University prepares for Kīngitanga Day

25 August 2014

On Thursday 18 September, the University will celebrate Kīngitanga Day – an annual celebration of the University’s distinctive heritage, history and relationships.

Strong connections

The University of Waikato has developed strong connections with the Kīngitanga, Waikato-Tainui and other iwi since the University was founded in 1964, and it is these relationships the University honours each year through Kīngitanga Day.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Lance O’Sullivan, who will speak on “Advancing Māori Health from the Flax Roots”. Named 2014 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year, the Kaitaia-based GP is a passionate advocate for Māori health, a creator of revolutionary health programmes and a pioneer for equal healthcare in the community. Dr O’Sullivan is speaking at 9am in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts concert chamber.

Presentations and seminars

Throughout the day presentations and seminars take place with topics ranging from “Ngā Pakanga Whenua – The Flashpoints of War” and “Ngā Tohu o te Taiao – Use of Mātauranga and Science for Managing Mahinga Kai”.

There will be stick and poi demonstrations, food stalls, presentations, panels, workshops, exhibitions, performances and activities.

No classes are scheduled on the day as a sign of the University’s commitment to our relationship with the Kīngitanga and Tainui, and to give staff and students a chance to get involved.

The day starts at 9am and most activities are free. All staff are encouraged to take part in and promote the University’s Kīngitanga Day as part of their professional development.

For more information, and to see the full seminar and speaker list, visit

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