Media Advisory 10 April 2017

Robotics in primary industries - the revolution begins
Tomorrow, Tuesday 11 April, University of Waikato Engineering Professor Mike Duke will give his inaugural professorial lecture on the use of robotics in primary industries. More than 70% of New Zealand’s merchandise exports come from the primary industries, with the Ministry for Primary Industries aiming to double primary exports from $32 billion in 2012 to $64 billion by 2025. Increasing labour costs, mainly due to the need to import labour, concerns over labour reliability, coupled with environmental and health and safety legislation threaten the profitability of many primary sector companies. Robotics and smart machinery are used in automotive factories and in horticultural pack houses. However, ‘in field’ robotics have been neglected as the variability of the environment and products makes it difficult to use them in the field. Professor Duke’s lecture is in the university’s Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at 5.15pm. Kahurangi Craft bar will be open from 4.30pm. Parking is free after 4.30pm in the Gate 1 carpark. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university’s way of introducing its new professors to the community, and are free and open to the public.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Is bicultural common law a reality in Aotearoa?

As part of the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Law 25th anniversary lecture series, the Honourable Justice Christian Whata will be on campus in late April to give a public lecture about the past, present and future of bicultural common law in New Zealand. He will address the unsightly statistics of over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system, recent court decisions affecting Māori and whether the current system gives rise to a distinctly Māori issue. Justice Whata has extensive experience as a litigation lawyer. He specialised in resource management law and Māori issues, and has been a High Court Judge since 2011. His lecture is on Wednesday 26 April from 5.30pm in N.1.03, Law Building, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

Waikato scores high in global MBA rankings
Not all MBA degrees are created equal. The University of Waikato’s Management School is one of 19 business schools outside North America and Europe awarded Tier One status for its Waikato MBA programme in the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2017, announced in London on 6 April. The top global ranking reflects the high quality of teaching offered in the School’s MBA programme, along with small class sizes, an international student body, and sought-after Triple Crown acreditation status (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB). Dr Heather Connolly, academic director of Executive Education, says the design of Waikato’s MBA programme is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains leading-edge, to meet the evolving needs of CEOs and senior managers in a rapidly changing global business environment. For more details visit
Contact: Ruth Taylor, 07 838 4263, or

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