Media Advisory 5 September

Kīngitanga Day at University of Waikato this Thursday
Kīngitanga Day is an annual event that recognises the University of Waikato’s unique identity, distinctive culture and special relationships with Waikato-Tainui, other iwi and especially the Kīngitanga. This year’s programme features a guest panel of speakers from different iwi and backgrounds who will give their perspectives on the concept of kotahitanga (unity). On the guest panel is Che Wilson from the Ministry for the Environment, Taumata Associates director Dr Will Edwards, Reserve Bank director Tania Simpson and Veronica Tawhai, a lecturer in policy and politics at Massey University. There will also be a range of talks and other panel discussions, including Haoura Māori with Waikato University’s Professor Ross Lawrenson, Tom Roa and Dr Tahu Kukutai who will discuss key issues in Māori health. Presentations are mostly in English but some are in Te Reo Māori. No classes are scheduled on the day, which gives staff and students a chance to get involved. Kīngitanga Day is this Thursday September 8 from 9am, all activities are free and the community is welcome to attend. For more information, and to see the full programme and speaker list, visit
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

New Dean of Health, Sport and Human Performance to deliver inaugural lecture
Professor Alan St Clair Gibson will deliver his Inaugural Professorial Lecture at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on September 20 at 5.15pm. A former medical doctor, Professor St Clair Gibson joined the newly created Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance in July as Dean. Before joining the University of Waikato he spent nine years in leadership positions in faculties at the University of Northumbria in the UK, as an adjunct at the University of Worcester, and at the University of Free State in South Africa where he ran a medical school of 28 medical departments across the province. At Waikato, Professor St Clair Gibson will oversee the development of the new Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance and the development of its academic and research programmes. 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: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

From Cornell to Waikato – brain expert is coming home
An expert on aspects of brain injury and recovery is returning to the Waikato from the US to join the University of Waikato’s new Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance. Dr Brett Langley, who completed bachelor and masters degrees at Waikato and a PhD at Auckland, has most recently been based at Cornell University but is coming home to work closely with the Dean of the new faculty, Professor Alan St Clair Gibson, to develop and implement a pan-university programme and culture in health, sport and human performance. Dr Langley will develop the first comprehensive programme in concussion and sports-related brain injury in New Zealand.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Funding awarded for indigenous knowledge research
A research project by Dr Hemi Whaanga from the University of Waikato’s School of Māori and Pacific Development was one of 10 announced for funding by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce last week. The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge will this year invest $826,000 in the 10 new research projects to develop disruptive technology for industry. Dr Whaanga’s project - Te Tāhū o te Pātaka Whakairinga Kōrero: Next Generation Indigenous Knowledge - will receive funding of up to $255,000 over three years. The project is one of two new Vision Mātauranga research projects that seek to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Dr Whaanga’s project looks at the need to formulate a framework for Next Generation Indigenous Data and Knowledge Management in eResearch.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

University hosts Applicant Day in Hamilton
The University of Waikato will host its second annual Applicant Day on the Hamilton campus on Saturday September 17 from 9am-2pm. Applicant Day 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

What’s wrong with our justice system?
One of New Zealand’s longest-serving judges, the Honourable Sir Ron Young, will address issues in New Zealand’s justice system when he gives the annual Harkness Henry Lecture at the University of Waikato this week. Sir Ron will outline how the right of a defendant to a fair trial and the public’s right to a fair and properly funded criminal justice system have been compromised, stemming from a variety of sources, including reduced legal aid for defence lawyers, unavailability of expert witnesses for the defence, reduced and changed funding for Crown solicitors and Crown Law, the effect of lobby groups such as the Sensible Sentencing Trust, and some recent legislative changes including the three strikes law. The lecture “Has the New Zealand Criminal Justice System been compromised?” is open to the public and is this Wednesday September 7 from 6.15pm in PWC lecture theatre in the Management School Building, with pre-lecture drinks from 5.30pm in room N.1.03, the new Law Building on Hillcrest Road.
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

Expansion of Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence
An initiative launched by the University of Waikato last year in South Waikato is being extended to other schools and communities across the wider Waikato region. Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence focuses on making the university more accessible to students of regional secondary schools and communities of the Waikato. The programme provides students with additional support to assist with the transition to university study, including a subsidised daily bus service to and from selected Waikato towns, the availability of fees scholarships worth up to $5000, and a whānau/common room on campus. From 2017, the programme will be available to students from the Otorohanga and Waitomo districts, Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako and North Waikato districts. Students who join the programme can apply for Te Ara ki Angitū scholarships online until September 14 and will commence study in 2017. The DV Bryant Trust, a strong supporter of the university and one of the longest-running philanthropic trusts in the Waikato, has come on board as a major sponsor, joining ANZ, Mighty River Power and Raukawa Charitable Trust.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, 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

New book launched on Māori psychology
Senior Research Officer from the University of Waikato’s Māori and Psychology Research Unit Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki and community psychologist Dr Michelle Levy have launched a new book on Māori and indigenous psychology in Aotearoa. Centred on the story of one woman and her family, the 18 authors honour the saying, ‘No bird flies the same’.  Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga presents a collective vision for an indigenous psychology that honours unique Māori perspectives when caring for whānau. Dealing with a range of psychological and social issues, the book’s theme offers a message of hope and resonates with a range of therapeutic stories from a mātauranga Māori worldview. Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga represents the accumulated desires and aspirations of Māori psychologists for more than 20 years, realising a long held vision to claim an indigenous space in psychology. The book will provide a solid foundation for Māori psychologists to build a uniquely indigenous psychology for Aotearoa/New Zealand. Supported by the New Zealand Psychological Society, and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Centre of Excellence, the book is a resource for whānau, schools, practitioners, researchers and academics.  
Contact: Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, 0275 737 493, or

Action sports in new-look Olympics
A one-day symposium funded by the International Olympic Studies Centre is taking place at the University of Waikato this month. Its main focus will be on the significant changes at the Olympic Games, including the inclusion of action sports, and what this means for New Zealand sports federations, organisations, industry and athletes. Symposium co-organiser Associate Professor Holly Thorpe says Agenda 2020 is likely to radically change the landscape of the Olympic Games and the symposium is therefore relevant for all people interested in the growth and development of high performance sport in New Zealand. Dr Thorpe says the event is a world-first and aims to ensure New Zealand is well-prepared to make the most of new opportunities on offer for emerging and elite athletes. The symposium is in MSB.1.37 on September 21 from 10am-5pm. To register, contact
Contact: Associate Professor Holly Thorpe, 021 311 143, or

Cyber security scholarship awardedUniversity of Waikato software engineering student Jeremy Symon has been awarded the 2016 Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship worth $25,000. The former Hamilton Boys’ High School student is in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)(Software Engineering), and as well as the scholarship’s financial support, will receive industry experience working on a research project at Gallagher. The Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship was established in 2015 to support academically talented students studying towards a Master of Cyber Security (MCS) at the University of Waikato. Jeremy was presented with the award by Sir William Gallagher at Gallagher in Hamilton and the event was attended by guests including Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

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