Media Advisory February 24

Orientation activities get underway at the University of Waikato with a pōwhiri on February 26 at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae to mark the beginning of the academic year. On February 27, international students will take part in an Amazing Race event around campus. To celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary, on March 4 about 300 students and staff will put on red t-shirts and form a number 50 on the grass which will be photographed from above. From March 2 Waikato Students’ Union begins its ORI2014 programme with the annual pool party kicking off a week that includes bands, performances, comedians, bodypainting, the meat pie mile, a movie on the Village Green, prize giveaways, Zombie Zumba and a mini-Olympics. Clubs Day is on March 5 - student clubs will showcase a diverse range of interests, including languages and culture, sports and hobbies, politics and academic pursuits. On March 8, the University and WSU will host their first family day targeting students with young families with a picnic, a magician and some games and giveaways. For more information, visit For more on WSU ORI2014, visit

The country and the region benefit hugely from the University of Waikato, with thousands of jobs created and millions of dollars generated from its operations. The latest economic impact report, by consulting economist Dr Warren Hughes, shows the University generated $938 million in revenue for the New Zealand economy in 2013, up nearly 10% on the $860 million generated in 2012. It is expected to hit the $1 billion mark in the next two years. The report also shows University operations generate more than 5200 jobs, with every job at the University generating 0.57 jobs in the core Waikato region, which includes Hamilton and the neighbouring Waikato and Waipa districts, and a further 0.67 jobs somewhere else in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty gets an annual boost to regional GDP of more than $8 million and more than 40 jobs from students studying there and overall, the University adds $474 million to the national GDP annually. The report also shows the impact of international students, with each international student generating $90,000 in sales revenue somewhere in New Zealand and every two students generating a job.

The University of Waikato is taking six of its leading fresh water scientists and researchers to Wellington on Thursday, March 6 for a forum to discuss with stakeholders and policy makers the many and varied issues around water and the implications that different strategies will have on land, lakes and rivers, and the economy. One of the forum presenters will be Waikato University’s new environmental planning Professor Iain White who says that given the rise in extreme events, escalating urbanisation and the value of water to the economy, planners need to start thinking of new ways for water storage and flood control, especially in urban areas. This should involve integrated approaches and a much longer time period than is the norm, he says. Other presenters at the forum will be Professor David Hamilton – the chief science officer of a 10-year $10 million programme on lake biodiversity restoration, international conservation commentator law professor Alexander Gillespie, Linda Te Aho who helped draft the Waikato River co-management plan, economist Professor Les Oxley and professor of agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth. The Fresh Water – Fresh Thinking forum is on Thursday, March 6 from 4pm–6.30pm at the InterContinental Hotel in Wellington. To register, contact Duanna Fowler, Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, 07 838 4665, 021 154 0814, or

Finance professor Stuart Locke wants New Zealanders to become more financially savvy. It concerns him that students leave school with little knowledge of how to handle money, and later there is little opportunity to get to grips with the likes of mortgages, floating and fixed interest rates, KiwiSaver, and the share market. Professor Locke will talk about financial literacy in his Inaugural Professorial Lecture taking place on Tuesday, March 11. Much of his research has focussed on aspects of governance and its impact on business. He says small businesses often fail because owners do not fully understand financial management, and in big business if you lack financial knowledge then you can’t participate in high-level decision-making. The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series at the University of Waikato introduces our newest professors to the community. Professor Locke’s lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at the Academy of Performing Arts at 6pm. There will be a cash bar.

The New Zealand India Research Institute, JamiaMilliaIslamia University and the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are hosting a two-day research symposium bringing together leading scholars from India and New Zealand to discuss contemporary developments in the Indian media economy. Over two decades of robust economic growth, and amid a deepening engagement with the global economy, India's media has been at the forefront of both commercial development and social change in the subcontinent. Negotiating the triumph and crisis of globalisation, the operating logics of the media and their markets offer unique insights into the potentials and challenges for India in the 21st century. Speakers include: Associate Professor Gregory Booth - University of Auckland, Associate Professor Shishir Jha - Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, Associate Professor Vibodh Parthasarathi, JamiaMilliaIslamia University - New Delhi, Professor Ashish Rajadhyaksha - Centre for Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, Dr SV Srinivas - Senior Fellow, Centre for Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, Professor Padmaja Shaw, Osmania University in Hyderabad and Professor Brian Stoddart, Distinguished Fellow, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. The symposium will be held in Raglan on 25-26 February. The event is open to the public, but numbers are limited.

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