Otago Polytechnic

The 2018 joint annual research symposium for Otago Polytechnic and the Southern Institute of Technology was held in Invercargill on Monday 26 November.

This provided an opportunity to share the varied and interesting research happening at Otago Polytechnic and SIT, with a wide range of 20-minute presentations from both institutions. 


Coffee        from 9:15 am                                            

Opening/Karakia:  9:30 am

Welcome by Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen, Research Manager, Southern Institute of Technology

Session 1:  Te Taiao 9:40 – 10:40 am           Session chair: Sally Bodkin-Allen

9:40 am

Spatially mapping areas of water convergence to guide mitigation of farm contaminants in the Waituna Catchment


Tapuwa Marapara, SIT

10:00 am

Let's do this! Engaging Invercargill locals with climate change action


Anna Palliser, SIT

10:20 am

Folklore to reality? Global sea-level rise and the Maldivian “myth of extinction” 


Christine Liang, SIT

Morning tea: 10:40 – 11:00 am

Session 2: Hangarau 11:00 am – 12:20 pm    Session chair: Lesley Brook

11:00 am

Enhancing students’ learning to solve word problems in thermodynamics based from Newman’s Error Analysis


Carlo Gabriel, SIT

11:20 am

A framework for lean implementation in construction processes


Nilmini Thilakarathna, OP

11:40 am

Is Bart Simpson offering sage advice to New Zealand farmers?


Andy Ang, SIT






Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Provided)

Session 4:  Hauora 1:00 – 2:40 pm               Session chair: Sonja Swale

1:10 pm

Cultural empathy – a comparison of levels of empathy between 1st year nursing students and 3rd year nursing students


Cassie Carstensen and Jess Domigan, SIT

1:30 pm 

Seeking clinical excellence through the implementation of an innovative peer coaching model in undergraduate nursing education.



Rebecca McDiarmid and Donna Burkett, OP

1:50 pm

Longitudinal study examining the value of e-portfolios for students in an undergraduate nursing degree


Karyn Madden, Lynda Harding, Katrina Bowes, SIT

2:10 pm

Assuming, playing, and de-roling as the patient! The commencement of a grounded theory study


Jo Rhodes, SIT




Afternoon Tea: 2:40 – 3:10 pm

Session 5:  Te Ao Hurihuri 3:10 – 05:00 pm   Session chair: Paulette Halstead

3:10 pm

Putting it to bed: Revising and completing a DIY feature film


Patrick Gillies, SIT

3:30 pm

Analytic, descriptive and prescriptive components of evolving Jazz:  A new model based on the works of Brad Mehldau


Mark Baynes, SIT

3:50 pm

The inherent uncertainty of money: A Quantum game approach


Frederico Botafogo


The measurement problem: Beetles and cats in boxes


Barnaby Pace, SIT/OP

Voting for best presentation for the Audience Choice Award: 4:30 pm

Presentation to ‘Audience Choice Award’ winner and final remarks: 4:50 pm
Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen, Research Manager, Southern Institute of Technology

Winner of the Audience Choice Award was Jo Rhodes, with the Runners Up being Rebecca McDiarmid and Donna Burkett.

Published on 1 Oct 2018

Orderdate: 1 Oct 2018
Expiry: 28 Feb 2019