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April 19th 2013 at 8:54am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. Economic Contribution Waikato and its students generated $791m in the Waikato economy last year, according to independent economist Warren Hughes.
  2. Education Costs Stats NZ’s CPI inflation stats reveal that the cost of tertiary education rose 4 times as fast as the CPI for other goods and services over the past year.
  3. Pay Rise TEU members at Awanuiarangi to vote on proposed 2% pay rise next month.
  4. Postgrad Allowances Labour’s Megan Woods has challenged the Govt over its policy to abolish postgrad student allowances.
  5. Uni Rates Op-ed on Otago Uni’s exemption from general Council rates.
  6. Draft Rules The TEC has published the draft rules and definitions for calculating Literacy and Numeracy (LN) performance indicators for Industry Training funds.
  7. New Professors Waikato has appointed Bronwen Cowie and Stuart Locke as Professors in education and finance, respectively.

Research & Innovation

  1. Gallipoli Rations Massey’s Prof Glyn Harper and Otago Uni’s Nick Wilson say rations providers to NZ soldiers in Gallipoli in 1915 were nutritionally deficient and probably contributed to scurvy (MSN, Radio NZ, Fairfax, 3 News).
  2. Sport Concussion A Massey student is seeking young equestrians for a study on the recovery patterns of sport concussion among youth.
  3. Blood Cancer Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ to fund a  Leukaemia & Blood Cancer Research Unit at Auckland.
  4. Compulsory KiwiSaver Massey’s Claire Matthews on popular support for compulsory KiwiSaver (Good Returns, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB, Fairfax, NZ Herald).
  5. Extras: Auckland study finds Maori do worst in crash statistics.

Public Issues

  1. Nitrogen Leaching Waikato’s Dan Marsh on different approaches to allocating nitrogen leaching limits to farmers.
  2. Farmer Debt leads to more dirty dairy, says Massey’s Mike Joy.
  3. Starlight Festival Canterbury’s John Hernshaw expecting at least 1000 people at Tekapo’s Starlight Festival in October.
  4. Abuse Victims Auckland’s Janet Fanslow says frontline services for abuse victims are struggling for funding.
  5. Hazardous Materials Waikato’s Prof Al Gillespie says NZ isn’t doing enough to keep hazardous heavy metals out of its landfills.
  6. Population Change Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley predicts many of NZ’s regional areas will struggle in the next 20 years.
  7. Charter Schools Auckland’s Peter O’Connor says the ACT Party is cynically manipulating Maori disaffection with the education system to raise support for charter schools.
  8. Internet Publication Canterbury’s Prof Ursula Cheer on internet publication and defamation.
  9. Extras: Massey’s Mike Joy on longfin eels.


  1. Close Call A Canterbury student has survived his second near-fatal workplace accident in the past 4 years.
  2. Rental Prices A Victoria student says Wellington rental properties are grossly overpriced.


  1. Google… is partnering with Auckland to tackle the shortage of IT workers.
  2. Canterbury’s… Chris Gallavin spoke at his old school Marlborough Boys College as well as Marlborough Girls College and Queen Charlotte College this week.
  3. NZ’s Got Talent TPP to host NZ’s Got Talent auditions.
  4. Architectural Lectures Auckland is hosting a series of lectures on architectural and planning issues.
  5. Te Reo Speeches The Nga Manu Korero Te Arawa regional secondary schools speech comp was held at Waiariki yesterday.
  6. Extras: Massey’s Prof Hamish Gow and Lincoln’s Prof Keith Woodford spoke at meat industry meeting.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Nobel Laureate Meeting A Canterbury student has been invited to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany.
  2. Climate Science Doco Victoria has co-produced a documentary, Thin Ice – the Inside Story of Climate Change, which traces the movement to understand climate change.
  3. Extras: Open Poly student offered place at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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