News 21/5 – Holiday Park Buy. Quake-Prone Buildings. 48 Hour Films.
May 21st 2012 at 7:45am, By Dave Guerin
A story went up at the weekend about AUT scoring a 10-year contract to track flights for SpaceX, a private space flight organisation. Sounds interesting, but the story disappeared, maybe because the company’s rocket didn’t launch.
Policy, Management & People
- iPhone Ad Massey has a cute new iPhone-made ad, starring VC Steve Maharey. And there’s a “making of” video too. Impressively, it aired yesterday but I think they only filmed it last week.
- Holiday Park Buy Waiariki has bought a holiday park, which might seem odd, but it’s next door to their main campus and will be used for student accommodation.
- VSM Massey Albany has only had 19 students pay a $100 membership fee after VSM. ON a different angle, OUSA had an $800,000 loss last year, partly brought on by a write-down of assets that could not be retained post-VSM.
- Quake-Prone Buildings Lincoln has had Hudson Hall and Johnston Memorial Lab rated about the earthquake threshold, and Ivey Memorial Hall confirmed as earthquake-prone by Selwyn District Council (The Press). NMIT has meanwhile permanently vacated their F Block due to earthquake safety concerns.
- Enrolments With some odd analysis, this story comments on enrolment trends.
- Teacher Ed Canterbury’s Prof Gail Gillon likes teacher ed changes. The Nelson Mail’s editorial cites Victoria’s Dugald Scott.
- Extras: student Budget protest at Auckland; PBRF review and RNZ on recent changes; visiting indigenous academic at Waikato; more on UCOL Whanganui building; Otago Uni disputes some facts in the Dunedin Stadium report; WITT recycling; criticism of Steven Joyce’s op-ed; rescue efforts for missing Otago Uni staffer; editorial on Aoraki youth forum; Critic on councils, protest against an MOU with a Chinese university and NZUSA’s asset sales stance ; Labour’s Damian O’Connor wants more info on rural bonding schemes.
Research & Innovation
- Asian Signs While Massey has a mildly interesting release out about its Asian language signs research (needs more photos), Winston Peters has the limelight about immigration.
- Wow Otago Uni’s Prof Murray Tilyard has an active life, including overseeing some very impressive health IT businesses.
- Mapua Cleanup Otago Uni’s Ian McBride on Mapua cleanup safety.
- Chickens Canterbury’s Annie Potts has written a book on chickens, as part of an international series on animals.
- Extras: Victoria’s Neil Quigley on Taiwan exports; Canterbury-aligned start-up wins award; Canterbury’s James Smithies gets extra money for CEISMIC; Lincoln’s Rupert Tipples on migrant dairy labour; more on Victoria PhD’s happiness research; Canterbury work on smart meter safety; penguin data for Massey; Canterbury recording eastern Christchurch quake stories.
- Hip Hop Orchestra…is being arranged by Victoria’s Kenneth Young.
- China Trade Unitec’s Rick Ede on trade with China – the story also covers The Formary, a cool company that works next to me (literally, they sit a metre away).
- Religion Rant Waikato’s Prof Douglas Pratt seemed to rant at a reporter about religion, but made some points worth discussing.
- Alternative Budgets Auckland’s Business School has had an interesting idea to present alternative Budgets tomorrow. The only problem to me is that the judging panel is fairly stacked with centre-left/economic interventionist judges like Rod Oram, Bernard Hickey, Selwyn Pellett and John Walley (4/6). Anyway, it’s a good idea.
- Out of the Blue Otago Uni’s Davinia Thornley comments on the film Out of the Blue and the constraints of genre.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Nicola Atwool on welfare reform; Otago Uni’s Dr Blackman on radioactivity in the body and Thorsten Stanley on a little boy’s medical conditions; Auckland’s Cameron Grant on whooping cough; Massey’s Claire Mathews on the runaway millionaire case, bank rates and paying off loans; Lincoln’s Philip Hulme on wasps; Whitecliffe’s Michele Whitecliffe on a dress for Kate Middleton; Victoria’s Terence O’Brien on MFAT changes; Waikato’s Carrie Barber on treating ADHD in kids; Waikato’s Jacques Poot on immigration to Australia; Victoria’s Dugald Scott quoted approvingly by Michael Laws (bet he’s proud).
- Car Crash The American exchange student driver in last week’s crash that left three friends dead has been charged over the crash (Fairfax, Fairfax, NZ Herald, NewstalkZB, 3 News). Here’s a story about the memorial service that sums up the complex situation (NZ Herald, NZN).
- 48 Hour Films UCOL students were gearing up for the 48 Hour Film Festival and Unitec had not only their staff and students participating, but also people from a Shanghai partner. Yoobee@Natcoll is greatly involved too, with some nice stories in the release. Here’s a story about an Aoraki team’s efforts. Meanwhile BOPP was running a 48 hour photo competition.
- Media Freedom A Pakistani journalist and AUT PhD students warns about risks to media freedom.
- Flat Cats…may or may not be a student problem in Hamilton.
- Science Rap Otago Uni’s science rapper.
- Pink Pride Pink Pride was celebrated at Unitec on Friday (release) and I saw a TEU photo on Facebook too.
- Beauty An AUT student is Miss Auckland while a Victoria student won a modelling contract, and Auckland academic Caroline Daley commented on the decline of beauty pageants.
- Extras: Auckland piano quartet; CPIT students making Oamaru doco; Waikato netballers won their club title; 160 Manawatu students/student groups entered an innovation competition and 4 made the 10 finalists; Lincoln Shave to Save (The Press); Canterbury student’s texting habits; AUT student gets fine wiped.
- Tranquillity 40 Lincoln students have designed spaces for the Places of Tranquillity – six spaces based on different areas of the world, with the winner of each to be decided by public voting.
- Flying Visit The PM visited Massey’s aviation school last week.
- Ice Cream Tasting Massey’s Kay McMath and fellow judges got to taste 286 frozen treats as part of the NZ ice cream awards.
- Youth Theatre Whitireia was running auditions for a youth theatre company it operates.
- Game Industry Media Design School hosting game developers’ conference.
- Extras: Massey-sponsored Christchurch design comp; Manawatu Jets hosted at UCOL; top building apprentice to be announced; artist performing at BOPP: homeless competing with Waikato and Wintec students for homes; Otago Poly staff raise money for hospice; CPIT’s Neil MacInnes is an A level culinary judge; AUT theatre partnership; Otago Uni motorsport academy.
Teaching & Learning
- Extras: InfraTrain project with young Maori; Mai Chen speaking to Otago Uni law students; song writing workshop at BOPP.
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