News 25/10 – RIP Frank Holmes. Aoraki No Confidence. Unitec for Sale?

October 25th 2011 at 7:36am, By Dave Guerin

  1. RIP Frank Holmes Emeritus Prof Sir Frank Holmes, a giant in NZ public policy and economics circles, died yesterday morning at the age of 87 (NewstalkZB, Business Day, One News). He was a long-time professor at Victoria (22+ years) and founded the Institute of Policy Studies, which I’d nominate as one of the most successful institutes amongst NZ universities. Comments have been made by Victoria and Colin James (on behalf of Ross Holmes).
  2. Aoraki No Confidence Aoraki staff are upset at the Council’s slow response to the vote in no confidence in their CE, according to the TEU’s local organiser. Generally, I’d just see this sort of thing as a negotiating tactic, given it happened at a TEU meeting, but the TEU says it isn’t. Hard to tell without being down there really, but relations certainly seem frayed.
  3. Waiariki Win Waiariki CE Pim Borren accepted a social responsibility award for the institute and gave a good speech.
  4. It Was a Pub! Last week I wrote that a new Canterbury events centre sounded like a pub and that’s how The Press sees it.
  5. Kiko Li…is the name of the Chinese student killed by fellow Chinese students. One of her killers pleaded guilty, while the second was found guilty by a jury last week.
  6. Unitec for Sale? Well, you can buy a piece of the property they lease on the North Shore – looks like an interesting investment option (NB don’t take my word for it – seek professional advice…).
  7. Job Market The job market may be tough but a Waikato Times story cites some rather poor study choices.
  8. Gender and Education The Dom Post had a long piece on the impact of a man drought and a highly qualified man drought, which leads to lots of fairly predictable angles.
  9. Quake Stuff Canterbury phone app to show what buildings used to exist in Christchurch (uses augmented reality). Paul Millar’s Canterbury quakes digital archive ideas has got off the ground and will launch this week (Sunday News). Canterbury’s Jon Harding has found that silt has caused enormous loss of fish and insect life in Christchurch rivers, possibly requiring human silt removal to get things going again. Demolition of two buildings at Canterbury will start today, but the big diggers won’t come in for a few weeks, until exams finish.
  10. Politics Canterbury’s Therese Arseneau and Victoria’s Nigel Roberts speaking on MMP.
  11. Bad EER…was the case for PTE Te Whare Wananga o Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa – it trains Maori Anglicans.
  12. Ouch That’s about the best description I can think of for this review of Paul Moon’s (AUT) latest book. It’s not a complimentary review.
  13. Flu on Crack… is how a Victoria student described measles.
  14. Dehumidifiers Otago Uni academics have some very good advice on dehumidifiers here and here.
  15. ArtBox CPIT is unveiling its ArtBox prototype today – it’s a great concept.
  16. Bedroom Sharing Auckland students are apparently sharing bedrooms to save money on accommodation.
  17. Rena Waikato’s Prof Alistair Wilkins has analysed the oil from the ship (TV3, NewstalkZB). Massey’s Brett Gartrell on helping the birds and sending a vet to East Cape.
  18. Yeast The science escapes me a little by Massey’s Evelyn Sattlegger and collaborators have found out how some proteins interact (Auckland Now).
  19. Gaddafi’s Death Auckland’s Robert Patman (actually Otago Uni – caption was wrong) on Gaddafi’s death (audio), plus Massey’s Nigel Parsons and Waikato’s Alexander Gillespie.
  20. Rhodes Scholars…were announced on Friday. Congrats to Canterbury’s Andrew Dean, Auckland’s Max Harris and Waikato’s Briar Thompson.
  21. Sporting Success? Massey and Manawatu could combine to create a youth sporting centre of excellence. Meanwhile AUT had the IOC president open their new training centre – points to AUT for the day!
  22. RWC Before the Match Auckland’s Toni Bruce has found in a survey that many NZers find rugby a turnoff, but the data reported seems partial and the survey seems to be an open web-based one so who knows what the real feeling is? A Massey intern has picked up rugby fever. Tom Johnson’s Massey PhD thesis on the AB’s team culture. Victoria’s Pete Thompson thinks an ABs win could help the government (NewstalkZB) while Victoria’s Marc Wilson talks about the pros and cons of rugby, and Homepaddock comments on both. A French chemistry student at Otago Uni on respecting the French team. Kiwiblog has a cool photo of the light show that Victoria has been hosting from several buildings. Victoria’s Dean Knight (and my FB buddy thru Lions, Hurricanes and ABs games) has released the Queer Eye for the Rugby Guy: RWC 2011 Edition team. Canterbury students programmed robots donated by a French firm to “do the haka“, but the video doesn’t quite live up to that billing. Massey’s Malcolm Mulholland on rugby history. After the Match Students burned some sofas in Palmie. Victoria’s Marc Wilson on psychological impacts.
  23. Short Bits Auckland: testing diesel cleaning units for Dean Barker; Jane Kelsey on trade negotiations (AAP); Glenn Simmons calling for country of origin food labelling; vaccine delay claimed to cause deaths; Nike Harre’s new psychology book; support for Hamilton patient simulator; MIT: art student’s community project. Massey: protest about teaching qual change; Valerie Margrain’s new book on managing child behaviour (Manawatu Standard); Psycho-Oncology Service wins award; Waiariki: student off to London Olympics. UCOL: horticulture tutor Sian Cass wins award; trades academy allocations. Otago Uni: Bryce Edwards with a generous view on recent protests (updated story); Prof Philip Hill on child vaccinations in Africa; OUSA’s top lecturers. Otago Poly: grad reviewed Dunedin-Shanghai relationship. AUT: grad’s hotel room app. Waikato: win for Maori MBA programme; Prof Ngahuia Te Awekotuku on moko. Canterbury: trampoline inventor Keith Alexander to get award; EU funding for Natalia Chaban, Annick Masselot and Prof Martin Holland; King James Bible on display. Victoria: Todd Bridgman spoke at Occupy Wellington (release); Jan Jordan on female fraudsters; Fergus Barrowman on e-book sales. Unitec: latest TV ads. New PTE to help Maori health workforce.

2 Responses to News 25/10 – RIP Frank Holmes. Aoraki No Confidence. Unitec for Sale?


Rick Ede

October 26th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Dave. The advertorial about the ‘sale’ of the campus we lease in Albany was published without our knowledge or consent. The transaction has nothing to do with Unitec as we are tenants in the building, and it is parties acting in behalf of the owner who are behind it. We in no way endorse the proposed transaction and have had no part in its genesis.


Dave Guerin

October 26th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thanks Rick – I assumed that but that makes it clear for any readers.

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