News 15/11 – Green Investment. Scottish Independence. China.

November 15th 2012 at 6:19am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. SCOTESE Steven Joyce will attend the second annual Ministerial Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) in Melbourne this week.
  2. Dental School Otago Uni halfway through feasibility study into replacement for ageing dental school.
  3. Aoraki… has called a stakeholder meeting to discuss the future of the polytech.
  4. Funding English Teaching College owner John Brunsden uncomfortable with uneven distribution of TEC funding.
  5. High School… Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti to move to Canterbury’s Dovedale campus next year.
  6. Film Maker… Gaylene Preston to be patron of Screen Production programme at EIT.
  7. Extras: Leith flood protection scheme to benefit Otago Uni property and facilities (ODT); oil spill outside Victoria campus; Palmerston North City Council MOU with Jambi province; Prof Paul McDonald new head of Massey’s College of Health.

Research & Innovation

  1. The Hobbit Waikato’s Carolyn Michelle studying international perceptions of the first Hobbit film (NZ Herald).
  2. Music Scoring Waikato’s Ian Whalley has designed a new music scoring system, the Graphic Network Music Interactive Scoring System (GNMISS).
  3. Green Investment New Auckland report proposes ambitious blueprint for “green growth” (Fairfax, Unlimited), which Forest & Bird has welcomed.
  4. Diabetes Canterbury student researching how young adults manage their diabetes.
  5. Extras: Otago Uni’s innovative milk tracking method; Victoria’s Brent Alloway displaying real life “hobbit” at Te Papa.

Public Issues

  1. Diabetes Day Otago Uni’s Jim Mann criticises government approach at World Diabetes Day.
  2. Drinking Culture Massey’s Antonia Lyons says social networking has reinforced NZ’s drinking culture.
  3. Scottish Independence Otago Uni’s Prof Liam McIlvanney on whether independence is economically possible or nationalistically necessary.
  4. Solar Eclipse Canterbury’s Orlon Petterson and Fraser Gunn on yesterday’s solar eclipse.
  5. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Liam McIlvanney on author Ian Rankin; Otago Uni’s Prof Mark Henaghan on genomics (Science Media Centre); Canterbury’s Prof Lucy Johnston on widening gender pay gap; Canterbury’s Patrick McAllister on youth binge drinking; Massey’s Bryce Galloway on Wellington’s Zinefest.


  1. Multisport Otago Uni student world champion wins Ashburton half ironman
  2. Extras: Otago Uni student on post-exams holiday.


  1. Child Poverty American child poverty expert Prof Greg Duncan to visit Victoria for three weeks.
  2. China Officials from Daxing district in Beijing visit Massey campus to view agricultural tech and research, and Dunedin delegation visiting Shanghai will push export education.
  3. Violence Canadian academic Allan Wade to hold three-day workshop at EIT on victims of violence, and Otago Uni’s Prof Mark Henaghan will speak at anti-family violence event in Dunedin.
  4. Extras: royals draw big crowd at AUT and Duchess to visit Massey vet school; Helen Clark delivers lecture on governance at Victoria (Sharechat); Massey-backed Festival of the Future highlights social entrepreneurship (Capital Times); Lincoln’s Joanna Fountain judges wine tourism awards; NorthTec hosts Sustainable Living Expo; 10-year-old whiz kid to receive medal at Auckland; Victoria and Canterbury contribute to seismic hazard project; Police recruiting women through Massey mural; AUT’s Mark Orams to speak at Coastal Society conference.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Hairdressing BOPP’s Lynette Joseph has won Tutor of the Year at the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO) Awards.
  2. App Development various initiatives increasing mobile app development in NZ.
  3. Outdoor Art Aoraki graphic design students are planning a unique outdoor electronic art exhibition.
  4. Extras: BOPP hosts annual Infuse Fashion Show; NMIT end of year arts festival; UCOL student wins EYEcon photo comp; MIT student organise charity showing of new Twilight film; BOPP wins PADI award for dive instructing; CPIT fashion students to present collections at PITCH.

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