Media Advisory August 24

An ode to Hamilton

The University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series finishes this week on a light-hearted note with comedian Jan Maree hosting a panel of well-known Hamiltonians sharing what they love most about the Tron. The panel includes Jesse O'Brien from the Hamilton Mafia Project, heavy metal musician Paul "The Axeman" Martin, geographer Professor Robyn Longhurst and several people who have made Hamilton their home after living abroad. The final lecture is free and open to the public and is at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Wednesday August 26, 6pm-7pm. View previous lectures on the university's YouTube channel: For more information visit the Winter Lecture Series website:
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Information session for future management students

Are you interested in studying business and management next year? High school leavers, parents/whānau, career switchers and mature students are invited to attend an information evening at the University of Waikato's Management School this 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, 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 student culture, and making the most of the opportunities offered. Staff will be available afterwards to answer questions. Parking available off Gate 10, Silverdale Road.
Contact: Emma Kay, 07 858 5080, or

Contributions of academic trio acknowledged

Three former academics were awarded honours by the University of Waikato on August 11. Professor Bevan Grant, in absentia, was made an Emeritus Professor, Associate Professor Michael Goldsmith and Dr Murray Jorgensen were made Honorary Fellows. Emeritus Professor Grant was recognised for his outstanding academic leadership, research productivity and teaching quality in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies. Dr Goldsmith joined the staff in 1977 as a lecturer in sociology in the School of Social Sciences and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. Dr Murray Jorgensen was recognised for his contribution to the field of statistics after being on the staff for 27 years.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Māori adviser journeys up north

University of Waikato Senior Future Student Adviser – Māori, Alonzo Mason, will be visiting Northland College, Okaihau College, TKKM O Kaikohe, Opononi Area School, Broadwood Area School, Kaitaia College, Kaitaia Abundant Life School, Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, Taipa Bay Area School, Whangāroa College, and Kerikeri High School between today, Monday August 24 and Thursday August 27. Alonzo and advisers from other tertiary institutions will speak to students about the benefits of beginning tertiary study.
Contact: Alonzo Mason, 027 448 5792, or

Topics of relevance to be discussed at psychological conference

This year's annual conference of the New Zealand Psychological Society, being held at the University of Waikato from August 28–31, will feature a number of keynote international speakers including the UK's Professor Julian Elliott, who says the term 'dyslexia' should be abandoned, will deliver his presentation The Dyslexia Debate. Also among the lineup is USA's Associate Professor John Briere who will address new developments in the treatment of complex trauma. The conference brings together psychologists from a range of backgrounds and perspectives to discuss and debate significant issues in their fields and to network with colleagues to develop research, theory, and applications in psychology. Topics include clinical, community, health, developmental, industrial-organisational, forensic, bicultural, and international issues in the field. For more information visit
Contact: Dr Carrie Barber, 07 838 4466 ext 9221, or 

A mission to improve water quality

The Ministry for the Environment has teamed with Waikato University Management School to fund a chair in environmental economics. Professor Graeme Doole's appointment is for four years in which time he'll provide independent economic advice to regional councils across New Zealand as they develop new policies to improve the water quality of rivers, lakes and streams. His appointment comes in the wake of the government's new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, which requires regional councils to introduce rules for managing freshwater assets by 2025, in consultation with community stakeholders. A key aspect of Professor Doole's job will be to increase skills capacity by training regional and central government staff how to conduct high-quality economic analysis of proposed plans for managing water resources. He says to improve water quality we're going to have to radically change the way we're managing land. That may be costly he says and could involve difficult trade-offs among different stakeholder groups.
Contact: Professor Graeme Doole, 07 838 4134, 021 102 3097, or

The job of the coroner

After 35 years as a coroner, eight as New Zealand's first Chief Coroner, Neil MacLean QSO will talk about his job at this year's Harkness Henry Lecture, hosted by University of Waikato's Te Piringa – Faculty of Law. The recently retired judge will talk about coronial death investigation and legislation, the origins and development of the office of Coroner, a legal institution that predates the Magna Carta, through to the present in the context of comparative reforms in Australia, England and Wales. He'll also have some thoughts on the future of the office. The Harkness Henry lecture will be held on Tuesday September 8 at 6.15pm in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Academy of Performing Arts.
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

Free workshops designed to look at pregnancy changes 

Pregnancy is a time of change—physical, social, financial and psychological. These changes can be exciting and joyful, but also challenging and stressful, and can also be an opportunity for both parents to look at their values, lifestyle, and traditions, while preparing themselves for parenting. Dr Carrie Barber is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Waikato with a special interest in fostering wellbeing and healthy coping during pregnancy. Dr Barber and fellow psychologist Bridgette Masters-Awatere have developed a workshop to help pregnant women and their partners or support people. The free workshop is intended to offer ideas about how to manage the psychological challenges and changes of pregnancy and will run for four weeks in September on Saturdays from 10am-11.30am (approximately) at River Ridge East Birth Centre in Hamilton. 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 their partners/support person can attend the workshop at any time during their pregnancy, or even in the planning stages before pregnancy.
Contact: Dr Carrie Barber, 07 837 9921, or

University of Waikato in Tauranga hosts Psychology Careers Expo

The University of Waikato and the New Zealand Psychological Society are hosting the third Psychology Careers Expo in the Bay of Plenty on Tuesday August 25. This free event showcases careers available as a professional psychologist and is aimed at school leavers, people who have started degrees and those who are considering postgraduate study. The expo will include a wide range of speakers from across the profession and runs from 1.30pm-3.30pm in room H110, Windermere Campus, Tauranga.
Contact: Dr Rebecca Sargisson, 07 557 8673, or

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