News 30/5 – Gap Filling. Good Hair. Coffee Checks.

May 30th 2011 at 7:19am, By Dave Guerin

  1. Gap Filling I’ve liked the idea of CPIT architecture filling in vacant site since I heard of it and they did it last week, with one group creating an outdoor bowling alley.
  2. Good Hair The Hairdressing ITO has waded into the recent coverage of bad hair/beauty care and advised consumers to look for quals. It’s good to see ITOs involved in such issues. (On the hairdressing angle, Aoraki Poly is looking for a no-fee actor to be a bitchy hairdresser in a student sitcom.
  3. ENZ $$ The Metro Group and Massey welcomed the funding boost for international marketing.
  4. Coffee Checks Waiariki is working to improve coffee with a mystery shopper scheme, where they give out awards to cafes with great coffee. Nice, innovative idea. In other news, Waiariki’s Narissa Bayler commented on planking while students chopped down a tree, but will make it into firewood, not planks
  5. Loan Repayments The Government has used Facebook ads and Google AdWords to target overseas borrowers in a pilot, alongside direct approaches. The measures have brought in about $2m and are to be expanded.
  6. Local Govt ITO Tony Ryall announced that the Local Government’s ITO’s work had been taken over by Learning State.
  7. Predator Control I like the software that Waikato Uni students have developed to recognise predator tracks, eliminating manual processing.
  8. Quake Stuff A story from The Press looks at the arts in Christchurch, touching on Canterbury Uni and CPIT issues and people. Canterbury’s Katie Pickles uses her historical specialty to contextualise Rachel Hunter’s role in the red zone. Auckland Uni architecture students made a Christchurch cathedral out of Lego at a fundraiser.
  9. Doorman Training I’ve always been interested in training that occurs on the margins of what society consider as “normal” operations – it helps to challenge perceptions of what is training and throws up some different approaches. Here, I’ve found an article on a place that trains doormen and crowd controllers and has a history back to 1927. The article rambles a bit (I imagine it’s really an advertorial) but is an interesting detour from what this blog usually covers.
  10. Eat Kiwifruit Otago Uni’s Margreet Vissers argues that Vitamin C is best gained from kiwifruit, not tablets.
  11. Educational Historyhistory of the Dept of Preventive and Social Medicine has been published. I love educational hisotry and might review it
  12. NCEA Auckland Uni’s Liz McKinley has written a book about NCEA for parents.
  13. Otago Poly’s Greenness Otago Poly’s annual report is being held up as a model for reporting on sustainability – it’s in my group to review for ED Insider so I’ll check it out soon.
  14. Sports A Waikato student is part of NZ’s futsal team and another is in the Junior Black Sticks. A Massey student is playing handball for NZ.
  15. Plastic Vic? A plastic surgery research centre might end up at Victoria Uni.
  16. Killer Sentenced The murderer of Chinese student Jiayi Li, who was also a Chinese student, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.
  17. Good Game A Retail Institute edugame has won an award.
  18. Tweeting Etc The NZ Herald’s John Drinnan has done a long piece on links between social and mainstream media, quoting Canterbury Uni’s Jim Tully and Donald Matheson – I didn’t even realise Donald was at Canterbury and some readers may remember him from when he was with the NZ Education Review newspaper (he was very good).
  19. Business Links Here’s a story with some nice detail about the latest uni-business roadshow.
  20. Parking Massey grads are going to have a harder time finding parks next year.
  21. Maori Children AUT’s Prof Paul Moon criticises a report that argues that all Maori children were loved and indulged before European contact. I’m with Moon on this one – the report seems to paint a pretty rosy picture and most people in history tend to be like us today, neither saints nor demons.
  22. Short Bits Otago: Prof Mark Henaghen on stealing pies and family court costs; Bryce Edwards on Labour’s latest gimmick; recognition for the motorsport racing academy; Anita Nolan has made great progress on Crohn’s disease research; Jon Shemmell on rewiring the brain; old people are not as good at detecting lies (Dom Post, NZPA, RNZ, One News); Jim Headley on Ratko Mladic; Prof John Campbell on inter-generational meetings; an algae investigation in Lake Wanaka; obesity risk for sleep-deprived kids (NZ Herald). Auckland: research on seabirds with NIWA is apparently ground-breaking; faculty basketball champs; Neil Mitchell on Auckland’s streams. Massey: is hosting Beervana this year; David Tripe on bank ratings; Stuart Carr on pay issues. Victoria: Alberto Costi on diplomatic immunity; Marc Wilson on handbags; John Downie is launching a new play. Canterbury: Auckland and Otago Uni academics wade into the Wellywood debate. A profile of Unitec music lecturer Samuel Holloway. An SIT student is opening for Greg Johnson and SIT is part of Matariki in Southland. AUT: Ronda Scherman on adopting from overseas; Margaret Craig-Lees on supermarket marketing; new links with the University of Hawaii. A missing Unitec student has been found. LUSA comments on the budget. A group of US higher education staff and students visited Awanuiarangi.

3 Responses to News 30/5 – Gap Filling. Good Hair. Coffee Checks.



May 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I think Katie has oversold what the letters to The Press said in order to suit her parochial, misogynist thesis. A better explanation is that locals want to be talked to rather than down at, and treated like adults. Hence why some business owners ignored the cordon a few weeks back and made some headlines. Hence the signs around the cordon expressing this view.


Dave Guerin

May 31st, 2011 at 9:40 am

Well, she does know how to piss people off herself, as with her column on this being a postcolonial opportunity for Chch.



May 31st, 2011 at 10:36 am

That she does. That said by all accounts she is a very good teacher.

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