News 27/3 – MDS Grad School. Course Success Rate. Foreign Policy.

March 27th 2013 at 8:42am, By ED Staff

Media Design School’s new graduate school looks like a fabulous idea – I may write more on it, Dave

Policy, Management & People

  1. Grad School Media Design School and Saatchi & Saatchi are partnering to launch a new grad school focusing on digital innovation in Auckland (AdMedia, Stop Press)
  2. Course Success Rate Waiariki’s total course success rate is at 77% through 2012.
  3. Cycle Lane Otago Uni has rejected a proposed cycle lane through the campus.
  4. WITT Success An editorial says the continued success of WITT is good for the entire community.
  5. Bottle Store Auckland and AUT are strongly opposing a proposed bottle store in the heart of central Auckland’s student housing zone.
  6. Pay Talks NMIT and the TEU will meet next week for the next round of pay dispute discussions.

Research & Innovation

  1. Stress-Related Eating Canterbury’s Roeline Kuijer says Canterbury women may be over-eating to cope with quake-related stress (3 News).
  2. Infant Nutrition A Massey student has developed a complementary food to help minimise vitamin A deficiency in infants using sweet potato.
  3. Whitebait Canterbury’s Mauricio Urbina is researching whether nutrient run-off from farms could be affecting whitebait numbers (Newstalk ZB).
  4. Glenn Inquiry Canterbury’s Annabel Taylor and Yvonne Crichton-Hill are helping the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse.
  5. Homework A Canterbury student has found that most Muslim students find there is very little homework for NZ children.
  6. Quad Bike A Massey student has designed a concept quad bike aimed specifically at improving safety.
  7. Olive Leaf Massey’s Stacey Lockyer is researching whether olive leaf extract helps prevent heart disease.
  8. Rangatahi Massey’s Acushla Dee O’Carroll says social media is becoming an important part of the way rangatahi construct their Māori identity.
  9. Wall of Wind Auckland’s Peter Richards will travel to Florida to work on the Wall of Wind, a research facility capable of simulating category 5 hurricane winds.
  10. Feral Pigs Auckland’s Cheryl Krull on the extent to which feral pigs can disturb forest vegetation and soils (Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB).
  11. Extras: Waikato student studying Kopuatai Peat Dome.

Public Issues

  1. Agri-Food Massey’s Prof Claire Massey on producing the types of food the world wants.
  2. Charter Schools Massey’s John O’Neill says charter schools could get as much as double the funding per student as public institutions.
  3. Sexual Assault Canterbury’s Prof Greg Newbold on increasing sexual assault conviction numbers.
  4. Resource Management Auckland’s Prof Tim Hazledine argues for more economics in resource management decisions.
  5. Bank Switching Massey’s Claire Matthews and David Tripe on NZers increasingly switching banks.
  6. Security Breaches Victoria’s Prof Miriam Lips on public sector security breaches.
  7. DoC Massey’s Mike Joy says announced job cuts at DoC are “just another nail in the coffin”.
  8. Extras: Canterbury’s Jack Heinemann on GM food.


  1. Track and Field Massey students have excelled at the NZ Track and Field Champs.
  2. Hagley Park Death A Canterbury student found dead in Hagley Park may have been running back to a concert at a student bar.
  3. Extras: Massey student rugby player; Auckland student water skier.


  1. Foreign Policy Otago Uni will host an impressive line-up of speakers at the 48th Otago Foreign Policy School (ODT).
  2. Careers Expo EIT is holding a hospitality careers expo in early April.
  3. Honorary Doctorate Victoria’s Prof Neil Quigley has received an honorary degree from the University of Economics in in Ho Chi Minh City.
  4. Nanotechnology… pioneer Don Eigler to speak at Otago Uni.
  5. Literary Stars… Emily Perkins and CK Stead to speak at Massey’s Writers Read series.
  6. Extras: cross-Tasman rower Shaun Quincey spoke at CPIT’s grad ceremony.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Down Syndrome Award An Aoraki photography student has won a NZ Down Syndrome Association national achievement award for his accomplishments in swimming and photography.
  2. Writing Prize Wintec has announced NZ’s richest writing prize, $500 for the student who writes the best sentence during the year.
  3. Imagine Cup An Auckland team won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 (Computerworld), while 4 Otago Poly students came 2nd with their smartphone app that monitors and controls temperature in high-end fish tanks.
  4. Industry Training The Northland Regional North-Tec-ITaB Challenge was held on Saturday

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