News 5/10 – Last Wananga Settles Treaty Deal. Wine Events. Prisoner Training Up.

October 5th 2010 at 6:10am, By Dave Guerin

  1. Awanuiarangi’s Waitangi Deal Steven Joyce and Pita Sharples have signed a deal deed of settlement with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangithat recognises the unique contribution it makes to tertiary education, and provides the wānanga with $14.5m of funding to develop its Whakatāne campus. It is the last of the 3 wananga to settle, after a Waitangi Truibunal report in 1999.
  2. Inspiring Academic A Lincoln academic has inspired a group to keep a warped bridge in Christchurch in place.
  3. Wine Events Regular readers will know I never go past a wine story and the University of Auckland have just hosted the first Upper North Island Wine Challenge. I remember a great wine experience in Kaikohe, actually – on the edge of town I saw a wine sign and drove down the drive to a barn at the back of the house where a Croatian immigrant (about 70) was selling cabernet sauvignon at $10 a bottle. The wine was a bit rough but perfectly drinkable and a case soon found its way into the car. What I loved was that there was no branding, no flash landscaping, just a small block and the guy liked making wine. Getting back to wine awards, EIT has hosted the 10th Hawkes Bay awards.
  4. Access Tourism AUT has run a conference on access tourism, for people with disabilities. They had Tariana Turia speaking and ha coverage by NZPA and NBR.
  5. Prison Training Up Pita Sharples and Judith Collins have made a very positive announcement. In the 10 months to July 2010 the number of prisoners in employment and job training increased 9 percent (from 4415 to 4791). More than half the prison population was in some form of employment or training during the 2009/10 year%. Nice to see some good news in the justice area.
  6. Raising Fish NMIT has an academic leader from the UK for their new aquaculture course.
  7. Whanau Wellbeing Auckland Uni academics have released a report tracking 25 years of wellbeing for Māori whānau.
  8. Toneeee’s Tyrrrrrre Servisssssss… is a great jingle and UCOL has helped to train the company’s staff (well, 10 people, for a two day course, which hardly merits a media release about industry responsiveness in my view).
  9. Massey Cleaners Crunch time has been pushed back by a week but Massey’s cleaners are still facing major employment changes.
  10. Rickets Two Massey researchers are exploring the reemergence of rickets as a childhood disease.
  11. Food MOU Massey’s Riddet Institute has signed an MOU with the Korea Food Research Institute. Massey got a plaque – hopefully more comes of it.
  12. Short Bits A Massey student won a gold award for his boots at the Designers Institute BeST Design Awards. Canterbury Uni academics are doing a survey of the impact of the quake on rural people. A Massey researcher has found that gold kiwifruit can be good for women with low iron - but the release has excessive use of registered trademarks! A Massey business student is working as a groom at the World Equestrian Games. Five AUT students are helping to promote a health website.

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