News 15/2 – IBM. Study Centre. Unhealthy Food.
February 15th 2013 at 9:06am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- IBM… has opened its first Delivery Centre at Unitec (Radio NZ), and Westpac has signed a 5 year contract to be its anchor customer (Fairfax).
- Study Centre Otago Uni has opened its new $3.3m Marsh Study Centre.
- Early Childhood Centre The Unitec Students’ Association’s kaupapa Maori early childhood centre has undergone a complete overhaul.
- Grant Robertson… and Damien O’Connor will meet with the CE of TPP today to discuss govt funding changes.
- Financial Support Massey University Foundation board member Linda Jenkinson says NZ universities need greater financial support from alumni.
- The TEU… is calling on tertiary providers to back the Living Wage campaign, repeats Radio NZ’s story about funding losses, and says Lincoln is rushing its qualifications review.
Research & Innovation
- Energy Cultures Otago Uni’s Janet Stephenson has released a report highlighting the importance of efficient energy use.
- Franchises A Canterbury postgrad student is studying franchisors’ business s development process.
- Physical Inactivity AUT’s Grant Schofield and Otago Uni’s Phil Handcock on a new report that says NZers’ physical inactivity costs $1.3b per year.
- Extras: Auckland’s Prof Wayne Cutfield says higher diabetes risk for first-born children; SPARX depression software wins award; Canterbury’s Wendy Fox-Turnbull on the benefits of children conversing.
- Unhealthy Food Otago Uni’s Louise Signal says the Govt should ban unhealthy food advertising at sports games (NZ Herald, NZCity, Newstalk ZB).
- Voltaren AUT’s Valery Feigin supports calls for a ban on diclofenac, sold as Voltaren in NZ.
- Water Rights AUT’s Prof Paul Moon says Ngati Tuwharetoa have the right to charge Ironman NZ to use Lake Taupo.
- Power Companies Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd says NZ will be losing millions of dollars by selling power companies.
- Electric Vehicles Canterbury’s Allan Miller says the price of electric vehicles could be close to that of standard vehicles by 2020 (Fairfax).
- Trans-Pacific Partnership Victoria’s Robert Ayson says China’s leadership may not be united in their views on the TPP.
- Water Engineering Waikato’s Earl Bardsley says we need to rethink the way we collect and store water.
- Breast Milk Auckland’s Jane Alsweiler on the breast versus bottle debate.
- Extras: Canterbury’s Ken Donaldson on the Quake City exhibition; Massey’s Matthew Barnes on increasing border drug seizures; Otago Uni’s Mark Neild on start-up businesses.
- Refugee A Burmese refugee plans to study business at AUT.
- Masterchef A student finalist in Masterchef NZ says he can’t afford to cook the dish he produced on a student income.
- Close Friends… from Nelson will take diverging paths this year as they study at opposite ends of the South Island.
- Student Fall Two Otago Uni students have fallen off the same roof and broken their hand within minutes of each other.
- Council Prize A Waikato student has won Waikato Regional Council’s water sciences prize.
- Hillary Scholars A new Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar has been named the Waikato Secondary Schools Sportswoman of the year, and another will compete at the Te Matatini kapa haka comp.
- Living Wage Unionist Len Richards told a conference at AUT yesterday that Aucklanders need $24 per hour.
- Southland Robots SIT and Auckland have gifted a building and technology, respectively, to a hospital robotics project in Southland.
- Asset Sales Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey and Victoria’s Geoff Bertram spoke at an anti-asset sales rally in Wellington yesterday.
- Taratahi’s… Steve Hannam spoke at the International Conference on Community Colleges in India at the beginning of February.
- Southeast Asian Visitors 36 Southeast Asian govt officials are visiting EIT to hone their English language skills and learn more about the region.
- Hawke’s Bay… Regional Council may lose support from Lincoln University to help study adaptive catchment management measures.
- David Clark… to meet Otago Uni’s Prof Hank Weiss to discuss cycle safety in Dunedin.
- Francis Hodgkins Fellow… Nick Austin’s exhibition ‘The Liquid Dossier’ opens tomorrow.
- Extras: Victoria’s Summer of Shakespeare begins today; Massey’s Mason Drurie to judge Pikihuia Awards Best Short Story; Lincoln holding tourism and hospitality education conference; Auckland’s Melinda Webber to speak at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Teaching & Learning
- Free Tuition Aoraki will offer free tuition in any course to recently redundant Summit Wool Spinners staff who want to retrain.
- Rugby Sevens CPIT’s Jason Tiatia has been coaching the Canterbury Sevens team.
- Vietnamese Internship A Massey accounting student has been working at KPMG’s Ho Chi Minh City office over the past few months.
- Art Comp A Wintec student is a finalist for the NZPPA People’s Choice art award.
- Farming Students Taratahi has welcomed 12 Indonesian recipients of Fonterra farming scholarships.