Media Advisory 26 September

New name signals new direction for Māori and indigenous studies at Waikato 
The School of Māori and Pacific Development at the University of Waikato is now the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies – a name change that will bring enhanced programme offerings and pan-university teaching and research collaboration. The new name for the faculty comes within the context of the university’s plans to create more flexible degree programmes under the Curriculum Enhancement Programme and the addition of Indigenous Studies places the faculty within the broader international indigenous discipline. From 2018 the Faculty will offer two majors in its degree programmes: Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo Māori. A third major, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, will be taught in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

New scholarships to celebrate Māori and indigenous studies
The School of Māori and Pacific Development is now called the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, and to celebrate, the University has announced 15 new scholarships to support entry into a Bachelor of Arts major in the new faculty. Applications for Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies Scholarship for Academic Distinction are open now and will be awarded to 15 outstanding school-leavers to study in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Each scholarship is worth $10,000 and applications close 31 October. Find out more online:
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Free public lecture from leading health researchers
The University of Waikato, in association with the Health Research Council, is hosting a free public lecture by two of the university’s leading health researchers – Professor of Population Health Ross Lawrenson and Research Fellow Dr Byron Malaela Sotiata Seiuli. Professor Lawrenson has been a principal and named investigator on several HRC-funded projects and his research focuses on the provision of services for Māori, Pacific, low socio-economic and rural people. Dr Seiuli is currently the principal investigator for an HRC-funded project looking at intimate partner relationships and mental health experiences among Pasifika tertiary male students in New Zealand and the Pacific. The lecture is on campus on October 5 from 5.30pm-7pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Australian indigenous professors to visit
The University of Waikato will host a group of indigenous professors from Australia next week, October 3-5. They’ll be guests of the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies and will join faculty staff in a number of lectures and discussions. Among them will be long-time academic Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, a Goenpul woman of the Quandamooka people from Moreton Bay. She’s Distinguished Professor and Dean of Indigenous Research and Engagement at Queensland University of Technology and Director of the Australian Research Council’s National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). Her research and writing has focused on the experience of Aboriginal Australians since colonial settlement and issues of race and whiteness studies, post-colonialism, women's studies and indigenous feminism, indigenous studies, native title law and Aboriginal land rights. Professor Moreton-Robinson will give a public lecture ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty, Foucault, and the Limits of Power’, on Wednesday October 5 from 1pm-2pm in A.G.30.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Hamilton and Tauranga students become start-up experts
University of Waikato and Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students can become entrepreneurs this summer. Start-Up Waikato (formerly Summer Start-Up Scholarship Programme) and Project Ignite will run in Hamilton and Tauranga respectively to help students get their business or project ideas off the ground. The programmes run for 10 weeks from November to February. Students receive a $5000 scholarship, mentoring from a professional start-up coach and access to a shared working space. Students from last year’s programme managed to start their own businesses as a result. Nikki Kennedy started a designer homewares company to help revitalise the Māori language and Mitchell McNae started a retail business which supplied frozen lemon wedges to local bottle stores. Applications for the 2016/17 summer programmes close October 7. Visit and for more information.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

A Taste of Marketing  
Waikato University’s management school is hosting a marketing trade show to help inspire students and members of the public to bring their creative ideas to life. The trade show will showcase what is involved studying marketing at Waikato University first-hand. First- and second-year students will be competing for prizes by developing an innovative pet product or service and then pitching their idea and marketing strategy to the trade show judges. The trade show is a practical assignment and a highlight of Waikato’s introductory marketing paper MKTG151. This free event is on October 7 from 5pm-7pm in Waikato Management School’s Level one foyer.
Contact: Quentin Somerville, 07 837 9292, or, or Joanna Green, 07 837 9437, or

Applicant Evening in Tauranga
The University of Waikato held its second Applicant Day on the Hamilton Campus on Saturday. For those who missed the Hamilton event, Applicant Evening will be taking place in Tauranga this Thursday September 29 from 5.30pm-8.30pm. The event is a chance for applicants and their families to visit the University of Waikato, speak one-to-one with faculty staff and students about study options and paper selections, and receive information necessary to complete an application to study. Applicants can also learn about scholarships, student support, the Halls of Residence, careers, and sports and cultural clubs on campus. Students can register attendance to go in the draw to win an Apple iPad Air 2
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

Opera and kapa haka combine to tell the Waikato River’s story
Writer Witi Ihimaera has joined forces with Hamilton composer Janet Jennings, University of Waikato senior lecturer Tom Roa and university staff and students in a music drama production about the Waikato River. ‘Flowing Water: A Story of the Waikato River’ tells the history of the Waikato River and the peoples it has nurtured – Māori, Pakeha, and later migrants. The first scene will be performed at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts this Friday September 30 and will feature the university’s kapa haka group, Te Waiora o Te Whare Wānanga. Other artists involved in the production include senior fellow in music Dame Malvina Major, music lecturers Rachael Griffith-Hughes and James Tennant, pianist Francis Cowan and voice teacher Glenese Blake. The first full production will take place in early 2018.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Information sessions in Hamilton, Rotorua and Tauranga
The University of Waikato is hosting several events in the coming months to help prospective students and their parents learn more about applying for university. At these events, students and parents can talk to university staff for advice on study options, help with paper selections and guidance on the enrolment process. Check the information session website for upcoming dates, times and locations:
Contact: Catherine Downes, 07 838 4156, or

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