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Maori Battalion scholarship opens way for leadership research by Waikato MBA student

A Waikato University MBA student has won a $5,000 Maori Battalion Scholarship to look at the behaviours, attributes and practices of emerging Maori leaders. Robyn Rauna, who’s based in Gisborne, is one of eight recipients of this year’s Ngarimu VC and 28 (Maori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Awards. Her research will focus on governance members of her three iwi, Turanga - Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki.

Taking on squash and two degrees

Current NZ Junior squash champion Emma Millar will be playing for Waikato during the next few years. She's left Wellington to take up a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship and study at the University of Waikato.

Small business challenges: from the horse’s mouth

A student researcher at the University of Waikato has gone straight to the horse's mouth to find out what challenges small businesses face.

Summer Research Scholarship winner Ben Flay spent the summer interviewing small business owner-operators in the Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu area to find out what help small businesses need and want.

Award for Waikato agricultural economist and change-maker

An economist who advises the Gates Foundation on agricultural research funding has won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Emerging Scholar at the University of Waikato Management School.

Waikato graduate adventurers put can-do attitude to the test

Three University of Waikato graduates are poised to take on the world - by motorbike. Law graduates Rob Gray and Rob Climo have joined forces with Waikato management grad Mike Jacobson and two friends, Tom Anselmi and Misha Kravcenko, to complete a 25,000 kilometre motorbike journey from Vladivostok to London.

Communicating change

During times of crisis and controversy there are often calls for social change. This can involve getting people to change the way they act or behave, creating change in organisations and institutions, or sometimes making changes to regulations and the law. To make these changes happen it's important to get the right messages across at the right time.

Dr Alison Henderson at Waikato University Management School specialises
in communication about social change and says as individuals, organisations and governments struggle to manage resources and tackle climate and environmental issues it's become even more important to create the right kind of dialogue. For the first time, she's teaching a paper on the subject.

Gentleman makes generous gesture

Former Waikato farmer and property developer Bill Flower has made a generous gesture to Waikato University. Ninety year old Mr Flower is offering a postgraduate student $30,000 a year for three years to study an aspect of New Zealand agriculture.

Teachers teaching teachers

Waikato Management School staff Professor Delwyn Clark, Associate Professor Michele Akoorie and Dr Steven Lim have all won NZ Tertiary Teaching Excellence awards and are members of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Ako Aotearoa Academy that has organised the workshop as part of a series of sector-wise initiatives to promote tertiary teaching excellence in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty region.

Playing a smart game

Two Waikato University academics, Associate Professors Ron Garland and Roger Brooksbank from Waikato Management School’s Marketing Department and Wayne Werder, CEO at Sport Bay of Plenty decided to survey golf clubs in New Zealand and Australia to find out whether they used strategic marketing as part of their long term strategy and whether it contributed to profitability and operational effectiveness.

Hillary Medals for outstanding achievers

Excelling both in the classroom and in their chosen art or sport throughout their university careers has earnt Waikato Management School alumni Nikki Cox and Clare Gray Waikato University Sir Edmund Hillary medals.

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Hey, that's a good idea!

Detachable shoe heels, solar powered ovens and paint-on house insulation were all useful and money-saving ideas put forward by Waikato University Management School students doing a summer school marketing paper.

Top award for Waikato marketing professor

A research paper which throws new light on why some new brands fail and others succeed has been named top academic article for 2009 by a leading
Netherlands research centre.

The paper, "Building Brands", which appeared in the prestigious international journal Marketing Science, is co-authored by Waikato Management School's Professor Harald Van Heerde, who has won a string of international awards for his research.

Sword of honour tops achievements of Waikato University graduate-turned-naval officer

A Waikato Management School graduate with a winning streak has been awarded the prestigious Ministry of Defence Sword of Honour at the conclusion of her naval training last month. Along with this award, the highest honour, Emma Burtenshaw also won four other navy awards.