Media Advisory 1 August

Leading environmental economist to give inaugural lecture
‘Old dirt, new boots: the economics of land, water and people’ is the title of an inaugural lecture being given by Professor Graeme Doole, one of New Zealand’s leading environmental economists, at the University of Waikato on Tuesday August 16. Professor Doole has spent the past decade researching the environmental problems associated with agriculture, such as the loss of contaminants from farms into waterways. He acts as an economic advisor to the Ministry for the Environment in a joint position co-funded by the University of Waikato. A key part of his role is helping central and regional government develop insights into the economic impact of new policies to significantly improve the water quality of New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams. This free public lecture will be held at the University’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, from 5.15pm-6pm on August 16. Free parking is available in the Gate 1 carpark from 4.30pm. Inaugural professorial lectures are the university’s way of introducing its newest professors to the community.
Contact: Professor Graeme Doole, 021 102 3095, 07 838 4134, or

Scholarship for high-achievers
The University of Waikato has launched a new scholarship for high-achieving school leavers. Te Paewai o Te Rangi: The University of Waikato Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement is worth up to $25,000 over three years and will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and community citizenship. There’ll be 20 scholarships available each year, and the money may be applied to tuition fees and, where applicable, Halls of Residence fees.  Applications for Te Paewai o Te Rangi in 2017 close August 31.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Behind the beltway with Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell
What role does public opinion play in political decision-making, and how does the numbers game work in our MMP voting system? Māori Party co-leader and Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell will share his insights into what happens behind the scenes in Parliament when he gives a free public talk at the University of Waikato's Management School this Friday August 5 from 1pm-2pm. The talk, being held in MSB.1.36 on Hillcrest Road, is part of the 'Excellence in Practice' series run by the Centre for Corporate & Executive Education. Mr Flavell, who holds a Master of Arts (Māori) from the University of Waikato, worked as a teacher, school principal and CEO of a whare wānanga before being elected MP for Waiariki in 2005. Those wishing to attend, email
Contact: Associate Professor Peter Sun, 07 838 4283, or

A discussion on the role of the GP in cancer and primary care
With 22,000 New Zealanders diagnosed with cancer each year, researchers in the University’s National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis are looking at ways to help improve outcomes and reduce inequity from cancer by concentrating on the contribution that can be made through primary care. Professor of Population Health Ross Lawrenson will discuss the work he and his team are doing at a seminar on August 9 from 1pm-2pm at the university. Professor Lawrenson has a background in general practice and more than 20 years of academic research and experience.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Minimising resource use for maximal food production
University of California Professor of Anthropology Eugene N Anderson will visit Hamilton this month to give a public talk - co-hosted by the University of Waikato - titled ‘China’s Food and Environment’. For thousands of years, China has had to balance food production and environmental protection. The world is now running out of resources and will have to do better at minimising resource use for maximal food production. Professor Anderson will discuss China’s successes and failures. He has researched ethnobiology, cultural ecology, political ecology, and medical anthropology in several areas including Hong Kong, British Columbia, California and Mexico. His books include The Food of ChinaEcologies of the Heart and Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China. The free public lecture is on August 16 at 5.30pm, Exhibition Hall, Hamilton Gardens.
Contact: Associate Professor James Beattie, 07 837 9348, or

Pacific students get boost to study Applications are open for the University of Waikato’s Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders’ Scholarship, a school leaver scholarship that provides support for Pacific students to achieve academically and develop leadership skills through a tailored leadership and personal development programme. The scholarship, worth $6000 a year for up to three years, is given to students of Pacific descent who excel academically and demonstrate significant leadership potential. It was established from a $1 million bequest by the late Morrinsville farmer and accountant Edna Money, who passed away in 2013 aged 94. Applications for the Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders’ Scholarship close August 31. More information about the scholarship and how to apply can be found on the university’s website.
Contact: Melody Downs, 07 838 4094, or

Strings to their bows
Some of the world’s finest concert cellists will be performing and teaching at the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 from August 21-28 at the University of Waikato. The international cast includes Wolfgang Schmidt and Li-Wei Qin, two of the world’s best, and they’ll be joined by leading professors from the Paris Conservatoire, Philippe Muller, and the “rock-star” from New York’s Juilliard, Richard Aaron. For students who have signed up, it will be a chance to learn from and impress the international guests who will be taking master classes.  It’s not just Waikato cello students who will be participating; cello students from Australia, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK have also registered. Members of the public can attend all of the classes for $5 a session and for $100, audience members can pair the masterclass attendance with a few concerts during the week.  For more information visit
Contact: Nick Braae,

A look at the future of Europe and Brexit
A panel discussion on the future of Europe and Brexit is being held at the University of Waikato this Wednesday. Hosted by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) Waikato Branch, the discussion will be chaired by EU specialist Professor Dov Bing of the University’s International Relations and Security Studies programme. The discussion will address key issues facing the EU and the impact of the UK's referendum to leave the EU. Other members on the panel include past and present University of Waikato staff – Dr Ron Smith, former head of the International Relations and Strategic Studies programme, Dr Reuben Steff, International Relations and Security Studies programme, Dr Fiona McCormack, Anthropology programme, and Dr Derek Smith, Scottish political commentator based in the UK during the referendum and a retired Associate Professor of the School of Science. The discussion is at 6pm on Wednesday August 3 in K.G.07 (K Block, University of Waikato). This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Simon Gray,

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