Media Advisory May 25

Whatever floats your boat

The University of Waikato's annual First-Year Engineering Design Challenge race day is on June 5. During the first-year engineering paper - ENGG180 Foundations of Engineering - teams of students design and build model boats (to develop awareness of the engineering design process and foster skills such as effective team work and problem solving). The culmination of this process is to compete against each other in a race series to determine which team created the best boat (a combination of fast, manoeuvrable, and reliable). The winning student boat then competes against a staff boat. Race day is Friday, June 5 from 10am-3.30pm at Oranga Lake.

Agri-event to kick off Fieldays

The University of Waikato will host an Agri-event (5.30pm-7.30pm, June 9) to highlight and strengthen its links with industry in the lead-up to Fieldays week. The business networking event will feature a presentation on the importance of soils from Professor Louis Schipper, a panel discussion on Working with Waikato led by Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth and the presentation of the 2015 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. For more information, visit

Professors take the stage at TEDx Ruakura

University of Waikato Professors Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi have been announced as speakers at Hamilton's first TEDx event in June. Professor Kurian is a professor of political science and Professor Munshi is a professor of management communication and what brings them together is a shared concern about issues of diversity, equity, and sustainability. They are passionate about the idea of what they call sustainable citizenship and they like to work with diverse groups of people on negotiating contentious public issues. They recently completed a project on "Sustainable Citizenship: Transforming Public Engagement on New and Emerging Technologies," funded by a Marsden Grant of the Royal Society of New Zealand. They will be joined at TEDx Ruakura by Masterchef New Zealand winner Aaron Brunet, with more speakers to be announced in the coming days. TEDx Ruakura will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato on June 20. To register for the chance to purchase a ticket in the small audience, visit:

WEB days proving popular

More than 600 Year 12 and 13 students from the central North Island, along with 42 secondary school biology teachers from 22 schools, will take part in  Waikato Experience Biology days, an event run by the University of Waikato's School of Science. The days are Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday June 10. Students will attend lectures given by university academics on topics such as biotechnology, plant responses to the environment and animal behaviour, examination of human skulls, and the process of evolution. In addition, a practical laboratory session featuring key elements of biotechnology methodology will be investigated. 

Marketing Trade Show

About 300 students at the University of Waikato will present their marketing ideas for some innovative new toys and games at a Marketing Trade Show this Friday, May 29. The trade show is a practical assignment that is seen as a highlight of the introductory marketing paper MKTG151. Teams of students will compete for prizes by developing a full 'marketing mix' strategy for a hypothetical new product, based on an assigned theme, and then trying to 'sell' their product at the trade show to a panel of judges, who act as potential retail buyers. Each team must decide how to price, distribute and promote their product to a specific target market - resulting in some clever and unexpected results. Members of the public are welcome to come along, 4.30pm-7pm in the foyer on level one of the Management School Building (MSB1), Hillcrest Road.

Eco-friendly approach to business strategy challenge

Four teams of students will do battle at the 38th Waikato Management School Case Competition on Wednesday, June 3. Case comp is a competitive business strategy challenge held twice a year. Students have two weeks to research and analyse a detailed case study of a real New Zealand business; the 3R Group; an eco-friendly company in Hastings that recycles product and packaging waste for its clients. The four teams now have to pitch their recommended growth strategies for the 3R Group to a panel of external judges by explaining how they plan to double the company's revenue within three years. The Case Competition is a highlight of the strategic management paper STMG391; a capstone paper of the Bachelor of Management Studies degree. The event starts at 6.30pm in the PWC lecture theatre on campus at Waikato Management School with drinks and nibbles from 6pm. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend. For details see 

Bring in the clowns

University of Waikato third-year Theatre Studies students are presenting an anti-war documentary-musical for their annual production. It's called Oh, What a Lovely War! and it's been a challenge for senior lecturer and performance director Gaye Poole to pull together a cast of 18 who must not only to act, but sing and dance as well. The satire, written in 1963, focuses on the World War I and features musical-hall tunes, songs from the time and parodies of hymns. It's performed in a non-naturalist style with the characters written as Pierrots – sad, trusting clowns who wear loose white shirts with large buttons, satin ruffles and white pants. The actors change only their headgear and use props, such as bayonets or parasols, when they change character. Oh, What a Lovely War! runs for four nights, June 3-6 at the Academy of Performing Arts.

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