Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa New Zealand

UR's Aotearoa New Zealand Week

Nov. 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 include but not be limited to these themes:

  • The natural world and sustainability
  • Female leadership
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Sport

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!

If the sound of all of this inspires you to action, connect with us to share your ideas and let us know how you might like to be involved.

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Pre-week Engagement Opportunities

Start Engaging Early
  • PANEL: CCE Perspectives: "Aotearoa New Zealand Off the Map"
    Friday, November 4

IE Week Draft Calendar

(Days & times of lectures subject to change)


BODYPUMP classes
(1 hour each, 30 participants max): 8:30 & 11am, 4:15pm
Sign-up link coming soon.

Dr. Kristina Ramstad: “Cryptic inbreeding and population structure in New Zealand’s rarest kiwi (Apteryx spp.)”
12 - 1 p.m. Gottwald Auditorium



"Conserving and Restoring Biodiversity: From James River Sturgeon to New Zealand Kiwi"
4:30 p.m. Location TBD

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople" (dir. Taika Waititi), introduced by Teri Higgins, University of Otago
7 p.m. Ukrop Auditorium



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

Aotearoa New Zealand
4:30 - 6 p.m. Alice Haynes Room, THC

Kiwiana Recipes
5 - 8 p.m. HDC



Jacinta Ruru, Professor of Law, University of Otago
"Māori Ancestors in Nature and Law: Legal personality of the environment in Aotearoa New Zealand"
4 p.m. Location TBD

New Zealand "Tēnā koutou" Reception
(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)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics - Drs. Luai Allarkia, Dan Chen, and Dana El Kurd will include New Zealand in their fall semester courses.
  • Photo Exhibit in the International Center Gallery: UR Engages with New Zealand (photos by UR faculty, staff, and students)
  • Special menu items at Passport Café and HDC


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:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Off the Map, Spatial Analysis Lab & Geography Club
  • Biodiversity, Department of Biology
  • University of Otago
  • Education New Zealand
  • IESAbroad Auckland
  • Burger Bach
  • Proper Pie
  • Allbirds, business school class case study
  • Spider Bookstore
  • EcoChallenge, Office of Sustainability
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Free trade relationships, NZ, business school class
  • Sheep! Office of Sustainability
  • Rugby and cricket exhibition
  • Status of Women in STEM Fields
  • Gardenstar
  • Children's Literature

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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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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Ms. 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. L. Carol Summers
Carol Summers

Professor of History

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