Media Advisory August 19

The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series continues this Wednesday with “Class Struggles: Is our Education on Track?” Three leading education experts offer insights into current leaning trends. Dr Noeline Wright (digital learning), Associate Professor Deborah Fraser (creativity in schools) and Dr Bill Ussher (educational trends). The final lecture in the series is on 28 August - “A Star is Born: How Hamilton’s Arts Scene has Come of Age”, with national arts patron Sir James Wallace, Chief Executive of Creative Waikato Sarah Nathan and Art Collection Curator University of Waikato Steph Chalmers. The lectures bring together university research, and experts from the community to promote robust discussion on a series of topics. The Winter Lecture Series is held in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6pm-7pm each Wednesday in August. Lectures are free and open to the public.

New Zealand of the year Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond will be one of the keynote speakers for this year’s Kīngitanga Day, taking place on 12 September at the University of Waikato. Dame Anne, a Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, was announced as the 2013 New Zealander of the Year for her services in Māori and Pacific studies. She will be joined by Ngāi Tahu head Sir Mark Solomon, who is the second keynote speaker for the day. Professor Linda Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori at the University of Waikato, says Kīngitanga Day is an opportunity not only to engage widely with the public and the community, but to showcase the cultural diversity of the university. A number of prominent speakers will cover a range of topics, from volcanic research to Māori involvement in the private military security industry. Lectures, seminars and performances will be running throughout the day on campus. Kīngitanga Day kicks-off at 10am, Thursday 12 September campus-wide.

Two recent University of Waikato graduates are the only New Zealanders selected to take part in a programme aimed at addressing new and emerging threats to the Pacific region. Rhodes scholar Briar Thompson and Fulbright scholar Lora Vaioleti are the only New Zealanders to be accepted into the Pacific Security Scholars programme and will join three others from the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii. The programme is run by the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Society and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington. The scholars will research and write about the policy implications of four emerging security issues in the Pacific Islands region, under the guidance of expert mentors on traditional and non-traditional security issues. Their work will be published alongside some of the world’s most influential thought-leaders on Pacific affairs. The programme works with academics, business leaders, societies and governments to help address these challenges.

A paper by Waikato Management School senior lecturer Dr Margalit Toledano and graduate student Murray Riches has won a prestigious award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The paper, Brand alliance and event management for social causes: Evidence from New Zealand, has been judged Top Research Paper for 2013 by the PRSA Educators Academy. Dr Toledano says it is difficult to get a paper accepted by the US-based PRSA - which has 28,000 members - let alone win an award. The paper is based on findings from a survey Mr Riches conducted last year for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation on the effectiveness of their sexual health promotion event. It argued that, in appropriate cases, event management can play a key role in a social marketing health promotion campaign. The paper also contended that organisers of campaigns for social causes need to be alert to the risks in brand alliances between such organisations and commercial sponsors. The award will be presented at the PRSA conference in Philadelphia at the end of October.

University of Waikato Masters in Earth Sciences student Alex Keyte Beattie has been awarded a $1000 Golden Plover Wetland Research Award for her research based at Kopuatai Bog in the Hauraki Plains. Originally from Rotorua and a former Western Heights High School student, Alex is looking at the exchange of carbon dioxide and water vapour between the atmosphere and the bog, and how that is influenced by the physiology and structure of the dominant reed species in the bog. The Golden Plover award is intended to support a student conducting original research into any aspect of the ecology or management of wetland at Masters level at any New Zealand university.

With restorations underway across Hamilton, gullies have gone from being rubbish dumps to real assets. The Hamilton Gully Restoration Series 2013 from 15-25 August covers a wide range of gully-related topics, and is made up of two seminars and two gully field-trips. It is a collaboration between the University of Waikato’s Environmental Research Institute and the Hamilton City Council. The event is open to the public and its goal is to pool information and encourage gully restoration. Speakers include ERI Research Support Officer Catherine Kirby, Leigh Cornes from HCC, Moira Cursey from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum and Rex Bushell from the Mangaiti Gully Restoration Group. Seminar session one has been held, and session two is on 22 August, from 7-9pm in MSB.1.01 at the university. There is a field trip to Mangaonua Gully on 25 August for a showcase of restoration work followed by a community tree-planting.

From science, design and engineering, to IT, logistics and business management, guest speaker Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth of the University of Waikato will discuss the many career opportunities available in the primary sector at a free science event taking place during Western Bay @ Work fortnight on 21 August. She will talk through the types of skills needed in the sector and says whatever a student’s base, there are great careers to be had in growing, managing and marketing along the innovation value chain. The evening will also include information and tips from the University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic recruitment staff about how to make the smooth transition to tertiary education. The free event on 21 August is from 5.30pm–7pm at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road. More event information is available at the westernbay@work website.

In collaboration with Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, the University of Waikato is hosting a spring lecture series for Tauranga art-lovers entitled, Kiss My Arts: 4 Creative Conversations. Starting this week, the four-part monthly series includes creative conversations from some of our cutting-edge performers, film-makers and illustrators, and will be held in the Baycourt exhibition space, which will be set up in a cabaret-styled café. Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to interact with the speakers during question-time. In the first event on Thursday 22 August, dancer and choreographer Dr Karen Barbour of the University of Waikato will give an overview of contemporary New Zealand dance and consider come of the influences from modern dance and dance theatre both here and internationally. The evening begins at 5.30pm and entry is by gold coin. Booking is essential at or contact Nyree Sherlock,

The University of Waikato has named its men’s and women’s crews for this year’s Gallagher Great Race on 8 September. This year the Caniwi Capital University of Waikato men’s crew includes Richard Harrison, Mackenzie Mackie and Paddy McInnes. They will be joined by elite rowers Tobias Wehr-Candler, Jade Uru, Fergus Fauvel and U23 World Rowing champions Shaun Kirkham, Finn Howard, coxswain Caleb Shepherd and Giacomo Thomas. The Brian Perry Charitable Trust University of Waikato women’s crew include Georgia Perry, Allie Smith, Jess Loe, Briar Murphy, Tess Young, Christie Davis, Danelle Murphy and coxswain Caitlin Lawry. They will be joined by U23 World Rowing silver medallists Zoe Stevenson and Kayla Pratt. Crews will row 3.85km upstream on the Waikato River, starting at Ann St and finishing at the Ferry Bank on Grantham St. Waikato men’s crews are rowing against Cambridge and Sydney universities. Waikato women’s crew are rowing against Melbourne and Sydney universities.

Motivated by New Zealand’s poor record of child abuse, child poverty and the lack of national policies around child protection, Professors Michael Peters and Tina Besley from the University of Waikato’s Centre for Global Studies in Education have organised the Children in Crisis Conference to be held in Hamilton in October. The conference is aimed at teachers, counsellors, social workers, police, medical professionals and government agencies. There are four major strands that will be covered at the conference – child poverty, children’s rights, child abuse and policies and practices and Professor Besley hopes the conference will lead to on-going forums and a handbook designed to assist teachers dealing with issues that they may come up against in their day-to-day teaching. The conference is on 7-9 October. Visit the Children in Crisis website for more information.

The University of Waikato has won the Battle of The Bombay’s Inter-varsity Sports challenge between the Waikato and Auckland universities held on 17 August. The event aims to provide students with an enjoyable social/competitive inter-varsity sports challenge, with a strong focus on goodwill and a “friendly” encounter. The regatta featured men’s and women’s fours, eights and a combined eight. Novices raced 700m between Claudelands Bridge and Bridge Street Bridge. Seniors raced 2km between Witiroa Bridge and Bridge Street Bridge.

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