News 14/6 – Awanuiarangi & University. Aoraki Loss. Eruption Recovery.

June 14th 2012 at 7:45am, By Dave Guerin

There’s more on some newly funded research projects today.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Awanuiarangi & University The Whakatane Beacon has an excellent rundown of Awanuiarangi’s use of the word “university” in its marketing, while David Rankin put out another attention-seeking media release.
  2. Loans An old theme about people investing loan money on the sharemarket plus a new one on the people who owe the most.
  3. Canterbury Ads Review of Canterbury’s new ad strategy.
  4. Aoraki Loss Aoraki is blaming lower government funding and enrolments, plus the Christchurch quake, for a $1.6m loss in 2011.
  5. Extras: Auckland’s data centre; Massey’s new Wellington building; profile of Auckland’s Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Research & Innovation

  1. CPU Time Canterbury’s Prof Tim David has won CPU time in a super-super-fast computer in Chicago to explore arterial cells.
  2. Eruption Recovery Massey has picked up funding for modelling economic recovery from a potential Taranaki eruption.
  3. HRC Research Maori smoking and Christchurch-based research projects get some coverage.
  4. Maths Massey’s Roberta Hunter and Prof Glenda Anthony have picked up a $0.5m NZCER project to make maths teaching more interactive.
  5. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Sunny Collings researching suicide in Taranaki; AUT PhD student researching giant atoms in space; Waikato farm bore water treatment work; Canterbury’s Carol Stewart checking out Chilean eruption; Canterbury involvement in Rena research; Auckland’s Mat Goddard on sex as a survival strategy.

Public Issues

  1. Cold War Massey’s Major Josh Wineera thinks a Cold War in the Pacific is possible (Manawatu Standard).
  2. TPP Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on a leaked TPP draft chapter.
  3. Extras: Massey’s Diane Leggett on homework and Prof Paul Spoonley on migration from Northland; Auckland’s Jenny Dixon on housing.


  1. Biggest Event? AUSA is going to host Kimbra and others at a Vector Arena event. Will it beat Unitec’s numbers earlier in the year?
  2. A Death Massey’s first female graduate has died at the age of 99.
  3. Quake Kid Flat Man has a new sidekick – Quake Kid.
  4. Crash Charge The US exchange student driving in the fatal crash at Turangi was convicted and discharged (RNZ).
  5. Extras: CPIT student helping to rebuild Christchurch; Auckland student in Pasifika march and another off to Rio; Auckland top squash player; student reggae musicians; Massey students to eat ice cream; two Otago Uni students off to world junior track and field champs.


  1. Fieldays Waikato mascot hiding at Fieldays, frost greeted day 1, Prof Jacqueline Rowarth seminar, and Waikato Times editorial cites Waikato research. Fieldays were opened at Waikato by Minister David Carter.
  2. Maori Trades A group of Maori tradespeople hopes to take on grads from a CPIT-Ngai Tahu programme.
  3. Extras: Wintec lecturer to curate wall mural; dance school open day; Massey sponsoring a start-up weekend; could Palmie be a food mecca, with Massey support?; AUT business support awards finalists; Waikato musicians off to Europe; German poets at Victoria.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Town Crier a Palmerston North School of Design student has made an outfit for the town crier.
  2. Extras: BOPP sport and recreation students off on work placements; Dave Bishop shifts from MAINZ to BOPP to teach music; NMIT students curating an exhibition; EIT music teacher with great industry connections.

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