr Craig Nevill-Manning, Director for New York Engineering at Google. Graduates of the university holding a degree or diploma are eligible for nomination. All nominations are confidential and take into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors. Nominations from alumni, current and former staff and friends of the university are encouraged by 26 April. Visit for further information.

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