News 23/2 – $57m at Massey. Drinking at Orientation. Raukawa & Pulse.

February 23rd 2012 at 9:00am, By Dave Guerin

Nice to see some Q&A with Prof Sir Paul Callaghan, but sad to see the answers are written from his hospital bed.

Policy, Management & People

  1. $57m at Massey $57m will be spent on facilities at Massey as they bring their Hokowhitu students and staff (teacher ed) onto the main Palmie campus. They will then sell the other campus (Manawatu Standard, NewstalkZB).
  2. Restructuring Steven Joyce made a generic comment about the possibility of restructuring across his science, tertiary education and economic development portfolios and RNZ made a story out of it (getting Greens and Labour comments) and the TEU responded (TelstraClear). Based on what he said, I don’t see there’s a story.
  3. Extras: VC Rod Carr on Canterbury quake pledges; Ranginui Walker to get Auckland alumni award; Victoria’s Yvonne van Roy to pay $37K to the family of a cyclist she killed in an accident last year; Awanuiarangi linked up with Indian VCs last week too; ATTTO staff changes; Massey VC Steve Maharey calling for extra focus on science and innovation; Wintec’s RAMP Gallery reopens.

Research & Innovation

  1. Body Size Waikato’s Les Oxley is using body stature as a proxy for standard of living (NZ Herald).
  2. Veteran’s Health Otago Uni and the Defence Force have signed a MOU on research into veterans’ health.
  3. Extras: editorial on Otago Uni disease research and a second; Hocken Library art exhibition tour; Auckland parenting research; Auckland’s Trecia Wouldes on drug use by pregnant women; archaeology digs by Otago and Auckland Uni staff and students.

Public Issues

  1. Quake Memorial The Christchurch quake anniversary yesterday led to many stories. Families and friends of King’s Education students participated in a memorial service. David Horsley, who accompanied the 21 Japanese students at King’s Education, describes his day after escaping the building. A CPIT student and Lincoln’s Ann Brower comment on the memorial and an ex-CPIT tutor remembered last year. Canterbury put out a good release about a major memorial service held there. In Dunedin, about 500 people gathered near Otago Uni. The husband of a King’s Education tutor wants more investigation into rescue services on the days after the quake.
  2. Kids’ Milk Otago Uni’s Margreet Vissers supports Fonterra’s milk for kids programme in an op-ed.
  3. Extras: Otago Uni asset sales forum; response to Otago Uni social smoking research;


  1. Outward Bound BCITO scholarship winner’s Outward Bound experience.
  2. Drinking at Orientation There were 17 arrests in Dunedin on Tues night and a “world record” 2,400 person toga party last night, but bad behaviour has led to Otago Uni VC Prof Harlene Hayne ringing the students involved. As she said,”…some students’ relationships with the University of Otago may end very prematurely”. Good on her, especially her for targeting the drunk troublemakers first rather than the drinkers. At SIT, they were just speed-eating burgers. To be fair, at Otago Uni there were also stories on a clubs day, Orientation workers and speed flatting.
  3. Extras: Whitecliffe grad shows in Dunedin; Massey and UCOL bus use; artist off to Canterbury, while another student returns; dancer off to Unitec; driver who hit AUT student hands himself in; Victoria triple jumper; farm student injured; Japanese student visit to BOPP: Massey’s students wins with politics paper.


  1. Raukawa & Pulse Raukawa CEO Mereana Selby will welcome the Pulse netball team for a match in the new sporting facility on campus.
  2. Upcycling BOPP’s Donna Dinsdale is promoting upcycling.
  3. Extras: Homepaddock blog picks up on Jacqueline Rowarth’s agriculture enrolments comments; BOPP fish survey; NMIT students to build a boardwalk; Otago Poly offers space to community groups.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Cool Science Project Massey’s Justin O’Sullivan is leading a project that involves school students sending in soil samples and Massey analysing the microbial life in them through genome sequencing.
  2. Extras: Otago Poly trades academy and also one for EIT Hawkes Bay and another with Waiariki are all opening for business.

2 Responses to News 23/2 – $57m at Massey. Drinking at Orientation. Raukawa & Pulse.


Stephen Day

February 23rd, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thanks, I didn’t even know TelstraClear was a press agency!


Dave Guerin

February 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 am

Normally they just rebrand NewstalkZB content. I usually find a NewstalkZB page with the same info and link to that but I couldn’t see one in this case.

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