News 21/3 – Bomb Hoax. Local Govt Reform. Job Search.

March 21st 2012 at 10:41am, By Dave Guerin

Busy morning meant a late post today.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Bomb Hoax There was a bomb hoax at Victoria yesterday, resulting in a one hour evacuation while things were checked out (NewstalkZB, Dom Post).
  2. Councils Steven Joyce appointed a lawyer and accountant to Victoria’s Council and ex-Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier to Auckland’s Council – Auckland wins that round. UCOL made an appointment too.
  3. Extras: Awanuiarangi signs Microsoft partnership (and more detail); IPLS appoints new tutors; Otago Poly JV in Queen St; Otago Uni arts fellows.

Research & Innovation

  1. Hangovers…don’t help students the next day but also aren’t caused by up to six drinks according to Otago Uni’s Tamlin Conner – and everyone in history (Otago Uni, ODT).
  2. Positivity Open Poly’s Aaron Jordan has written a book on positive psychology.
  3. Extras: Auckland’s Trecia Wouldes on P for babies; Tariana Turia cites Otago Uni Maori youth health research; 170 quake projects on the go at Canterbury; show by OtagoUni  fellow; mini-festival at NZ School of Music; Victoria’s Prof Tim Naish was part of a team looking at sea level changes (RNZ, NewstalkZB); research cited on collaboration in Asian markets by Victoria’s Val Lindsay.

Public Issues

  1. Christchurch Town Hallshould be saved according to Canterbury’s Ian Lochhead.
  2. Local Government Reform Massey’s Christine Cheyne says it is myopic. AUT’s Peter McKinley doesn’t like it either – I remember arguing with Peter about general competence when it came in (NewstalkZB). Massey’s Andy Asquith says the reforms are simplistic. Otago Uni’s Janine Hayward was worried about funding for community groups. MIT’s Stuart Middleton also comments on local government and welfare reform.
  3. Urewera Auckland’s Prof Warren Brookbanks comments as does Otago Uni’s Prof Kevin Dawkins.
  4. Herald Op-Eds…by Auckland’s Prof Tim Hazeldine on economics and Canterbury’s Tanya Ogilvie-White on nuclear security.
  5. Extras: Massey’s Peter Lineham speaking in memory of a gay minister; Massey’s David Trip on minimum capital requirements; Unitec’s Penny Cliffin on trees; Massey’s Prof Malcolm Wright on Marmite; Victoria’s Marc Wilson on Facebook narcissists; Laidlaw College’s Graeme McNae on a Tongan New Testament and Mark Keown on abortion.


  1. Job Search Aoraki students liked their education but can’t find the jobs they want.
  2. Suicide Story on a Canterbury student’s suicide.
  3. Extras: iPhone found after being stolen at Waikato; OUSA voting; UCOL student wins fashion show; Otago Uni students learn about exchange.


  1. Toffee Otago Poly’s kitchen was used to help with a nude toffee installation – read it.
  2. Extras: academics on child poverty group; Otago Uni-DHB partnership struggling for funding and space; Auckland hosting Future Dragonz; sexual assault near Wintec (Fairfax).

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