Media Advisory 13 March 2017

Blessing given as site work on Tauranga CBD campus gets underway
The new Tauranga CBD campus development, led by the University of Waikato on behalf of the Tertiary Education Partnership, has reached a significant milestone. A dawn karakia was held on Friday 10 March to mark the beginning of site preparation for the Durham Street campus. The ceremony was led by the elders of Ngāi Tamarāwaho to acknowledge those who will be working on the site to prepare it for construction. Construction work is expected to commence mid-year and will be marked by an event with regional funders (Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust) and other key stakeholders. The new campus will enable more students to stay and study in the Bay. The university is working closely with its tertiary partners Toi Ohomai and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi to extend the range of qualifications and study options for students in the region.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Sir Geoffrey Palmer to deliver two lectures
Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC will give two lectures at the University of Waikato next week – one for students about his campaign to have a new and accessible national constitution, and the other a public lecture about New Zealand’s environmental laws. Sir Geoffrey was an architect of the Resource Management Act, Environment Act and Conservation Act and has a wealth of understanding of environmental law and politics, two areas that don’t always sit well together. He will provide a history of how our environment laws have evolved, talk about the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill currently before the House, and also provide an insight into the state of our legislation for climate change. The public talk is on Monday 20 March from 4.30pm-6pm at the Academy of Performing Arts. For more information or to RSVP, email
Contact: Mylene Rakena, 07 838 4466 ext 6727, or

What price for a clean, green environment?
What is the economic value of New Zealand’s natural environment, and how much should we spend on restoring our national parks, native habitats and rivers? Dr Dan Marsh, an environmental economist at the University of Waikato’s Management School, will discuss the topic of ‘Natural capital and the value of nature’ at a free public seminar (no RSVP required) on Wednesday 22 March at 1pm. The concept of ‘natural capital’ – elements of nature such as forests, rivers, land, minerals or oceans that provide value or benefits to people - is increasingly a focus of discussions about the state of the environment. Dr Marsh has just returned from the United Kingdom where natural capital is embedded in government policymaking as part of the British government’s 25-year plan for the environment. This public seminar will be held in MSB.1.03, level one, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road. Public parking is available in the Gate 10 carpark and a $2 charge applies.
Contact: Ruth Taylor, 07 838 4263, or

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