Media Advisory July 28

Green light for Bay campus

The Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust’s (TECT) decision to provide valuable funding to a planned tertiary campus in downtown Tauranga has been welcomed by the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership. TECT announced last week it had agreed to provide up to $15 million, subject to conditions, to the landmark project being planned by the Tertiary Education Partnership – comprising the University of Waikato, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and Waiariki Institute of Technology – for downtown Tauranga. The TECT decision provides one of the key funding planks for the project, after the Tauranga City Council agreed to provide land for the campus and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council up to $15 million, on the proviso this was matched by TECT.

First Winter Lecture Series to discuss future of business

As the University of Waikato celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks to the next 50 years and beyond, the first lecture of the 2014 Winter Lecture Series will take a look at one of the most crucial practices for a healthy economy: business – or more appropriately, the future of business. On August 6, Waikato Management School sustainability academics Professor Juliet Roper and Associate Professor Eva Collins will examine the role of sustainable practices in business; alumnus and Executive Director of 37 Degrees South Chris Insley will discuss his work in finding innovative and sustainable business solutions for a range of government, iwi and business groups; and Raglan local Steve Crowhurst will talk about his experiences setting up his successful online men’s retail store, The University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series is an annual series held Wednesdays in August. It is a focused and relevant seminar series designed to provide an opportunity for robust discussion on topical issues affecting the community. All lectures are free and open to the public, and take places from 6pm-7pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit

Future of cyber security featured at Waikato Winter Lecture Series

With the cyber security market expected to grow to US$94 billion by 2017, the second lecture of the University of Waikato’s Winter Lecture Series, on August 13, will examine just how safe our information is online. With an increased reliance on computing devices and cloud computing environments, three cyber security experts will discuss the risks involved with living our lives online. Hear from NetSafe Chief Executive and digital safety expert Martin Cocker, Computing and Mathematical Sciences’ Senior Lecturer and Head of the University’s Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko, and Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer and online legal expert Wayne Rumbles on how we can enhance our digital safety. The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series is a free public lecture series designed to inspire critical thought and debate on issues affecting the community. Lectures are free and open to the public and are held each Wednesday throughout August, on campus at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6-7pm. For more information, visit

Waikato University supports Hamilton Science Excellence Awards

The University of Waikato is again supporting the 2014 Hamilton Science Excellence Awards – the KuDos Awards. The awards were launched in 2007 to celebrate science from within the Waikato region. The university sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises a local scientist whose research has made a contribution to the Waikato and the international profile of New Zealand science. The sponsorship is part of the University of Waikato’s ongoing commitment to supporting excellence in science and innovation. Nominations for the 2014 KuDos Awards are now open and close on August 1. To find out more about the awards or to make a nomination, visit the KuDos website. The awards dinner will be held on October 9.

Café Scientifique Tauranga discusses how to protect kiwifruit industry from biosecurity risks

Tauranga’s August Café Scientifique will look at the plans put in place to help overcome the impacts of Psa-V, including the research into more tolerant new kiwifruit varieties and implementation of orchard management practices. Presenter Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), says while growers cannot eradicate Psa-V from their properties entirely, they are now in a much better space, thanks to higher returns, confidence in the new varieties, two good growing seasons and improved disease-management practices. Supported by the University of Waikato, Café Scientifique is a forum for discussing science issues, where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The next Café is on Monday August 4, at 7pm at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5 and refreshments are provided. For more information, visit

Art Thou Arty – Scholars to perform in Hillary showcase

Creative and performing arts Sir Edmund Hillary scholars from the University of Waikato will offer an entertainment spectacle this Sunday, August 3 as they perform their showcase, Art Thou Arty? The showcase is an opportunity for Hillary scholars to work collaboratively with peers and share their talents with the public. A key feature in this year’s programme is the collaborative work between musicians, dancers, singers, theatre artists, Māori performing artists, graphic artists, and screen and media artists. They drew inspiration for their piece from Late Song – a poem by New Zealand poet Lauris Edmond. The Hillary Scholars’ Showcase is at 7pm on Sunday, August 3 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in the Gallagher Concert Chamber. Tickets are $10 at the door on the night, cash or eftpos. Half the revenue from ticket sales will be donated to the Himalayan Trust.

Teaching students to gain experience in Singapore schools

Four University of Waikato students have received scholarships to spend five weeks teaching in a Singaporean classroom as part of a teacher-education exchange. A new memorandum of understanding between Waikato Faculty of Education and the National Institute of Education in Singapore has enabled both institutions to facilitate practicum exchanges. The scholarship recipients and second-year students Raina Clary, Jane McLean, Latai Charlton-Fa’apoi and Emma Sheely will complete their teaching practicum at Singapore’s Corporation Primary School next month. Two teacher education students from Singapore will complete their four-week practicum at Hamilton’s Knighton Normal School and Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

Mayor delivers career lecture

Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker will open this year’s Waikato University Law Students Association career experience lecture series. The Waikato law graduate will talk about her professional career. Before successfully standing for mayor in 2010, Ms Hardaker was a partner at Hamilton law firm McCaw Lewis Chapman where she specialised in dispute resolution and employment law. She is a past chairperson of the firm's board of governance and at the time of becoming mayor was responsible for the firm's financial management. Her talk is on Wednesday, July 30 in S.1.02 on campus.

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