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Shining a light on the creation of bio-plastic

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 2:37 pm | University of Waikato

University of Waikato engineering graduate Jim Bier is feeling enlightened, following a recent trip to Japan to attend the 2014 Cheiron School. The school gave Dr Bier the chance to learn more about a type of radiation light which can be useful in the ... More >>

Thin Ice heading for United States television screens

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 1:01 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

The success of a Victoria University of Wellington fundraising campaign means the screening of Thin Ice—the Inside Story of Climate Science on United States television next year could coincide with a peak in international interest in dealing with the ... More >>

Three leading Otago researchers awarded national medals

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:46 pm | University of Otago

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2014 Research Honours Dinner. The trio were among 13 New Zealand researchers to be honoured at ... More >>

Proud Pasifika Community Celebrate Student Success

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:01 pm | Weltec

The pride, hopes and aspirations for the future generation of skilled builders and carpenters was keenly felt at a Pasifika community event held at Naenae Assembly of God Church. 18 young Pasifika carpentry students from the Maori Pasifika Trades ... More >>

Royal Society of NZ recognises achievements of researchers

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:37 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Outstanding New Zealand researchers have been awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2014 Research Honours event, held in Wellington on Wednesday night. More >>

UC earthquake engineer Young Engineer of the Year finalist

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:22 am | University of Canterbury

A prominent University of Canterbury engineer, who has tested and researched the impact of earthquakes, is a finalist in the Young New Zealand Engineer of the Year Awards tomorrow night. More >>

Dedication to Arts and Humanities rewarded with medal

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 9:30 am | University of Auckland

Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd from the Faculty of Arts has been awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand for outstanding and wideranging contribution to the humanities. Professor Boyd, in English, Drama, ... More >>

Professor awarded medal for impact on NZ education

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 9:23 am | University of Auckland

Professor Alison Jones of the Faculty of Education has been awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Metge Medal for her significant impact on education in New Zealand – both research and practice, particularly for Māori, Pacific and women’s education. ... More >>

Support bill changes to keep students safe - PPTA

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 5:05 pm | PPTA

The government has the opportunity to prevent major teacher opposition to the proposed new teachers council by supporting changes to the Education Amendment Bill (2). More >>

A game changer to boost literacy and maths skills

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 4:54 pm | Massey University

Finding the best way to teach reading has been an ongoing challenge for decades, especially for those children in underprivileged areas who fail to learn to read. What is the magic ingredient that will help turn the literacy lights on quicker? More >>

Early Support the Key for “Troubled” Teens

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:59 pm | Speld

“Troubled” teen behaviour in the classroom could be significantly reduced by early, specialised, academic support, according to SPELD NZ. More >>

New decile ratings show more kiwi kids living in poverty

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:58 pm | NZEI Te Riu Roa

A shift of 8000 more children into lower decile schools is an indication that more New Zealand families are becoming poorer and that more children are likely to live in low income households. More >>

Australian Guild Competition opens to NZ pharmacy students

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:28 pm | Pharmacy Guild

For the first time the Australian Guild’s National Student Business Plan Competition is open to pharmacy students studying in New Zealand. More >>

Open Letter: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whangaroa

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 2:01 pm | Gary Bramley

Your correspondents Terry Smith and Moana Tuwhare are mistaken in their belief that the whanau who left Te Kura Kaupapa Maori early in 2014 were doing so in protest at the firing of the former principal and that our agenda is to get her back. I support ... More >>

Playcentre awards life membership

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 1:21 pm | Hutt Playcentre Association

At its recent annual general meeting, the Hutt Playcentre Association awarded a life membership to two of its members, Faith Tupou and Susan Bailey. More >>

Canterbury researcher wins major national ecology award

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:49 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury researcher has won a major national ecology award for his research into how communities of interacting species respond to environmental changes. More >>

Bay of Plenty’s infrastructure organisation above-average

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:46 pm | University of Canterbury

A major investigation has found the Bay of Plenty’s critical infrastructure organisations are of above-average resilience. University of Canterbury researchers developed a new methodology for organisations to measure and benchmark an organisation’s resilience. More >>

Super-diverse Auckland in global study

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:36 pm | Massey University

Auckland’s super-diversity will be under the research spotlight as part of a comparative global study by a top German research institute. Auckland will join three other super-diverse cities (Singapore, Johannesberg and New York) in the study following the signing ... More >>

School decile ratings released

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 12:10 pm | Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has today released the new decile ratings for the country’s 2,406 state and state-integrated schools. “Over the last two weeks we have contacted all schools to let them know their ratings, which are recalculated after each census,” ... More >>

A sense of whānau far from home

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 10:01 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington graduand Rebecca Burke never imagined she’d end up calling New Zealand home. More >>

Electric van heading south for eRally

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 5:17 pm | University of Waikato

A team of University of Waikato engineering students will travel to Christchurch this week to showcase their electric van at New Zealand’s first electric vehicle efficiency rally. More >>

Coding Kids Making the World a Better Place

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 5:12 pm | Orion Health

From reducing driveway accidents to helping the blind and making your supermarket shopping easier – coding secondary school students across New Zealand have come up with some innovative solutions to make the world a better place in the 2014 Orion ... More >>

Whanau Ora Diploma creates whanau history

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 4:17 pm | Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust

Five Waipareira kaimahi are the first students in the country to graduate with a Diploma in Whanau Ora. More >>

Body talk: society’s expectations of how women should look

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 2:26 pm | University of Auckland

The School of Psychology at the University of Auckland is holding a half-day symposium called “Body Talk: A showcase of contemporary critical feminist research” that will discuss the expectations our culture has on the way women should look. More >>

The last generation: Handing down the farm not always easy

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:33 pm | Lincoln University

Many farmers have a significant problem with regard to succession planning, meaning the majority of their children will be unable to receive an adequate farm-based income or continue farming. More >>

STRATUS project can put New Zealand on global IT map

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 1:23 pm | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato cyber security research project has the potential to define New Zealand’s ICT industry and have a worldwide impact, a visiting expert says. More >>

Indigenous Experts arrive in Auckland

Monday, 24 November 2014, 5:06 pm | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence, is this week (25th – 28th November) holding its 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference in Auckland at the Business School and Waipapa Marae, ... More >>

Serious Misconduct and Cancelled Teacher Registration

Monday, 24 November 2014, 12:16 pm | Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa

We are relieved that finally this case has been made public and our community and parents at our kura, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa, can finally know what happened last year regarding the dismissal of Louisa Mutu, the previous tumuaki (principal) ... More >>

Canterbury student working for Ericsson in Silicon Valley

Monday, 24 November 2014, 9:37 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury postgraduate master of engineering management student has received an internship with one of the biggest information and communications technology (ICT) companies in the world. More >>

Pressing population issues focus of forums

Monday, 24 November 2014, 9:16 am | Massey University

New Zealand urgently needs a high-level strategy on population change if the country is to avoid an array of problems ranging from regional decline to growing shortages in housing and service provision, Massey researchers say. More >>

Lincoln technology on show to Chinese President

Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:54 pm | Lincoln University

Chinese President Xi Jinping was among the dignitaries viewing cutting-edge agri-technology developed at Lincoln University to tackle global issues on his visit to Auckland today. More >>

Study Abroad website updated to include more NZ providers

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Qualifications Authority

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is pleased to announce that the Chinese Ministry of Education will be adding nine New Zealand education providers to its website of international places of study. More >>

Four Claude McCarthy Fellowships for Waikato post-grads

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:17 pm | University of Waikato

The Waikato fellowships are all in Category A, which enables graduates who are registered and enrolled for a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university to travel overseas for short periods to present research work at conferences, and/or conduct research ... More >>

Academic not surprised owners docking worker wages

Friday, 21 November 2014, 2:10 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury business and economics associate professor says she is not surprised that petrol business owners would make their staff pay for loss of income due to customers not paying their petrol. More >>

Student researcher looks at refuelling for disabled drivers

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:58 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury postgraduate student is helping a community-based organisation conduct further research into the feasibility of an automated refuelling device for mobility-impaired drivers. More >>

Former Volunteer Army leader: everyday systems are priority

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:57 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army was involved in five major response operations after the earthquakes but the army’s foundation co-founder Jason Pemberton says more importantly they learned about dysfunctional everyday systems. More >>

Conference to put lens on Asia-Pacific political journalism

Friday, 21 November 2014, 1:46 pm | Pacific Media Centre

Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will come together at AUT University next week for a thought-provoking conference on political journalism. More >>

High performance squad selection for Nicole

Friday, 21 November 2014, 12:36 pm | University of Waikato

University of Waikato Hillary scholar Nicole van der Kaay is one of nine athletes selected for Triathlon New Zealand’s 2015 High Performance Squad. More >>

Design Students Get a Push in the Right Direction

Friday, 21 November 2014, 11:19 am | DesignGel

Since 2011 DesignGel ( ) has been helping young creatives develop the skills for a successful career in design. DesignGel are now looking to add more creative talent to their network and offer their services to a wider range of clients. More >>

Secondary teachers vote IES into collective

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:24 am | PPTA

PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement. More >>

Government misguided to base funding on employment outcomes

Friday, 21 November 2014, 9:11 am | Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

“QPEC, the Quality Public Education Coalition, is alarmed at proposals to tie tertiary education funding to "employment outcomes," says QPEC tertiary education spokesperson Dr David Cooke. Ministry briefings, the Ministry of Education, the TEC ... More >>

Mental health and Pasifika students’ intimate relatinships

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:31 pm | University of Waikato

The mental health of young Pasifika tertiary students will be focus of a new study by University of Waikato psychology researcher Byron Seiuli. More >>

New opportunities with Chinese universities

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 5:17 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

An agreement renewed today between New Zealand and Chinese universities will help pave the way for new collaboration opportunities between faculty and students in New Zealand and China including research partnerships, leadership development programmes ... More >>

Prominent philosopher to speak at University of Auckland

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:57 pm | University of Auckland

Professor Alain Badiou, one of the world’s most prominent and original living philosophers, will deliver a public lecture at the University of Auckland next week. More >>

100% Success for Maori Trades Training Students

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:20 pm | Weltec

2014 has ended on a high for 16 Māori students who have completed their pre-trade carpentry qualification by building a new health centre at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt, Wellington. The students, most of whom have received a scholarship under the ... More >>

NorthTec Seeks Partnerships With Northland’s Farmers

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 2:18 pm | NorthTec

NorthTec is seeking commercial farmers in Northland who can provide a suitable venue for the delivery of agricultural training programmes. More >>

Tourism Waitaki scholarship at Aoraki Polytechnic

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:16 pm | Aoraki Polytechnic

Young people wanting to get into tourism are being urged to get creative to win a scholarship and kick start their career. Aoraki Polytechnic has joined with the Waitaki Tourism Association and Tourism Waitaki to offer a unique scholarship and internship ... More >>

SIT continues talks in China following PM's visit to Chengdu

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:46 am | Southern Institute Of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology representatives were in Chengdu, China last week in relationship talks with prominent tertiary institutions Southwest Jiaoting University and Chengdu Agricultural College. More >>

Contributions recognised with Lincoln University Medal

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:43 am | Lincoln University

Between them former Lincoln University academics Dr Warwick Scott and Dr Rowan Emberson have taught and conducted research at the institution for 72 years, but it was not that which was being recognised at a ceremony there yesterday. More >>

Wintec business students head to China with PM's Scholarship

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:09 am | Wintec

Six Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) business students will head to China in March after being awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia recently. Students Joshua King, Simon Young, Ezra Hirawani, Kristie Dawson-Smith, Frances Foxx ... More >>

Kids for Learning celebrates 25 years of children’s rights

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 8:59 am | UNICEF

Kids for Learning, an art project involving more than 600 local primary school students, launches today in Christchurch city centre, marking Universal Children’s Day. 20 November 2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of ... More >>

Scholarship paves the way to Antarctica

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 5:18 pm | University of Waikato

Thanks to a Research Institute Scholarship, Clare Beet is off on her first trip to Antarctica to study the effects of climate change on invertebrates. More >>

International sporting stars to study at SIT in 2015

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 1:48 pm | Southern Institute Of Technology

After conquering 6 of the 7 peaks of the world Indian twins Tashi and Nungshi Malik are set to take on their next adventure. The Malik twins have each been awarded a New Zealand India Sports Scholarship (NZISS) to study the Graduate Diploma in Sport ... More >>

Marketing expert Paul Ballantine to receive teaching medal

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 1:28 pm | University of Canterbury

Marketing expert Associate Professor Paul Ballantine will this week receive the University of Canterbury’s Teaching Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements and his contribution to the university as a lecturer, supervisor and head of department. More >>

Whitireia and Mana Zonta Celebrate Student Artists

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 11:37 am | Whitireia NZ

Whitireia Visual Arts and Design student Yvonne Tunnicliffe has won the Mana Zonta Supreme Design Award for 2014. The award is given annually to a female student from Whitireia Visual Arts and Design on completion of their degree, and is valued at ... More >>

Foothills revisited in new book

Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 11:04 am | Canterbury University Press

A new, updated edition of a popular Canterbury walking and tramping guide has been published this month by Canterbury University Press (CUP). Canterbury Foothills & Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide, first published in 2002 by Shoal Bay Press, ... More >>

Internationally acclaimed educator giving talk in Rotorua

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:16 pm | Flair Marketing

Internationally recognised, award winning educator and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon is coming to Rotorua. As part of her itinerary she will give a public talk about her innovative education programme, Roots of Empathy, on Thursday 27 November at ... More >>

Pregnancy survey needs more participants

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 5:14 pm | Massey University

A research study at Massey University on the dietary habits of pregnant women is urgently seeking more participants. More >>

Conference dishes the dirt

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 4:06 pm | University of Waikato

Researchers will be digging the dirt on soils next month when the University of Waikato hosts the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (NZSSS) Conference. More >>

Unitec's Costume & PDM showcase

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 3:48 pm | Unitec

A reminder that Unitec's Costume and Production, Design & Management exhibition showcase opens tonight from 6pm - 8pm at the Unitec Dance Studios, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert... all welcome, free entry. The exhibition continues Wednesday and Thursday ... More >>


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