News 22/11 – Academic Independence. Foundation Studies. Tongariro Eruption.

November 22nd 2012 at 6:56am, By ED Staff

Today the media finally published something about PTEs that have won in the L1-2 SAC tender, and their hiring intentions – see under Foundation Studies in the first section.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Postgrad Allowances The NZUSA says Steven Joyce has questions to answer about changes to the student allowance scheme.
  2. Employer Support Steven Joyce says employers support Government initiatives to get more young people into work, but Su’a William Sio disagrees.
  3. Academic Independence The Massey Extramural Students’ Society and this article are critical of Steven Joyce’s threat to direct Auckland on what students to take, but this article is supportive.
  4. EIT… celebrates contribution of retiring kuia ‘Nan’ Makere and kaumatua Percy Hohipa.
  5. Foundation Studies Otago Poly has lost about $514,000 in funding and other polytechnics are in similar situations (but PTEs are hiring) as a result of the Government’s changes to foundation studies funding. The TEU (including at UCOL) are planning protests.
  6. Otago Uni… could be prevented from building on a $5.5 million piece of land in Christchurch as the Government intends to buy it for the rebuild.
  7. Second Chance The NZ Herald’s “Skills Crisis Special” continues today with an article on second-chance education for adults.
  8. Writer Carl Shuker has been named Victoria’s Writer in Residence for 2013.
  9. Extras: Otago Uni’s LiHong He remembered as inspirational teacher (ODT), and police appealing for witnesses; Waikato hosted Wintec senior execs for breakfast.

Research & Innovation

  1. Body Imaging Various medical technologies used to image the body will be presented at the Maurice Wilkins Centre’s annual symposium on Friday.
  2. Sex Offenders… are less likely to reoffend after professional psychological treatment, says a Canterbury student (NZ Herald).
  3. Tongariro Eruption Ash from yesterday’s Tongariro eruption will be analysed at Massey (Newstalk ZB, TVNZ, NZ Herald), whose volcanologists predicted the eruption, while Canterbury is sending a response group to observe.
  4. Bank Profits A Massey study shows banking industry profits are only in the middle of the pack compared to NZX listed companies (NZ Herald,, Radio NZ).
  5. Micronutrients Canterbury’s Julia Rucklidge says micronutrients could reduce mental illness and psychological disorders.
  6. Research Awards The Royal Society of NZ has awarded 15 researchers medals in recognition of their contributions (ODT), including the inaugural Mason Drurie medal which went to Auckland’s Prof Russell Gray (Radio NZ). Auckland’s Margaret Brimble was awarded the Rutherford Medal for brain injuries research (National, NZ Herald, Radio NZ, 3 News).
  7. Sistema Aotearoa… is making a difference in the lives of children, according to an AUT evaluation (National).
  8. Gen Y A new survey shows majority of people aged 18-30 in NZ are OK with lying and cheating, including almost a quarter who apparently cheat at university. Victoria’s Marc Wilson explains why people lie.
  9. Extras: Unitec library survey; Waikato’s Carolyn Michelle on the impact of The Hobbit; Joint Grad School in Dairy Research and Innovation established; Victoria’s Brent Alloway says real life “Hobbit” proving popular; AUT internet usage survey disputed; Massey study show plantain ideal for finishing lambs; Auckland study on advertisement volume (3 News); EIT’s Kay Morris Matthews’s new book on children’s homes; Otago Uni’s Prof Barry Taylor has just returned from Uganda; Otago Uni has set up two new research centres; Auckland report says smart grid tech will give an energy advantage.

Public Issues

  1. Gay Rights Waikato’s Prof Lynda Johnston spoke last night on gay pride (GayNZ), while a leading GLBT rights campaigner spoke at Auckland on marriage equality.
  2. TPP Negotiations Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey says NZ is being caught in a “new cold war” between US and Chinese trade deals (NBR), but this opinion piece disagrees.
  3. Diabetes Otago Uni’s Prof Jim Mann expands on his criticism of the Government’s approach to diabetes.
  4. Super Rugby Massey’s Sam Richardson says the proposed Super Rugby licensing deal doesn’t go far enough.
  5. Asian Investment Auckland’s Prof Manying Ip says many non-resident Asians see NZ property as a good investment that will boost their marriage prospects.
  6. Ventilation Canterbury’s Grant Pearce on the importance of proper ventilation in the workplace.
  7. Extras more on Mike Joy’s comments regarding NZ’s 100% Pure brand.


  1. Student Unions AUSA’s president-elect reflects on 2012 on the new Craccum website.
  2. Energy Drinks An Auckland dentist has warned students about the effects of too many energy drinks.
  3. Extras: ‘style file’ of Victoria student.


  1. Chris Finlayson… spoke at Waikato today about the Treaty of Waitangi settlement processes.
  2. Buck Shelford… will host a free event on mens health at AUT’s North Shore Campus next week.
  3. Mobile Movies Massey’s Max Schleser and AUT’s Laurent Antonczak are hosting a symposium on mobile creativity and innovation in Wellington.
  4. Online Open Days Massey will host online Open Days to allow distance students to connect with lecturers and support staff.
  5. No Smoking Otago Poly is partnering with the Cancer Society and the Southern District Health Board in a campaign to stop smoking in Dunedin’s playgrounds.
  6. Extras: protest planned against Gavin Ellis’ invitation to Auckland’s human rights forum; ‘Agnes of God’ production to show at Auckland; Otago Uni marketing dept helps Highlanders with strip consultation; WelTec sustainable building course at Kapiti clean-tech centre; Chinese sevens team housed at WITT; Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward spoke on legacy politics at a Greens-hosted lecture.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Cleaner Training Dunedin-based CrestClean has launched the Master Cleaners Training Institute to provide training skills to NZ cleaners.
  2. Hairdressing UCOL’s Robyn Collins was named HITO Trainer of the Year at the Hairdressing Industry Awards earlier this month.
  3. Distinguished Speaker… award for Otago Uni’s Prof Gregory Cook from NZ Microbiological Society.
  4. Botanic Garden Otago Poly landscaping students helped create a 3-D display at Dunedin Botanic Garden to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
  5. IT Women MIT’s Edwina Mistry is coordinating MIT’s involvement in the Programming Challenge 4 Girls initiative to encourage girls to think about IT as a career.
  6. Extras: SIT students presented at public meeting on wilding pine trees; Otago Uni med students to gain rural experience; Otago Poly fashion showcase.

3 Responses to News 22/11 – Academic Independence. Foundation Studies. Tongariro Eruption.


Stephen Day

November 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 am

We spend weeks trying to push the foundations studies story into the national media – we finally crack it, and you’re pleased that the PTEs are getting a mention! :)


Dave Guerin

November 22nd, 2012 at 11:32 am

Stephen, there have been about 30 stories on this issue in the media (many of them driven by the TEU) and this is a genuine new angle – and one that one of our commenters asked about way back on 14 Nov


Stephen Day

November 22nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Yeah I get that Dave – not bagging you, but for a large part of the sector that have been working on this for a while today’s story is that the issue has finally gone from a regional to national one.

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