Media Advisory September 2

Graphic design, guns and going across the ditch are included in the line-up of subjects being discussed at this year’s Kīngitanga Day at the University of Waikato on 12 September. Artist, designer and researcher Johnson Witehira is speaking about Design Practices with a Focus on Māori Design Patterns. His popular artworks have resulted in the creation of the first set of Māori alphabet blocks. Dr Maria Bargh, from Victoria University of Wellington, will discuss Māori involvement in the private military security industry and Dr Tahu Kukutai – from Waikato University’s National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), will talk about Māori in Australia, based on evidence from Australia’s 2011 Census. New Zealander of the Year, Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond, and Ngāi Tahu leader Sir Mark Solomon are the keynote speakers for the day. A bus tour of significant sites in the region will also take place. Kīngitanga Day kicks-off at 10am, Thursday 12 September campus-wide. For more information and to download a programme visit the Kīngitanga Day page.

A lecture by University of Waikato Law Lecturer Matiu Dickson on the relevance of the Kīngitanga movement will be held in Tauranga on 11 September. The lecture is presented in conjunction with Kīngitanga celebrations at the University of Waikato’s Hamilton campus on 12 September. Mr Dickson is a Senior Lecturer in Te Piringa Faculty of Law at Waikato University, and is of the Ngaiterangi and Ngāti Ranginui tribes of Tauranga. Over the years he has taken an active part in the ceremonial activities of the Kīngitanga on marae throughout the country, and has seen a positive change in attitude toward the Kīngitanga Movement. The Kīngitanga, or Māori King Movement, was established in 1858 to put an end to Māori land alienation, halt inter-tribal warfare, preserve Mana Māori Motuhake and unite the people. The Māori King Movement or Kīngitanga is a movement that arose among some of the Māori tribes of New Zealand to establish a symbolic role, similar in status to that of the British monarch. The Kīngitanga lecture is on Wednesday 11 September in Lecture Theatre 106, Bongard Building, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga at 6pm with light refreshments from 5.30pm. RSVPs to For more information visit the Kīngitanga Day page.

What are the consequences of wiping our closest living relatives off the face of the Earth? Primatologist Craig Stanford warns that extinction of the great apes threatens to become a reality within just a few human generations. He will discuss the ramifications at Café Scientifique today (2 September) in Tauranga. Craig Stanford is Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology, and Co-Director of the Jane Goodall Research Centre at the University of Southern California. Café Scientifique is a forum for exploring science issues, where anyone can come to find out about the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café Scientifique series is organised by Julia and Warren Banks and supported by the University of Waikato. It aims to promote public engagement and make science accessible. The September Café Scientifique will be held at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre at 38 Durham Street, Tauranga at 7pm and is being run in conjunction with the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. Entry is free but registration is essential. Please visit the Allan Wilson Centre website to register.

The University of Waikato will welcome international rowing crews at a pōwhiri this Wednesday, 4 September, before the annual Gallagher Great Race this Wednesday. Returning for the seventh time in the men’s division is the Schick Construction University of Cambridge crew, which is up against Caniwi University of Waikato and reigning champions Foster Construction University of Sydney. The University of Waikato women’s crew will be competing against Sydney and Melbourne. The university is also hosting secondary school students from around the country at the Head of the Waikato dinner this Saturday, 7 September. The students will be competing in the Head of the Waikato race on Sunday, a pre-event to the Gallagher Great Race. There is also an under 21 Trans-Tasman rowing challenge as part of the event. The pōwhiri starts at 10am at the University’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, and members of the public are welcome. The Gallagher Great Race is on Sunday 8 September. Crews will row upstream on the Waikato River, starting at Ann Street and finishing at Ferrybank on Grantham Street.

The second part of the Kiss My Arts Spring Lecture Series in Tauranga features conversations with Samantha Scott, founder and artistic director of Massive professional theatre company. Ms Scott will discuss her ideas about working with young emerging artists and the company’s collection of new productions based predominantly on stories from Māori and Pacific cultural backgrounds. The four-part lecture series is hosted by the University of Waikato in collaboration with Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, and features creative conversations from some of our cutting-edge performers, film-makers and illustrators. This second lecture will take place on Thursday 5 September at Baycourt, 38 Durham St, Tauranga. The evening begins at 5.30pm and entry is by gold coin. Booking is essential at or contact Nyree Sherlock, .

A high-level delegation from Malaysia interested in the general themes of corruption and transparency is in New Zealand this week and will be visiting the University of Waikato tomorrow (Tuesday 3 September). Their 10-day visit is being co-ordinated by the university and delegates include bankers, business heads, government officials and educators. They chose New Zealand to visit because of its low levels of corporate crime. While at the university they’ll hear presentations from Waikato academics on global issues in higher education and government ethics and integrity in the public sector. On the same day the delegation is visiting, the Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia and the University of Waikato Management School start co-hosting a four-day international conference on Governance, Management and Financial Criminology.

A PhD student of international relations and security studies at Waikato University, has established a research link with the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) in Singapore. Simon Gray is studying political Islam and plans to examine and compare the origins, evolution and diversity of the nature of ideas, beliefs and tactics underpinning contemporary political Islamic ideologies and allied organisations, as well as the foreseeable trajectory of political Islam in those two regions. Simon recently visited ICPVTR and discussed his thesis topic with experts and analysts there. Having established the link, Simon says he’ll now be able to make regular visits to the centre which has a wealth of resources that will assist his research.

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