Media Advisory March 23

It's all about cricket - and not just the ICC Cricket World Cup

The University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor's Cricket Challenge against Northern Districts Māori takes place today, Monday, at 10.30am. The annual event will be a 40-overs match​ between an invitational University of Waikato XI and the Northern Districts Māori side, and will be played on the test wicket at Seddon Park. The VC Cricket Challenge brings together the top sporting players at the university and fosters emerging talent for the university and Northern Districts Māori. The university team, called the VC XI, will include Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars and regional cricket representatives. ​​The Waikato team is Hillary Scholars Arnie Yugaraja (Captain, Star University, Hamilton), Sam Cooper Star University, Waikato Valley, Matt Wallbank (Marist Suburbs, Hamilton), Felicity Leydon-Davis (Melville Northern Spirit/NZ White Ferns) joined by fellow students James Field (Havelock North, Hawke's Bay), Nicholas Shoston (Marist Suburbs), Devon Singh-Parhar (Star University,Hamilton), Freddy Walker (Star University, Hamilton), Jake Harvey (Star University and Cornwall, Hawkes Bay), Brad Kneebone (Onerahi, Northland), Michael Dodunski (Melville Hamilton), Elliot Santner (Star University).

Make your own smoothie at Aon Maadi Cup

Rowers at this week's Aon Maadi Cup regatta at Lake Karapiro can spend their down-time making their own smoothies on the University of Waikato smoothie bike, a static bike that generates enough electricity to power a smoothie machine. The university will have a marquee, fun activities for the public, and Student Ambassadors present throughout the event. Run by the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association (NZSSRA) and Rowing New Zealand, the Aon Maadi cup is one of New Zealand's largest rowing regattas. Over 1500 competitors from 125 schools are expected and around 10,000 people watch the finals from the bank. The Aon Maadi Cup runs from Monday 23 March to Saturday 28 March.

Nominations open for 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations for the 2015 University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open. The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate and honour graduates of the university who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities. Nominations are encouraged from university staff, students and alumni and members of the community. Graduates of the university holding a degree or diploma are eligible for nomination. All nominations are confidential and take into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors. Past awardees include adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald, economist Dr Arthur Grimes, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and former Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung. For more information, visit

Scholarship for Pacific students on offer

Pacific students at the University of Waikato can get a boost to their studies with two scholarships on offer. The Edna Money Scholarship for Pacific Academic Excellence worth up to $3000, and the Edna Money Scholarship for Pacific Academic Achievement worth up to $1000 are on offer to undergraduate students from the University who are of Pacific Island descent. The scholarships come as part of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edna Money who passed away in 2013 aged 94. She was a Morrinsville farm owner, accountant and philanthropist, and was thought to be one of New Zealand's first female qualified accountants. Applicants should be current undergraduate students at the University of Waikato of Pacific Island descent, and must be a New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship applications are open until March 31. Further information and application forms can be found on the Pacific at Waikato webpage.

Café Scientifique debates economic arguments to help the environment

Tauranga's Café Scientifique is hosting University of Waikato's Dr Dan Marsh today, March 23, where he will explain how economics can help to achieve a more sustainable New Zealand with better social and environmental outcomes. Economic arguments can actually be used in the environmental debate to help the environment rather than harm it. Dr Marsh, from the Economics Department and Waikato Management School, will describe some of the sustainability research being carried out by economists at the University of Waikato. Doors open 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:

Campus to light up for Zuru Nightglow

This Saturday, March 28, the University of Waikato will host thousands of people on campus as part of the Zuru Nightglow. The event is part of the annual Balloons over Waikato festival. Last year the spectacle saw thousands of spectators flock to the university's sports fields to watch hot air balloons inflate and light up in bursts of flames to a musical playlist. A fun-filled family night is expected, with live music, food stalls, carnival rides and a massive fireworks display on the cards. The event will kick off at 4pm and finish at 9pm. The University of Waikato is a strategic partner of the annual Balloons over Waikato event. For more information about the Nightglow and other events taking place visit the Balloons Over Waikato website

Applications open for Fieldays scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2015 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. Established in 2012, the scholarship is funded by the National Agricultural Fieldays Society and is worth up to $22,000 for one year of graduate study at the University of Waikato. It's aimed at graduate students undertaking research in the agricultural sector. Previous winners' projects have focused on addressing issues currently facing the agricultural industry, such as the cost of environmental compliance in the dairy industry and the properties of flipped soil in drought-prone areas. The scholarship is open to domestic students enrolling at the University of Waikato to undertake research at a masters or doctoral level. Applications close on March 30. For more information, visit

Mashup Bay of Plenty 2015 invites tertiary students to enrol

Tertiary students are encouraged to enter a team for the Mashup Bay of Plenty 2015 for the first time since the start of the competition in 2011. Mashup, sponsored by University of Waikato and formerly only open to secondary school students, will be held on 28 and 29 March at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic's Bongard Centre. A mashup is a web page or web application that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface. The teams in the competition work with mentors from the entrepreneurial world using IT, business planning and marketing skills to create a Mashup combining two or more existing data sources.

Sub-continent to the fore in two lectures this week

This week the University of Waikato is hosting two lectures on Thursday by New Zealand India Research Institute director and Victoria University Professor of Asian History Sekhar Bandyopadhyay. Before coming to New Zealand, Professor Bandyopadhyay taught at the University of Calcutta and Kalyani University in India. The first lecture, Partition and Dalit Peasant Refugees in Eastern India, 1946-64, is on Thursday, March 26 at 12 noon in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The second lecture, New Zealand-India Relations: Challenges and Prospects, is on Thursday, March 26 at 5.20pm in KG.11. The lectures are free and open to the public.

New Zealand urged to go the extra mile to attract halal tourists 

Hotel and tourism operators are being urged to increase their efforts to grab a slice of the expanding US$137 billion a year global halal tourism market. The University of Waikato's Associate Professor Asad Mohsin will chair this year's Halal Tourism Symposium, to be held in Auckland today, Monday, 23 March. The one-day event will look at how to promote New Zealand as a 'halal friendly' destination for Muslim travelers; by making it easier for them to comply with Islamic religious beliefs during their stay. The symposium is co-sponsored by the university's Institute for Business Research (IBR) and is expected to attract about 100 attendees. Dr Mohsin says one of the biggest challenges is educating business owners on how easy it is to cater for Muslim visitors, for example by providing prayer mats and Qibla signage in hotel rooms.

Entrepreneurship in developing countries

Entrepreneurship in developing countries is the focus of a seminar being held at the University of Waikato on Wednesday March 25 presented by Dr Jonathan Scott, from Teesside University in the UK. Dr Scott is carrying out collaborative research into differences in entrepreneurship between developed and developing countries – and how this is affected by gender and ethnicity - with Waikato Management School's Professor Michele Akoorie and Dr Paresha Sinha, both from the department of strategy and human resource management. Their joint research examines access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises; business support and policy; and international comparative differences. The seminar will be held 12pm-1pm in the Management School Building, MSB4.02.

Funding boost sees Code Avengers spread its wings

A successful tech company which teaches computer coding to students has been given a $60,000 boost by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. Online Education Ltd, which operates as Code Avengers, will use the funding to help about 400 young people take part in technology-related challenges and product development exercises. Online Education was formed by University of Waikato PhD student Michael Walmsley in 2012. He has hosted Code Camps, where groups of young people spend time together learning coding, around the world along with in New Zealand and says the new funding will likely mean about eight Code Camps for 50 students will be held throughout the region. He hopes the camps will help more young people learn the possibilities available through coding.

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