Media Advisory April 26

University of Waikato high performance centre opens in Tauranga
The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance officially opens in Tauranga this week. Based at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui, the centre is a collaboration between Tauranga City Council, Bay Venues and the University of Waikato - the tertiary partner. The university has a laboratory and environmental chamber in the centre which is already home to the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union (Sevens). The university’s laboratory is used for sports science and research as well as athletic performance testing, while the hi-tech environmental chamber’s capabilities include the ability to control specific heat and humidity requirements. The chamber can also simulate a high-altitude environment, essential for travelling athletes. The centre, which also boasts a high-performance gym, plunge pools and specialist training zones, is formally opened on Thursday, April 28.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 027 678 0743, or

Stakeholder breakfasts to update business leaders
The University of Waikato is holding its annual stakeholder breakfasts in Hamilton and Tauranga this week. The stakeholder breakfasts provide the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley with an opportunity to update community and business leaders with a summary of 2015, and plans and opportunities coming up in 2016. The Hamilton breakfast is on Thursday morning, April 28 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, and the Tauranga breakfast is on Friday morning, April 29 at Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent Tauranga.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Books commemorating Māori involvement in WWI launched
In commemoration of Anzac Day and the 100-year anniversary of World War I, the University of Waikato’s School of Māori and Pacific Development has welcomed the presentation of two books that outline family perspectives of their tūpuna who served in World War I. Maiea te Tupua, Maiea te Tawhito is the Māori version of the book and DVD launched on Anzac Day 2015. It is the tale of seven young Waikato-Maniapoto men as told by their families compiled by Senior Lecturer Tom Roa and Maehe Paki. The second book, The Last Maopo, is the story of Lance Corporal Wiremu Kaihau Maopo who served with the 2nd Māori Contingent, by alumna Tania Simpson who serves on the Reserve Bank Board.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

New grammar TED-Ed proves popular
A University of Waikato linguist’s TED-Ed about grammar had 100,000 views during its first 72 hours and people just keep on watching. Dr Andreea Calude, a senior lecturer in general and applied linguistics, says she was watching a TED-Ed and thought she’d like to do one on the differences between written and spoken language. She sent off her pitch to New York and was told not to get too excited because they get so many proposals. But a short time later she received a message to say TED-Ed were interested in her subject, and after an hour-long Skype interview with a TED-Ed producer it was all systems go. Six months and 10 drafts later, followed by a collaboration with an animator, and Does Grammar Matter? was online at  ons/does-grammar-matter-andreea-s-calude Alongside it, viewers can respond by answering questions about the subject or “dig deeper” to find out more, and participate in an online discussion.
Contact: Dr Andreea Calude, 07 838 4466 ext 9339, or

Graduations this week
This week the University of Waikato has graduation ceremonies in Hamilton at Te Kohinga  Mārama Marae on campus on Wednesday, April 27 at 9.30am and 1.30pm, and a Tauranga graduation on Friday 29 April at Holy Trinity, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga from 2pm. These graduations follow on from ceremonies held last week at Claudelands Event Centre at which three Honorary Doctorates were conferred to former Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Roy Crawford, Archbishop Sir David Moxon and Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Alumna’s project aims to help athletes achieve their dreams
Hayley Gilchrist knows how difficult it can be to achieve sporting success when you don’t have the funding and resources to support you. The sport and leisure studies graduate, who competed nationally in hurdling and athletics, saw a need for a professional profiling service for athletes that is affordable and accessible to non-funded athletes. She’s set up a Pledge Me page to raise funds for a start-up project to provide testing for athletes to develop a performance profile that can be used to compare performances between the athlete and the national and international standards of their chosen sport. Called ProPerformance, the project’s mission is to provide athlete performance profiling services to talented athletes who might not have had access or opportunity otherwise in order to advance in their chosen sport. Open-access athlete profiling is a service currently not available in the Waikato, and funds raised will go towards purchasing testing equipment and to cover initial marketing and administration costs.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401,

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