Media Advisory August 03

Waikato facts feature at Winter Lecture Series

Did you know that the Tainui people originally settled in the Waikato nearly 800 years ago? Or that celebrated New Zealand author Frank Sargeson went to Hamilton Boys' High School and that his father was the town clerk? If you didn't – or even if you did – there will be plenty more to learn at the first of the University of Waikato's Winter Lecture Series. TV personality Te Radar will present a series of weird and wonderful facts about Hamilton and the greater Waikato region on this Wednesday, August 5 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from 6pm-7pm. Other facts and topics covered at the lecture include military, Māori and geographical history, artists, entertainers and well-known faces, politics and more. Free and open to the public, the Winter Lecture Series runs every Wednesday evening in August. For more information, visit the website
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

A new era without sanctions

Now that major world powers have concluded a nuclear agreement with Iran and economic sanctions will soon be lifted, Iran needs to put together a national foreign trade policy to develop a bilateral and regional trade negotiations strategy. Dr Sadeq Bigdeli, senior lecturer in law at the University of Waikato, has been appointed senior adviser and trade negotiator by Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade to oversee trade policy development. He says it's an enormous challenge for a country that has suffered for more than a decade from resource dependency and wide-ranging economic sanctions. Dr Bigdeli will give a public lecture next week titled Nuclear Deal: A Game-Changer in International Law and Diplomacy? He will talk about the underlying reasons for the success in closing the deal and what the areas of tension are that could potentially unravel the deal in the future. The lecture is this Wednesday, August 5 from 1pm-2pm in S.G.03 at the University of Waikato. Click here for more information
Contact: Dr Sadeq Bigdeli, 07 838 4466 extn 8233, 021 204 5301, or

Pacific scholarships open

Undergraduate Pacific students are encouraged to apply for the University of Waikato's $6000 Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders' Scholarship. There are three scholarships available. The scholarship, now in its second year, provides financial support along with leadership and personal development programmes over three years. Applications close on September 15, 2015. For more information visit the Pasifika at Waikato webpage or apply here.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Research in the Bay

'Inquire, Inspire' is a University of Waikato-led, Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership event bringing together local and international researchers for a day of research seminars. The keynote address will be given by University of Waikato law Professor Al Gillespie who will give a general update on the ISIS and Middle East situation, while Bay of Plenty-based researchers will cover a variety of topics, including conscious consumption; the transition of children to early year education; gifted and talented young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds; transforming outdoor education in the primary school; and MV Rena effects on water quality. For the full programme of speakers and to register for the event on Friday, August 7, 9am-3pm, visit
Contact: Dr Nigel Calder, 07 557 8753, 027 471 2262, or

Waikato University launches new event for parents

The University of Waikato is hosting its first parent information session in Tauranga to inform parents about what to expect when their children begin tertiary study. With half the year gone already, parents of children in their final year of secondary school are full of questions about tertiary study and how to help their children transition successfully into university. Group Manager Future Students Catherine Downes says the information sessions will give parents an opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance for making their child's transition a smooth one. The inaugural event will include talks from various university and faculty staff who will share information about student support services, study costs, scholarships, the application process and the difference between school and university. The session is on Thursday, August 20 from 7pm-8.30pm at the ASB Arena, ASB Park Stadium. For more information visit
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

World Vision CEO to give public talk

Chris Clarke, CEO of World Vision NZ, will give a free public talk - 'When the boat turns into a banana' - on Friday, August 14 as part of the Excellence in Practice Series hosted by the University of Waikato's Management School. Mr Clarke is motivated by his passion to alleviate poverty, and his belief that we can create a world fit for all children to thrive. He is a compelling public speaker who will reflect on his many experiences of leading an organisation through a crisis, including what worked; what didn't work; and the demands it places on the CEO and leadership teams. The event starts at 1pm in MSB1.01, level one of Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Places are limited, RSVP to or phone 0800 800 891. For details, see
Contact: Associate Professor Peter Sun, 07 838 4283, or

Free lecture on the periodic table

The University of Waikato is to host one of the Royal Society of New Zealand's Rutherford Lectures this month. The lecture is by Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger FRSNZ (Massey University) and is called "Going super heavy the end of the periodic table of elements". Professor Schwerdtfeger has received many awards, notably the Prince and Princess of Wales Science Award, Humboldt Research Prize, Fukui Medal and 2014 Rutherford Medal. His research is diverse, ranging from theoretical chemistry and physics to computer science and mathematics. He is the most highly-cited chemist and physicist in New Zealand and consistently advocates for a greater role for fundamental research in New Zealand universities. The first periodic table of the elements, proposed in 1869, was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming unstable and decaying. To book a seat, click on Register. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 11.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Baby sleep survey underway

Sleeping like a baby? Sounds simple, except when it is not. Infant sleep is one of the most challenging and controversial topics for parents and the professionals who support them. Opinions are varied and often strongly held. Dr Carrie Barber from the University of Waikato is running a study about how parents and caregivers of infants (under age two) manage night-time sleep - what they think, what they've tried, and what has worked or not worked for them. Dr Barber would like to hear people's thoughts and experiences via an online survey that asks about parenting practices, beliefs, and feelings around sleep and infant care. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is for parents or primary caregivers of children under two years old. Waikato student Horiana Jones is doing a more in-depth study of the experiences of Māori parents with infant sleep practices. Māori interested in meeting with Horiana for an interview can indicate their interest when they take the online survey, or contact Horiana directly at The survey is at
Contact: Dr Carrie Barber, 07 838 4466 ext 6685, or

Game On at Waikato

A University of Waikato programme is helping a dozen Japanese teenagers improve their rugby skills and getting a better grasp of the English language. The Game On English programme is being hosted by Waikato University's Pathways College and supported by the Waikato Rugby Union (WRU). The Under-17 players are involved in a three-week programme from July 17 until August 7 of rugby training and English lessons, along with cultural activities. Game On English was developed by Education New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with an aim to improve the English skills and sporting ability of Japan's young people. The team will train with and play the Hamilton Boys' High School U16 team and train at the UniRec gym on campus. They'll attend WRU events including an ITM Cup pre-season game and this Wednesday, August 5 there will be a certificate ceremony at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Free pregnancy workshops

Pregnancy is a time of change - physical, social, financial and psychological. These changes can be exciting and joyful, but also challenging and stressful. University of Waikato psychologist Dr Carrie Barber has a special interest in fostering wellbeing and healthy coping during pregnancy. Dr Barber and fellow psychologist Bridgette Masters-Awatere have developed a series of free workshops to help pregnant women and their partners or support people. The workshops are intended to offer ideas about how to manage the psychological challenges and changes of pregnancy. The workshops run for four weeks, on Saturday mornings from 10am-11.30am in Hamilton. The first workshop is on Saturday, August 8, and the series will be repeated several times over the next few months. Each session will include information, self-assessment activities, and discussion. Pregnant women and partners/support person can attend the workshops at any time during their pregnancy or even in the planning stages before pregnancy. Registrations are essential.
Registration and contact: Dr Carrie Barber, 07 837 9921, or, or Bridgette Masters-Awatere, 07 837 9228, or

Inspiring panel discussion featuring renowned New Zealand artists

A panel discussion by New Zealand creative experts will take place at the University of Waikato's Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts this month. The on-stage conversation 'Creative Confluences: Merging art practices and inter-disciplinary collaborations' will be led by Julianne Pierce, Chair of the Emerging and Experimental Arts Strategy Panel of the Australia Council and Creative Producer of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The panel will also consist of renowned New Zealand artists, academics and cultural innovators – Lisa Reihana, Deborah Lawler-Dormer and Jennifer Gillam. Taking place on Thursday, August 13 at 7pm, the event follows on from the launch of Reuben Paterson's exhibition. It aims to bring together diverse communities and individuals in order to expand their interest in multidisciplinary interactions and cross-disciplinary processes. 'Creative Confluences' is a free event and open to the general public.
Contact: Dr Isabelle Delmotte, 07 858 5271, or

Information session for future management students

Are you interested in studying business and management next year? High school leavers, parents/whanau, career switchers and mature students are invited to attend an information evening at the University of Waikato's Management School on Wednesday, August 26 from 5pm-7pm, to learn more about their study options. The evening will provide an overview of the wide choice of qualifications and subjects offered, and details of scholarships, accommodation and career services. The event will be held in the Level One foyer of Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. At 5pm, there will be a presentation from management students who have undertaken internships at various companies to gain hands-on business experience as part of their bachelor's degree. At 5.30pm, 'Two Kids at University' – Louis Davis and Jules Bohumil Craft – will share some insights about Waikato's vibrant student culture, and making the most of the opportunities offered. Staff will be available afterwards to answer any questions. Parking available off Gate 10, Silverdale Road.
Contact: Emma Kay, 07 858 5080, or

Information session for Postgraduate Certificate in Management

Interested in studying a Postgraduate Certificate in Management at the University of Waikato's Management School? Come along to an information session this Wednesday, August 5, from 6pm-7pm, to learn more about what the programme involves. The certificate is designed for those who already have at least two years' work experience in a supervisory/management role, but don't have a tertiary qualification to back it up. Management experience can be demonstrated by leading people, projects or teams. Delivered in an interactive learning environment, this programme offers practical and real-life business skills which can be applied immediately to existing workplace situations. The session is in BG.24, Ground Floor, B Block, University of Waikato. For more details see
Contact: Cathie Breeuwer, 07 838 4677, or

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