News 10/1 – Online Learning. Emergency Vet. Healing Salve.

January 10th 2013 at 7:14am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. Online Learning Otago Poly’s  chief exec Phil Ker and Prof Kerry Shephard say a boom in students securing their education online will have implications for Dunedin’s tertiary institutions.
  2. Emergency Vet An all-hours specialist emergency care centre will be created at Massey’s Veterinary Hospital as part of a $75 million redevelopment.
  3. Human Rights Fellow Rosslyn Noonan has been appointed the first Visiting Fellow to Auckland’s NZ Centre for Human Rights.
  4. Extras: Canterbury in international agreement with Navitas (Radio NZ).

Research & Innovation

  1. Healing Salve A unique wound-healing ointment designed by Auckland’s Colin Greene and David Becker in 2006 is set for commercial success.
  2. Software Glitches Victoria’s David Pearce has developed a programming language that checks computer software decisions (Fairfax).
  3. Penguin DNA Auckland’s Craig Millar is using DNA to measure evolutionary change in Adelie penguins.

Public Issues

  1. Education Overhaul Former Otago Uni associate prof David McKenzie on whether the education system needs an overhaul.
  2. Australian Heat Auckland’s Chris de Freitas on the effects of extreme heat.
  3. Industry Support MIT’s Larry Wiechern has criticised the lack of support in the engineering industry for upskilling the next generation of specialists.
  4. NY Resolutions Victoria’s Marc Wilson on setting reasonable and achievable goals in the new year.
  5. Mount Taranaki Massey’s Vince Neall on massive erosion of the west side of Mt Taranaki.
  6. Extras: Auckland consulted about jellyfish.


  1. Human Trafficking An Otago Uni student has set up a website highlighting the problems of human trafficking in NZ.


  1. Science Experience 230 secondary pupils will visit Otago Uni for the annual Hands-on-Science school this weekend.
  2. Local Government Academics from Waikato, Victoria, and AUT will be involved in the Rethinking Local Government conference in early February.

4 Responses to News 10/1 – Online Learning. Emergency Vet. Healing Salve.


Jim Doyle

January 10th, 2013 at 9:06 am

Education overhaul.

Perhaps the most important success factor in any school is the quality of leadership, especially at the Board and principal levels. The Ministry of Education would be far better employed if it concentrated on supporting and developing leadership capability across the school sector than trying to implement performamce measures that do little more than hone the gaming skills of those involved.


Dave Guerin

January 10th, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks Jim – I just got around to reading that article and I think the author had a good point, as do you. I’d like TEC to support leadership too!


Richard Hamilton-Williams

January 11th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Kind of tricky to support leadership when you have a new CEO every couple of years (or fewer) and the organisation has been re-structured umpteen times.


Jim Doyle

January 14th, 2013 at 8:26 am

Indeed Richard. In such circumstances one would have to question the quality of the leadership at the top, i.e those people who made the appointment. Not to mention the people who appointed (elected?) those people in the first place. Leadership development needs to extend to the very top. NZ Cricket is a good current example.

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