News 11/4 – Flax Working Bee. Paper Wings. Sci-Fi Donation.

April 11th 2012 at 8:45am, By Dave Guerin

Not much in the news today, because comms people exhausted their media releases by Easter Saturday and everyone’s on leave now!

Policy, Management & People

  1. Extras: MIT’s new campus plans; Waiariki-Awanuiarangi trip to India; profile of Agriculture New Zealand tutor Jenny North.

Research & Innovation

  1. Dairy Migrants Lincoln’s Rupert Tipples is to research migrant workers, mainly in the dairy sector.
  2. Extras: NZ Herald writer checks out AUT’s kinanthropometry facilities; Massey franchising survey; Auckland great white shark research (One News, Stuff); Otago Uni work on Psa virus; lotteries research funding at Otago Uni.

Public Issues

  1. Flax Working Bee Whitireia’s Clare Butler and TWOA’s Sorrel Kemp are leading an effort to get flax bushes healthy (for future weaving).
  2. Nuts WITT chefs cooking with nuts.
  3. Maintenance MIT’s Larry Wiechern on getting plant maintenance right.
  4. Extras: Tariana Turia picks up on work by Massey’s Jill Bevan-Brown; AUT’s Prof Richard Bedford at ethnic affairs conference; Waikato’s Margalit Toledano on NZ Post’s drop in mail; Massey’s Claire Matthews on EFTPOS skimming.


  1. Canoe Slalom Various NZ age team members come from Massey, Waiariki, Victoria and Otago Uni.
  2. Paper Wings A Canterbury student has qualified for the paper darts champs in Austria.
  3. Extras: Victoria inline hockey player; Otago Uni student volunteers.


  1. Sci-Fi Donation A donation of sci-fi books goes on display at Otago Uni (tv story).
  2. Extras: NZ School of Music concerts; Lincoln’s Derrick Moot convinces a farmer to use lucerne; NZ Film Commission happy to partner Unitec on shorts festival.

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