News 31/8 – Blog Paper, SIT’s Lower $$ and Wgtn Buildings

August 31st 2010 at 7:48am, By Dave Guerin

  1. A Use for Yesterday’s Blogs A Massey grad has had his work selected for the Anti Design festival in London. He created Blog Roll by developing a software programme that takes the content of any blog and prints it through a fax machine into a 45-metre long roll of one-ply paper. Hmm, maybe there’s my corporate gift this year!
  2. SIT’s Investment Plan It seems that SIT will lose 220 ESOL EFTS next year (to be redistributed to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch), gain 20 Youth Guarantee EFTS and is facing a review over 38 aviation EFTS. The 220 EFTS equal $1.3m, on top of the ending of $3.2m in other funds.
  3. Wellington Buildings Victoria University is converting another commercial office building into 241 student apartments. You can check out the location here. It’s a relatively new building and has light on all sides, which will make it quite pleasant, as well as being in a great location for Vic’s campuses. WelTec is also rumoured to take over the old Hoyts movie complex in Wellington’s Manners Mall (well, it’ll be a bus route soon!) for its hospitality programmes. I can’t remember the source for that rumour – maybe Capital Times.
  4. Young Parents Here’s a nice long story about a YMCA programme for young parents (and their children) in Timaru.
  5. Letters to the Editor A grumpy ex student of Tairawhiti Polytechnic wrote in to the Gisborne Herald challenging dropout rates, staff absenteeism and other issues. The Poly CE Judy Campbell responded in detail and made a good case.
  6. Cow Efficiency A Lincoln University doctoral candidate is developing a simple non-invasive method to measure the efficiency with which cows convert feed protein to milk protein.
  7. Good Grounds University of Waikato groundskeeper Leigh Harrison will compete to become the National Horticulturist of the Year in November after winning the Young Amenity Horticulturist of the Year award.
  8. Wine Stories A Lincoln grad is NZ’s top young viticulturist (another one came second), an Italian exchange student at EIT is profiled and a Lincoln Uni academic advises on wine marketing.
  9. Bits and Pieces An Otago Poly fashion grad is having great success. The Unitec School of Architecture is undertaking a study for a large-scale garden concept for Birkenhead. Here’s a profile of some NorthTec hospitality students. Auckland Uni is running a songwriting competition. The Uni Snow Games are on this week, with 150 competitors. A Unitec student polished hundreds of old coins for her Wearable Arts Awards entry.

2 Responses to News 31/8 – Blog Paper, SIT’s Lower $$ and Wgtn Buildings

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Evan Roberts

August 31st, 2010 at 7:53 am

Apropos of the new VUW accommodation the non-education story here seems to be the relative decline of the The Terrace as a desirable location for office space in Wellington.

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Dave Guerin

August 31st, 2010 at 8:11 am

Funnily enough Evan, that was the angle I was planning last night but I forgot to put it in! The private sector is off to Auckland or Sydney, while central govt builds new and tertiary ed does refurbishmrnts!

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