News 28/11 – Ministers. Waiariki Settlement. Election.

November 28th 2011 at 8:00am, By Dave Guerin

Policy & Management

  1. Ministers Steven Joyce is picked to get Economic Development (and keep tertiary education?) while Hekia Parata is tipped for education.
  2. Waiariki Settlement Waiariki has been ordered to pay a dismissed head of their nursing school $10,500 compensation and ex-CE Pim Borren has been ordered to pay $6,000 for obstructing the dispute resolution process (I imagine Waiariki will pick upon the bill for that). As I predicted in an earlier post, reinstatement was not ordered. It’s probably a reasonable outcome all around.
  3. Tough 2012 Otago Uni reckons it will have a tough year in 2012 and won’t make a 3% TEC target for its surplus. I will believe it when I see it.
  4. Managers are Good An Otago Uni academic (and former DVC) responds to concerns about an excessive number of managers.
  5. New Gallery A new gallery at NorthTec has been welcomed.
  6. Massey International Massey has launched a new internationalisation strategy.
  7. Extras: Otago Uni Chancellor reappointed; discussion of Massey employment law case; story on WelTec-Whitireia Council merger; Lincoln’s Telford pre-enrolments at a record high; aviation Gateway programme supported by ATTTO.

Research & Innovation

  1. Defence Commercialisation the Defence Force is working with Auckland’s UniServices to commercialise defence force IP. I wonder if there will be any protests about that down the track.
  2. Bad Review Auckland’s Nick Perry gets a bad review of his latest book – “pretentious prolixity” is one of the reviewer’s comments, but it’s a rather pretentious turn of phrase in itself.
  3. Short Boys Auckland’s John Peek found that some fertility drugs seem to lead to shorter boys (but not girls).
  4. Extras: Waikato’s Nigel Calder launches maths book (SunLive); Auckland’s Janet Fanslow on family violence; UCOL’s Kane Parsons doing a Victor Borge homage; Massey’s Pasifika spirituality conference; Auckland’s Richard Milne on a trans-Tasman medication study; Waikato’s new coastal research centre; emeritus Prof Lee Erasmus’ work on a 1961 plane crash (Canterbury).

Public Issues

  1. Post-Election Auckland’s James Young on capital gains tax and Prof Raymond Miller on the low turnout (and again) and on selling asset sales and on quake handling; Victoria’s Jon Johansson on Key’s mistakes and Auckland’s Joe Atkinson too; ex-Otago Uni hostel warden wins Dunedin North (profile of him); Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards assesses the media coverage and comments on Labour’s Clare Curran; Victoria’s Stephen Leven on the Wellington vote; Auckland’s Jennifer Lees-Marshment on Don Brash; Auckland’s Jian Yang gets in off the list.
  2. Pre-Election Waikato’s Alan Simpson on a possible low turnout; Phil Goff finished election eve chatting to Auckland Uni cleaners; Bryce Edwards on text polls, but what was more amazing was the man in the article who thought text polls were one person, one vote; Otago Uni election show; Victoria’s Maria Bargh on the Mana and Maori parties’ poor communication; Victoria’s Kate McMillan on voting as a permanent resident.
  3. Recidivism Victoria’s Devon Polaschek gave lecture on reducing recidivism among violent offenders.
  4. The World Etc Long interview here with Auckland’s Prof Klaus Bosselmann about globalism, values and all sorts of other things. Victoria’s Prof Warwick Murray is also giving an inaugural lecture on globalism and the GFC. Victoria’s Ralph Chapman on climate change.
  5. Maori Burial Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley and Avril Bell comment on a court case over Maori burial practices.
  6. Shaky Buildings Auckland’s Jason Ingham gave some good advice to Dunedin property owners about quake strengthening while Otago Uni is starting work on strengthening; comment on Prof Stefano Pampanin’s (Canterbury) prescription for Auckland’s quake-prone buildings;
  7. Prostate Cancer Otago Uni’s Brian Cos opposes a prostate cancer screening programme, and the work of colleague Elspeth Gold on an alternative test.
  8. Extras: Otago Uni academics on euthanasia (and an Auckland one); comment on porn research (and another story); Canterbury and Lincoln academics in on liquefaction research; Waiariki’s Debbie Thyne on artist Charles Blomfield; Waikato’s Natalie Jackson on the end of population growth in most of NZ; Canterbury’s Greg Newbold on police informants; Otago Uni’s Phil Bishop on the bad outlook for frogs (and how Kermit is partly to blame – I kid you not!); Otago’s Stephen Wing on shark tourism; Auckland’s Prof Miriam Meyerhoff on Obama’s grammar; Otago Uni’s Penny Field and Robin Gauld on the food industry’s power; Auckland’s Cameron Grant on immunisation.


  1. 20 Years NZCER has released a report on 20-year olds in a long-term longitudinal study.
  2. Maori Opportunities BCITO’s Ruma Karaitiana and others at the CATE conference on opportunities for Maori.
  3. Students’ Tough Time Two Otago Uni PhD students are seeking a scholarship extension after their clinical supervisor was convicted on fraud-related charges and had his registration suspended.
  4. Streaming Graduations Massey streamed its latest graduations live and will leave them up on the Internet for friends and relatives far away to check it out. Good idea.
  5. Top Hairdresser A Dunedin trainee was the Hairdressing ITO’s top apprentice.
  6. Extras: Massey grad in PNG plane crash; new Massey flying grads (Manawatu Standard); Victoria student’s Christchurch design concept to happen; NMIT student in speed dating social services event; Aoraki student’s film; Massey PhD thesis on Maori and Western spirituality; Waikato student selling cookies; UCOL Chekhov production, chef grads off to Oman and glass awards; Otago’s Robert Schadewinkel checking out a 1080 drop’s impact; Otago Uni doctoral scholarships up.


  1. Chess Anyone? Canterbury students have helped to get a new outdoor chess set up and running (release, RNZ).
  2. Extras: Otago Uni-Pasifika partnership and East Otago links; Otago Poly house sold for charity.

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