Media Advisory February 22

Monday February 22, 2016

First days at Waikato University for Pathways to excellence sorted
The first students on the University of Waikato’s Te Ara ki Angitū Pathways to Excellence programme arrive on campus this week. The 40 students come from the South Waikato towns of Tokoroa and Putaruru and will arrive via a subsidised bus put on by the university. The Te Ara ki Angitū programme has been designed to make university more accessible and was established in partnership with local communities with the support of Raukawa, Mighty River Power and ANZ. Alongside the subsidised week-day transport, students will have access to learning devices, learning hubs established in partnering schools, support and mentoring, and opportunities to apply for a fees scholarship. Tokoroa and Forest View high schools, Putaruru College and Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pātatere are the affiliated schools on the programme.
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Students get sorted for study during early O Week
While most students experience a chaotic and confusing start to tertiary study, this year the University of Waikato is doing things differently to help students get sorted before classes start. Starting today (Monday 22 February), a week earlier than previous years, first-year students will attend Uni101 academic orientation sessions to find out what to expect from their courses, where to go for health or learning support, how to budget, study or apply for jobs more effectively, and other helpful advice for getting ahead at university. To encourage attendance, there’ll be two weeks of live nightly entertainment on the Hamilton campus, featuring New Zealand artists Kora, Stan Walker, Tiki Taane and Benny Tipene, plus comedy, Chiefs rugby and more – all included in one ticket price. More information is available at
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Agri-scholarships for uni study
Former Morrinsville College student Steven Upton has picked up two ag-related scholarships to support his study at the University of Waikato. Steven, from Te Aroha, is the recipient of a DairyNZ scholarship worth up to $6,325 a year, and which will continue till he’s completed his study, and a Ballance Agri-Nutrients scholarship worth $4,000 for up to three years.  Steven is studying for a Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in Agribusiness and Economics. Lachlan McKinnon from Matamata also received a Ballance scholarship for his Bachelor of Management Studies degree majoring in International Business and Agribusiness, while science student Beth Hampton from Matamata joined Steven Upton as a DairyNZ scholarship winner.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, or

Fieldays Scholarship – calling for applicants
Applications are open for the 2016 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2012, is funded by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society and is worth up to $22,000 for one year of study. It is aimed at graduate students undertaking research in the agricultural sector at the University of Waikato. Last year’s recipient Danielle Lelievre is researching the development of flavour in the G3 cultivar of kiwifruit, a replacement for the T Hort16A kiwifruit that had been severely impacted by the Psa virus.Applications for this year’s scholarship close on 31 March, 2016.
Contact: Alison Robertson on 07 858 5135, or

Conservatorium of Music welcomes tāonga puoro collection
The University of Waikato has been gifted a new collection of tāonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments). Thanks to generous financial support of Ian Graham and Agi Lehár-Graham, the collection was commissioned by Associate Professor Martin Lodge from master carver of tāonga puoro Brian Flintoff. It is understood the University of Waikato is the first New Zealand university to commission a complete set of these instruments. A public welcome ceremony for the tāonga puoro will be held on Tuesday 8 March at 6pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The instruments will be played by leading tāonga puoro exponent Horomona Horo and New Zealand Chamber Soloists (the Conservatorium of Music’s Katherine Austin, Lara Hall and James Tennant), and feature new works by Horo, Dr Lodge, and recent Conservatorium PhD graduate Jeremy Mayall.
Contact: Associate Professor Martin Lodge, 07 837 9371, or

Publishing innovation at Waikato University
Unless you belong to a local library, it’s not every day that a book is freely available to anyone who wants to read it - let alone keep it. But this is exactly what editors Dr Noeline Wright and Dr Dianne Forbes, two Waikato University academics from the Faculty of Education, have made happen. The book, Digital Smarts: Enhancing Learning and Teaching, investigates students’ participation in their learning, and includes chapters from faculty colleagues. It is aimed at educators from the early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors who are interested in gaining insights into using effective and innovative digital technology for learning. The project came about after discussions on the idea that technologies should always be servants to pedagogy; teachers’ deliberate planning that incorporates opportunities for students to learn through or with these technologies—not the provision of technology itself. The book is free to download and keep.
Contact: Dr Dianne Forbes 07 838 4466 ext 7844 or, or Dr Noeline Wright 07 838 4466 ext 7861 or

A global perspective on lifelong learning for adults
Have you ever wondered how the learning needs of older people from across the world are different? Or what the opportunities and barriers are for learning and education between cultures and continents? Professor Brian Findsen from Waikato University’s Faculty of Education and Dr Marvin Formosa from the University of Malta have written a vivid portrayal of a variety of learning that occurs in later-life across the world. Research conducted within diverse cultures from Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australasia provides powerful insights into what motivates adult learners, including the investigation of historical provisions, policy developments, specific challenges faced within societies and success stories.
Contact: Professor Brian Findsen, 07 838 4466 ext 8257, or

How artworks come to be
How artists create their works is the subject of an art exhibition opening this week at the University of Waikato. Nothing Comes from Nothing will present the work of six Tauranga artists, Natasha Cousens, Ani Fourie, Kristian Lomath, Kyle Sattler, Hannah Wilson and Grace Wright, and aims to uncover aspects of visual art processes by showing studio installations, source material, documentation of the artists and the actual finished works – the ‘work’ component of ‘artwork’. Nothing Comes from Nothing runs from 26 February to 29 April at the Calder & Lawson Gallery, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Steph Chalmers, 07838 4147, or

New work premiered
The Waikato-based duo of James Tennant (cello) and Katherine Austin (piano) performed the world premiere of composer John Psathas’ Halo at the Auckland Town Hall last week. Both Tennant and Austin lead instrumental programmes in the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music.Halo was commissioned for the duo from Psathas by longstanding supporters of the Conservatorium, Ian Graham and Agi Léhar-Graham. Psathas has written numerous works for Tennant and Austin as members of various ensembles during the past 20 years and is widely considered one of the most important living composers of the Greek diaspora. Tennant and Austin will tour Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy this year.
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

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