News 22/5 – Health Campus. Haunted Hostel. Polar Expedition.

May 22nd 2012 at 9:20am, By Dave Guerin

I have had a budget preview guest post offered to me – if anyone else wants a say pre or post budget let me know. The door is always open.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Health Campus Unitec had Paula Bennett open its Waitakere health campus on Friday, a joint venture with the local DHB. It sounds pretty good.
  2. NMIT Buildings New update on NMIT’s engineering review of buildings.
  3. Book Fair Education NZ is supporting NZ’s involvement in the Frankfurt Book Fair to leverage export education promotion.
  4. Raukawa Success Raukawa’s Mereana Selby had an op-ed on what success means for the institution.
  5. TROQ Competenz is seeking industry input into baking and manufacturing quals.
  6. Loan Declines Interesting story about decline rates for student loans.
  7. Extras: Massey ad gets coverage; body of Otago Uni’s David Palmer found in bush; VUWSA on loans and allowances.

Research & Innovation

  1. Hunting Lincoln’s Geoff Kerr has been researching hunting.
  2. Extras: editorial on happiness research.

Public Issues

  1. Privatisation Canterbury’s Eric Crampton on selling off Christchurch City assets. AUT’s Peter McKinlay also commented.
  2. Triple Bottom Line In his inaugural lecture at Waikato Prof Charl de Villiers will be talking on triple bottom line accounting.
  3. G8 Victoria’s Robert Ayson on the G8.
  4. Recidivism Canterbury’s Prof Greg Newbold is sceptical about impact of latest Government anti-recidivism efforts.
  5. Social Media Two Otago Uni academic comment on Gore social media faux pas.
  6. Extras: Massey’s David Tripe on bank rates and Prof John O’Neill cited on class sizes; three academics on narcissism; Massey’s Eric Neuman cited on pork imports again; Massey’s Prof Peter O’Connor on charter schools.


  1. Haunted Hostel Apparently there’s a haunted hostel at Otago Uni (ODT).
  2. Polar Expedition Waikato twins want to walk to the South Pole next year.
  3. Weeding Massey students doing a community weeding project.
  4. 48 Hours UCOL students’ 48 hour film experiences.
  5. Fashion UCOL students have fashion designs on show.
  6. Extras: Five NZ School of Music students in concerto comp; medical students’ assn commits to equity; BOPP touch tournament; students want Disney experience.


  1. Older People Otago Poly wants to get low cost laptops and tablets to older people to reduce social isolation.
  2. Organist Auckland’s James Tibbles has been appointed a cathedral organist.
  3. Gaming The gaming conference at Media Design School went well and I imagine the new gaming degrees were popular (TelstraClear)
  4. Extras: AUT and Auckland curators off to Asia; support for workplace literacy training; NMIT tutor judging music comp; Rena art performance at BOPP; Canterbury’s Russell Taylor is helping to bring solar power to Tongan schools; Duncan Sarkies to speak at Massey; AUT Business Support Awards close soon; EIT is helping out the Black Sticks.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Extras: Pushpa Wood on Massey’s new personal finance education centre.

1 Response to News 22/5 – Health Campus. Haunted Hostel. Polar Expedition.


Eric Crampton

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 am

Ha! I didn’t know Uni had cribbed the whole blog post into their press release. Fun. Thanks!

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