Media Advisory 3 October

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 Wednesday October 5 from 5.30pm-7pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

High praise from the largest library in the world
The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, based at the University of Waikato, has received international acknowledgement by being selected as a 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honouree. The Library of Congress is the USA’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. In selecting the National Centre for the best practice award, the judges said the organisation had demonstrated an excellent implementation of a literacy promotion best practice that they felt should be recognised and shared widely, and the work of the centre promoting research-based professional development was a model of effective integration of theory and practice. The National Centre provides professional learning opportunities for the New Zealand tertiary education sector and workforce through workshops, modules, symposia and a tailored advisory service for organisations, educators and managers.
Contact: Professor Diana Coben, 07 838 4466 ext 8748, 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

Waikato MOOC in the world’s top 50
The University of Waikato MOOC Data Mining with Weka has hit the top 50 MOOCs of all time. Professor Ian Witten from the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences launched Data Mining with Weka in 2013, and followed that up with More Data Mining with Weka and Advanced Data Mining with Weka. More than 4000 people, mostly from outside New Zealand, have completed one of the three MOOCs. The 90 Youtube videos that have accompanied the courses have been viewed nearly a million times and people have watched them for a total of more than four million minutes. They are also on Youku, a Chinese video site, captioned in Chinese. There are close to 6000 MOOCs from 600-plus universities around the world and Waikato is one of the few independent suppliers.
Contact: Professor Ian Witten, 07 838 6780, 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 fiercely competitive Case Competition at Waikato University on Thursday October 12. The teams will be given 10 minutes to present their recommended strategies, before they face a grilling from the judges who will ask some tricky questions to probe the finer details of their growth plans. 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 on 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

Addressing indigenous issues
Two of Australia’s indigenous academic leaders are visiting the University of Waikato this week. Professors Steven Larkin and Aileen Moreton-Robinson are being hosted by the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. During their time on campus 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 and then Professor Larkin will join her in a panel discussion with Faculty Dean Professor Brendan Hokowhitu to talk about indigenous leadership in academia in areas that may be considered contentious, including transforming university administration, re-defining curricula, ‘researching back’, and strategies and tactics for challenging power relations and collective amnesia.
Contact: Alison Robertson, 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Small mustelids in New Zealand: predator invasion ecology down-under
An expert in stoats and rodents, Professor Carolyn (Kim) King, will give the University of Waikato’s next inaugural professorial lecture. Professor King will talk about managing populations of invasive pests effectively and the work she has done and which is now 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 on Tuesday October 11 at 5.30pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus.
Contact: Kayleigh Farquhar, 07 838 4628, 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 this Friday 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 this Friday 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

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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