Media Advisory 8 August

30% discount on BUSIT fares for Waikato University students
University of Waikato students will get a 30% discount on adult BUSIT fares in a new agreement signed with Waikato Regional Council. It is expected the 12-month trial offer will take effect by February 1 next year. The decision is due to be ratified by council at its meeting on Thursday 25 August. The discounted fares will be available to all University of Waikato students paying with a BUSIT card and travelling on any of the regional council’s buses into and out of Hamilton, or within the city. A university student on a Hamilton bus will pay just $1.70 – down from the $3.30 adult cash fare and 30% less than a $2.40 adult BUSIT card rate. The university will fund the scheme from some of the income from the introduction of paid parking on the Hamilton campus this year. Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley said paid parking was introduced to alleviate pressure on land, and to ensure the university is being as sustainable as possible.
Contact: Peta Goldsworthy, 07 858 5178, 027 678 0743, or

University to boost contribution to Tauranga CBD campus project
The University of Waikato has announced it plans to spend an extra $15 million to produce a Tauranga CBD campus of the highest possible standard. The university is leading the campus development project on behalf of the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership. The campus will provide targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, along with applied research which will create solutions for regional issues. The campus will be built on Durham St and is scheduled to open by 2020. The university Council has approved additional funding of $15 million, on top of the already-promised $10 million for the project. The campus has $30 million of community funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, and will sit on land donated by Tauranga City Council. Estimates show an 8600 sq m building with the quality needed for a modern tertiary environment will cost about $55 million rather than the $40 million predicted some years ago. Keep up to date with the project via the webpage.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 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 of Waikato’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 tomorrow, Tuesday 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

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

A hand in the Olympic programme
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to include five new sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics —baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing — thanks in part to research carried out by two University of Waikato academics. In 2015 Associate Professors Belinda Wheaton and Holly Thorpe won a grant from the IOC to study 'Youth perceptions of the Olympic Games: Attitudes towards action sports at the Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games' and their final report played an important role in informing the latest IOC decision to include skateboarding, surfing and sport-climbing in the Tokyo programme. The research identified the challenge the IOC faces to stay relevant to contemporary youth amid changing sport participation and consumption patterns and growing competition from mega-events such as the X Games. Dr Thorpe says the inclusion of these new action sports is the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history.
Contacts: Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton Wheaton, 07 838 4466 ext 6205, 021 083 61018, or, or Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, 07 856 2889 ext 6528, 021 311 143, or

A better share of the energy profits
University of Waikato Law Professor Barry Barton has been in oil-rich Nigeria talking to senior government representatives and energy industry players about new and fairer ways for profit distribution. The professor is a member of Academic Advisory Group (AAG) of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), an international research network focussing on energy and resources issues. Traditionally national governments have reaped and spent most of the profits from energy, but more and more communities are feeling short-changed and want the benefits distributed to different levels of society. Professor Barton and his fellow AAG researchers have studied different compensation options from all around the world and Professor Barton says law and law reform can ensure that the concept of sharing with the community produces outcomes that promote stability, democracy, and social justice.
Contact: Professor Barry Barton, 07 838 4187, 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

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,

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