Media Advisory 24 April 2017

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 this Wednesday to give a public lecture about the past, present and future of bicultural common law in New Zealand. He will address the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system, recent court decisions affecting Māori and discuss 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 this Wednesday 26 April from 5.30pm in N.1.03, Law Building, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.
Contact: Diana Maliseva, 07 838 4466 ext 6477, or

International expert explains cyber psychology
How cyberspace and digital technology affects the way we think and behave is the subject of a lecture by international cyber risk and psychology expert Professor Edward Humphreys this Thursday at the University of Waikato. The use of technology is not only shaping how we work and play, but also influences how we think and behave, our interactions with others, and our perceptions of the world. Professor Humphrey’s lecture will examine research and development related to how people react, respond and behave to situations, incidents, events occurring in cyberspace. It will include topics such as risk psychology covering people’s perceptions, attitudes and responses to risky situations, 'hacking of the human mind' through persuasion, influencing and manipulation people’s thoughts, feelings and emotions, online relationships, on-line identities and social networks.  From the UK, Professor Humphreys has been an expert and senior advisor in the field of information security and risk management for more than 40 years. He has worked for major organisations such as the European Commission, Council of Europe, UN, WHO and the OECD, and is a leading figure in the field of international standardisation. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is at 2pm on Thursday 27 April on the Hamilton campus in K.G.11.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, 027 5511 821, or

Urban ecological restoration: the new frontier?
Cities have a part to play in maintaining native biodiversity – it’s something Professor Bruce Clarkson has been researching and promoting for many years and he’s taking his message on the road. The University of Waikato’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research is the latest recipient of the Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The award, made once every three years, requires Professor Clarkson to complete a public lecture tour. He begins on 11 May in Dunedin, followed by Wanaka on 12 May and Hamilton on 16 May, before going to Rotorua on 17 May, Auckland on 23 May and New Plymouth on 24 May. In his talk, Professor Clarkson will make the case for communities and local councils to bring indigenous nature back to cities and towns where 87% of New Zealand’s population live, and he’ll show how a trans-disciplinary approach to urban ecology is working to reconnect our neighbourhoods with nature to provide multiple benefits to urban dwellers. Visit for more information about the lectures.
Contact: Professor Bruce Clarkson, 07 838 4237, 027 4376 820, or

Students ready to graduate
Nearly 1000 students will be graduating at University of Waikato ceremonies next month. There will be three ceremonies on Wednesday 3 May at Claudelands in Hamilton, one at the University’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae on Friday 5 May, and another in Tauranga on Wednesday 10 May. Former All Black Stephen Donald is one of 307 graduating at the largest ceremony, for Waikato Management School students at 10am next Wednesday. A total of 237 students from the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematics, Law, and Māori and Indigenous Studies graduate at 2pm on 3 May, and at 6pm, 231 Education, Science and Engineering students will have their qualifications conferred. One hundred students will graduate at the marae, and 118 at Bay Park Arena in Tauranga following a student procession from Red Square down Devonport Road starting at 11am.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

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