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Weltec Foundation Cuts Hit Refugees

The Dominion Post reports that up to 80 refugee students in the Hutt Valley will lose out on English language classes because of government funding cuts to foundation studies. Earlier this year the government cut roughly $32 million of funding for level 1 and 2 courses from polytechnics.

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Houkāmau and Williams contest Māori vice-presidency

The union's two Tumu Āwhina, James Houkāmau and Ngaroma Williams are both standing for the position of TEU Te Tumu Arataki (Māori vice-president). The election opened this week and will continue throughout the summer until 1 February.

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Five university academics seek IPC election

There are five experienced university academic leaders standing for only two positions on TEU's industrial and professional committee. As with the vote for the Tumu Arataki the election opened this week and will continue throughout the summer until 1 February.

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Northtec members raise $1000 for women's refuge

A film fundraiser organised by Northtec and its TEU branch has raised $1000 for Te Puna o te Aroha Whangarei (Māori Women's Refuge). In addition, NorthTec staff members donated grocery and gift items to the cause.

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Massey leads universities with pay equity review

Massey University has been highlighted in the Human Rights Commission's 2012 New Zealand Census of Women's Participation as the first university in New Zealand to undertake a pay equity review.

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TEU launched its "I love TEU" music video last night - YouTube

New teacher graduates on the hunt for jobs have been flooding NZUSA with stories of a bleak outlook for 2013. "Based on early feedback the outlook for next year looks like it will be especially tough on graduates who were recruited into teaching courses but who won’t be able to gain teaching jobs" - Pete Hodkinson, NZUSA President.

Otago Polytechnic predicts student numbers will increase by 5% next year, as the institution continues to buck a trend of falling enrolments and cuts at polytechnics around the country - Otago Daily Times

MOOCs (massive open online courses) and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable disciplines such as those of the humanities - Open Democracy

Western Australia's five universities are locked in a multi-million dollar battle to attract the brightest students in the state and lure cashed-up foreigners to their campuses next year. They are spending millions on marketing and promoting their courses both in Australia and overseas and increasingly turning to the digital world to get their message out there - The Australian

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Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

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Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

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Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

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Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

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