Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Iwi Industry Partnership & 1st Aquaculture Degree

Partnership with iwi and industry leads to NZ’s first aquaculture degree

Extensive consultation with Iwi and industry has resulted in the country’s first degree qualification in aquaculture, which will be offered at Auckland University of Technology next year. In a move that will provide highly trained professionals for one of the country’s burgeoning industries, Bachelor of Applied Science students will be able to choose the Aquaculture major from early 2004, says Dr Andrea Alfaro, Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology at AUT.

“The aquaculture industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years. Consultation with industry has revealed a real need for graduates with a good knowledge of the practical proficiencies required as well as a sound academic grounding in aquaculture and awareness of the importance of the marine environment to Maori.

“The Aquaculture major offered at AUT will deliver this through its strong links with industry, where many practical activities will take place, and by including a diverse range of relevant papers including coastal management, marine ecology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics.”

Consultation with Northland iwi has garnered support for the programme and the University plans to partner with several commercial operations owned by Maori in its delivery, says Ngaire Harris, AUT Maori Community Liaison Co-ordinator.

“Maori own a significant percentage of the aquaculture industry. We hope to attract Maori students to the programme so they can help develop the aquaculture businesses in their communities when they graduate.”

The success of aquaculture practices in New Zealand has been aided by a strong government commitment to increase support for aquaculture industries and their exports. The new degree will be a boon to the fledgling export industry in which many professionals have in the past been trained overseas or have learned on the job, says Dr Alfaro.

AUT is currently negotiating with the National Institute of Water and Air Research (NIWA), which has expertise and first grade aquaculture facilities, for involvement in the programme, says Dr Alfaro.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news