News 14/9 – Auckland Campus. ITF Chair. Marmite.

September 14th 2012 at 9:10am, By Dave Guerin

The Auckland campus is the big news of the day, but there’s a cute penguin video is that’s not for you.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Auckland Campus Auckland has entered into a conditional agreement to buy the old Lion Breweries site in Newmarket, probably leading to a Tamaki campus closure (BusinessDesk, Bob Dey Property Report, Auckland Transport Blog, The Aucklander, Fairfax, NZ Herald, NewstalkZB). The local business assn welcomed them. Earlier in the day, another bidder was rumoured.
  2. TEUlinked English language closure at Canterbury with Navitas, and had a bunch more on Navitas; won better conditions for Telford kitchen staff; covered Auckland restructuring; and covered research time changes at Open Poly.
  3. ITF Chair Ian Hall, who has a fabulous tertiary education CV besides being a regular ED Blog reader, is the new ITF Chair. I also went to a function last night to welcome him and farewell outgoing Chair Ian Elliott.
  4. Extras: Massey fees up; Tariana Turia’s speech to NZAPEP (delivered by Kirsten Rei) revealed she used to run a PTE; NZUSA uses OECD analysis to explore social equality; Queenstown Resort College wins NZAPEP awards; Auckland takes a week or so to notice QS rankings; blog post on health admission processes.

Research & Innovation

  1. Magma Brewery…is the name of a cool new piece of equipment at Canterbury (NB no beer involved).
  2. Quakes Four Otago Uni academics on school-age kids’ quake experiences (Fairfax).
  3. MBIE $$ Massey battery project gets $1m and a wider story on latest MBIE funding.
  4. Robot Victoria robot for Trans-Tasman competition.
  5. Extras: Waikato’s Graeme Doole up for award; Massey head injury research cited; Victoria work on environmental psychology.

Public Issues

  1. Welfare Massey’s Andrew Cardow on Bennett’s social obligations (NZ Herald).
  2. Attacks on US Otago Uni’s Prof Robert Patman and Auckland’s Stephen Hoadley on attacks on US embassies and staff.
  3. Extras: SIT’s Sam Mackay on Indonesia; Victoria’s Peter Adds on Treaty top-ups; AUT’s Lindsay Neill on fast food; Canterbury’s Prof Gail Gillon on Christchurch schools shakeup.


  1. Marmite Massey students had their flat burn down and now they’re auctioning the marmite that survived. It’s up to $161. A Canterbury student’s hail auction also went well.
  2. Extras: hanami ceremony at Otago Uni; Police warning of Palmie crime against students; students developing a community garden at CPIT; Nude Blacks prepare for game.


  1. Penguins If you need to check out penguins getting a bubble bath at Massey, this is your link (Massey).
  2. Fanau FAB Soul singer fronts Auckland programme to fight flab in Pacific community.
  3. Extras: Massey vets assessing giraffe that may be put down (it later died); profile of NMIT’s Doc Ferris and his taonga trip to the US.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Youth/Social Work Youthline to offer NC in Youth Work with Careerforce. Open Poly is offering a new social work degree.
  2. Trades New 3-month pre-trade programmes at Otago Poly.
  3. Extras: logistics training popular at MIT (release); Massey internship programme; NorthTec students visit marae; Wintec trades academy bikes displayed; Waikato show.

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