Media Advisory September 14

Waikato Uni fast-tracks applications to study

Waikato University is making it easier to apply for study by hosting Applicant Day on Saturday September 19 from 10am-3pm at the Hamilton campus. It's the first event of its kind and gives prospective students, applicants and their families the opportunity to receive guidance on their study options and complete their applications on the day. For those still unsure of their study plans, Applicant Day is an opportunity to explore what the university has to offer. There will be one-on-one consultations with faculty staff, information sessions, mini lectures, and StudyLink will be on campus to provide financial information and support. For more information visit
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Kīngitanga Day

Dr Monty Soutar, the country's foremost Māori military historian will be the keynote speaker at the University of Waikato 2015 Kīngitanga Day this Thursday September 17. Dr Souter is the author of Nga Tama Toa: the Price of Citizenship about the Māori Battalion's C Company, and is working on a major publication about Māori contribution to World War I. Kīngitanga Day is held to celebrate the university's distinctive identity, heritage and relationships. There are no lectures on the day so all staff and students can attend talks, panel discussions, films and cultural sessions.
Contact: Mike Watson, 07 838 4235, or

No Longer a United Kingdom: Britain's identity Crisis

Why is one of history's most successful political unions under threat? What might be done to restore it? International expert Sir Ivor Crewe will be visiting Waikato University this week to deliver a public lecture that will look at the UK's general election of May 2015 which revealed a country more divided about its national identity and destiny than at any time since the rise of Irish nationalism more than a century earlier. Sir Ivor's academic work focuses on British politics and he has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. The lecture is tomorrow, Tuesday September 15 at 6pm in S1.04 at the University of Waikato. It is free to attend and all are welcome.
Contact: Dr Patrick Barrett, 07 858 5028, or

Another win for Slaughter

University of Waikato English lecturer Tracey Slaughter has won the 2015 Landfall Essay Competition for her essay Ashdown Place. Dr Slaughter, known more as a writer of short fiction and poetry, centred her essay about the cultural shifts that occurred in New Zealand in the 1970s and the aftermath we're still dealing with today. The Landfall Essay Competition is judged 'blind' by Landfall editor David Eggleton. Dr Slaughter receives $3000 and a year's subscription to Landfall. This win follows her success last year when she won Britain's much-coveted Bridport Short Story Prize and was shortlisted in the Manchester Poetry Prize. This year she published a novella – the longest drink in town and she has a short story collection due out next year.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Second New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge on this week

The University of Waikato will host the second New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge this Thursday and Friday. The competition challenges competitors to tackle a number of cyber security issues. This year's pirate-themed event includes a training day on Thursday September 17 from 4pm. On September 18, there is an industry job fair before a guest speaker from 1pm and the challenge proper begins at 3.30pm. Due to the increasing popularity of the challenge, this year's event has been broken into secondary, tertiary and industry sections. Organisers have filled their 150 places and are now taking registrations on a waiting list.
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Contact: Tracey Cooper, 07 858 5014, 022 071 2443, or

First for New Zealand - Waikato to host International Cello Fest 2016

World-leading cellists and cello teachers will congregate in Hamilton next year for a week-long international cello festival. Hosted by the University of Waikato, International Cello Fest 2016 will be on August 21-28, 2016. It is the first time an event of this kind has been held in New Zealand. Headlining the festival are international cellists Wolfgang Schmidt, Li-Wei Qin, Philippe Muller, and 'rock-star' Richard Aaron who will deliver concerts and master classes throughout the week. For more information, visit
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

Top financial analyst a distinguished alumnus

Hong Kong-based finance and investment expert Peter Churchouse will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato this month. Mr Churchouse is an authority on the real estate and investment industries and has more than 35 years' experience working in the Asian investment sector. He graduated from Waikato in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics, and a Master of Social Sciences. Mr Churchouse set up Morgan Stanley's first Asian office and worked there for 16 years in several senior roles. Since 2009 he has been writing "The Churchouse Letter", a newsletter that provides investment advice, mostly stemming from his extensive experience in the Asian market. He is a frequent contributor on investment in Asia and appears often on TV, radio, newspapers and as a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. Mr Churchouse will receive his Distinguished Alumni Award at a black tie event on September 25.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Celebrated Māori singer to receive prestigious Waikato University award

The New Zealander who shot to fame singing the national anthem in te reo Māori at a 1999 Rugby World Cup game in Twickenham will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato this month. Hinewehi Mohi MNZM graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Māori in 1985 and began what has become a 30-year career in television production, presenting and directing. In 1999 she released her first album, Oceania. A critical success, Oceania was the first Māori language album to be released internationally. Since then, Ms Mohi has released two more albums and was a semi-finalist in 2013's New Zealander of the Year awards. In 2004, following the birth of her daughter Hineraukatauri, who has cerebral palsy, she established the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre to support children and their families with music therapy. Ms Mohi will receive her Distinguished Alumni Award at a black tie event on September 25.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Olympic gold medallist and chef de mission a distinguished alumnus

Olympic gold medallist and New Zealand's current Chef de Mission, Rob Waddell ONZM, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato this month. Mr Waddell graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in marketing and Japanese. He was New Zealand's only gold medallist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and in the same year received his third Halberg Award, making him the first person to win Sportsperson of the Year three years in a row. Mr Waddell later joined Team New Zealand as a grinder and competed in the 2003, 2007 and 2013 America's Cup campaigns. Recently he led the New Zealand team to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as Chef de Mission, and will do the same next year to the Olympics in Rio. He will receive his Distinguished Alumni Award at a black tie event on September 25.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Café Scientifique examines the latest coastal marine research

Researchers from the University of Waikato's Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga will present a sequence of short talks at the next Café Scientifique on Monday September 21. Topics covered will include seaweed remedies for PSA, new work on Tauranga Harbour's apex predators, the development of new methods for measuring marine pollution, marine invasions, restoration of the iconic toheroa, and why the Rena volunteer clean-up crew was so successful. The next Café Scientifique on 7pm, Monday September 21 at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5. Organised by Saffron Consulting and supported by the University of Waikato, Café Scientifique is a chance to explore the latest scientific thinking and research from national and international speakers. For more information about the University's Coastal Marine Field Station visit: For Café Scientifique visit or email
Contact: Anthea McLeary, 07 557 8960, or

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