Media Advisory August 17

Is New Zealand really a multicultural society?

New Zealand has more ethnicities than there are countries in the world. We're a country made up of European, Māori, Chinese, Indian, Samoan, Filipino (and many more) ethnic groups. Many of us think New Zealand has a great quality of life, but how do our migrants feel? What are the benefits of belonging to a nation made up of so many different ethnicities? The third of the Winter Lecture Series will explore these issues in a panel discussion on Wednesday August 19, 6pm-7pm, at Hamilton City Council's Civic Reception Lounge. Hosted by comedian and columnist Raybon Kan, this panel discussion features researchers, migrants and social experts including diversity acceptance advocate Anjum Rahman, indigenous population expert Associate Professor Tahu Kukutai, International Student Advisor Huy Vu and Māori issues expert Associate Professor Leonie Pihama. 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

Waikato University launches new event in Tauranga 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 session 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 this 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

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 for students beginning at Waikato next year. 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

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

University of Waikato recruiters visit Taranaki

Future Student Advisers from the University of Waikato will be visiting Spotswood College, Inglewood High School, Stratford High School, Hawera High School, New Plymouth Girls' High School, Francis Douglas, Sacred Heart, and New Plymouth Boys' High School between Tuesday August 18 and Thursday August 20. The advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, student life and academic choices.
Contact: Susan Law, 07 838 4133, 027 478 6626, or

Conservatorium of Music presents Lehár Spectacular

The music of Franz Lehár will be brought to life this month when the University of Waikato's Conservatorium of Music holds its annual opera production. Lehár Spectacular will feature an assortment of songs from The Merry Widow through to The Count of Luxembourg and The Land of Smiles and audiences can revel in the waltzes, mazurkas and can-cans of Lehár's music. With musical direction by Dame Malvina Major and David Griffiths, this production features vocal students as chorus-members and soloists accompanied by the University Chamber orchestra made up of instrumental students and members of the community. Lehár Spectacular is on Friday August 21 at 8pm, Saturday August 22 at 8pm and Sunday August 23 at 2.30pm in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton. Tickets are $25 adults, $17.50 senior citizens, $10 students and children. For tickets, visit or phone 0800 383 5200.
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

University of Waikato recruiters at career expos and information evenings around country

Future Student Advisers from the University of Waikato will be at the Taranaki Careers Expo at TSB Stadium, New Plymouth today, Monday August 17 from 8.40am-3.30pm. They will also be at the Tauranga regional information evening on August 20 at ASB Arena, Mount Maunganui from 7pm-8.30pm. The advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, student life and academic choices.
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, 022 066 7532, or

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