Media Advisory September 28

Singer, Olympian and financial analyst are 2015 Distinguished Alumni

A renowned Māori singer, Olympic gold medallist and a Hong Kong-based financial expert are 2015 University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni. Hinewehi Mohi, Rob Waddell and Peter Churchouse were formally presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards by the university's Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley at an event on Friday September 25. Ms Mohi was recognised for her contributions to Māori, philanthropy and the performing arts. Mr Waddell was recognised for his achievement in sport and his contributions to the community, and Mr Churchouse received his award for his achievements in the investment and finance industries. For event photos, contact Nicola Lee.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 848 4401,

Kiwis v Aussies at 3MT competition in Brisbane

University of Waikato PhD student Onyekachi Raymond is about to head off to the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on October 2 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Raymond was the winner of Waikato University's 2014 competition, also taking out the People's Choice Award. From the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Raymond's presentation is entitled "The Beauty Without the Beast: A Chemical Search for Beryllium's Partner". Beryllium is an indispensable but toxic metal used in high-tech devices such as smartphones and computers. Raymond's research looks at finding chemical agents that help remove beryllium from devices when they are disposed of. This year's Waikato University's 3MT final is on Wednesday October 21. Ten PhD candidates will pitch their research to a general audience from 7pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Concert Chamber. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

On yer bike

Cycling trends are the focus of a two-day seminar taking place this week and hosted by the University of Waikato and the Home of Cycling at Cambridge's Avantidrome. A range of researchers from New Zealand and overseas, representatives from sporting organisations, policy makers and recreation administrators are coming together to consider the state of cycling and where it's heading. Things they'll consider are the shifting trends around cycling as transport, sport, play and leisure over time and across lifespans, and look at research about participation and performance, gender, ethnicity, city planning and ageing populations. They'll also look at elite cycling and new bike technology. The keynote speaker is Andrew Matheson, CEO of Cycling NZ. To view the programme go to:
Contact: Dr Rebecca Olive on 07 838 4466 ext 6528, or 022 429 3422, or

PhD focus on whānau

A University of Waikato PhD student is "going home" to do her research. Te Urukeiha Raharuhi will be studying the wellbeing of her iwi, Ngāti Hinekura in Rotoiti, and has been awarded a University of Waikato Te Kotahi Research Institute Scholarship to help fund her study. The scholarship is worth up to $85,000. Te Urukeiha's research will focus on the physical things her whānau does on a daily basis and what motivates them to engage in different activities, whether it be sport or simply having a daily meal together. She wants to hear about their different experiences of wellbeing, and what things contribute and enhance their lives. It's not so much about Māori or indigenous wellbeing in general, but about her whānau and how genealogy influences their wellbeing. Te Urukeiha will continue to work part-time job as a tourist guide at Te Puia, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua while she studies.
Contact: Te Urukeiha Raharuhi on 027 765 1803, or

Performing with the very best

University of Waikato cello player Sam Lucas is heading to Australia this week to compete as one of six finalists in Australia's third largest music competition; the Melbourne Recital Centre's Great Romantics Competition. Sam has recently returned from a six-week tour of the United Kingdom with his cello quartet 'Quattro', after winning the 2014 ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship Competition. While overseas the group performed numerous concerts and Sam even performed solo at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the largest arts festival in the world.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

IT girls on campus

A desire to make IT more attractive to female secondary school students has prompted the University of Waikato to host two female-only computer coding workshops during the school holidays. The workshops, on October 2 and 9, are open only to secondary school aged girls and will teach them to code in a fun and safe environment with other girls also interested in IT. No previous experience is necessary. However, attendance at the first workshop is required to go to the second, unless students have some experience of HTML and CSS. The three hour workshops are free and organiser Nilesh Kanji says interest has been strong.
Contact: Tracey Cooper, 07 858 5014, 022 071 2443, or

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