News 30/11 – Quake Rebuild. PBRF Theft. PM’s Prizes.

November 30th 2012 at 6:54am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. Quake Rebuild Steven Joyce has agreed in principle to provide capital support to Canterbury’s three TEIs for their earthquake rebuilding programme (TEU, Fairfax, Radio NZ, 3 News), and Lincoln, CPIT, and Canterbury (Fairfax) have welcomed the move.
  2. Funding MIT’s chief exec says PTE funding will see inexperienced tertiary providers training South Auckland students.
  3. Election Canterbury has re-elected John Wood as Chancellor and elected Sue McCormack Pro-Chancellor for 2013
  4. TEC Resignation TEC chief exec Belinda Clark has resigned after 18 months in the job.
  5. PBRF Theft A briefcase containing private PBRF information on almost 500 research staff has been taken from a coffee shop at AUT (TelstraClear, Radio NZ, ODT, TEC). (NB TEC is quoted as saying in the story above that this was not relevant to the CE’s resignation – as it shouldn’t be, given it’s about one person’s lack of security.)
  6. Extras: the TEU on 1000 new engineering places; SIT team visited China; Aoraki CEO resignation; the TEU claims victory over UCOL proposal changes; this editorial says Bob Parker’s inner city campus is a bad idea.

Research & Innovation

  1. PM’s Prizes The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been awarded (Science Media Centre), with Massey’s Profs Paul Moughan and Harjinder Singh taking the top $500,000 Prize for their contribution to food protein science (Idealog, NZ Herald, TVNZ, Fairfax). Victoria’s Prof Shaun Hendy (Sciblogs) and Auckland’s James Russell (Fairfax) also picked up awards. Auckland issued its own media release.
  2. Brain Trauma Canterbury’s Prof Randolph Grace says people who suffer a traumatic brain injury as a child are more likely to commit offenses as adults (NZ Herald).
  3. Vaccine Therapy Researchers at the Victoria-based Malaghan Institute are experimenting with immunotherapy.
  4. Rural Designs Two Massey students have designed a mobile cattle crush and race and an Electronic Drenching Unit to make farming sheep and cattle easier (Fairfax).
  5. NZ Election Victoria’s Prof Stephen Levine and Jon Johansson have released a book and DVD about 2011’s general election.
  6. Extras: Massey student’s award-winning fridge; Auckland’s Dilys John on historic waka; Canterbury’s Daniela Liggett taking student group to Antarctica; editorial on Massey’s Claire Robinson’s media bias research; Canterbury student studying post-quake street art.

Public Issues

  1. Academic Criticism The TEU says Government criticism of Massey’s Mike Joy is undemocratic, and Gordon Campbell is critical of the NZ Herald’s attack on Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey.
  2. Healthy Eating Otago Uni’s Prof Jim Mann says the Government’s proposed nutrition public health policy is inappropriate.
  3. Exec Salaries Canterbury’s Prof Glenn Boyle on remuneration of directors and execs.
  4. Speed Limit Canterbury’s Prof Simon Kingham says the city centre speed limit should be 30kmh (NZ Herald).
  5. Pay Equity Victoria law school charged men 10 per cent more for coffee than women yesterday to highlight pay inequity (Fairfax).
  6. Food Security Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth highlights NZ’s growing importance to global food security.
  7. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Steve Jackson proposing sports tech park; Auckland’s Mike Lee on supermarket competition; Victoria’s Prof James Renwick on climate change; Auckland’s Stephen Hoadley on Palestine’s request for UN status; Otago Uni’s John Tagg on probiotics; Massey’s Mark Stevenson on increasingly common salmonella outbreaks; Laidlaw’s Mark Keown says everything good comes from god.


  1. Law Ad A NZ Law Students Association advertisement has been criticised as sexist, but the LSA says it’s satirical (Fairfax).
  2. AMP Scholarship A Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and crossover singer has won a 2012 National AMP Scholarship.


  1. Residency Waikato’s Martin Lodge has been awarded an artist’s residency at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.
  2. The Economist’s… Daniel Franklin will be speaking in NZ next week at the invitation of Massey.
  3. Text Trauma Massey’s Kim Worthington co-organising a conference on the role of literature, media and film in the representation of traumatic events.
  4. Canteen A Unitec photography student worked with Canteen on a project to photograph teenagers with cancer.
  5. Training Awards Whitireia has sponsored the Foodstuffs Wellington Training Awards.
  6. Maori Language Waiariki has won the Maori Language Awards Tertiary Section for 2012.
  7. Volunteer Victoria’s Karen Smith is volunteering as a Wellington city ambassador.
  8. Google… will fund workshops for high school IT teachers at Canterbury and Victoria.
  9. Extras: honorary Wintec awards for Richard O’Brien and Gordon Chesterman (NZ Herald); AUT launches GABA business seminars; Waikato alumni evening in Auckland.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Lecturer Award Massey’s Shaun Cooper has won the Albany Students’ Association Lecturer of the Year.
  2. Style A WelTec student has won an editorial stylist award at the NZARH Editorial Photographic Awards.
  3. Baking Ten O’Clock Cookie Bakery in Masterson has taken on six apprentices over the past 19 years.
  4. Extras: NZ Police celebrates TWOA grads (Radio NZ); Otago Poly grad work on display at iD fashion show (FashioNZ).

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