News 28/8 – Asbestos Found. Peer Support. Pension Plan.

August 28th 2013 at 8:33am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. Asbestos Found Lincoln’s Riddolls Building has been closed after a positive asbestos test.
  2. Science Advisor The MBIE has appointed Auckland’s Prof Jim Metson as Chief Science Advisor.
  3. Green Initiative NorthTec  has formed a sustainability committee to explore long term sustainability and leadership.
  4. Invermay Summit A working party is working on an alternative AgResearch proposal to be put to Steven Joyce.
  5. Extras: CoREs get additional $9.5m in funding over next three years.

Research & Innovation

  1. Peer Support Canterbury’s Joana Kuntz says strong peer support helped Canterbury students deal with post-quake stress (Newstalk ZB).
  2. Pacific Identity Waikato’s Farzana Gounder to study narrative and identity constructions in the Pacific.
  3. Under-25 Education EIT, BOPP, Awanuiarangi, Wintec and Waiariki researching how to better teach younger students.
  4. Brain Research AUT’s Auckland’s Prof Richard Faull to give public lecture on brain research in NZ at AUT.
  5. Extras: Auckland’s Thor Besier and Mark Finch developing swimming tracker.

Public Issues

  1. Pension Plan Auckland’s Michael Littlewood and Susan St John criticise United Future’s superannuation plan (Newstalk ZB, Rhema).
  2. Labour Leadership Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards on the Labour leadership candidates, and on them using their flight entitlements as MPs to campaign.
  3. Gambling Profits Auckland’s Prof Peter Adams on the morality of community projects accepting gambling profits.
  4. British Migration Auckland’s Prof Tim Hazledine and Canterbury’s Rosemary Baird on NZers migrating to Britain.
  5. Hot or Not Waikato’s Anna Kingsbury on a controversial website based on rating photos of Hamilton Girls’ High School students.
  6. Affirmative Action Victoria’s Sandra Grey on affirmative action and encouraging diversity.
  7. Light Rail Victoria’s Tom Pettit says light rail would be good for Wellington.
  8. Chemical Weapons Waikato’s Prof Al Gillespie on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
  9. Extras: Otago Uni’s Jonathan Broadbent support water fluoridation.


  1. Charity Challenge Otago Uni med students are taking the Live Below the Line challenge.
  2. Student Equestrian Auckland equestrian picked for Young Rider trans-Tasman squad.


  1. Mechanic Shortage Employers are struggling to find qualified light-automotive mechanics in South Canterbury.
  2. Emerging Talent Media Design School has partnered with to launch a new competition for secondary students.
  3. Maori Business Auckland Council working with Auckland’s Business School to develop Maori business opportunities (Waatea).
  4. Art and Money is the subject of a collaborative symposium between Otago Uni’s marketing dept and the Dunedin School of Art.
  5. Economics Challenge Record numbers of secondary students to compete in annual ANZ Massey Economics Challenge.
  6. Alternative Economy Former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will speak about an alternative economy at the launch of AUT’s Sustainable Enterprise major.
  7. Extras: AUT’s Heather Came on HRC’s diversity forum; AUT to host Ethnic Youth Hui 2013; Governor-General Jerry Mateparae visited Lincoln; Waikato’s Prof Natalie Jackson on local government reform expert panel.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Auckland History Auckland film students are making micro-documentaries to celebrate Auckland’s 130th anniversary.
  2. Top Copy Prize A Media Design School student won the top copy prize at The Crowbar International Student awards.
  3. House Building EIT’s Greig Law on a practical house building project.
  4. Ecology Photographs Victoria’s Benjamin Magana-Rodriguez and Anna Carter won awards at the British Ecological Society’s Centenary Photographic Competition (Fairfax).
  5. Hairdressing History UCOL hairdressing students to compete in annual History of Hair comp.
  6. Culinarian Prize AUT’s Arno Sturny named NZ’s Culinarian of the Year.

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