Policy, Management & People

  1. Maori Research Funding NPM and Waikato’s Leonie Pihama welcome $2.5m Govt investment in Maori-led science and innovation.
  2. Yantai Agreements Waikato and Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research to establish coastal biotech research centre in Tauranga and China, while Waikato, BOP Poly, and China’s Yantai University signed an agreement on pathways for business and accounting students.
  3. Indecent Assaults A pair of sexual attacks (Fairfax, ODT, Radio NZ, Newstalk ZB, 3 News)has seen a security guard (3 News) and a second video camera posted between Victoria and The Terrace. Sexual Abuse Prevention Network called for a whole community approach.
  4. Cheating More than 540 cases of cheating were dealt with by universities last year, with Waikato accounting for over 250 of those. Auckland’s Prof Thomas Lumley says it is clearly underreported.
  5. Extras: V-C Andrew West on changes at Lincoln; Steven Joyce says Otago Uni is “behind the eight ball” in attracting international students; Otago Uni bought a $550,000 house to increase Abbey College’s capacity; the TEU says two days “special leave” for UCOL staff overlooks fair pay issues; Otago Uni’s dental school plan back on track; Graham Stuart announced as Lincoln Hub’s inaugural chair; Labour’s David Clark says AgResearch is in “panic mode”; Queenstown Resort College has bought Shotover Lodge as student accommodation; student numbers at Aoraki tracking closely to budget; an op-ed by ITF C-E Mark Oldershaw on the need for more flexible industry training; Massey launching new brand campaign; NPM welcomes $2.5m Govt investment in Maori-led science and innovation; Richard Jefferies appointed Director of Partnerships and Planning at Waiariki; an NZ Herald editorial is critical of Steven Joyce’s changes to university and wananga councils (Whale Oil); NZUSA says Govt claims on recovery of overseas-based student debt are misleading; the TEU’s Sandra Grey critical of Massey chancellor Chris Kelly for chairing new PTE board; the Greens’ Holly Walker on postgrad student allowance cuts; a new digital media production village has been opened at Massey.

Research & Innovation

  1. Expert Nurses… are as good as doctors at diagnosis, says Massey’s Alison Pirret (Fairfax).
  2. Rising Sea Levels… could threaten Wellington’s future drinking water supply, says Unitec’s Gregory De Costa (Whale Oil).
  3. Introduced Birds Canterbury’s Prof Jason Tylianakis says non-native bird species sometimes fill ecological gaps in their new home (Fairfax)
  4. Extras: Canterbury’s Phoebe Macrae to study swallowing disorders; NMIT wants to improve its research culture; Waikato’s Prof David Hamilton on cyanobacteria; AUT’s Prof Patria Hume researching hearing aids and prosthetics for sports; Massey’s Prof Jane Parker on the living wage; An Auckland student trialling “self-texting” while drinking; Auckland’s Jan Lindsay on a volcanic eruption in Auckland; AUT’s Suzanne Histen coordinating study of Manukau Harbour’s tourism potential; AUT’s Prof David Robie has authored a new book on media and human rights in the Pacific; MIT project on student disengagement in Tonga and Samoa.

Public Issues

  1. Language Learning Auckland’s John McCaffery says NZ’s language learning model is archaic.
  2. Cannabis Legalisation Waikato’s Bill Cochrane on the legal regime around cannabis (Whale Oil).
  3. Climate Change Auckland’s Prof Paul Kench (Radio NZ, Whale Oil) and Otago Uni’s Prof Gary Wilson on climate change.
  4. Extras: Victoria’s Prof Peter Thirkell on the RSA’s poppy day; Canterbury’s Prof Simon Kingham on commuter rail services; Canterbury’s Annick Masselot on gender quotas; Canterbury’s Eric Crampton on NZ’s binge drinking culture; Canterbury’s Sussie Morrish on business opportunities after Christchurch’s earthquakes; Otago Uni’s Erik Olssen and Karen Nairn and Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward on inequality and egalitarianism; Massey’s Rosemary Haddon on Mandarin in school; Massey’s Malakai Koloamatangi on the influence of the church in Pacific culture; Victoria’s Prof Miriam Meyerhoff on reclaimed words; Canterbury’s Ekant Veer on Nigella Lawson; Victoria’s Paul Jose on the psychology of failure; AUT’s Prof Edwina Pio on the political significance of migrants (Whale Oil); Canterbury’s Prof Ursula Cheer on social media defamation; Massey’s Mike Joy celebrating draft controls proposed for the Ruataniwha dam; Auckland’s Tony Fernando on sleep-driving; Otago Uni’s Prof Richard Jackson on drone strikes; Otago Uni’s James Henry on cruise ship tourism; Massey’s Richard Shaw on the upcoming general election; Victoria’s Prof Paul Morris on Easter; Lincoln’s Silvia Tavares on microclimate design.

Students

  1. Lifesaver An Otago Uni student saved a woman from drowning at St Clair Beach.
  2. Rowing Regatta Otago Uni dominated the NZ universities rowing regatta, which two Chinese universities attended.
  3. E-sports Tournament Victoria students will host an e-sport tournament over the holidays.
  4. Extras: Canterbury student raising money to take her father’s ashes home to Netherlands;

Stakeholders

  1. Farmer Service Massey partnering with Palamountains Nutrition and Quantum Labs to offer new service to farmers.
  2. Field Days… to move from Lincoln to new location near Christchurch.
  3. Business Boot Camp Massey to host ‘Business Boot Camp’ for secondary students.
  4. Extras: Massey’s Martin Woods gave expert evidence in a nurse’s ethical conduct hearing; Primary ITO student wins top sharemilker award; Massey supporting Kinetika festival; UCOL Wairarapa students to build third charity house (NZ Herald); Canterbury’s Prof Roy Kerr to be recognised in new book on general relativity; Otago Uni’s Liz Slooten spoke at the Ocean Forum; Maori TV to air war documentary based on Otago Uni research; Media Design School and Medikidz Ltd to create diabetes video game.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Community Language Teachers Victoria’s Corinne Seals and Whitireia’s Marty Pilott to offer free workshop for community language teachers.
  2. Milan-based Designer… Shingo Sato held a workshop for Whanganui UCOL’s fashion students.
  3. Community Engagement Canterbury to introduce new course for management students to engage with community organisations.
  4. Extras: Media Design School to offer Playstation development programme; a 12-year-old is studying maths at Auckland (NZ Herald); Massey’s V-C’s teaching awards awarded to best lecturers; UCOL’s Kathryn Wightman won the Gold Award in a kiln-glass exhibition; Lincoln running professional development courses for food industry; Waikato launching Golden Jubilee School Leavers Scholarships.

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Policy, Management & People

  1. Overseas Student Loans Over $100m has been collected through the overseas-based borrowers initiative since 2010.
  2. International Business School The NZ College of Business plans to establish a permanent campus at Lincoln.
  3. eLearning Guidelines NZ”s eLearning Guidelines have been updated and expanded.
  4. Extras: Arowana International hoping to raise $234m in float of Intueri Education Group (Radio NZ, NZ Herald); The Project Office appointed to plan and manage AgResearch’s restructuring; TEU critical of Lincoln plan to outsource cleaning staff; Auckland’s Prof Ananish Chaudhuri on changes to tertiary governance; Waikato’s Faculty of Law signed a letter of intent with the School of Law at China’s Yantai University; the ITF described the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Amendment Act as a “missed opportunity”.

Research & Innovation

  1. Artificial Reef A $1.5m artificial reef at Mt Maunganui used for Waikato research has been scrapped (Newstalk ZB, ODT, BOP Times)
  2. DNA Collection Victoria’s Nessa Lynch on police collection and retention of DNA.
  3. Ice Ages AUT’s Steve Pointing on life in the ice ages.
  4. Extras: AUT completed a study of recreation and tourism at Manukau Harbour; Otago Uni’s Prof Tony Blakely on HPV vaccination; Victoria’s Annie Liu on customer reacquisition in business-to-business markets.

Public Issues

  1. Australian Law Victoria’s Paul Hamer on Australian laws discriminating against NZers (Fairfax).
  2. Fodder Beet… could significantly boost beef returns, says Lincoln’s Jim Gibbs.
  3. NZ’s Flag Victoria’s Prof Simon Keller on changing NZ’s flag.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards on the royal tour; AUT’s Paul Moon on multiculturalism in NZ; Canterbury’s Eric Crampton on gender quotas.

Students

  1. Studylink Performance NZUSA and Chester Borrows have welcomed Studylink’s improved performance in 2014.
  2. Scarfie Army Otago Poly’s Scarfie Army painted FoodShare’s headquarters (Dunedin TV).
  3. Extras: SIT student in international Slope Style world tour mountain bike event; Auckland student animal rights activists on a controversial new Hell Pizza billboard; OUSA to hold Anzac Day service.

Stakeholders

  1. White Poppy Appeal White Poppies for Peace is fundraising for its White Poppy Scholarships, but the RSA isn’t happy about the timing.
  2. Playstation Partnership Media Design School to become first in NZ at which students can develop for PlayStation (3 News, NZ Gamer).
  3. American Political Activist… and rapper Boots Riley spoke at Otago Uni yesterday.
  4. Extras: John Key to visit SIT today; Alan Gibbs to receive honorary doctorate from Canterbury; an Otago Uni panel discussed war commemorations; rabbit hunt to raise funds for Otago Uni stem cell research; CPIT to host Jazz & Blues Festival; more than 1400 hours of content in Victoria’s archive has been digitised by Silver & Ballard.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Engineering Students Auckland’s Prof Nicolas Smith on engineering students.
  2. Guernsey Design Two Massey students designed the Guernseys for St Kilda’s AFL match in Wellington.
  3. Extras: 31 UCOL students received Youth Guarantee scholarships; PM’s Education Excellence Awards finalists announced; Karla Norton won the Southern Sinfonia performance scholarship; an Otago Uni student won the Bridget Gilchrist Language Perfect Scholarship; Olympic swimmer Amaka Gessler graduated from Massey; AUT hosted the NASA Space Apps Challenge; Competenz held its first Provider Awards.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Industry Training Bill The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament.
  2. New PTE Arowana International plans to establish NZ’s biggest PTE by raising $234m in an NZX listing.
  3. Chinese Students Education NZ forecasts the number of Chinese students in NZ to double by 2025.
  4. Extras: Waikato wants to improve the conservation of its campus lakes; profile of TWOA’s Margaret Aull; C-E Jim Mather wants TWOA to become the world’s biggest indigenous training provider.

Research & Innovation

  1. Optometry Research Auckland’s Prof Steven Dakin says it is vital for optometry students to engage in research.
  2. Multiphoton Microscope Otago Uni has acquired a Multiphoton Microscope to look inside the living brain (ODT).
  3. Education Platform Auckland’s Prof Matthew Parsons has been testing Booktrack Classroom, a new dedicated digital education platform.
  4. Extras: Massey’s Kingsley Baird designed cookie cutters in the shape of WWI soldiers for Anzac Day; Canterbury’s Jamaledin Borzouie developing safer steel structures; Auckland’s Helen Petousis-Harris on preventing whooping cough; Otago Uni’s Prof Tony Blakely on HPP vaccination (Newstalk ZB); Otago Uni’s Helen Paterson on measurements of pregnant women; Victoria’s Prof Phil Lester studying invasive wasp species; Victoria’s Nicole Braun on home computing online security; Waikato student to study pastoral drought resilience;

Public Issues

  1. WWI Commemorations Otago Uni’s Prof Tom Brooking on the importance of commemorating the First World War.
  2. Bainimarama Probe Auckland’s Steven Ratuva on a police investigation into Fiji’s Frank Bainimarama.
  3. Extras: Massey’s Prof Ralph Sims on greenhouse gas emissions; Canterbury’s Prof Simon Kingham advocates free WiFi on public buses; Canterbury’s Annick Masselot on mandatory gender quotas in the private sector; Auckland’s Julia Gatley on Auckland Council’s Civic Administration Building; Canterbury’s Prof Ian Shaw on human risk; Otago Uni’s Robert Patman on Ukraine; Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on TPPA negotiations; Massey’s Richard Shaw on democracy.

Students

  1. Cannabis Protests Otago Uni’s Campus Watch is accused of aggressively targeting a cannabis-consuming protest group.
  2. Drug Purchase A Victoria student was arrested after ordering illegal drugs through the internet.

Stakeholders

  1. Healthcare Agreement Otago Uni has signed a partnership agreement with GE Healthcare.
  2. Wildbase Donation Wellington businessman Craig Shepherd donated $25,000 to Massey’s Wildbase wildlife hospital.
  3. Parent Engagement Forum Auckland’s Prof Stuart McNaughton, Hoy Eaton and Jean Rockel to speak at parent engagement forum.
  4. Extras: ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Megan at Waikato’s grad day; Waikato supporting business startup competition; businessman Alan Gibbs to receive honorary doctorate from Canterbury.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Golden Hammer A Feilding apprentice won MITO’s Golden Hammer Award.
  2. Young Blake Expedition AUT’s Prof Mark Orams joined the Young Blake Expedition to the subantarctic islands;
  3. Short Play Festival Massey’s Angie Farrow has won Best Wildcard Award at the world’s biggest short play festival.
  4. Extras: Victoria’s Prof Devon Polaschek to give public lecture on psychopathic conditions; Otago Poly’s Daniel Pfyl shares some recipes; Waikato grads teaching together in Tauranga; student on choosing to study law at Waikato.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Saudi Vocational Training Wintec has been chosen to jointly operate three vocational training colleges in Saudi Arabia (Fairfax).
  2. Funding Changes Seven polytechnics and universities to get less govt funding this year, but total tertiary funding is up 1.8%.
  3. Senior Appointments Otago Uni has appointed Sharon van Turnhout, Karyn Thomson, and Melissa Lehaby as CFO, director of student services, and manager of disability information and support, respectively.
  4. Extras: CPIT’s training bar has had a $100,000 upgrade.

Research & Innovation

  1. Social Media Prejudice Canterbury’s Kumar Yogeeswaran on the impact of online and social media prejudice (Newstalk ZB).
  2. Lazy Computer Users A Victoria student says 80% of home computer users don’t protect online security due to laziness (Newstalk ZB, NBR).
  3. Whooping Cough Auckland’s Helen Petousis-Harris to research the effectiveness of maternal booster immunisation on whooping couch in infants (Newstalk ZB).
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Tony Merriman on the high rate of gout among Maori and Pasifika; Canterbury’s David Mitchell says the disabled are most adversely affected by disaster; Awanuiarangi students researching Maori lunar calendar.

Public Issues

  1. Female Quotas Canterbury’s Annick Masselot on female quotas in the private sector.
  2. Greenhouse Emissions Massey’s Prof Ralph Sims and Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd on NZ’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Stakeholders

  1. Theatre Workshops Waikato’s Laura Haughey has coordinated a number of free theatre workshops for the public.
  2. Extras: UCOL carpentry students constructing charity house; AUT hosting international Shapeshifting conference.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Woolf Award A UCOL grad won the Ronald D Woolf Youth Award.
  2. Extras: Auckland introducing new Master of Teaching (Primary) qualification; Awa City Clubhouse members to graduate with UCOL graphic design certificates.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Open Education Open Education Resource Universitas (OERu) revenue streams could represent 10-20% of Otago Poly’s revenue within a decade.
  2. Lincoln Changes Interest.co.nz op-ed on proposed changes at Lincoln.
  3. UCOL Rally Wairarapa UCOL workers staged a roadside rally in Masterton over stalled pay talks.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni celebrating Allen Hall’s centenary; Salient interviews Victoria Chancellor Ian McKinnon; Waikato recorded a $9.4m surplus in 2013 and expects to increase that to $9.9m in 2014; REINZ’s Liz Nidd says Dunedin landlords are struggling to fill student flats.

Research & Innovation

  1. Applied Research NMIT highlights some of the applied research projects currently underway.
  2. Cross-cultural Novel Massey’s Tina Dahlberg has written a novel exploring the cross-cultural history of Pakeha, Maori and Moriori.
  3. Extras: Otago Uni’s Helen Paterson on measurements for pregnant women; Otago Uni’s Peter Fineran on bacterial immune systems.

Public Issues

  1. Tamiflu Otago Uni’s Prof Peter Herbison says hoarding Tamiflu is probably a waste of money (TVNZ).
  2. Quinoa Otago Uni’s Paul Guy urges farmers to consider growing quinoa.
  3. Extras: Victoria’s Annemarie Jutel on the role of nurses in drug choice.

Students

  1. Keg Party The Hyde Street Keg Party was held on Saturday and was hailed a resounding success by organisers.
  2. Cat Clinic 40 cats checked at OUSA and Otago Poly’s student cat clinic.
  3. Education Officer Laura Harris was elected OUSA’s education officer in a by-election.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni students in Red Bull cross-Europe challenge (Fairfax).

Stakeholders

  1. Financial Literacy Massey and Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre working with youth organisations to teach financial literacy to teenage beneficiaries.
  2. Wise Response Appeal Otago Uni’s Alan Mark led a group of academics in presenting a petition to Parliament on challenges facing NZ.
  3. Science Communication Op-ed by Victoria’s Nicola Gaston on communicating science to a wider audience.
  4. Extras: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Agriculture visited Massey; SIT student filmed for Both Worlds TV show; SIT to hold open day on Friday.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Vocational Pathways  Secondary students are learning trade skills at Aoraki through the Vocational Pathways programme.
  2. Tech-savvy Teachers Unitec and the Mind Lab to offer new postgrad qualification in digital and collaborative learning (Idealog).
  3. Master of Teaching Auckland to offer Master of Teaching (Primary) degree from July.
  4. Extras: Waikato student awarded the Tess Embling Memorial Scholarship; Waikato offering advanced MOOC on data mining; CPIT’s NASDA celebrating 20 years.

Policy, Management & People

  1. University Rankings A new MOE report says Asian universities are displacing Australasian ones in international rankings.
  2. Tauranga Campus Waikato to know by June whether its $75m Tauranga campus will go ahead.
  3. Pay Rise Vote TEU members at Wintec to vote on whether to accept a 1.5% pay increase for the next 11 months.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Robin Gauld named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor; Winston Peters on the Bio-Protection Research Centre’s CoRE funding; student numbers in the Waikato region are increasing; an unnamed ex-lecturer has been sentenced for spying on his teenage stepdaughters in the bathroom; the TEU’s Cat Pause on the impact of tertiary governance changes on women; the Greens’ Holly Walker on postgrad student allowance cuts.

Research & Innovation

  1. Organisational Resilience Canterbury’s Bernard Walker and Venkataraman Nilakant studying national infrastructure organisations.
  2. Pregnant Measurements Otago Uni’s Helen Paterson on inaccuracies in height and weight measurements for pregnant women (3 News, NZ Herald).
  3. Escaping Volcanic Rocks Canterbury researchers will use a giant trebuchet to test how to avoid flying volcanic rocks during an eruption.
  4. Extras: AUT’s Prof Valery Feigin designed the Stroke Riskometer app; Otago Uni’s Matthew Parry on disease epidemics in trees; a Waikato student wants to improve pastoral drought resilience; Otago Uni student needs subjects to study face blindness; Auckland’s Vanessa Jordan on new research on the Tamiflu drug (Fairfax, 3 News); Waikato’s Nicola Starkey on head injuries; Massey’s Prof Barry Scott won the Humboldt Research Award; Victoria’s Nicky Nelson on Wellington’s tuatara population; Victoria’s Prof Phil Lester on the rapid spread of willow aphids; Waikato student on changes in the brain after 50.

Public Issues

  1. Online Advertising Massey’s Prof Paul Waters on adverts as a vehicle for cyber-crime.
  2. Extras: Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards interviews Winston Peters; Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on TPPA negotiations; Auckland’s Sam Trowsdale on urban design; Auckland’s Visiting Prof Neil Gunningham on risk management.

Students

  1. Money Mule An Auckland student was jailed for two years for his role in an offshore money muling scam.
  2. Extras: Otago Uni students in Red Bull Challenge; Unitec building student diagnosed with rare spinal disease; a Canterbury student is the world’s best women’s trick skier.

Stakeholders

  1. Saudi Arabia Minister Saudi Arabia’s Agriculture Minister visited Massey’s campus.
  2. BOP Masterchef BOP Poly students competed in front of MasterChef NZ contestant judges.
  3. Extras: Waikato students and staff involved in Youth Biodiversity Day; UN representative Angela Kane spoke at Otago Uni; Otago Uni Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival held; American rapper and political activist Boots Riley to perform and speak at Otago Uni; Auckland to host symposium on media representations of Maori; Media Design School and Auckland War Memorial Museum to recreate ANZAC history in Minecraft; property investor Antony Gough to receive honorary doctorate from Canterbury.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Psychopaths Victoria’s Prof Devon Polaschek to give inaugural professorial lecture on psychopaths.
  2. Youth Development Degrees WelTec to confer first Bachelor of Youth Development Degrees at Auckland ceremony.
  3. Extras: Primary ITO student is Southland Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year; Waikato grad from South Africa; an AUT grad found her dream job as a navigator social worker; a WelTec student attended graduation despite his battle with leukaemia; a Commonwealth Games medallist graduated from Massey; an AUT student won the SPASIFIK Prize and PMC Storyboard Award.
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