Media Advisory February 9

Pōwhiri to welcome new Vice-Chancellor

The University of Waikato will welcome its new Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley at a pōwhiri today (Monday, February 9). The pōwhiri starts at 10.30am at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae on campus. Professor Quigley was formerly Provost at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a BA and MA with first class honours from the University of Canterbury, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. Professor Quigley has a substantial publication record in monographs and international academic journals, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Economics in Vietnam. He holds several board and expert advisory group memberships. He is a Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and also a Director of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Sustainability from many angles

The University of Waikato is holding a sustainability symposium on February 24 that has drawn researchers from across campus to look at sustainability from numerous perspectives. Topics include soil, food and water, community engagement, politics and policy, indigenous practices, psychology, energy, education, human rights, transport, economics and environmental planning. The aim is to make researchers more aware of different projects taking place. About 50 academics will be presenting on the day, grouped into different streams with sessions running concurrently. The afternoon sessions will be open to a wider audience and key university stakeholders are being invited to attend. For more information and a detailed programme for the symposium, visit

Grant to promote cyber security

A $33,000 Education New Zealand grant will help promote New Zealand's only masters degree in cyber security throughout ASEAN markets and enable the University of Waikato to further develop partnerships with organisations in the region. The grant was announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce on February 3 as part of a $450,000 co-funding initiative through Education New Zealand towards 12 new growth initiatives in the international education industry. The University of Waikato project is being led by the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Professor Geoff Holmes and also involves Te Piringa – Faculty of Law. Cyber security head Dr Ryan Ko says the latest funding will provide resources to help increase the profile of Waikato University in fast developing regions such as ASEAN, and enable students of the degree to serve an international market seeking cyber security professionals.

Fun run and walk series to kick-off

The Campus 5km Fun Run and Walk kicks off again on Monday, February 16 and will run until March 30. Last year, the University of Waikato partnered with local running club Hamilton City Hawks, and UniRec, to host the event. Registrations start at 5pm outside Momento Café on the Village Green. Walkers start between 5pm to 5.30pm, runners start at 5.30pm. The start time for runners has been brought forward to allow for an earlier prize-giving. Registrations are $6 which entitle participants to a free beer, cider or non-alcoholic drink at the end. Spot prizes are also awarded on the night. The Campus 5km Fun Run and Walk is in association with the Hamilton City Hawks running club, UniRec, Momento Café and Good George. For more information email

Waikato University recruiters at information evenings

Student recruitment advisers from the University of Waikato will attend information sessions in Hamilton and Auckland over the next week. Advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at Waikato, student life and academic choices. Advisers will also be available to discuss options with students who may have missed out on gaining UE in the recent NCEA exams. Hamilton sessions are tomorrow (Tuesday, February 10) from 10am-4pm and Tuesday, February 17 from 10am-6pm, both at the Student Centre on campus. An information session is in Auckland on Thursday, February 12 for non-school-leavers from 5.30pm-7pm at Gasket Espresso Kitchen, 23 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie. To register, visit

Tauranga Postgraduate Information Evening

An information evening is being held for people interested in postgraduate study in education. Advisers will be on hand to offer advice on options on Wednesday, February 11 from 4.30pm-6pm at the University of Waikato Tauranga, Windermere Campus, Maharaia Building (V.124 & V.125). For those who can't make it on campus, call 0800 83 22 42 or book on online chat session with a Faculty of Education postgraduate adviser.

Surf's Up! Celebrating the early years in the Bay

An opportunity to network with other early years educators in the Bay of Plenty and find out more about the University of Waikato's Early Years Research Centre is being held on February 11. The guest speaker is Associate Professor Mikhail Gradovski from Telemark University in Norway. The event is on Wednesday, February 11 from 6pm-8pm at the University of Waikato Tauranga, Windermere Campus, Maharaia Building (V.124 & V.125). For more information, email:

Tauranga Café Scientifique discusses Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary

Today, February 9, Anton van Helden, Forest & Bird's campaigner for the creation of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, will host the University of Waikato's first Café Scientifique in 2015. The Kermadec region, located about 1000km northeast of New Zealand, is geologically active and is the only area in New Zealand where tropical, subtropical and temperate species are found in one place. Mr van Helden will talk about the value of the Kermadec region including the whales and dolphins that frequent these waters, and why the area is so remarkable and in need of protection. Café Scientifique is on Monday, February 9 at 6.30pm for a 7pm start 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:

New book brings relationship with sea to the fore

University of Waikato Sport and Leisure Studies Senior Lecturer Mike Brown recently completed a 20-day Atlantic crossing by yacht and has co-edited a book on the sea that has just been published. The book Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea is an account of how the sea has shaped and influenced the lives of 12 people. Windsurfer and Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education at Buckinghamshire New University Barbara Humberstone is the book's co-editor. The book features contributions from academics who are actively engaged with the sea. Each author was approached due to their combination of scholarly expertise and experience with the sea. They are windsurfers, surf and sea kayakers, sailors, bodyboarders, swimmers and a commercial fishing boat monitor/observer. Contributors to Seascapes are from New Zealand, Australia and the UK, with several having connections to the University of Waikato: Dr lisahunter, Dr Karen Barbour and bodyboarder and masters student Mihi Nemani, who is of Māori and Samoan descent. Mihi's chapter highlights the hierarchies of surfing subculture, gender and race, describing how prejudice and bias don't necessarily disappear at the water's edge.

More than $500k in postgraduate scholarships on offer

The University of Waikato has six flagship research institutes each offering a doctoral scholarship worth up to $85,000 to international and domestic applicants, and a masters scholarship worth $12,000 available to domestic applicants. The research institutes support world-class research in environmental science, demography and economic analysis, business and leadership, professional learning and development, education, and Māori and indigenous development. They fund programmes that span research from discovery to application and commercialisation. Sustainability in all its forms – environmental, economic, social and cultural – is a strong theme across the Institutes. The Institutes offering the scholarships are the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), the Institute for Business Research (IBR), the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata (IPL), the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI), and the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER). Awardees of both the doctoral and masters scholarships are required to study full-time. For more information about the scholarship go here.

Economics and agribusiness

More than 250 economists from around the world will be in Rotorua this week for the 59th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society conference. The University of Waikato is a principal sponsor for the event that will focus on the challenges facing agriculture today, including food pricing and food security, supply chains, policy, resources, and drought. Among the speakers will be Dr Will Martin from the World Bank who researches the impacts of food policies on poverty and food security in developing countries, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright and EECA Authority Mike Underhill. University of Waikato academics Professor Les Oxley and Associate Professor Graeme Doole are also keynote speakers. For a conference programme, go to

Public Symposium: Science Education

What should the teaching and learning of science for the 21st century look like in New Zealand? Science educators, researchers and teachers will be discussing this question at an upcoming public symposium at the University of Waikato on Thursday, February 19 from 3.45pm-5.15pm. International science educators Professor Jan van Driel and Associate Professor Amanda Berry from Leiden University in the Netherlands will join the panel. This session is being held at the Faculty of Education in room TL2.26 and will be of particular interest to those involved in the teaching and learning of science in primary and secondary New Zealand classrooms.

New online master's degree in electronic commerce

The University of Waikato's Management School is launching an online master's degree in electronic commerce this July - the first qualification of its kind in the country. It is designed to give future business managers the skills to succeed in this high-growth industry where clicks and traffic mean greater returns. Associate Professor of Management Systems Stuart Dillon says the online Master of Electronic Commerce (Professional) will develop students' understanding of the latest technological advances in e-commerce, and how to apply them in managing a business. All teaching will take place online, using some of the same web-based e-commerce technologies that students are learning about. They can study either full-time or part-time over one to two years. Students will also complete a 13-week practical internship and undertake an applied research project. For more details, visit

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