Media Advisory 25 November 2016

Lecture on democracy and politics in the 21st century
The American election raises new questions about the contemporary practice of democracy and a number of countries traditionally recognised as democratic leaders are showing signs that they may no longer warrant such a label. In a public lecture tomorrow, Tuesday November 29, speakers will comment on the contemporary state of democracy in four different contexts – the USA, India, Turkey and New Zealand – each of which can be said to be experiencing the deterioration of key institutions for democracy. The speakers include Priya Kurian and Debashish Munshi (University of Waikato), Amy Fletcher (University of Canterbury), Negar Partow (Massey University) and Bryce Edwards (University of Otago). The lecture is at 5pm in S.1.04 (S Block, University of Waikato).
Contact: Rebecca Robinson, 07 838 4608, or

Rewards for research into Māori education
Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan from the University of Waikato is this year’s recipient of the NZARE Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti award for significant contribution to Māori education. Dr Lee-Morgan is the Deputy Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) at Waikato. Her award recognises high-quality research over an extended period and comprises a written citation, a taonga and a cash prize of $1500. Dr Lee-Morgan affiliates to Waikato, Ngāti Māhuta, and is also of Zhong Shan and Taishan Chinese ancestry. Her research has included marae-ā-kura (school marae), Maori-medium teacher education, and Māori pedagogy – all of which concerns improving Māori learner and whānau experiences and outcomes in education across the education sector. More recently, Dr Lee-Morgan has been investigating pūrākau (storytelling) as a kaupapa Māori narrative inquiry approach.
Contact: Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan, 021 247 2350, or

Recognition for education researchers
Three academics from the University of Waikato’s Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education have picked up awards at this year's New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) awards. Professor Martin Thrupp was awarded the McKenzie Award, Senior Lecturer Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips was awarded the Sutton-Smith Doctoral Award and the Judith Duncan Award for Early Childhood Education Research went to Associate Professor Jayne White. NZARE aims to foster excellence in educational research in New Zealand. Its membership is made up of established and new researchers from a variety of organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
Contact: Deborah Ryder, 07 838 4466 ext 6110, or

A kaupapa Māori approach to ageing
University of Waikato researchers in collaboration with Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (Rauawaawa) have been awarded more than $900,000 for a new study for the Ageing Well National Science Challenge. Professor Brendan Hokowhitu from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies and Professor John Oetzel from Waikato Management School, along with Rangimahora Reddy from Rauawaawa, will lead ‘Kaumātua mana motuhake: Kaumātua managing life transitions through tuakana-teina/peer education’. The research seeks to address the mana motuhake ‒ the identity or autonomy ‒ of kaumātua aged 55 or older by investigating the health outcomes of a ‘tuakana-teina’ (mentoring) peer-educator model, which Professor Hokowhitu says will result in evidence-based interventions to meet social and health needs of kaumātua and their whānau. He says underpinning the research is the idea that kaumātua assert their independence and autonomy so they can live a life of longevity and quality.
Contact: Wiki Ihaka, 07 838 4747, or

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