Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand

UR's Aotearoa New Zealand Week

November 14-18, 2022

Each November, in recognition of International Education Week, the UR community "meets in another culture" here on campus. This year, our community's engagement will be with Aotearoa New Zealand. Scholars and visitors will travel to Richmond to offer their expertise; faculty will gear their teaching toward intersections with New Zealand; and there will be opportunities for everyone to taste the cuisine, try a BODYPUMP class, and visit with some sheep!

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  • Aotearoa New Zealand Week: Kiwi Bird Assembly
    Special thanks to Mollie Peery and Jenney Stevens for the creation of stained glass kiwi birds carrying a wee spider for International Education week.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Week: Kiwi Bird
    Special thanks to Mollie Peery and Jenney Stevens for the creation of stained glass kiwi birds carrying a wee spider for International Education week.
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand Week: Proper Pie Demo
    Exchange student Ella McKee and film expert Teri Higgins — both from UR’s partner University of Otago — enjoy their Proper Pies
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand Week: Fair
    Sustainably raised sheep traveled to campus for IE Week
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand Week: Fair
    New Zealand Ambassador Bede Corry examines the endangered tuatara with Associate Professor Kristine Grayson
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Pre-week Engagement Opportunities

Start Engaging Early

IE Week Programming Calendar



BODYPUMP classes
(1 hour each, 30 participants max): 8 a.m., 12 & 4:15 p.m.
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Demonstration Kitchen: Proper Pie
10 a.m. Wellbeing Center
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“Cryptic inbreeding and population structure in New Zealand’s rarest kiwi (Apteryx spp.)”
Kristina Ramstad
12 - 1 p.m. Gottwald Auditorium



"Education Diplomacy"
Amy Rutherford
2 p.m. International Commons

"Conserving and Restoring Biodiversity: From James River Sturgeon to New Zealand Kiwi"
Matthew Balazik
Kristina Ramstad
Philip Seddon
4:30 p.m. THC 305

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" (dir. Taika Waititi)
Intro & discussion with Teri Higgins
7 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium



"From Ecosanctuaries to Predator-free: Engaging local communities in biodiversity restoration in Aotearoa"
Philip Seddon, University of Otago
2 p.m. International Center Commons

Aotearoa New Zealand, featuring more than a dozen stations with connections to New Zealand
4:30 - 6 p.m. Alice Haynes Room, THC

Kiwiana Recipes
5 - 8 p.m. HDC



LUNCH DISCUSSION (video archive)
“Attempting to Improve Outcomes for Incarcerated People: A New Zealand Experiment”
Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
12 p.m. Law School, Room 114

PRESENTATION (video archive)
"Māori Ancestors in Nature and Law: Legal personality of the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand"
Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago
Chief Anne Richardson
David Wilkins
4 p.m. International Commons

Cricket Exhibition
4 p.m. Westhampton Green



New Zealand "Tēnā koutou" Lunch
(by invitation only)

Week-long Programming

Opportunities to engage at your own pace and timeline
  • The fifth annual Ecochallenge (Co-sponsored by the Office for Sustainability): REGISTER NOW!
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics - Drs. Luai Allarkia, Dan Chen, and Dana El Kurd will include New Zealand in their fall semester courses.
  • Library Guide - News and information resources focusing on New Zealand, curated by Boatwright Memorial Library
  • Music Library - Exhibit (on display Nov. 2022), playlist, and blog post
  • Photo Exhibit in the International Center Gallery: UR Engages with New Zealand (photos by UR faculty, staff, and students)
  • Dining Hall: Specials throughout the week.
  • Passport Café Specials: Mince Beef Pot Pie and Three Mushroom Pot Pie; Hokey Pokey Latte with caramelized honeycomb/sponge toffee crumbles.

Featured Programs

Watch and discuss with community

Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m. - Ukrop Auditorium

Explore 20+ unique stations

Wednesday, November 16, 4:30-6 p.m. - THC

Biodiversity Talk with Philip Seddon

Wednesday, November 16, 2 p.m. - INTC Commons

Dine with us
Wednesday, November 16, 4-8 p.m. - Dining Hall
Panel: The Environment, Law, and the Maori People
Thursday, November 17, 4 p.m. - INTC Commons (video archive)
Toss gumboots with us

Friday, November 4, 1:30 p.m. - Millhiser Green

Aotearoa New Zealand Fair

Richmond's Community Ties to New Zealand in Full Voice

We anticipate 20 or more tables/stations for the fair on Wednesday, November 16, representing a wide variety of community connections to New Zealand. Interest has been received in the following topics:

  • Business School case studies: Allbirds and McBride Sisters Wine
  • University of Otago
  • Education New Zealand
  • Mapping Lodging in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • NZ Children’s Literature
  • Cricket
  • Sustainability: 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand Ecochallenge
  • Burger Bach: Sustainable food sourcing
  • Proper Pie and New Zealand food culture
  • Urban Biodiversity: Gardenstar & Predator Free NZ 2050
  • Soundgarden: Maori Radio
  • Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting: Attempting to Improve Outcomes for Incarcerated People: One New Zealand Experiment
  • CAPS: Cultural reflection after study abroad
  • Rugby
  • Sheep: Sustainable practices
  • Women in STEM
  • Biodiversity: Tuatara
  • Music Library: Aotearoa New Zealand
  • GIS: New Zealand Off the Map
  • IESAbroad Auckland

Faculty & Staff Involvement

Dr. Luai Allarakia
Luai Allarakia

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Rob Andrejewski
Rob Andrejewski

Director of Sustainability

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Dr. Timothy Barney
Timothy Barney

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies

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Dr. Sonja Bertucci
Sonja Bertucci

Assistant Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Film Studies)

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Dr. Dan Chen
Dan Chen

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Kelling J. Donald
Kelling Donald

Professor of Chemistry

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Della Dumbaugh

Professor of Mathematics

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Dr. Dana El Kurd
Dana El Kurd

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Kristine Grayson
Kristine Grayson

Associate Professor of Biology

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Dr. Aurora Hermida-Ruiz
Aurora Hermida Ruiz

Associate Professor of Spanish

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Angela Leeper
Angela Leeper

Director of Curriculum Materials Center

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Maia Linask
Maia Linask

Associate Professor of Economics

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Dr. Todd Lookingbill
Todd Lookingbill

Associate Professor of Geography, the Environment and Biology - Environmental Studies

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Adam Marquardt
Adam Marquardt

Associate Professor of Marketing

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Shahan Mufti
Shahan Mufti

Associate Professor of Journalism

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Dr. Kyle Redican
Kyle Redican

Spatial Analysis Lab Director

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Dr. David S. Salisbury
David Salisbury

Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment - Geography and the Environment

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Dr. L. Carol Summers
Carol Summers

Professor of History

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