News 18/9 – Services ITOs Merge. Aoraki Merger. TB Drug.

September 18th 2012 at 7:39am, By Dave Guerin

The pace of ITO mergers is picking up as the end of the year looms. Given currently announced mergers/investigations we’ll be down to 22 ITOs on 1 Jan, but I’d expect a few more to come out by then, and there’s some that might just close (eg Pharmacy and Funerals). I’ll pick 18 ITOs on 1 Jan 2012.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Services ITOs Merge HSI, ATTTO and the Retail Institute have agreed to merge, subject to industry and government approval, by 1 January 2013.
  2. Aoraki Merger Good story in the ODT about possibility of Aoraki merging with CPIT or Otago Poly.
  3. Extras: Waiariki media release on EPIs published in paper.

Research & Innovation

  1. TB Drug An Auckland-developed TB drug has been picked up by a global drug developer.
  2. Diabetes Canterbury’s Prof Juliet Gerrard on identifying people at risk of becoming diabetic (NewstalkZB).
  3. Hearing Canterbury’s Donald Derrick on improving hearing clarity.
  4. Refugees John Benseman did research with English Language Partners’ students on learning challenges and responses.
  5. Lord of the Rings Otago Uni’s Paul Tankard has uncovered a story about Lord of the Rings illustrations.
  6. Crows Crows are smart, as we know, and Auckland’s Alex Taylor has confirmed it again.
  7. Extras: Canterbury reading research (Radio Rhema); Victoria MBIE funding release; BOPP/Waikato kingfish breeding; Massey’s Juliana Mansvelt on keeping older people active and connected.

Public Issues

  1. Extras: Otago Uni’s Andrew Gorman on drilling mud; Massey’s Andy Asquith on Auckland Council CE salary; Auckland’s Maureen Baker on benefits and ECE; Auckland’s Peter O’Connor on Christchurch school closures; AUT’s Greg Treadwell on filming in court; Massey’s Grant Duncan says more jobs are needed.


  1. Water Victoria Maori students protest water ownership issues.
  2. Races Massey students behave at the races.
  3. Extras: EIT student wins Miss Aotearoa; OUSA art exhibition running now.


  1. Extras: Massey’s Prof Qiao Wang receives US award; Tongan school helped by Canterbury; AUT’s Jan Koziol-McLain on protecting children in hospitals; Massey’s Cat Pause to speak at women’s health event; Chinese diplomat speaking at Massey; Otago Uni visiting Prof on endangered languages; judge speaking at Waikato.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Extras: WorldSkills competitors; Careerforce trainee’s experience at work; EIT students’ garden exhibit.

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