Media Advisory 10 October 2016

University of Waikato international partnership first of its kind
The University of Waikato has become the first New Zealand university to be approved to teach and award its degrees in China. Starting in September 2017, the University of Waikato will establish a joint Institute with Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) which will allow students to complete their degree studies in China and receive a dual degree from both universities. ZUCC is an independent college of Zhejiang University – one of the top three universities in Ch ina. The first intake of students will be able to study for degrees in finance, media and creative technologies, and computer graphic design.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Waikato students strategise for big-name fashion retailer
Waikato Management School students will present their business growth strategies for Stretton Group, one of New Zealand’s most successful fashion companies, at the Case Competition at Waikato University this Wednesday October 12. Teams will be given 10 minutes to present their recommended strategies before they face a grilling from the judges. The Case Competition is sponsored by PWC and is a highlight of the strategic management paper STMG391, a capstone paper of the Bachelor of Management Studies degree. The event starts at 6.30pm in the PWC lecture theatre at Waikato Management School. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend.  
Contact: Dr Heather Connolly, 07 858 5091, or, or Joanna Green, 07 837 9437, or

Discussing fiction with Elizabeth Knox
What fiction can do to us, for us, and where it can take us is the theme of this year’s Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture at the University of Waikato. To be presented by novelist, essayist, and writer of memoir Elizabeth Knox, the 14th annual public lecture will look at the freedoms and strictures of writing. Ms Knox is the author of 12 novels and three novellas, for which she has won numerous honours and awards in New Zealand and overseas. Her talk Seeing Us Safely Nowhere takes place this Wednesday October 12 at 5.30pm in S.1.04. Co-hosted by the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Friends of Hamilton Public Library Association, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

Small mustelids in New Zealand: predator invasion ecology down-under
An expert in stoats and rodents, University of Waikato Professor Carolyn (Kim) King will give her inaugural professorial lecture tomorrow. Professor King will talk about managing populations of invasive pests such as rodents and stoats effectively in protected forests and some of her research work which is now the standard for conservation groups around the country. Inaugural professorial lectures are the University of Waikato’s way of introducing its newest professors to the wider community. Professor King’s lecture is tomorrow, Tuesday October 11 at 5.30pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Kayleigh Farquhar, 07 838 4628, or

Celebrating top achievers at Blues Awards
More than 40 high-achieving students will be acknowledged at the Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards this Friday. The Blue is a prestigious award for excellence in sport or creative and performing arts, and recognises regional and national excellence, through to world champions. They are one of the University of Waikato's strongest traditions, dating back to 1971. Thirty students will be recognised for their sporting achievements this year, alongside 16 students who have made considerable contributions to the creative and performing arts. Among the awards to be given out will be the Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Pou Ahurea (Māori Person of the Year) and Creative and Performing Arts Person of the Year. The Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues are this Friday October 14 at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton. For more information visit
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

New guidelines provide a framework for Māori biomedical research  
As biomedical research practices become more sophisticated, protecting the cultural and ethical interests of those who donate tissue or take part in genomic research has become more important than ever before. Associate Professor Maui Hudson led a Health Research Council-funded national research project to develop culturally informed guidelines for ethical research to protect Māori interests in biobanking and genomic research. The Te Mata Ira Genome and He Tangata Kei Tua Biobanking guidelines draw on the foundations of mātauranga and tikanga to establish frameworks for researchers engaging with Māori for genomic research and biobanking, and are the result of extensive research and consultation with many groups including scientists and iwi, with support from an indigenous advisory group.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

Students help to prevent cyber security crisis
Creativeness, curiosity and the unexpected will be features of this year’s cyber security campaigns run by Waikato Management School’s public relations students. Four teams will compete for the Chesterman Group Public Relations Campaign Award by ensuring their campaigns are consistent with their client InternetNZ’s goals and objectives. The teams include ‘We Like That’, ‘Project Password’, ‘Operation Report-It ’and ‘MobSquad’. Two of the teams have also been working with NetSafe. Hamilton Deputy Mayor and Councillor Gordon Chesterman will be on the judging panel. The competition is a practical assignment of the third-year public relations paper MCOM333. This free event is open to the public. The presentations are this Thursday October 13 from 6pm in the PWC Lecture theatre at Waikato Management School.
Contact: Ben Worth, 07 838 4466 ext 9322, or, or Joanna Green, 07 837 9437, or

Waikato students’ work exhibited in California
The creative works of four University of Waikato PhD students is being showcased at an exhibition at the C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California Davis (UCD), Sacramento in the US. The exhibition, called Patterns of Endurance, features the work of Kahutoi Te Kanawa, Donna Campbell, LisaNa Red Bear and Tawhanga Nopera. Their creative research is about transformation ‒ how, through making objects the voices of ancestors are enhanced, creating pathways for generations yet to thrive. Waikato University academics Associate Professor Leonia Pihama and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith worked with museum staff and academics at UDC to ensure the Waikato students’ work was exhibited, and they’ll travel to California next month with the students to give lectures at the exhibition which runs until December 2.
Contact: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, 07 838 4618, or

Recognising top doctoral students
Two University of Waikato PhD students have just been awarded Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships worth $5000 each on top of their University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarships, which gives them $22,000 a year plus tuition fees. Computer scientist Jemma Konig is researching second language learning and computer-aided language learning, and how the analysis of data collected from learners could lead to models of vocabulary acquisition. Musician Xu Tang is composing original pieces that combine traditional Chinese, contemporary western and traditional Māori music using digital technology. Both students were recognised as top academic achievers in this year’s Doctoral Scholarship recipients. The next round of University of Waikato postgraduate scholarship applications closes October 31. Visit for more information.
Contact: Megan Burton-Brown, 07 838 4419, or

Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show
The University of Waikato’s School of Engineering annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show is on next week. At the event, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students showcase their design and research projects through oral and poster presentations. The School of Engineering will also be hosting an Industry Network Event on the Monday evening providing an opportunity for industry professionals, current engineering students and alumni to connect with the school and hear from academic staff on their current research relevant for industry. The design show runs from October 17-19 in S Block on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Kayleigh Farquhar, 07 838 4628, or

Chemistry quiz set to challenge young minds 
Every year since 1997, the University of Waikato’s School of Science has provided the opportunity for students studying chemistry at NCEA level 2 to compete for the ChemQuest trophy and other prizes. Secondary schools in the university’s catchment area (Waikato, Bay of Plenty, King Country) are invited to send teams of three to the chemistry quiz evening. About 200 students and teachers are expected to attend ChemQuest on Wednesday October 19 at 7pm to take out the ChemQuest trophy. The event is in the PWC Lecture Theatre on the Hamilton campus. 
Contact: Associate Professor Michele Prinsep, 07 837 9392, or

Stories in old bones
New Pacific DNA research has overturned some assumptions about Pacific migration. Academics from Harvard, University College Dublin and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History released the first genome-wide study of ancient DNA from prehistoric Polynesians that suggests these ancient mariners were East Asians who swept out into the Pacific and it wasn’t until much later that Melanesians mixed with the Polynesians. The scientists examined burial sites in Vanuatu and Tonga, dated by the University of Waikato’s Carbon Dating Lab. Deputy Director of the lab Dr Fiona Petchey has been investigating the problem of dating bone from these early Pacific colonists for the last 10 years. Her research has included the investigation of the age of 10 different Lapita burial grounds, including the sites of Teouma and Talasiu which were studied as part of the ancient genome research. She says disturbance is a common problem in archaeological sites, but by dating the burials they could be sure they were testing the first settlers. or
Contact: Dr Fiona Petchey, 07 838 4278, or

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