Media Advisory 13 June

Collaborations highlighted at Fieldays
The University of Waikato will highlight collaborations and partnerships with industry at this year’s National Agricultural Fieldays. Using the theme of Natural Capital and Environmental Enhancement, the university will showcase research that is helping manage the impacts of water on the environment around us. Research includes the clean-up of freshwater streams, rivers and lakes, the effects of bush and forest on water, controlling the spread of invasive fish, the effect of water on city planning and how economic policies can be designed to meet environmental goals without putting pressure on the agricultural sector. Fieldays is at Mystery Creek from June 15-18. The university’s stand is located in the Mystery Creek Pavilion. For more information, head to
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

New professor to discuss why soft (marine sediment) bottoms matter
If a butterfly flaps its wings in Mexico does it cause a hurricane in China? Conrad Pilditch thinks it does. The University of Waikato biological sciences professor specialises in the processes that influence the structure and function of soft-sediment communities – in other words, a butterfly effect of how large changes can occur as a result of small actions. At his inaugural professorial lecture on June 21 at 5.15pm, Professor Pilditch will discuss his current research on soft sediments, and why we should care about them. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university’s way of introducing its latest professors to the community and are free and open to the public.
Contact: Professor Conrad Pilditch, 07 838 9393, or

What’s driving urban change in Hamilton?
A free, one-hour public seminar covering some of the big issues facing Hamilton will take place tomorrow, Tuesday June 14 at the University of Waikato. Hamilton was one of five cities investigated by the Resilient Urban Futures research programme, based at the University of Otago, which focused on where urban development is headed, urban planning and Māori, housing and infrastructure issues, environment and resilience. Speakers at the Hamilton event will be economist Associate Professor Ralph Chapman from Victoria University, Hamilton mayor Julie Hardaker and Biddy Livesey, who’s a PhD candidate at Massey studying urban development of land acquired as commercial redress through settlements under the Treaty of Waitangi. The research report Drivers of Urban Change was published in December 2015; see The seminar will be held 12pm-1pm in the Upstairs Lounge, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

International School Leadership Certificate Programme now in NZ
The University of Waikato has partnered with the Ontario Principals Council to offer the International School Leadership Certificate in New Zealand. This programme has been created for high achieving principals and other school leaders. The Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata (IPL) has brought together a team of seven New Zealand principals and two senior IPL leaders who completed their Master Trainer certificates in Ontario in October 2015. They will facilitate the programme in Auckland and Hamilton starting in August 2016. There are six modules in the Level One certificate and the content has been contextualised to fit the New Zealand education environment.
Contact: Beth Dungey, 07 348 9079, or

Conservatorium of Music presents The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, takes to the stage this week when the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music holds its annual opera production. Performed by the Conservatorium’s senior vocal students, The Marriage of Figaro is a workshopped production put together in an intensive six-week time-frame, as part of Dame Malvina Major’s new Opera Studies course. The course is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and is offered at the university. It is designed for vocal students who are either pre- or post-auditions for overseas young artists’ programmes, with the aim of preparing them for the intense pressure of being an opera singer. The role of Le nozze di Figaro will be performed by Malaysian-born baritone Clinton Fung. The Marriage of Figaro is this Friday June 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday June 19 at 6pm in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton. Tickets are available online at
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

Waikato International Cello Fest 2016
Tickets are on sale for the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016. Hosted by the University of Waikato, the festival will take place in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts from August 21-28. It is the first time an event of this kind has been held in New Zealand. The week-long event comprises six concerts featuring international guest cellists, as well as the finals of the inaugural Wallace International Cello Competition, three lunchtime concerts, daily masterclasses and panel discussions. International cellists headlining the event are Wolfgang Schmidt, Li-Wei Qin, Philippe Muller, Richard Aaron, Santiago Cañón Valencia, and Edward King. They will be joined by the university’s Conservatorium of Music staff, as well as musicians from the university and Waikato musical communities. Tickets range from $5 for the masterclasses through to $30 for concerts. For more information, visit Tickets are available from
Contact: Nick Braae, or

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