Media Advisory February 29

Monday February 29, 2016

Modern Māori men
When we think of today’s Māori men, we’re inclined to think staunch, stoic, strong, and often silent. But early colonial writers often talked of Māori men being very physical and more emotional, even more feminine, than the ‘Victorian Gentlemen’ they were encountering. New Dean of Waikato University’s School of Māori and Pacific Development Professor Brendan Hokowhitu has researched what he calls Māori modernities, or how Māori have interacted, evolved or devolved in a postcolonial era, including in relation to masculinity. In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture next month, Professor Hokowhitu will outline his research that covers Māori participation in sport and the reasons for it, Māori masculinity in general, and the media’s interface with Māori, whether that be stereotypical representations of Māori or how Māori have taken up media to represent themselves. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the University’s way of introducing new professors to the community. Professor Hokowhitu’s lecture will take place on Tuesday 15 March at 5.15pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton campus.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, 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) and a public welcome ceremony will be held next week, Tuesday 8 March at 6pm at the university’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.  The collection has been made possible through the generous financial support of former University of Waikato Dean Ian Graham and his wife Agi Lehár-Graham. The instruments were 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. The welcome ceremony will include performances on the instruements 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

Long ride for Waikato law graduate
He’s cycled the length of New Zealand and the width of Australia, and on Saturday Waikato University alumnus Tim Chittock set out on his attempt to set a Guinness World Record for cycling the Indian Golden Quadrilateral. To set a new world record, Tim will have to cycle 300km a day to make the distance within 20 days. The record is measured in days, hours, minutes and seconds to the nearest 0.001 seconds. The 24-year-old completed a Bachelor of Laws and Economics last year.  He will have a support team with him in India, and says the New Zealand High Commission has been “amazing” helping him to prepare for the long ride.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419 or

Powhiri for new staff and students
New staff and hundreds of new and returning students came to the University of Waikato’s welcoming powhiri last week held at Te Kohinga Marama Marae. Among them were the 40 students on the University’s Te Ara ki Angitū Pathways to Excellence programme.  The students come from the South Waikato towns of Tokoroa and Putaruru and have the use of a subsidised bus put on by the university to bring them on campus. 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.
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Mooting competition open
Secondary school students who want to get a taste of law and experience the thrill of the court room can take part in the University of Waikato’s Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition.  Registrations are open to teams from any New Zealand high school. A moot is a legal debate in a courtroom setting with a judge or a panel of judges. Students get to work on real cases and decide how to apply their argument to an area of uncertainty in the law, and then present their case to a panel of judges and an opposing team. Competition co-ordinator Cheryl Green from Te Piringa Faculty of Law says the competition helps students develop legal reasoning, the principles of legal research, learn the process of litigation and courtroom etiquette and procedures. For more information go to:
Contact: Diana Maliseva 07 838 4466 ext 6477 or

A global perspective on lifelong learning for adults
With an ageing population, it’s become even more important to understand the learning needs of older people. Professor Brian Findsen from Waikato University’s Faculty of Education and Dr Marvin Formosa from the University of Malta have completed an international study to find out what the opportunities and barriers are for learning and education and how they differ from country to country, and across cultures.  They 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 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

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