New Books: 2010

At the University of Waikato we pride ourselves on teaching and research, and academic staff are benchmarked against the best in the world. Each year many of our academics contribute to or write books on their areas of expertise; this page is designed to highlight their achievements. These books are an extension of the academic excellence on offer at Waikato.

This page lists the new books from 2010. See the current new books page for new books published recently.

Principles and Applications of Distributed Event-Based Systems

Edited by Annika Hinze and Alejandro Buchmann.

Principles and Applications of Distributed Event-Based Systems

Principles and Applications of Distributed Event-Based Systems

Principles and Applications of Distributed Event-Based Systems is a collection of international contributions to the field of event-based systems in real-world applications.

Event-based systems are systems that react to events, things that happen. Examples of events include environmental measurement (for example, temperature, earthquake, movement of animals), business events (such as share market changes) and user events (for example, changing location). When an event occurs, the system will notify the user and even react with some pre-defined action.

Research into event-based systems started about a decade ago, and in recent years there has been increasing interest from industry in real-world applications. These include airport bag tracking, pasture to plate traceability in the food industry, traffic monitoring, health monitoring in hospitals and in the home, military applications, mobile user applications such as tourist information, and information distribution in digital libraries and on the internet.

In this book, researchers describe their solutions for specific application problems, or general approaches for groups of applications, such as new languages to describe events that are temporal and spatial combinations of other events.

Published by IGI Global, the book provides professionals, researchers and students in systems design with a rich compendium of latest applications in the field. Dr Annika Hinze is based at the University of Waikato’s Department of Computer Science; Dr Alejandro Buchmann is based in the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement

Edited by Jane Kelsey.

No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement examines in depth, the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TTPA) free trade agreement between New Zealand and eight other countries, including the United States.

Edited by Auckland University’s Professor Jane Kelsey, experts from New Zealand, Australia, Chile and the US investigate the geopolitics and security context of the negotiations and identify possible repercussions for New Zealand and Australia by making trade-offs with the US. Professor Nan Seuffert from Te Piringa Faculty of Law and former Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Bryan Gould are contributors to the book.

Arguments in No Ordinary Deal suggest the agreement will set out obligations that intrude into core areas of government policy and Parliamentary responsibilities, and force New Zealand to commit to free market policies that will restrict the country’s social and economic developments. Contributors argue that the TTPA will have implications that reach far beyond imports and exports.

Professor Nan Seuffert says that, in her area of financial services and markets regulation, the TPPA has the potential to lock in the low levels of regulation that have prevailed over the last two decades, and that have been called into question by the global financial crisis.

“This could make it difficult for the government to respond to financial crises by regulating. As well, the international financial services industry may obtain the right to comment on laws, potentially gaining significant influence, and creating a chilling effect on law-making,” says Professor Seuffert.No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement is published by Bridget Williams Books and available on

Palmer: The Parliamentary Years

Raymond Richards

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Palmer: The Parliamentary Years

Young Geoff Palmer from Nelson, son of a crusading newspaper editor, was a serious and purposeful child who latched onto the idea of being a lawyer when it was put to him by his well-read mother. He absorbed progressive ideas at the University of Chicago law school and planned to use legal means to effect social reform when he entered parliament in 1979.

In 1984 Palmer became deputy prime minister in the radical fourth Labour government, his organisational and diplomatic skills a good foil for David Lange’s disordered brilliance. Through hard work and high intelligence, Palmer compiled a record of reform unmatched in this country’s history, concerning parliamentary procedures, the voting system, the environment, longstanding Maori grievances, the Bill of Rights, economic reform and many other matters, big and small. He also shaped the legislative programme of the most reforming government in New Zealand’s history.

After five turbulent years Lange resigned, and Palmer became New Zealand’s 33rd prime minister. His government made major and controversial decisions, but Palmer stepped down after 13 months, after a challenge from within his own party.

Written by Dr Raymond Richards for a wide audience and published by Canterbury University Press, Palmer: The parliamentary years is the product of research involving more than 200 linear metres of archives, as well as interviews with Palmer, his family and associates, some now deceased. It is a fascinating, warts-and-all biography of the political career of one of NZ’s brightest sons.

Teaching Reading Vocabulary

Dr Sue Dymock and Professor Tom Nicholson

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Teaching Reading Vocabulary

Teaching Reading Vocabulary is for pre- and in-service teachers, reading specialists and teacher educators who are interested in the latest research on teaching reading vocabulary. Five research-based vocabulary strategies that every student can use to enhance their vocabulary are presented: making use of context clues when reading; breaking words into meaningful parts and understanding the structure of the English language; creating vocabulary concept maps; exploring the multiple meaning of words and figurative language; and searching the dictionary and thesaurus to build knowledge of meanings, synonyms, antonyms and word origins.

Teaching Reading Vocabulary will be helpful for meeting the National Reading and Writing Standards and links to the Literacy Learning Progressions. Parents will also find this book useful. Parents play a critical role in helping children increase their vocabulary. At home children should be encouraged to read more as well as use a dictionary and a thesaurus. These two tools have the potential to assist the reader in unlocking the meaning of words. Parents are encouraged to have age appropriate dictionaries as well as model dictionary use when they encounter an unknown word when reading or watching television.

Dr Sue Dymock is based at Waikato University's Faculty of Education and Professor Nicholson at Massey University.

Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics

William Bolstad

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Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics

The publication of Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics completes Dr Bill Bolstad’s fifteen-year project to bring Bayesian statistics into the statistical mainstream. The author of Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, widely used as a university textbook around the world and now in its second edition, Dr Bolstad is a former space industry engineer who now lectures in statistics at the University of Waikato. His new book details a real breakthrough in statistics, and aims to take students a step further towards deepening their understanding of this important area of statistical methodology. Historically, statistical inference has most commonly drawn on frequentist methodology despite the optimal properties of Bayesian statistics.

Bayesian statistics requires complex numerical computation, and in the early years without computers this was very difficult, especially for models with multiple parameters. As a consequence, the methodology was relegated to the field of decision theory, and frequentist methodology continued to dominate statistical inference.With the exponential increase in computational power, and in particular the development of algorithm chains known as Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, Bayesian statistical methods can now be used on very complicated models.

Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics introduces the computational approach to Bayesian statistics, including Markov chain Monte Carlo methods such as the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm and the Gibbs sampler. “This book is an example of what Waikato’s Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Science is meant to foster,” says Dr Bolstad. “It is about statistical inference, it makes heavy use of mathematical theory of Markov chains, and it is computational.”

The book takes a step-by-step approach covering all aspects of statistical inference from setting up a Markov chain that has the posterior as its long run density, how to determine how long a burn-in and how much thinning is required, and how to do statistical inference from the posterior sample. These are illustrated on commonly used statistical models such as the logistic regression model, the Poisson regression model, the proportional hazards model, and the hierarchical normal mean model with covariates. The book comes with software (Minitab macros) and the equivalent R functions, contributed by James Curran of the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics.

Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization - Issues, Reflections, Practices

George Cheney, Lars Thøger Christensen, Theodore E. Zorn, Jr., and Shiv Ganesh


Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization

This book is a comprehensive, global perspective on organisational communication. It is organised topically and conceptually around the most important issues in contemporary organisational practice. Five themes recur throughout the chapters: the interdependence of internal and external forms of organisational communication, the "disciplinarity" and multidisciplinarity of organisational communication, global and multicultural perspectives of organisational communication, the unity of theory and practice, and critical thinking in the analysis of organisational messages and discourses.

Discussions highlight language and symbolism. The authors weave analysis of the multiple levels of messages throughout the chapters; stimulate critical thinking about contemporary work and organisational life; approach the familiar as unfamiliar; ask probing questions about commonly accepted practices; and offer more imaginative ways of working together. Readers can gain an appreciation for the social, political, economic, technological and ideological contexts in organisations, and the place of organisations within broader culture.

Associate Professor Shiv Ganesh, Professor Ted Zorn and adjunct Professor George Cheney are based at Waikato University’s Department of Management Communication.

Scaling Up Educational Reform – Addressing the Politics of Disparity

Russell Bishop, Dominic O’Sullivan and Mere Berryman

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Scaling Up Educational Reform – Addressing the Politics of Disparity

What is school reform? What makes it sustainable? Who needs to be involved? How is scaling up achieved? This book is about the need for educational reforms that have built into them, from the outset, those elements that will see them sustained in the original sites and spread to others.

Using the Te Kotahitanga Project as a model Professor Russell Bishop, Dr Mere Berryman and Dominic O'Sullivan, branch out from the project itself to seek to uncover how an educational reform can become both extendable and sustainable.

Their model can be applied to a variety of levels within education: classroom, school and system wide. It has seven elements that should be present in the reform initiative from the outset. These elements include establishing goals and a vision for reducing disparities; embedding a new pedagogy to depth in order to change the core of educational practice; developing new institutions and organisational structures to support in-class initiatives; developing leadership that is responsive, proactive and distributed; and developing and using appropriate measures of performance as evidence for modifying core classroom and school practices.

This book is an essential read for anyone involved in the process of trying to achieve sustainable school reform that addresses the question of how mainstream schools can effectively address the learning needs of students currently not well served by education.

Sustainable Peak Performance – Business Lessons From Sustainable Enterprise Pioneers

Mike Pratt and Helga Pratt

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Sustainable Peak Performance – Business Lessons From Sustainable Enterprise Pioneers

A new book by blue sky thinker and former dean of the University of Waikato Management School Professor Mike Pratt offers practical guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs and established firms seeking a roadmap to sustainable business success.

Sustainable Peak Performance – Business Lessons From Sustainable Enterprise Pioneers explains how sustainability strategy and practices can contribute to enhanced profit, productivity and performance.

“It’s not a question of can I afford to go sustainable,” says Dr Pratt, who is currently Adjunct Professor of Sustainability and Leadership at Waikato. “The question is: Can I afford not to?” Dr Pratt chairs an organisational development business, Inspiros Worldwide, numbering leading global companies among its clients. He is co-author of the business bestseller, Peak Performance, the business and leadership theory based on the world’s top sporting organisations.

The book is co-written with his wife Helga, and draws on the stories of nine trail-blazing global sustainable enterprises to develop this theory and practice. From New Zealand they include Snowy Peak and Comvita, the others are Putumayo World Music, Stonyfield Farm, The Body Shop, the Eden Project, Forum for the Future, Patagonia and Dilmah Tea.

Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning

Edited by Alister Jones, Anne McKim and Michael Reiss. Chapter contributions by Barbara Ryan, Catherine Buntting, Kathy Saunders and Rosemary De Luca.

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Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning

This edited book on ethics represents the outcomes of an international collaborative project that examined the role and place of bioethics in science and technology curricula.

The editors are Professor Alister Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Anne McKim, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor Michael Reiss of the University of London.

Chapters have also been contributed by University of Waikato academics, Dr Rosemary De Luca, Dr Kathy Saunders, Dr Cathy Buntting and Barbara Ryan as well as other New Zealand and Australian contributors.

As science and technology advance, ethical issues increasingly are brought to the fore not only for scientists and technologists but also for the general public. Science and technology education also reflects this shift in thinking, and teaching and learning about ethics in the school curriculum have increased.

A greater emphasis is being placed on society's general scientific and technological literacy and this includes an understanding of socio-scientific issues including ethical decision-making. The editors believe the book will prove useful for University lecturers, teachers, curriculum developers and policy makers and those that are involved in science and technology decision-making more broadly.

Automated Image Detection of Retinal Pathology

Michael J Cree and Herbert Jelinek

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Automated Image Detection of Retinal Pathology

Diabetes is approaching pandemic numbers, and as an associated complication, diabetic retinopathy (disease of the retina) is also on the rise, with diabetes the leading cause of eyesight loss and blindness in the working age population in countries such as New Zealand. Much about the computer-based diagnosis of this intricate illness has been discovered and proven effective in research labs. But, unfortunately, many of these advances have subsequently failed during transition from the lab to the clinic. So what is the best way to diagnose and treat retinopathy?

In Automated Image Detection of Retinal Pathology, Dr Michael Cree, alongside Herbert Jelinek from the Charles Stuart University of Australia, discuss the epidemiology of the disease, proper screening protocols, algorithm development, image processing, and feature analysis applied to the retina.

Offering an array of informative examples, Dr Cree’s book analyses the use of automated computer techniques, such as pattern recognition, in analysing retinal images and detecting diabetic retinopathy and its progression as well as other retinal-based diseases. It also addresses the benefits and challenges of automated health care in the field of ophthalmology.

The book then details the increasing practice of telemedicine screening and other advanced applications including arteriolar-venous ratio, which has been shown to be an early indicator of cardiovascular, diabetes, and cerebrovascular risk.

Modeling Phase Transitions in the Brain

Edited by Alistair Steyn-Ross and Moira Steyn-Ross. Chapter contributions by Alistair Steyn-Ross, Moira Steyn-Ross, Marcus Wilson and Jamie Sleigh.

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Modeling Phase Transitions in the Brain

The human brain has a vast repertoire of behaviours available to it. Some of these states are subtle and "hidden" while others such as quiet sleep, REM sleep, anaesthesia, coma and seizure - are very obvious and changes between such states can be pictured as phase transitions that reorganise cortical communication and function.

The notion of "phase transitions in the brain" provides the central theme for this new volume in the Springer Series in Computational Neuroscience. The Springer publishing house invited Associate Professor Alistair Steyn-Ross and Professor Moira Steyn-Ross to compile an edited volume of chapter contributions authored by leading neuroscience modellers from around the world.

Four of the 12 chapters were authored by members of the Waikato Cortical Modelling Group including contributions from Waikato University's Dr Marcus Wilson. The book is aimed at researchers, clinicians, and graduate students seeking an overview of modern approaches to modelling brain function. The e-book version can be downloaded here.

Beyond the Grammar Wars: A Resource for Teachers and Students on Developing Language Knowledge in the English/Literacy Classroom

Edited by Terry Locke.

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Beyond the Grammar Wars: A Resource for Teachers and Students on Developing Language Knowledge in the English/Literacy Classroom

This edited book addresses the question: “What explicit knowledge about language in teachers and/or students appears to enhance literacy development in some way?” In his book, Professor Terry Locke and other contributors provide an historical overview of the debates around grammar and English/literacy teaching in a range of settings.

The book also offers an up-to-date account of what the research is telling (and not telling) us about the effectiveness of certain kinds of grammar-based pedagogies in English/literacy classrooms; and takes readers into English/literacy classrooms through a range of examples of successful language/grammar-based pedagogies while exploring issues of metalanguage in a digital age.

Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: National Case Studies

Gary D Bouma, Rod Ling and Douglas Pratt.

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Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: National Case Studies

Religious diversity is a global fact of life, impacting on social policy and international relations. Arising from the work of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific, the book explores a collection of regional case studies and discursive comment in order to provide a handy resource for scholars and practitioners in the field of religious and cultural affairs.

Associate Professor Douglas Pratt is a contributor to the book, which examines 27 case studies, each grouped into three categories – the Antipodes and Japan, Island Nations of South East Asia, and Pacific Island Nations.

It also examines issues of minority religions, religious competition, women and religious diversity, and regional interfaith dialogue. The book aims to fill a gap in the growing field of literature concerned with contemporary religion, namely in respect to the Southeast Asia and Pacific region.

The Waters of the Waikato

Edited by Kevin Collier, David Hamilton, W N (Bill) Vant and Clive Howard-Williams.

The Waters of the Waikato

The Waters of the Waikato

The Waters of the Waikato is the most recent research on the Waikato River, from Taupo to Port Waikato, and is intended as a resource for people who use and manage the river.

The University of Waikato’s Dr Kevin Collier and Professor David Hamilton edited the book, which updates a similar publication done in 1981 and covers issues of water quality, sediment levels, wetland and lake protection, pest and native fish, and plant, invertebrate and bird life.

It will provide a valuable context for a new initiative in “large river research” by the University of Waikato, involving a series of postgraduate student and postdoctoral studies on the Waikato River.

“We were overdue to update our evolving understanding of the river,” says Professor Hamilton. “The new book will help us understand the current state of the river, its ecosystems and the impact that humans and their activities have had on its water over the years.”

The Waters of Waikato is published by Waikato University’s Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research and Environment Waikato, with input from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and 13 other organisations. It will be released in July 2010.

Imagination, Books & Community in Medieval Europe

Edited by Gregory Kratzmann. Contribution from Alexandra Barratt.

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Imagination, Books & Community in Medieval Europe

Humanities Professor Alexandra Barratt has contributed to a new book called Imagination, Books & Community in Medieval Europe: Papers of a Conference held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 29-31 May, 2008.

Her contribution is entitled Keep It in the Family: Researching Women and Their Books of Devotion. The paper is about two Books of Hours (the Carew-Poyntz Hours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, and the Fitzherbert Hours in the Dunedin Public Library) and Harley 494, a book of private prayers that belonged to Anne Bulkeley.

It looks at the way we can trace their transmission from one generation to the next and in particular the way in which mothers tended to bequeath such books to daughters, or daughters in law. Professor Barratt’s article includes maps and family trees by cartographer Max Oulton of the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Barratt’s own book, Anne Bulkeley and her Book: Fashioning Female Piety in Early Tudor England, was published last year.

Her new book is aimed at an academic audience of scholars researching the histories of mental illness and hospitalisation, but she says it has broader implications for our own contemporary understandings of the problem of mental breakdown, institutionalisation and the ways that families coped with these, and how they also deployed innovative strategies and came up with solutions for care. Institutions, far from being cruel places, helped to ease some family difficulties.

Madness in the Family: Insanity and Institutions in the Australian Colonial World 1860-1914

Catharine Coleborne

Madness in the Family: Insanity and Institutions in the Australian Colonial World 1860-1914

Dr Catharine Coleborne

New Zealand and Australia built ‘insane asylums’ almost as soon as colonisation began, and since that time patients have been released into the community for short and extended periods. Historian Dr Catharine Coleborne received a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden grant to research her book which involved reading hundreds of patient records at National Archives in Auckland, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. She finds that while the language and treatments have changed dramatically over the years, family and doctor concern has not.

Her new book is aimed at an academic audience of scholars researching the histories of mental illness and hospitalisation, but she says it has broader implications for our own contemporary understandings of the problem of mental breakdown, institutionalisation and the ways that families coped with these, and how they also deployed innovative strategies and came up with solutions for care. Institutions, far from being cruel places, helped to ease some family difficulties.

Space, Place and Sex

Robin Longhurst and Lynda Johnston

Space, Place and Sex

Professor Robyn Longhurst (left) and Associate Professor Lynda Johnston

Our own bodies, where we live and how we live can all influence our sexuality. In Space, Place and Sex, Waikato University geographers Associate Professor Lynda Johnston and Professor Robyn Longhurst examine the role of place in shaping sexual identity.

They were commissioned to write the book by American publisher Rowman and Littlefield as part its Why of Where series. Amongst the New Zealand stories are Mystery Creek Fieldays’ Bachelor of the Year, the Middlemarch singles’ ball, Air New Zealand’s Pink Flight to Sydney Mardi Gras, asexual Gerald off Shortland Street and Georgina Beyer. There are many international examples too.

The research covers cyber-sex and online dating, mail-order brides, the history of the church in relation to weddings, and sex, romance and beaches. They say they wrote the book to unravel some of the diversity and complexity that surrounds and inhabits the embodied experiences of sex and sexuality.

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