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  • TEXpo and Tech talks (May 17 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic is pleased to host in our Hub on Forth Street a series of talks during the TEXpo, Saturday 26 May, from 11am to 3pm. 

    The schedule of speakers will be covering an exciting range of topics, below. Visit the Techweek website to find out more.


    11.00 AM 

    Electric Vehicles training: what's happening locally and nationally

    Hamish Miller


    11.30 AM

    Internet of Things using LoRa

    Patrick Loots


    12.00 PM

    Healthcare Technology - past present and future

    Emma Collins


    12.30 PM

    NZ Space Challenge 2018

    Anton Hughes and Adam Campbell


    1.00 PM

    Open Source Accessibility Software for motor impairment

    David Rozado


    1.30 PM

    Computers, Facebook, Social Media, Robots: Good Grief!

    Keith Lightfoot


    2.00 PM

    Unweaving the rainbow: light and vision in everyday life

    Dr Mary Butler


    2.30 PM

    Low cost energy monitoring

    Neville Auton


    Find out more about the whole TEXpo here.

  • Employment Expo (May 15 2018)

    Employment Expo

    Have a real chat with real people about real jobs! 

    Learn more about the employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities.

    You will have the opportunity to speak to

    • Select Recruitment
    • NZ Defence ForcesNZ Police
    • Silverline
    • Unicrew Volunteering
    • Adeco
    • DKW
    • Tradestaff
    • Student Job Search
    • OUSA

    The Student Success Team will also be there to provide career guidance and support and OPSA will be providing refreshments.

    Date: Tuesday 22 May
    Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
    Location: The Hub, F Block, Forth Street
  • Foundation Learning Information Sessions: Dunedin and Mosgiel (May 08 2018)

    Keen to do further study or enter the workforce - but need to polish up on some basic skills?

    Our practical, supportive Foundation Learning programmes can help improve your English, Numeracy, Computer skills, Study skills, and Employment skills.

    We also offer electives that will help you pursue a career in a number of key industries including health, beauty therapy, tourism and engineering.

    Find out more at our information sessions:

    Tuesday 3 July
    Mosgiel Library – 6.00pm to 6.30pm

    Thursday 5 July
    Dunedin Campus (Harrow Street - see map) – 2.00pm to 2.30pm

    Your fees could be free (conditions apply). 
    Find out more about our Foundation programmes.

     

     

  • Business and Tourism Morning Tea (May 08 2018)

    Calling all Mums and Dads!

    Want to take your first step towards a career in Business or Tourism ... but think you can’t juggle family life with studying?

    You can, and we are here to help you! We offer:

    • Certificates for all levels of learning – which pathway into higher level programmes
    • Degrees and diplomas
    • Classes during school hours
    • Flexible delivery so you can fit study around your family
    • On-campus childcare facilities
    • Teaching and support staff who understand the pressures of parenthood!

    Want to find out more? Come along to our morning tea!

    You can speak to our staff about your study options and meet other Mums and Dads who are also looking to embark on their career journeys.

    Friday 8 June – 10.00am to 11.30am
    Room D102, Dunedin Campus, Harbour Terrace

    • Refreshments • Supervised children’s play area • Career guidance • StudyLink advice • Car parking available in our visitors' car park on Harbour Terrace

    Please see the map for the location of D Block and visitor car parking (labelled as VCP on map) on Harbour Terrace.

  • Career Guidance Assessment (May 08 2018)

    Dr Steve Atkins will present this seminar on Western/non-Western and Qual/Quant-hybrid Methods in Career Guidance Assessment.


    29 MAY 2018, 12 to 1PM

    D102, D BLOCK, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, HARBOUR TERRACE, DUNEDIN


    Dr Steve Atkins will give us a preview of work which he is soon to present at two international conferences, about developing methods for vocationally testing high school leavers to help them find best-fit careers. This is one of a series of seminars in the Supervision, Management, Business, Analytics (SiMBA) series. 

    Steve is Research Coordinator (Business) at Otago Polytechnic. He lectures in cross-cultural management, organisational behaviour, industrial psychology and business research methods. His research interests include cognitions for social marketing, project-based learning, and personality fit in the workplace. He also undertakes teamwork optimisation and team mission analysis in regards to project and volunteer staffing research.

  • Education seminar series (May 04 2018)

    In the second half of 2018 we are holding a series of seminars aimed at discussion and dissemination of research-informed education practice.  


    26 JUNE 2018

    Global Partnerships

    Ass Prof Caro McCaw, with Philippa Keaney


    3 JULY 2018

    A model for facilitating learning

    Dr Glenys Ker


    7 AUGUST 2018

    Developing leaders

    Andy Thompson


    4 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Revealing student engagement and confidence

    Joy Gasson, Dale Parsons and Krissi Wood


    All seminars in this series will be held on a Tuesday, from 4pm to 5pm, in room H224. You will find H224 immediately to the right at the top of the first flight of stairs in H Block, on our Forth Street campus. 

    Click here for our campus map. 

    If you are unable to attend in person, please email us to arrange to participate online by Skype.

  • Social Design (May 02 2018)

    Associate Professor Caro McCaw is speaking about Social Design programmes in the northeast of the USA.


    WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018, 12.15-1.00PM - NOTE NEW DATE

    COMMON AREA, LEVEL 3, H BLOCK, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, FORTH STREET, DUNEDIN


    Caro McCaw is Academic Leader for Communication Design and teaches across a range of courses including Interaction Design and Studio Projects. She is involved in a wide range of creative projects. Caro McCaw investigates how we come to understand our landscapes, local knowledge, and regional cultures and contexts through collaborative creative practice. She asks how we may work around colonial ways of seeing to visualize and understand our shared histories and sites more socially. She is involved in a wide range of local community and regional development projects often working with collaborative student-staff teams, and local community groups, including museums. Caro was invited to spend nine months as a prestigious Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SUNY Canton, in Upstate New York in 2016/17.

    This is the first of this year Design SOUP BOX public lecture series (with free soup), which will be held weekly during the winter terms.

     

     

     

  • Training tips from a world strongman (May 02 2018)

    Join us for a live webchat with Tom Hibbert (Trainer, Coach and World Strongman).


    TUESDAY 8 MAY 2018, 12.00-1.00PM

    ONLINE using Adobe Connect software

    LIVESTREAMED AT THE SARGOOD CENTRE, LOGAN PARK DRIVE, DUNEDIN


    We are pleased to welcome Tom Hibbert, owner and operator of Winning Health Solutions in the United Kingdom. Tom has a track record of success in strength and conditioning. Graduating from University of Southampton, Tom established himself as a successful Personal Trainer before setting up Winning Health Solutions. He is a PICP Level 4 and competes internationally as a strongman, winning the England U/90Kg Strongman title and placing third in World Championships in 2016. He also trains strongman champions both face to face and using online training methods. He will be talking about the use of research and other evidence to inform practice and techniques for online training of athletes. He is happy to take questions, if time allows. If you have a burning question you really wanted answered email us ASAP.

    Each semester, the institute will organise seminars aimed at the staff and postgraduate students working and studying in the applied science field. They provide a space for staff and students to share, discuss and advance research and practice on various aspects of applied science.
    The seminars bring together guest speakers, staff, students and others to reflect on cutting edge ideas emerging in current scholarly research and applied practice. The postgraduate seminar series is also an opportunity for current master’s students to test out their research questions and findings through a series of presentations to peers, staff and guests.

  • Dunedin TEXpo (May 02 2018)

    Dunedin TEXpo
    Saturday 26 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm

    Dunedin Techweek TEXpo, a free, collaborative, cross campus showcase of innovative tech research, products and industries in our great city.

    With two sites on Union St East: The Otago University Business School, and the Otago Polytechnic Hub, there will be loads of interesting tech on display, and things to get your hands on, including electric vehicles drives!

    In our Hub we will have displays from local companies AbacusBio, Scott Technology, Department of Conservation, Hatch Education, Firebrand, Blue Penguins Pukekura, REZO Water and Energy, Igtimi, Malcam Foundation, Blueskin Energy Network, design build listen, Runaway Play, Pickapark, Tracmap and Select Recruitment along with displays from our own departments in Occupational Therapy, Information Technology, Nursing, Communication Design, Engineering Technology, Sport, Automotive, and EPICentre.

    Come along and bring your friends and family to this free event.

    FIND OUT MORE >

  • Adventure Therapy (May 01 2018)

    Be inspired by one of the world’s leading Adventure Therapy experts. Learn how the outdoors, experiential learning theory and adventurous activities create meaningful change in people with mental health or addiction issues.


    23 MAY 2018, 5.30 – 7.00PM

    ROOM Z114, SARGOOD CENTRE, 40 LOGAN PARK DRIVE, DUNEDIN


    Visiting lecturer Dr Michael Gass from the University of New Hampshire's topic is "Adventure therapy: Walking the talk of change in mental health and substance abuse". How do the outdoor environment, experiential learning theory and adventurous activities create meaningful change in mental health and addiction fields? This presentation will explore some of the history and development of adventure therapy in the USA in the context of working in mental health and addictions. Evidence for the effectiveness of Adventure Therapy will be presented, and strategies for application of experiential learning and adventure therapy practice shared. These strategies will include the introduction of a model to guide clinical reasoning in adventure therapy practice, and how to use metaphor to enhance therapeutic value in activity based therapy.

    Michael Gass is a Professor and Coordinator of the Outdoor Education Program in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. in experiential education and completed postdoctoral studies in marriage and family therapy. He is the Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Center and the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Program (NATSAP) Research Database. He has published over 200 research studies and provided over 300 professional presentations.

     

  • Course Administration Basics | Moodle Training Suite (May 16 2018)

    This module is part of the Moodle Training Suite | Creator Series. The Creator Series is designed to provide guidance on how to build a course, administer a course and add, edit and use the wide range of resources and learning activities available in Moodle.

    This module will familiarise you with the administrative aspects for a course such as adding images and attributing them appropriately, adding, importing and duplicating activities and resources, adding and using editing tools, blocks and groups.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

    • Add and use images and resources appropriately in Moodle to create a course
    • Add and use blocks to administer a course
    • Add and use editing tools to create a course
    • Set up the gradebook to administer course assessments and marking workflow

    Event type:  Workshop, webinar and online self-paced options

    Attendance hours: 1 hour

    Total learning hours: 6 hours

    Self-paced enrolment key: CAB-SelfPaced-2018

    Dates and times

    Date  Time  Location  Facilitator  Enrolment Key
    Wednesday 23 May 2018 10.00am - 11.00am H302 Drew Barnett CAB-May-2018 
    Thursday 23 August 2018 10.00am - 11.00am H611 Hugh Harlow CAB-August-2018
    Thursday 13 September 2018 10.00am - 11.00am H611 Hugh Harlow CAB-September-2018
    Tuesday 16 October 2018 9.30am - 10.30am A126 Wendy Dore CAB-October-2018
    Thursday 8 November 2018 10.00am - 11.00am H611 Hugh Harlow CAB-November-2018
    Tuesday 4 December 2018 10.00am - 11.00am H611 Hugh Harlow CAB-December-2018

     

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  • Copyright and Open Educational Resources | Moodle Training Suite (Apr 24 2018)

    This module is part of the Moodle Training Suite | Start Up Series. The Start Up Series is designed to give you a foundational knowledge of Moodle before you embark on creating courses and course content.

    This module introduces you to some underlying principles around online learning and developing activities online, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), copyright, creative commons and attribution of resources.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this online module you will be able to:

    • Identify when and how to apply copyright standards when creating Moodle courses
    • Identify and select creative common images appropriate for the end use
    • Search for OERs to help create Moodle courses

    Event type: Online self-paced option only

    Total learning hours: 1.5 hours

    Self-paced enrolment key: COER-SelfPaced-2018

     

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  • Anomalous – Pop Up Emerging Designer Shop (Apr 26 2018)

    Anomalous – Pop Up Emerging Designer Shop

    Featuring a wide range of clothing, jewellery, handbags, house products and prints designed by Otago Polytechnic students and graduates.

    11.00am – 6.00pm, Wednesday 2 May – Sunday 6 May
    220 George St, Dunedin

    CASH ONLY

    Live music from 5pm, Thursday and Friday before the iD international emerging designer shows.

    iD Dunedin Fashion Week >

  • Is Innovation Good for the World? (Apr 17 2018)

    This panel discussion is an exciting prelude to TechWeek 2018 in Dunedin.


    FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018, 5.30 - 8.30 PM

    DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY, OCTAGON, DUNEDIN

    COST $21.97 PER PERSON


    With a panel of highly respected and entertaining professionals covering education, law, sustainability, medicine, culture and innovation, this event will serve to highlight the pro's and con's of innovation, and ignite discussion on what we need to do as a city, and as a country to best utilise emerging technologies.

    Panel members are:

    • Pete Hodgson - CEO of Otago Innovation and Chairman of the Southern Partnership Group,
    • Phil Ker - Chief Executive of Otago Polytechnic
    • Prof. Jacinta Ruru - Co-director of Nga Pae O te Maramatanga, NZ's Maori Centre of Research Excellence
    • Julie Curphey - Marketing Manager of Blis Technologies Ltd, ex Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and AD Instruments

    The panel discussion will be fFacilitated by Damian Newell.

    Schedule:

    5.30 - 6.15pm - Drink and canapes (Included in ticket price)

    6.15 - 7.30 - Introduction and Individual panellist presentations

    7.30 - 7.45 - Refreshment Interval (Cash bar)

    7.45 - 8.30 - Panel and audience question discussion

    The audience will be invited to submit questions for discussion throughout the event.

    Be part of this important discussion - limited seats available so buy your tickets now!

    Read more about other Techweek events.

  • The Freedom of the Migrant (Apr 17 2018)

    Matt Galloway examines political narratives around immigration.


    EXHIBITION 21 APRIL TO 12 AUGUST 2018

    ARTIST TALK 21 APRIL 11.00 AM

    DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY, OCTAGON, DUNEDIN


    The Freedom of the Migrant takes its starting point from a column published in the New Zealand Herald on 26 March 2016, written by NZME Head of Business Fran O’Sullivan. In this, O’Sullivan retells a scenario of a hypothetical terrorist attack that was presented by Sir John Key to members of the business community in Auckland, shortly after his return from a meeting of the International Democratic Union (of which Key was then Chairperson).  The article opens up questions of how New Zealand politicians might position this country to benefit from the perception of its distance from current global and political instability.

    Matthew Galloway uses the tools and methodologies of design to discuss the central themes introduced in Key’s hypothesis – addressing the impact and legacy of dominant political narratives constructed around terrorism and the refugee crisis, and examining how this in turn influences collective perceptions of border control, freedom of movement, and national identity. Through his research-led art practice, Galloway explores aspects of the visual language of politics, peace and conflict. A printed newspaper features a series of interviews with experts across the fields of immigration policy, terrorism and political commentary, providing an accompanying dialogue that follows the trajectory of Galloway’s research process. Through these two strands of investigation, The Freedom of the Migrant speaks to the complexity of this current period of uncertainty and change in a national and global environment.

  • International Science Festival 2018: Science in Action Day (Jul 10 2018)

    At Otago Polytechnic we create amazing careers that apply science to the real world. This fun and interactive day is the perfect opportunity for students aged 13-16 years to explore the exciting science behind the careers we offer in a range of our renowned programmes.

     

    Date: Tuesday, July 10

    Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm

    Location: Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

    Cost: $10 (lunch will be provided)

    Register at www.scifest.org.nz

     

    Otago Polytechnic is proud to sponsor the International Science Festival 2018.

  • The History of the iD International Emerging Designer Fashion Awards (Apr 29 2018)

    Professor Dr Margo Barton is speaking during iD Fashion Week.


    SUNDAY 29 APRIL, 1:00 TO 2:00 PM

    DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY


    Margo initiated the iD International Emerging Designer Awards which have been held annually since 2003 and now attract over 150 entries annual from graduates of the top international fashion schools. She is the Creative Director of iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2018. In this presentation Margo will discuss the history of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards since inception.

    Margo is the Academic Leader for Fashion at Otago Polytechnic. She has Dress Design Certificate from TAFE’s Fashion Design Studio in Sydney, Australia, and worked in the fashion industry for many years. Her PhD is from RMIT, Australia. A recipient of a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Award in 2007, she is passionate about fashion education and establishing networks within the global fashion industry to benefit Design students. Margo’s research, both designing and writing, focusses on the discourse between the designer and the wearer, especially for emerging fashion. This incorporates her Citizen Stylist project work. Her work traverses the interface between physical and digital designing. She is a frequent exhibitor, curator and presenter. Margo has been a member of the Executive Board of iD Fashion Week Dunedin since 2001 and Deputy Chair since 2015. She initiated the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held annually since 2003, which attract over 150 entries annually from graduates of the top international fashion schools. She is an external examiner for postgraduate students at AUT and Massey University, is on the Course Advisory Board for fashion at TAFE NSW in Australia, and is a member of the executive board of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). Margo fosters international exchanges and collaborations for students and faculty.

  • Towards the development of alternatives beyond capitalism (Jun 07 2018)

    Visiting Associate Professor Carla Houkamau presents preliminary findings of the Māori Identity and Financial Attitudes Survey.


    13 SEPTEMBER 2018, 1 - 2 PM

    F209 PUNA KAWA, MASON CENTRE, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, FORTH STREET, DUNEDIN


    Associate Professor Carla Houkamau is from the University of Auckland Business School, University of Auckland. 

    This presentation reports selected preliminary findings of the Māori Identity and Financial Attitudes Study (MIFAS). In October 2017 the MIFAS survey was sent out to 100,000 people registered as being of Māori descent on the New Zealand Electoral Roll and 7000 responded.  The meta-objective of the MIFAS is to explore how personal characteristics (e.g., ethnic identity, social identity beliefs, age, personality, gender) and characteristics within the social, economic and cultural environment influence economic behaviour, values and aspirations among Māori. This talk will contextualise the MIFAS and review current understandings of economic values and aspirations which are distinctive to Māori. Of particular interest will be the expression of Māori perspectives that represent resistance to the mainstream economic values which prevail in New Zealand. An outline of the study methodology will be provided along with an overview of response rate information from the first wave of data collection. 

    Carla Houkamau (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business and the Associate Dean for Māori and Pacific Development for the Business School. Being of mixed Māori and Pākehā descent Carla holds a deep personal interest in the history of Māori-Pākehā relations and promoting cultural understanding. Her current research focuses mainly on intergroup relations, chiefly how group memberships influence attitudes and behaviour. Reflecting her role in the Business School her work has broadened to include diversity management, identity economics and implicit bias. Her research using the Multidimensional Model of Māori identity and Cultural Engagement (MMM-ICE) has been recognised nationally and internationally for advancing ethnic identity research using psychometric measures and large samples.

  • Virtual International Day of the Midwife (Apr 12 2018)

    Associate Professor Jean Patterson is presenting on the topic Becoming a midwife: A study of our alumni.


    SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018, 12 NOON

    ONLINE


    The move from student to health professional can be challenging. Graduates from our Bachelor of Midwifery programme complete a blend of face to face, online and practice placement learning. In a 3 year graduate survey completed in 2015 almost all students said they felt well prepared for beginning midwifery practice. The aim of this current research was to ask our graduates about their experiences when beginning midwifery practice, and how well they perceived the programme had prepared them to meet their particular challenges in the workplace. Becoming a midwife requires an adjustment from student to autonomous practitioner. This study provides insights from the perspective of practicing midwives as to the components of their study that prepared them to make this transition.

    Jean is also facilitating some of the other presentations online. See the full programme of presentations here.

     

     

  • Innovation & Number 8 Wire (Apr 10 2018)

    Gavin O'Brien talks about innovators Ernest and Hannah Hayes.


    23 MAY, 5.30PM

    PIONEER WOMEN'S MEMORIAL HALL, 362 MORAY PLACE, DUNEDIN


    Gavin O'Brien is a senior lecturer in Product Design at Otago Polytechnic and has a Masters degree in Applied Science from Otago University. Gavin will be discussing his studies on the work of Ernest Hayes as an industrial designer and Hannah Hayes as a marketing pioneer. The records of Hannah's sales exploits by bicycle into the Maniototo in the late 19th Century are a fascinating insight into the agricultural landscape of the time. Ernest's legacy is the Hayes 'chain grip' wire strainer patented in the early 1920s and awarded a New Zealand design award in 1981. This item is still being widely sold, practically unchanged almost a century after its inception. Together, Ernest and Hannah pioneered product design and marketing within the South Island and are an fascinating example of kiwi ingenuity.

    Please register here for this free event.

    This is an official Techweek’18 event. Techweek is New Zealand’s annual festival of innovation, running nationwide from 19 - 27 May 2018. Read more about other Techweek events.

  • Reliability Improvement Methodology for Subsea Pipeline Construction (Apr 10 2018)

    This seminar for project managers and engineers will discuss reliability risk reduction in construction of oil and gas subsea pipelines.


    22 MAY 2018, 12 NOON - 1PM

    O204, O BLOCK, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, 115 ANZAC AVENUE, DUNEDIN


    Dr Jing Lin will speak about her research developing logic-based methodologies for reliability risk reduction in the engineering field, with particular application to oil and gas subsea pipeline construction in China. This has been her field of research for and since her PhD study.

    Jing is a lecturer in engineering at Dalian Ocean University in China. After an undergraduate degree in Lighting Physics and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Jing worked in international manufacturing. She has seven years’ experience working in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia, including three years in high tech industry in Silicon Valley, California.

    See our campus map here. If you are driving to this event, we recommend that you allow plenty of time to find a park. 

    This is an official Techweek’18 event. Techweek is New Zealand’s annual festival of innovation, running nationwide from 19 - 27 May 2018. Read more about other Techweek events.

  • Imagining the Past, Imagining the Future: What's memory got to do with it? (May 03 2018)

    Chloe Wall, a University of Otago philosophy PhD student presents this seminar.


    3 MAY 2018, 12 NOON - 1PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    The artist’s imagination is crucial to her ability to produce art. Philosophically, however, imagination is still poorly understood, and consequently so is the relationship between memory and imagination. Among the work that has been done, there has been very little agreement about what the nature and degree of the relationship is. On one end of the spectrum is the claim that the difference between imagination and memory is whether the event in question really happened or not, while on the other end is the claim that remembering just is imagining the past. The question is further complicated by evidence that thinking about future events is subserved by the same cognitive mechanisms that subserve thinking about the past. So, how are remembering, thinking about the future, and imagining different? The purpose of this talk is to provide a broad overview of the different answers to these questions, and to offer some speculations about their plausibility.

    Chloe Wall is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of Otago. Her research focusses on memory and testimony and compares how they serve as sources of knowledge.

  • Midwifery seminar (Apr 07 2018)

    This is the first of this year's School of Midwifery seminars.


    7 MAY 2018, 1:00 - 1:50 PM
    ONLINE - click here to join


    Photovoice: Application in Education: The first speaker, addressing this topic, will be Megan Walker. Megan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Midwifery and teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  This presentation will introduce photovoice as a research methodology and as an artistic pedagogical technology.  The presentation covers how this could be introduced into the postgraduate Midwifery Assessment and Decision Making course and implications for education.

     

    Family Violence: The second speaker at this seminar is Laurie Mahoney, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic. Her main teaching focus is in the primary health care nursing area and her speciality topic if family violence. Laurie also practices as a Public Health Nurse in the Dunedin area, and her knowledge of family violence issues is heavily drawn  from her practice. Laurie will be presenting the importance of screening for intimate partner violence in primary care.

     

     

  • Beca Tech Showcase (Apr 05 2018)

    This showcase provides an opportunity to find out more about technology in real world engineering applications.


    Thursday 24th May 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm

    Students Common Room at L Block, Otago Polytechnic, 100 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

    Register here


    Professional services consultancy firm Beca is demonstrating virtual reality software, lady bug 360 degree camera, survey laser scanners and drones in real world engineering applications. Beca wants to get Engineering Students excited about the prospect of using some innovative technology in their future careers and to expose people to the technology that Beca has to offer, to capture their imagination about all the cool things we do that can ‘make everyday better’. 

    This is an official Techweek’18 event. Techweek is New Zealand’s annual festival of innovation, running nationwide from 19 - 27 May 2018. Read more about other Techweek events.

  • Minecraft Hour of Code (Mar 27 2018)

    Elise Allen and Paul Admiraal are leading an introductory coding event during TechWeek.


    26 MAY 2018, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

    H611, H BLOCK, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC

    REGISTER HERE


    Take part in a supervised online tutorial that will help you explore computer coding, working with the popular Minecraft game. In this activity you will use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through their Minecraft world. The Hour of Code is supervised by Elise Allen and Paul Admiraal, both lecturers in Information Technology at Otago Polytechnic. The activity takes approximately one hour.

    This is an official Techweek’18 event. Techweek is New Zealand’s annual festival of innovation, running nationwide from 19 - 27 May 2018. Read more about other Techweek events.

  • The Queerest Quiz for the Queerest Quizzers! (Mar 12 2018)

    Everyone is welcome for a memorable night of glamorous fun and entertainment ... and questions and prizes!


    10 APRIL 2018, 7.00PM

    THE HUB, FORTH STREET CAMPUS, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, DUNEDIN


    Entry is FREE! Register your team (4-6 quizzers) and your team name: proud@op.ac.nz

    Proudly sponsored by:

  • Sustainability in Business (Mar 27 2018)

    What does it mean to be a sustainable business?


    10 APRIL 2018, 5.30 to 8PM

    INNOV8HQ, 123 VOGEL ST, DUNEDIN

    COST: $25 plus GST


    How can your business be more sustainable – in all senses? How do you:

    -          Keep clients?

    -          Strengthen yourself and your staff?

    -          Stay ahead of competitors?

    -          Save energy?

    -          Adopt a sustainability mindset?

    There is something for everyone in this event. Come and learn how you might improve your sustainable business practice.

     Click here to register for this event.

  • Compass Open Recruitment Session (Mar 09 2018)

    The Compass Group are looking for competent and reliable casual front of house staff to work at our sites in Dunedin, including Forsyth Barr Stadium and The Dunedin Centre.

    2018 is shaping up to be a very busy year, with multiple international acts already announced for the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Our expectation is that you will be able to work the majority of all major events, including concerts, rugby games and cricket.
    If you’re our perfect candidate you will be hard working, reliable and flexible in your ability to work, as well as having a friendly, outgoing personality, excellent communication skills and a ‘can do’ attitude.  We have a great team environment and enjoy a laugh while providing excellent service

    If this sounds like you and are interested in finding out more, then please attend our open recruitment session.

    Wednesday 21 March, 12.00pm–1.00pm, The Hub
    Food will be provided

     

    Who are the Compass Group?

    They’re the world’s leading Foodservice Company, providing food and support services across all sectors. This includes everything from school dinners to army meals, and coffee bars to corporate hospitality. Worldwide, we have 400,000 people working for us in 50 countries. In New Zealand our 4000+ great people operate out of circa 350 sites around the country, with further business growth opportunities on the horizon. 

    Great People, Real Opportunities

  • Modernism + Feminism (Mar 03 2018)

    There is a panel discussion at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this weekend.


     

    3 MARCH 2018, 11:00 - 2:00

    DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY, 30 THE OCTAGON, DUNEDIN


     

    Bridie Lonie, Lecturer in Art History and Theory at Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, will be participating in the panel discussion with Dr Judith Collard, Senior Lecturer, Department History and Art History, University of Otago; and Dr Rochelle Simmons Department of English & Linguistics, University of Otago. The panel discussion topic is Modernism + Feminism.

  • Public Seminars Term 1 (Feb 22 2018)

    1 MARCH-12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Public Seminar Programme for Term 1, 2018

     

    1 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         
    The Ceramic Practices of Joe Bova (US) and Rob Cloughley (NZ) - Joe Bova and Rob Cloughley

    The presentation by Joe Bova on his Ceramic Art is termed Form and Grace. What the I Ching says about grace is as close to a truth as I know about working with clay:  "The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

    In conjunction, Rob Cloughley will be discussing his recent work and practice that has concluded in four collaborative installations of Rob’s ceramic sculptures in combination with Prudence Edge’s Textile sculpture.

    A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Joe Bova was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Bova has taught workshops at institutions around the globe, including the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, the College of William and Mary, VA, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, the Los Angeles County Museum, CA, the Mint Museum of Art, NC, and the Shangyu Museum, China. Joe Bova lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Rob Cloughley has been working with clay for 23 years. He is the Ceramic Diploma Programme Coordinator and Ceramic Studio Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art. 

     

    8 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Haere Mai to the Highway, a talk about a new project in painting and some of its precedents and inspirations - Tim Croucher

    Recently I’ve been working on paintings that make an exchange between historical events of the colonial period, constructed incidents and my own personal memory and imagination of the places I spent my youth in the Manawatu and Rangatikei and latterly in Waikato and Thames Valley. These paintings have developed from several exhibition projects based on my trips in India and China that reflected on the dislocation and fantasy of travel.

    I’ll show images of works from these projects and some source material from my current work on Haere Mai to the Highway. I’ll talk a bit about my artistic influences and methods too, if that seems relevant to the audience.

    Tim Croucher was born in Longburn, just south of Palmerston North in 1963. He moved to Hamilton to finish high school in 1981, hated it, fell in love and went to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Tim painted public murals during the 80’s before returning, with some trepidation, to Hamilton to take up a teaching position at the Waikato Polytechnic. He’s worked there ever since teaching Fine Arts. Tim makes paintings for exhibition and shows his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He’s also recently got back into painting public artworks with his wife Tracy. When he can, he goes boating, and rides motorbikes with his family, digging around in the landscape and towns that for him, are iconic to his country.

     

    15 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Collections + Bits and Pieces - Andrea Daly

    My grandfather was Irish living in Scotland. He worked in China where he meet his English wife, to be, and immigrated to New Zealand. He always told stories. Every night after dinner he would enthrall us with Irish Fairy tales and other wonders. Some were obviously fictional but others such as his out of body experience or the seeing of ghosts we were never quite sure about.

    I think I may also be a story teller but forgot to use words. The language of the object and the visual is not one I am fluent in so it is a constant struggle and a fantastic challenge. Sometimes I know what I am saying and other times I am just concentrating on the words and an unexpected story emerges. Looking back over the 33 years of my practice I realise the underlying narrative has always been about me, my fears, interests, fascinations. I have delved into the role of being a young female trying to understand the cultural forces that define me, explored language as political, gendered, structural and constrictive. Wondered if I was an artist using jewellery as my medium or a jeweller and where were the lines and who drew them? And all the time my Catholic past keeps looking for the unexplained, unexpected and impossible. Science is like a wonderland I return to and the human brain unexplored territory, anything is possible.

    But how much can a simple piece of jewellery actually tell us?

    Andrea Daly is a practicing jeweler and tutor who works from her own studio and has been involved in Teaching at various institutions since 1990. She is HOD Jewellery at Hungry Creek and was a Partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991 to 2017. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She later went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy First Class Honors majoring in Art History at Auckland University. Andrea exhibits nationally and internationally with works held in both public and private collections.      

     

    22 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Towards definitions of literacy and criticality in first year art and design courses - Steve Lovett

    As students in tertiary art and design course synthesize a diverse range of information to develop concepts for their practice criticality is the core skill that they are required to develop. Steve Lovett’s current research examines definitions of literacy to include different forms of media visual cultures, text based information and communication technologies and new media, as a means to better understand literacy education in art and design programmes and therefore how to better enable the development of criticality.

    Steve Lovett  is an artist and educator. He set up the INKubator Print Research Lab at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. In 22 years teaching in South Auckland, Lovett also designed and delivered a Foundation Education in the Visual Arts Programme. Lovett is now at Elam School of Fine Arts managing the redesign of the print facilities there.​

     

    29 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Time-based Moving Image Installation Art and the “Cinema-Situation - Hilary Radner

    Throughout most of the twentieth century, the moving image was confined to a relatively restricted set of viewing situations. Today, this is no longer the case. This intervention will consider the implications of these changes, particularly as they have been explored by the French film theorist Raymond Bellour.

    Hilary Radner is Emerita Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

     

    5 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Why Art Matters: Art as Entertainment (and then some) - Patricia Hoffie

    State galleries have demonstrated overwhelming success in rising to the challenge of expanding and extending Australian audiences. Crowds flow through the doors; children drag their parents and minders in to be part of the often lavish extension services programmes they offer and focus groups get special walking-talking tours through exhibitions – often for no cost at all. Along with such success there’s been a growing association of art with entertainment. And while aesthetes and purists might scoff and bemoan that development, the association is hardly a new one. Art has twinned with entertainment in its various manifestations throughout the ages, and it’s often used the close relationship as a means of raising other issues – issues that might require longer and deeper responses than quick cheap thrills.

    This presentation addresses the issue of art and/as entertainment, and raising the question about the extent to which that inhibits or assists the aims of art.

    Prof. Patricia Hoffie AM is a Queensland based artist, writer and curator. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally For several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. She has employed the theme Fully Exploited Labour to collate several decades of practice that has examined aspects of the processes whereby greater and lesser values are ascribed to particular areas of cultural production. This body of work has been used to address issues of authorship, belonging, the 'immigration problem' in Australia and a number of other subjects pertinent to the impact of globalisation on notions of 'belonging'. For three years she worked with Dr. Caroline Turner (ANU) on an ARC major grant funded series of projects under the banner Art and Human Rights. Her PhD titled Regional Values: Australian during the 1980s, awarded through University of New South Wales in 1998, has provided a national focus on regional values that has provided a fulcrum for her later work examining Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, a subject she researched actively through early involvement in the formative years of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, for which she worked as a curator and writer.

     

    12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    This seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5:00PM.


    Understanding -- Art and Research - Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz and Anna Vasof

    Artistic Research is one of the core activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte). In view of the Angewandte`s exhibition Understanding Art and Research which will be opened on 12 April in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, the seminar will provide an overview into the Angewandte`s approach regarding art and research activities respectively, including the exchange of personal insights via specific case scenarios. Colleagues participating in the exhibition will be present. President Gerald Bast opens with  “Surviving in the Digital Age: Why humans need art-based approaches for not to getting lost in transition“. Afterwards colleagues will present individual approaches to their art and research activities including aspects regarding collaborative projects: Cornelia Bast: “Art, Dementia and Empathy”, Konrad Strutz: “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics“ and Anna Vasof, with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of her project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz, and Anna Vasof are colleagues from the Dunedin School of Art exchange partner institution Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna Austria.

    The seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5pm.

    12 April afternoon workshop from 2.30pm

    Colleagues from the Angewandte`s in Vienna will present a video by Anna Vasof with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of Anna’s project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. She’s currently writing Ph.D. thesis at the University of applied arts in Vienna about an animation technique that she develops and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical videos, actions and installations.

    Dr. Gerald Bast is President of University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. Amongst other functions he held in the field of Higher Education and Research for many years he is currently member in the Representative Board of ELIA - European League of the Arts, member in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Editor-in-chief of the book series "Arts, Research, Innovation and Society" at Springer International Publisher. Before he became President of the "Angewandte" where he planned and implemented numerous new programmes in teaching and research, Bast was responsible for drafting the legislation for major university reforms in times when he was engaged at the Federal Ministry for Higher Education.

    Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She graduated from a Higher Biochemistry School, worked as a midwife at the University Clinic Vienna and earned a BA in Applied Arts and Design Communication and an MA in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between art, design and public performative interventions. She sees art and design primarily as media for social communication. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepen insight into problems and strengthen the impact of her work. She is on the editorial board of dérive – Radio for Urban Research, and has presented her work at various international conferences.

    Konrad Strutz is a visual artist and a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Areas of focus in his scientific and artistic work include non-hierarchical spatial representations, and body movement in the context of communication. He received his academic education in fine arts and in computer science from the Vienna Technical University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, respectively. Konrad‘s artwork is exhibited in Europe as well as overseas on a regular basis. Besides his position as a faculty member and a fellow of the Volkswagen foundation’s program “Arts and Science in Motion”, Konrad is currently involved in the symposium “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics” to be held in Berlin this year. www.konradstrutz.com

  • Public Seminars Term 1 (Feb 22 2018)

     

     

     

     

    Public Seminars Term 1 (Feb 12 2018)

     

     

     

     

    1 MARCH-12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Public Seminar Programme for Term 1, 2018

     

    1 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         
    The Ceramic Practices of Joe Bova (US) and Rob Cloughley (NZ) - Joe Bova and Rob Cloughley

    The presentation by Joe Bova on his Ceramic Art is termed Form and Grace. What the I Ching says about grace is as close to a truth as I know about working with clay:  "The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

    In conjunction, Rob Cloughley will be discussing his recent work and practice that has concluded in four collaborative installations of Rob’s ceramic sculptures in combination with Prudence Edge’s Textile sculpture.

    A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Joe Bova was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Bova has taught workshops at institutions around the globe, including the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, the College of William and Mary, VA, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, the Los Angeles County Museum, CA, the Mint Museum of Art, NC, and the Shangyu Museum, China. Joe Bova lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Rob Cloughley has been working with clay for 23 years. He is the Ceramic Diploma Programme Coordinator and Ceramic Studio Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art. 

     

    8 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Haere Mai to the Highway, a talk about a new project in painting and some of its precedents and inspirations - Tim Croucher

    Recently I’ve been working on paintings that make an exchange between historical events of the colonial period, constructed incidents and my own personal memory and imagination of the places I spent my youth in the Manawatu and Rangatikei and latterly in Waikato and Thames Valley. These paintings have developed from several exhibition projects based on my trips in India and China that reflected on the dislocation and fantasy of travel.

    I’ll show images of works from these projects and some source material from my current work on Haere Mai to the Highway. I’ll talk a bit about my artistic influences and methods too, if that seems relevant to the audience.

    Tim Croucher was born in Longburn, just south of Palmerston North in 1963. He moved to Hamilton to finish high school in 1981, hated it, fell in love and went to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Tim painted public murals during the 80’s before returning, with some trepidation, to Hamilton to take up a teaching position at the Waikato Polytechnic. He’s worked there ever since teaching Fine Arts. Tim makes paintings for exhibition and shows his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He’s also recently got back into painting public artworks with his wife Tracy. When he can, he goes boating, and rides motorbikes with his family, digging around in the landscape and towns that for him, are iconic to his country.

     

    15 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Collections + Bits and Pieces - Andrea Daly

    My grandfather was Irish living in Scotland. He worked in China where he meet his English wife, to be, and immigrated to New Zealand. He always told stories. Every night after dinner he would enthrall us with Irish Fairy tales and other wonders. Some were obviously fictional but others such as his out of body experience or the seeing of ghosts we were never quite sure about.

    I think I may also be a story teller but forgot to use words. The language of the object and the visual is not one I am fluent in so it is a constant struggle and a fantastic challenge. Sometimes I know what I am saying and other times I am just concentrating on the words and an unexpected story emerges. Looking back over the 33 years of my practice I realise the underlying narrative has always been about me, my fears, interests, fascinations. I have delved into the role of being a young female trying to understand the cultural forces that define me, explored language as political, gendered, structural and constrictive. Wondered if I was an artist using jewellery as my medium or a jeweller and where were the lines and who drew them? And all the time my Catholic past keeps looking for the unexplained, unexpected and impossible. Science is like a wonderland I return to and the human brain unexplored territory, anything is possible.

    But how much can a simple piece of jewellery actually tell us?

    Andrea Daly is a practicing jeweler and tutor who works from her own studio and has been involved in Teaching at various institutions since 1990. She is HOD Jewellery at Hungry Creek and was a Partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991 to 2017. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She later went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy First Class Honors majoring in Art History at Auckland University. Andrea exhibits nationally and internationally with works held in both public and private collections.      

     

    22 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Towards definitions of literacy and criticality in first year art and design courses - Steve Lovett

    As students in tertiary art and design course synthesize a diverse range of information to develop concepts for their practice criticality is the core skill that they are required to develop. Steve Lovett’s current research examines definitions of literacy to include different forms of media visual cultures, text based information and communication technologies and new media, as a means to better understand literacy education in art and design programmes and therefore how to better enable the development of criticality.

    Steve Lovett  is an artist and educator. He set up the INKubator Print Research Lab at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. In 22 years teaching in South Auckland, Lovett also designed and delivered a Foundation Education in the Visual Arts Programme. Lovett is now at Elam School of Fine Arts managing the redesign of the print facilities there.​

     

    29 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Time-based Moving Image Installation Art and the “Cinema-Situation - Hilary Radner

    Throughout most of the twentieth century, the moving image was confined to a relatively restricted set of viewing situations. Today, this is no longer the case. This intervention will consider the implications of these changes, particularly as they have been explored by the French film theorist Raymond Bellour.

    Hilary Radner is Emerita Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

     

    5 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Why Art Matters: Art as Entertainment (and then some) - Patricia Hoffie

    State galleries have demonstrated overwhelming success in rising to the challenge of expanding and extending Australian audiences. Crowds flow through the doors; children drag their parents and minders in to be part of the often lavish extension services programmes they offer and focus groups get special walking-talking tours through exhibitions – often for no cost at all. Along with such success there’s been a growing association of art with entertainment. And while aesthetes and purists might scoff and bemoan that development, the association is hardly a new one. Art has twinned with entertainment in its various manifestations throughout the ages, and it’s often used the close relationship as a means of raising other issues – issues that might require longer and deeper responses than quick cheap thrills.

    This presentation addresses the issue of art and/as entertainment, and raising the question about the extent to which that inhibits or assists the aims of art.

    Prof. Patricia Hoffie AM is a Queensland based artist, writer and curator. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally For several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. She has employed the theme Fully Exploited Labour to collate several decades of practice that has examined aspects of the processes whereby greater and lesser values are ascribed to particular areas of cultural production. This body of work has been used to address issues of authorship, belonging, the 'immigration problem' in Australia and a number of other subjects pertinent to the impact of globalisation on notions of 'belonging'. For three years she worked with Dr. Caroline Turner (ANU) on an ARC major grant funded series of projects under the banner Art and Human Rights. Her PhD titled Regional Values: Australian during the 1980s, awarded through University of New South Wales in 1998, has provided a national focus on regional values that has provided a fulcrum for her later work examining Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, a subject she researched actively through early involvement in the formative years of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, for which she worked as a curator and writer.

     

    12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    This seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5:00PM.


    Understanding -- Art and Research - Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz and Anna Vasof

    Artistic Research is one of the core activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte). In view of the Angewandte`s exhibition Understanding Art and Research which will be opened on 12 April in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, the seminar will provide an overview into the Angewandte`s approach regarding art and research activities respectively, including the exchange of personal insights via specific case scenarios. Colleagues participating in the exhibition will be present. President Gerald Bast opens with  “Surviving in the Digital Age: Why humans need art-based approaches for not to getting lost in transition“. Afterwards colleagues will present individual approaches to their art and research activities including aspects regarding collaborative projects: Cornelia Bast: “Art, Dementia and Empathy”, Konrad Strutz: “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics“ and Anna Vasof, with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of her project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz, and Anna Vasof are colleagues from the Dunedin School of Art exchange partner institution Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna Austria.

    The seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5pm.

    12 April afternoon workshop from 2.30pm

    Colleagues from the Angewandte`s in Vienna will present a video by Anna Vasof with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of Anna’s project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. She’s currently writing Ph.D. thesis at the University of applied arts in Vienna about an animation technique that she develops and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical videos, actions and installations.

    Dr. Gerald Bast is President of University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. Amongst other functions he held in the field of Higher Education and Research for many years he is currently member in the Representative Board of ELIA - European League of the Arts, member in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Editor-in-chief of the book series "Arts, Research, Innovation and Society" at Springer International Publisher. Before he became President of the "Angewandte" where he planned and implemented numerous new programmes in teaching and research, Bast was responsible for drafting the legislation for major university reforms in times when he was engaged at the Federal Ministry for Higher Education.

    Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She graduated from a Higher Biochemistry School, worked as a midwife at the University Clinic Vienna and earned a BA in Applied Arts and Design Communication and an MA in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between art, design and public performative interventions. She sees art and design primarily as media for social communication. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepen insight into problems and strengthen the impact of her work. She is on the editorial board of dérive – Radio for Urban Research, and has presented her work at various international conferences.

    Konrad Strutz is a visual artist and a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Areas of focus in his scientific and artistic work include non-hierarchical spatial representations, and body movement in the context of communication. He received his academic education in fine arts and in computer science from the Vienna Technical University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, respectively. Konrad‘s artwork is exhibited in Europe as well as overseas on a regular basis. Besides his position as a faculty member and a fellow of the Volkswagen foundation’s program “Arts and Science in Motion”, Konrad is currently involved in the symposium “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics” to be held in Berlin this year. www.konradstrutz.com

  • Employing a builder (Mar 02 2018)

    David Finnie considers when can a builder claim more time or money?


    28 MARCH 2018, 12:00 NOON - 1:00PM

    D102, D BLOCK, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, HARBOUR TERRACE, DUNEDIN


    David's career in the construction industry began as an apprentice carpenter. During this time, he studied Quantity Surveying and worked as a Contracts Manager for seven years. David has been teaching since 2010, and has written articles for the Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building and New Zealand Construction News. His continuing studies at Massey University and close industry liaison help him to keep Otago Polytechnics Quantity Surveying and Construction Management diplomas leading edge.

    Read more about David's current research here.

     

  • Mumpreneurs - A Journey to Success (Feb 22 2018)

    Dr Jo Kirkwood is speaking to the Women in Business group in Dunedin about women entrepreneurs.


    15 MARCH 2018, 7:00-8:30PM

    PETRIDISH, LEVEL 2, 8 STAFFORD STREET, DUNEDIN

    Email us to register for this event


    Jo has been researching women entrepreneurs for nearly 20 years and will share some of the highlights of her work – particularly around how women define success in business, self-confidence issues, and strategies for managing a business and work/family.  Most recently, Jo has been working on understanding more about mumpreneurs – women who start businesses when they have young children and she will share ways that the women she studied make this successful.

    Dr Jo Kirkwood has been working in higher education in New Zealand for the past 18 years. She is experienced in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has particular interests and expertise in facilitation, academic mentoring and assessment at the Masters and Doctoral levels. In her early career, Jo worked as a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Commerce (now MBIE) where she was involved as auction manager for the world’s first internet auction of radio spectrum. Jo graduated with her PhD from the University of Otago in 2004. Her thesis was focused on gender differences in motivations for entrepreneurship. Jo’s present research interests are around women entrepreneurs/mumpreneurs, Tall Poppy Syndrome and its impact on entrepreneurs, and sustainable entrepreneurs/ecopreneurs. Jo’s work is widely published in academic journals and textbooks, and practitioner publications such as NZ Business and NZ Entrepreneur. 

    Jo currently specialises in facilitating and mentoring Postgraduate Learners on the Master of Professional Practice and Doctor of Professional practice programmes. She has supervised almost 100 Masters and Doctoral students to completion and acts as an external assessor for various institutions’ postgraduate programmes. Jo is based in Dunedin, but works with learners all over the country. Jo offers flexibility in terms of when meetings occur to suit the learner. Jo is the Programme Leader for the Doctor of Professional Practice and is a mentor on this programme as well as overseeing the administrative side of our Doctoral learners.

    Read more about Jo's work here.

     

     

  • Cinema Situation (Mar 29 2018)

    Emerita Professor Hilary Radner considers changes in how we view the moving image.


     

    29 MARCH 2018, 12:00-1:00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


     

    Time-based Moving Image Installation Art and the “Cinema-Situation”

    Throughout most of the twentieth century, the moving image was confined to a relatively restricted set of viewing situations. Today, this is no longer the case. This intervention will consider the implications of these changes, particularly as they have been explored by the French film theorist Raymond Bellour.

    Hilary Radner

    Hilary Radner is Emerita Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

  • Defining literacy and criticality (Mar 22 2018)

    Steve Lovett examines literacy and criticality in art and design.


    22 MARCH 2018, 12:00-1:00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    Towards definitions of literacy and criticality in first year art and design courses.

    As students in tertiary art and design course synthesize a diverse range of information to develop concepts for their practice, criticality is the core skill that they are required to develop. Steve Lovett’s current research examines definitions of literacy to include different forms of media visual cultures, text based information and communication technologies and new media, as a means to better understand literacy education in art and design programmes and therefore how to better enable the development of criticality

    Steve Lovett

    Steve Lovett is an artist and educator. He set up the INKubator Print Research Lab at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. In 22 years teaching in South Auckland, Lovett also designed and delivered a Foundation Education in the Visual Arts Programme. Lovett is now at Elam School of Fine Arts managing the redesign of the print facilities there.

  • Collections + Bits and Pieces (Mar 15 2018)

    Come and hear Andrea Daly speak about her jewellery practice.


    15 MARCH 2018, 12:00-1:00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    "My grandfather was Irish living in Scotland. He worked in China where he meet his English wife, to be, and immigrated to New Zealand. He always told stories. Every night after dinner he would enthrall us with Irish Fairy tales and other wonders. Some were obviously fictional but others such as his out of body experience or the seeing of ghosts we were never quite sure about.

    "I think I may also be a story teller but forgot to use words. The language of the object and the visual is not one I am fluent in so it is a constant struggle and a fantastic challenge. Sometimes I know what I am saying and other times I am just concentrating on the words and an unexpected story emerges. Looking back over the 33 years of my practice I realise the underlying narrative has always been about me, my fears, interests, fascinations. I have delved into the role of being a young female trying to understand the cultural forces that define me, explored language as political, gendered, structural and constrictive. Wondered if I was an artist using jewellery as my medium or a jeweller and where were the lines and who drew them? And all the time my Catholic past keeps looking for the unexplained, unexpected and impossible. Science is like a wonderland I return to and the human brain unexplored territory, anything is possible.

    "But how much can a simple piece of jewellery actually tell us?"

    Andrea Daly is a practicing jeweler and tutor who works from her own studio and has been involved in Teaching at various institutions since 1990. She is HOD Jewellery at Hungry Creek and was a Partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991 to 2017. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She later went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy First Class Honors majoring in Art History at Auckland University. Andrea exhibits nationally and internationally with works held in both public and private collections.   

  • The Highway (Mar 08 2018)

    Haere mai to Tim Croucher's Highway, a talk about a new project in painting and some of its precedents and inspirations.


    8 MARCH 2018, 12 NOON - 1.00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    "Recently I’ve been working on paintings that make an exchange between historical events of the colonial period, constructed incidents and my own personal memory and imagination of the places I spent my youth in the Manawatu and Rangatikei and latterly in Waikato and Thames Valley. These paintings have developed from several exhibition projects based on my trips in India and China that reflected on the dislocation and fantasy of travel.

    "I’ll show images of works from these projects and some source material from my current work on Haere Mai to the Highway. I’ll talk a bit about my artistic influences and methods too, if that seems relevant to the audience."

    Tim Croucher

    Tim Croucher was born in Longburn, just south of Palmerston North in 1963. He moved to Hamilton to finish high school in 1981, hated it, fell in love and went to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Tim painted public murals during the 80’s before returning, with some trepidation, to Hamilton to take up a teaching position at the Waikato Polytechnic. He’s worked there ever since teaching Fine Arts. Tim makes paintings for exhibition and shows his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He’s also recently got back into painting public artworks with his wife Tracy. When he can, he goes boating, and rides motorbikes with his family, digging around in the landscape and towns that for him, are iconic to his country. 

  • Ceramic Practices (Mar 01 2018)

    Our Thursday art seminar series begins at the start of March with The Ceramic Practices of Joe Bova (US) and Rob Cloughley (NZ).


    1 MARCH 2018, 12 NOON -1.00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    The presentation by Joe Bova on his Ceramic Art is termed Form and Grace. What the I Ching says about grace is as close to a truth as I know about working with clay:  "The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

    In conjunction, Rob Cloughley will be discussing his recent work and practice that has concluded in four collaborative installations of Rob’s ceramic sculptures in combination with Prudence Edge’s Textile sculpture.

    A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Joe Bova was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Bova has taught workshops at institutions around the globe, including the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, the College of William and Mary, VA, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, the Los Angeles County Museum, CA, the Mint Museum of Art, NC, and the Shangyu Museum, China. Joe Bova lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Rob Cloughley has been working with clay for 23 years. He is the Ceramic Diploma Programme Coordinator and Ceramic Studio Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art. 

  • Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace (Feb 27 2018)

    Lecturer Jodie Black is presenting on this topical subject at the next Dunedin meeting of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.


    27 FEBRUARY 2018, 5.30 - 7.00PM

    OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, FORTH STREET, DUNEDIN

    COST: $25 plus GST ($20 for HRINZ members, free for HRINZ student members)


    Jodie will to provide practical, up to date information about supporting mental health in the workplace, drawing on international research and her experiences from working in this field.

    Networking to begin at 5:30 pm. Jodie will speak from 6pm.

    About The Presenter

    Jodie currently works as a Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, teaching on the Counsellor training programme. Jodie has previously worked as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Southern District Health Board and more recently assisted the University of Otago to develop a suite of training packages to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Jodie is currently enrolled in a Masters in Commerce to explore the use of manufacturing quality improvement approaches in the mental health and addictions sector.

    Click here to register yourself for this event

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    Image credit: Sarah Barker, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

  • Information Day - It's not too late to enrol for 2018! (Jan 29 2018)

    We are accepting applications for a number of our first and second semester programmes – so find out why studying at Otago Polytechnic all adds up!

    Whether you have a career in mind, you are not sure which one would best suit your skills and interests or you are looking to gain the foundation skills to take on further study – come along to our information day and find out about our study options. 

    Tuesday, February 13

    4.00pm to 5.30pm

    The Hub, Ground Floor, H Block, Forth Street

    Map

  • Lithography - an enduring rarity (Jan 18 2018)

    Artist Neil Emmerson looks at how lithography has remained relevant in the visual arts and still offers artists a range of expressive qualities unique to its principles and process.


    SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2018 2PM 

    VENUE: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


    Lithography had its day briefly until photography became the dominant feature of pictorial reproduction. However, if not in popular culture, it has remained relevant in the visual arts and still offers artists a range of expressive qualities unique to its principles and process. Practicality has been replaced with particularity and artists who engage in Print seek it out and utilise it for the production of limited edition prints that come out of professional studio workshops.

    Neil Emmerson is a Senior Lecturer and coordinates the Print Studio at the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. Neil has a Master in Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. His research expertise spans a broad range of Printrelated technologies, Identity Politics, Queer Theory, and Gay and Lesbian History. According to Kirsty Grant (Curator, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria), his subject matter is political, both in terms of the critical focus it directs towards aspects of contemporary social and cultural life, and through its consistent projection of gay experience into the public realm (excerpt from Contemporary Australian Printmaking). He has been selected for numerous print related survey exhibitions at major public galleries in Australia and New Zealand since the 1990s and his work is held in the collections of major public institutions like the Auckland Art Gallery, Australian National Gallery in Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. In 2006 he was awarded the Fremantle Print Award. He has been an artist in residence with Cork Printmakers in Ireland in 2013, and at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2016.

     

     

  • Insider Knowledge & Collaboration (Feb 07 2018)

    We are pleased to be hosting a visit from international scholar Professor Vaneeta D'Andrea.


    7 FEBRUARY 2018, 5.30 - 6.30PM, THE HUB, FORTH STREET, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC

    FREE EVENT


    Keys to Success in Tertiary Education: Insider Knowledge & Collaboration

    The focus of this discussion will be lessons learned over a near 50 year career in Tertiary Education. The keys to the success of staff and institutions in this sector are understanding the expectations for all work carried out (insider knowledge) and the value of collaborating in as many ways as possible. Examples from the career of Professor Emerita Vaneeta D’Andrea will provide real life lessons on how to be successful in Tertiary Education settings. Her career spans fifty years and posts on several continents. 

    Professor Vaneeta D'Andrea is Professor Emerita at the University of the Arts London, a Carnegie Scholar with extensive experience in International Higher Education. She has led Learning and Teaching development and operations for international sector bodies and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is a co-author of Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which advocates the Quality Development model for driving improvement in tertiary education. She currently divides her time between the California and London, UK,  facilitating global consultancy  - her current work with government bodies and education providers spans The Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region. 

     

  • Foundation Learning information sessions coming to a library near you (Dec 14 2017)

    Keen to do further study or enter the workforce – but need to polish up on some basic skills?

    .... and your fees could be free*!

    Our practical, supportive Foundation Learning programmes can help improve your English, Numeracy, Computer skills, Study skills, and Employment skills.

    We also offer electives that will help you pursue a career in a number of key industries including health, beauty therapy, tourism and engineering.

    Find out more at our information sessions:

    Tuesday 16 January

    • Balclutha Library – 10.00am to 10.30am
    • Milton Library – 11.30am to 12.00pm

    Wednesday 17 January

    • Mosgiel Library – 10.00am to 10.30am
    • South Dunedin Library – 11.30am to 12.00pm

    Thursday 18 January

    • Dunedin Public Library – 10.00am to 10.30am
    • Waikouaiti Library – 2.00pm to 2.30pm

    Find out more about our Foundation Learning programmes

    *Conditions apply

  • Unbound: Liberating Women (Sep 21 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic will host the 2018 symposium of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand.


    21 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2018, THE HUB, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, DUNEDIN


    This year's conference title is "Unbound: Liberating women". Recognising 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, the 2018 CTANZ symposium offers an opportunity to explore the past, present or future roles of dress and textiles in women’s suffrage and other liberating moments. How do cloth, clothes, fashion and art reveal, reflect or challenge social limits for women?

    In the spirit of the early suffragists, how might they empower futures and/or relate to feminist projects? How are they used to give or constrain political voice? When is cloth revolutionary?

    By focusing on liberating women, Unbound celebrates the power of cloth and clothes in the visual, material world and explores how women make, use, transform and transcend boundaries.

    Themes include

    • Liberating women
    • Diversity, equity, participation
    • Women’s work
    • Dressing for revolution
    • Political cloth
    • Gender and diversity
    • Cloth and agency, bound and unbound

    Visit the CTANZ website for more information on the symposium and the juried exhibition that will run alongside the symposium, opening on 21 September 2018.

     

  • Art and Oceans (Jul 16 2018)

    The theme for this year's Art and Science project is Art and Oceans.


    16 - 31 JULY 2018, H D SKINNER ANNEX, OTAGO MUSEUM


     

  • Dunedin Tertiary Open Day 2018 (Mar 21 2018)

    The Dunedin tertiary institutions will be holding their annual Tertiary Open Day on Monday 7 May 2018.

    This Open Day is a great opportunity to visit our Dunedin campuses, attend talks from our academic schools, tour our impressive facilities, and visit the residential colleges. There will be fun, interactive sessions going on throughout the day, so come along and find out why Dunedin is such a great place to study!

     

    Our programme 

     

     

    Helpful guides for Tertiary Open Day 2018:

     

    Programme timetable


    Otago Polytechnic campus map


    The Hub event map


    Otago Polytechnic - Tertiary Open Day 2018 booklet


    Programme Guide 2018


     

     

     Talk to us about your study plan: liaison@op.ac.nz 

News

  • Molyneux Restaurant Dates (May 21 2018)

    2018 Molyneux Restaurant Dates

    Call 0800 765 9276 - Bookings essential

    Restaurant Theme  Date
    German beer hall  25 July
    Greek  1 August
    Wild foods  8 August
    Spanish  15 August
    Italian  22 August
    Japanese  29 August
  • Public Seminar: Literacy and criticality in art and design (Mar 19 2018)

    22 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)


    Towards definitions of literacy and criticality in first year art and design courses.

    As students in tertiary art and design course synthesize a diverse range of information to develop concepts for their practice, criticality is the core skill that they are required to develop. Steve Lovett’s current research examines definitions of literacy to include different forms of media visual cultures, text based information and communication technologies and new media, as a means to better understand literacy education in art and design programmes and therefore how to better enable the development of criticality

    Steve Lovett

    Steve Lovett is an artist and educator. He set up the INKubator Print Research Lab at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. In 22 years teaching in South Auckland, Lovett also designed and delivered a Foundation Education in the Visual Arts Programme. Lovett is now at Elam School of Fine Arts managing the redesign of the print facilities there.

     

     

  • Welcome Back - ART Week 1 Timetable (Feb 12 2018)

    Welcome to the 2018 year. The first day for Year One, Two, NEW Bachelor of Visual Arts Year Three and Graduate Diploma students is: Monday 19th February 2018 at 9am. 

    Come to Room P152 at the Dunedin School of Art buildings, Otago Polytechnic, Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Leith block, Building P, main entrance off Riego Street.

    P Block is located between Riego Street, Anzac Avenue and The Water of Leith. See map.

     

    Monday 19th February from 9:00AM

     9:00AM Welcome & Introduction to the school by Acting Head of School Clive Humphreys, DSA Students, Andrew Last & all staff: Room P152 Rūma Kauhau. This will be followed by an introduction to the timetable for the week.

    10:00AM Art school tours

    11.30AM Art BBQ at P Block Main entrance

    1:00PM The Drawing Thing: Meet at O Block with Michelle Beevors and Kiri Mitchell.

    (concurrently Cumberland Street students will be having a tour of the art school campus )

    2.30PM Mihi Whakatau for all students: The Hub, main Otago Polytechnic Building, Forth Street

     3:00PM ID cards: The Hub

     

    Tuesday 20th Februaryfrom 9:00AM

    Powhiri for Māori Students & Gallery Tours

    Powhiri will be held at Puketeraki Marae in Karitane on Tuesday 20 February. We have ordered a bus, which will depart from Manaaki at 9.00AM.  Please RSVP to tepunakaowheo@op.ac.nz to reserve a seat.

    9:00AM and 3:00PM Gallery activities: Meet at P152 for directions

     

    Wednesday 21st February from 10.30AM

    10.30AM  Art History & Theory 1:  Meet in P152

    10.30AM  New BVA3 & Graduate Diploma Students Intro:  P201

     

    Thursday 22nd February from 9:00AM

     9:00AM BVA2 meet in your Studio areas

    10:00AM BVA1 and other NEW students Curriculum & Calendar Information in P152 with Mark Bolland, Undergraduate Programme Manager.

     1:00PM Film Sessions and workshops followed by drinks and light refreshments.

    Programme arranged by Michael Morley and David Green. Screening rooms will be P152, P201, P202.

     

    Friday 23rd February

     9:00AM Introductions to Otago Polytechnic support staff and resources, including Student Success, counsellors, etc. Meet in P152.

    Followed by IT Inductions & H&S: P152 & P103 Computer lab.

     

     

  • Village apartment spots available (Jan 19 2018)

    As the opening date of our new on-campus Student Village looms, so does the opportunity to sign up for a unique Dunedin experience – apartment living that offers all the benefits of communal flatting but none of the downsides.

    Otago Polytechnic’s Student Village, which officially opens on Sunday 11 February, is just a short walk from campus and minutes from the city centre.

    The five-storey, 231-bed furnished residential hub comprises fully-catered single rooms (dorms), self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. The dorms and studios are full, but we have several apartment bedrooms still available.

    The apartments would suit students wanting to live with friends (a group can request to live together) or those looking to make new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

    In addition to each student having a fully furnished bedroom, the apartments offer two bathrooms, and there is plenty of space for friends to visit, including access to communal areas (yay, pool tables!).

    Internet and power are included in the price, too, meaning no surprise bills . . . and no arguments.

    For more information, visit here.

  • Beef & Lamb Dinner (May 21 2018)

    Book Now for the 2018 Beef & Lamb Dinner at Molyneux Restaurant.

    17 October 2018

    Call 0800 765 9276 bookings essential

  • A date to remember (May 21 2018)

    Enabling Love, a dating website run for people with disabilities by people living with disability, is hosting “Social Series #1” on 27 May at Reading Cinema and Dog with Two Tails in Dunedin.

    “The event is designed to ensure that everyone has a good time,” explains Josh Perry, an Otago Polytechnic business and marketing graduate, who launched the dating website earlier this year.

    “We aim to break down some of the barriers that some people face when it comes to socialising and building relationships. We encourage people to come along and form new relationships and new connections.

    “We encourage tertiary students and young professionals, as well as disabled people.

    “The plan on the night is to meet at 7pm at Reading Cinema and the movie will start shortly afterwards. We will then head down to Dog with Two Tails after the movie has finished for drinks and to enable people to get to know each other.”

    Josh says tickets are limited. “So make sure you book yourselves in for this special event!”

    There will be three types of tickets, ranging from $14 to $35.

    Tickets are available from Eventfinda or www.enablinglove.nz

     

     

  • Examining innovation at Global Forum (May 21 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic learner Dylan Malcolm is relishing the opportunity to soak up others’ ideas and energy at the Global Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Humber, Toronto.

    The third-year Bachelor of Culinary Arts learner left for Canada at the weekend, along with third-year Bachelor of Design (Communication) student Kennedy Barnes.

    The pair will be involved in a workshop, “Social Enterprise through Design Thinking”,whichbrings together students from around the world to identify, define, prototype and test a solution to a critical challenge common to communities across the globe.

    As a partner institution with Humber, one of Canada's leading postsecondary institutions, Otago Polytechnic was invited to select two students who are passionate about social entrepreneurship and innovation and show commitment to community development.

    “We are working on an idea around better cultural integration of ideas, creating an environment that is seen as ‘safe’, a place where ideas can be shared without any risk of offence,” Dylan explains.

    “It’s a great opportunity. I’ve never left New Zealand, so it will certainly be an experience. Meeting like-minded people will be amazing.

    “I’m staying an extra week to soak up as much as I can. When we come back, we will present our findings.”

    Although most of his expenses have been met by Humber, Dylan has been raising some spending money by selling seafood-based lunches through Otago Polytechnic’s food truck.

    Accompanying Dylan and Kennedy to Humber is Dr Caroline McCaw, Academic Leader Communication Design. (Philippa Keaney, Learning and Teaching Development, will be participating via Skype, along with Ron Bull, Tumuaki Whakaako Otago Polytechnic).

    Caroline will facilitate a workshop titled “Sharing learning, embedding social literacy and evaluating knowledge co-production”.

    She will present examples of Otago Polytechnic’s approach to project-based learning, applied research, and increasing social literacy as informal learner outcomes.

    “Workshop attendees will first consider a range of learner capabilities associated with these approaches to teaching and learning, such as developing social literacy, learning to work collaboratively, and adapting to difference and change,” Caroline explains.

    “We will take this reflection to consider the questions: How can local initiatives be shared across institutions and countries, and involve learners, teachers and local communities as collaborators in a networked learning conversation? And we will consider who benefits— and how do we evaluate and share these benefits?”

    Philippa will present a workshop titled, “A framework for developing work-readiness: transferable skills in diverse contexts”.

    “In this workshop, we expand on the concept of capabilities as human-centred attributes that are considered sought-after by employers,” Philippa explains.

    “Otago Polytechnic’s Learner Capability Framework has been developed through industry research, and identifies 24 core capabilities. Taking this model as an example, we seek to identify the strengths and limitations of an employer-driven approach to capabilities.”

    Philippa and Caroline will then collaborate in a third workshop with Ron Bull, a practical take on the issues identified in the two other workshops.

    TitledLet's do it! Learning through doing: where our paths converge”, it will utilise a hands-on approach to explore the spaces and connectivity between learning, skills, social and cultural literacies through team-based activities. It also introduces “ako”, a Māori concept that describes a teaching and learning relationship, where the educator is also learning from the student and new knowledge and understandings can grow out of shared learning experiences.

    Read about our international partnerships

     

  • Public Seminar: The Art of the Critic (May 21 2018)

    24 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    The Art of the Critic

    Ed Hanfling, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    This seminar provides a critic's perspective on a range of issues associated with the discipline of art criticism, including the relationship between criticism and relativism, the functions of implicit and explicit judgements and the basis for various evaluative criteria, particularly the criterion of "surprise".

    Ed Hanfling is an art historian, critic and curator and lecturer in art history and theory at the Dunedin School of Art.  He has reviewed Auckland exhibitions for the quarterly journal Art New Zealand since 2004.

  • TEXpo shines light on apps that aim to help others (May 17 2018)

    The inspiration behind a range of innovative health-related endeavours by Otago Polytechnic learners will be discussed at TEXpo next Saturday, 26 May.

    Just one of the highlights of Dunedin Techweek, which launches on 18 May, TEXpo is a day-long event showcasing and demystifying tech for all ages.

    The expo includes talks, demonstrations, open days, displays, film screenings and workshops, bringing together Otago Polytechnic staff and learners, the University of Otago as well as a range of local industries.

    These include a prototype app developed by Otago Polytechnic students that aims to help adolescents and young adults who are living with cancer.

    The “AYA Rangatahi Uruwhenua Passport” app includes personal health information, cancer diagnosis, treatment information, follow-up guidelines, information about potential late effects of treatment (for example, the risk of depression), tips for healthy living, and contact details for treatment team members and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.

    The Southern District Health Board (DHB) approached Otago Polytechnic for help to develop an app to meet a need identified by adolescents and young adults (AYA) living with cancer — to have mobile access to their treatment information, aiding their transition to life outside hospital.

    In the first half of 2017 a team of Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Communication) students created initial screen designs. Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Information Technology students then used those designs to build an Android app.

    Currently a working prototype, the AYA Rangatahi Uruwhenua passport app has yet to be developed to its full capacity. Final stages of development would include adding password protection.

    "Our students have great experiences working on projects that benefit our local communities by prototyping innovative solutions to design problem opportunities,” Martin Kean, Senior Lecturer, College of Art, Design and Architecture, says.

    “But it's more than that — they get to see what it's like to be making a living as a designer."

    Elsewhere, several students in Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Information Technology programme have been developing software aimed at helping people who are unable to control computers through traditional devices such as a mouse or the keyboard.

    Led by David Rozado, Senior Lecturer in Otago Polytechnic’s College of Enterprise and Development, the learners’ solutions involve open-source software that recognises facial gestures, voice prompts and eye movement.  

    Examples of the applications created by Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Information technology students include:

    a “Gaze Control Toolbar” that allows the users to fully control a Windows computer using only their eyes;

    an “Icon-based Communicator” enabling motor-impaired users who cannot read or write to communicate with their eyes;

    “FaceSwitch”, an application that transforms predefined facial gestures to specific keyboard keystrokes.

    The software is available through an online repository (https://accessibilitysoftwarehub.github.io).

    “The Otago Polytechnic accessibility software hub is an attempt at providing users in need with access to accessibility software regardless of their financial circumstances,” David says.

    About TEXpo:

    A free, collaborative, cross-campus showcase of innovative tech research, products and industries, TEXpo will be held across two sites — the Otago Polytechnic Hub and the Otago University Business School — on Saturday 26 May.

    There will be loads of interesting tech on display, as well as things to get your hands on, including electric vehicles drives.

    Otago Polytechnic Hub’s will host displays from local companies AbacusBio, Scott Technology, Department of Conservation, Hatch Education, Firebrand, Blue Penguins Pukekura, REZO Water and Energy, Igtimi, Malcam Foundation, Blueskin Energy Network, design build listen, Runaway Play, Pickapark, Tracmap and Select Recruitment along with displays and talks from our experts in Occupational Therapy, Information Technology, Nursing, Communication Design, Engineering Technology, Sport, Automotive, and EPICentre.

    Bring your friends and family to this free event.

    Read more about Techweek

  • Public Talk: Ben Carter - FIRED UP (May 16 2018)

    WED 16 MAY, 5.30PM, P152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, REIGO ST, (OFF ALBANY ST)

    Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark.

    From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows.  Carter was recently named the 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated

     

  • Welcome to Artist in Residence: Richard Stratton (May 16 2018)

    Dunedin School of Art welcomes Artist in Residence Richard Stratton to Dunedin this week.

    Born in Dunedin New Zealand in 1970, Richard Stratton (winner of the 2017 Portage Premier prize in ceramics) attended the Dunedin School of Art graduating in 1993. Shifting to Wellington Richard began working as a tutor and developing his technique in ceramics. Richard’s ceramics have always responded to industrially produced press moulded and heavily ornate 18th century ceramics. Historical form and technique are critical to his works imaginative generation and meaning. His work has been exhibited widely in New Zealand and overseas and is included in private and public collections notably Te Papa Tongarewa, The Dowse Art Museum and the Real Art Road show.

     

  • Workshop with Award winning Ceramicist Richard Stratton - Bookings Essential (May 16 2018)

    19-20 MAY and 26-27 May, Dunedin School of Art Ceramics Department, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin

    Workshop: 2 Weekends with Richard Stratton, “Slip and its Pattern Evolution”
    BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

    In this hands-on workshop Richard will cover the historical techniques of slip decoration in practical demonstrations, covering tools and materials, slip making, and application to forms.

    For students of the School of Art, bookings are through the school.
    For non-students, bookings are through the Otago Potters Group.
    Please email otagopottersgroup@gmail.com for more details

     

  • What do you think? Is Innovation Good for the World? (May 16 2018)

    Come along to the Techweek launch event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this Friday, 18 May (at 5.45pm) and enjoy thought-provoking and inspiring panel discussions on the Techweek theme “Is Innovation Good for the World?”

    With a panel of highly respected and entertaining professionals covering education, law, sustainability, medicine, culture and innovation, this event will serve to highlight the pros and cons of innovation, and ignite discussion on what we need to do as a city, and as a country to best utilise emerging technologies.

    Tickets include a drink and canapés and the opportunity to network.

    Space is limited so book your ticket now:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/is-innovation-good-for-the-world-prelude-to-dunedin-techweek18-panel-discussion-tickets-44359175488

     

     

     

  • Call for Papers: Scope (Teaching & Learning) - Capability (May 15 2018)

    Scope Contemporary Research Topics is an open access, peer reviewed journal published annually by Otago Polytechnic. Scope (Learning and Teaching) is concerned with views, critical debate and reflections on learning and teaching theory and practice. We seek to address current topical matters in the field of tertiary education. Our focus is on building a sense of community amongst researchers from an array of New Zealand institutions with the goal of linking with a wider international community. This 2018 issue will focus on the theme of Capability: people, practice and frameworks.

    Submissions for Scope (Learning and Teaching) - Capability are invited from those involved in any aspect of teaching and learning. Submissions should be sent in electronic format for review and potential inclusion to the Editors Oonagh McGirr and David McMaster by email to Su Bolland, Portfolio Assistant by 30 June 2018.

    Submissions should contribute to critical debate and reflect new understandings concerning capability of people, practice and/or frameworks within the context of learning and teaching. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the Chicago referencing style are expected. For general submission guidelines, see below.

    Formats include: editorials; articles; essays; logs and travel reports; book and educational software reviews; residencies; publications; interviews and round-tables; and reflective pieces. Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors.

    General submission guidelines

    • Send a digital Word document to Su Bolland by 30 June 2018.
    • Cover sheet (a separate cover page) to include: Name of author(s); contact email; contact telephone number; postal address; word count; number of images included in text.
    • Author’s biography: Include a short biography of no more than 50 words of each author with your submission, briefly outlining their professional background and experience.

    Detailed submission guidelines

    Text

    • Submit only Word document files which are clearly named, e.g. “smith.doc”.
    • Word limit:
      • Feature articles and essays: 2500-4000 words
      • Logs and travel reports; residencies; publications; interviews and round-tables; and reflective pieces: 1500-2000 words
      • Book and educational software reviews: 200-700 words
    • Single line spacing:  between paragraphs; with no hard returns between lines of text in a paragraph; between full stop and first word of next sentence.
    • Please do not apply indentations, tabulations or any such formatting to text.
    • Captions for images should be numbered, should be complete, and should adhere to a sequence of information. See examples in previous issues online.
    • Referencing should be in the form of endnotes with superscripted Arabic numerals in text and following the Chicago Style Manual.
    • As no extra reference list is required, please include all bibliographical details in the endnotes.
    • Include low resolution images (maximum 72dpi) embedded in your word document where you would ideally prefer to have them placed and supply full captions underneath them.
    • Please remove all identifiers such as authors’ names and identifying meta-data (such as “file created by.....” data). This is to facilitate blind reviewing of the submission.
    • The submission should be cleaned off all
    • All abbreviations must be spelled out upon first mention in both the summary and main text, followed by the abbreviated form in parentheses. Thereafter, you may use the abbreviated form.
    • All funding sources should be credited in the Acknowledgments section. In addition, people who contributed to the work but who do not fit the criteria for authors should be listed along with their contributions.

    Images

    • Format:  Images must be supplied as jpeg (minimum size 2MB) or TIFF or eps formats.
    • Colour:   Greyscale or CMYK
    • Quality:  300dpi - maximum image print area is 140mm wide x 190 deep.
    • Orientation: Ensure your image is oriented correctly.
    • Labelling: Label all image files with your name and number the images in the order they appear in your text and caption document, e.g. “smith.1.tif”, “smith.2.tif”.
  • Career Guidance Day (May 14 2018)

    Not sure what your best career and study options are?

    We understand starting tertiary study and/or a new career can be daunting. That’s why we have our experienced Career Practitioners on hand to help you explore your options at our Career Guidance Day.

    We’ll help you find a career that fits your values, goals and interests – and discuss your career options and/or a possible course of study.

    The day includes:

    • Career Guidance – Get advice on your career pathway from our experienced team.
    • Student Support – Talk to our team about the learning support services we offer.
    • Campus Tours – Explore our facilities if you are not familiar with our campus.
    • Foundation Learning – Talk to our team about our range of programmes that can help you staircase into tertiary study or seek employment.
    • Student Loans and Allowances – Drop-in and let us help you.
    Date: Tuesday, June 19
    Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm
    Location: The Hub, F Block, Forth Street

    Whether you want to explore your career options or you are looking to enrol in a programme of study – everyone is welcome!

    Find our more about our Career Guidance support services here.

  • Exhibition: Victoria Stevens at Central Stories Museum (May 14 2018)

    12 MAY - 1 JULY, CENTRAL STORIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, 21 CENTENNIAL AVE, ALEXANDRA, CENTRAL OTAGO

    Stevens, completed her  degree at the Dunedin School of Art last year and exhibited "Ninety" in Dunedin during her final year of study. She viewed the garments she created as canvases, and "little stories in themselves". The exhibition was "multi-layered", also honouring the "women’s work" that received so little recognition at the time and even now, the skill and nobility of creating and recycling clothes out of old garments, the mending of those that had become worn. Victoria used a variety of techniques for the garments in "Ninety", including Shibori, immersion and hand dyeing, solar printing, applique, and various stitch and embroidery methods.

    "Ninety", by Victoria Stevens is on at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, in Alexandra.

    Read more about Victoria Steven's in an interview with the Otago Daily Times.

    See more of Victoria's work.

     

  • Public Seminar: Drawn to Sound (May 14 2018)

    17 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Hannah Joynt and Jane Venis, School and Design and Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    Drawn to Sound 

    Drawn to Sound is a performance project in which we address the question “How do we collaborate successfully with two very different creative practices in order to explore new territories within a contemporary context?” In Drawn to Sound we are able to remain based in our separate disciplines yet generate new work collaboratively. Inevitably this pushes our individual practices to otherwise uncharted territory and lead us to deeper understandings of our own and each other’s work.

    Our seminar is in the form of a collaborative performance live in the DSA gallery. Jane will play a range of instruments – including handmade works – in an improvisational way and Hannah responds to the music interpreting the sound as a large scale drawing.

    Hannah Joynt is a contemporary drawing practitioner who works in a range of media, processes and scales. Jane Venis a musician, installation artist and maker of sculptural musical instruments

  • Passion aplenty at 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards (May 11 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise a plethora of passionate people.

    The nominees comprises 16 people, from Commonwealth Games stars to artists with international reputations, from business high-fliers to community movers and shakers.

    They include internationally acclaimed ceramics maestro Chris Weaver, fast-rising painter Holly Zandbergen, inspirational fashion designer Abby van Schreven, award-winning nursing specialist Marianne Te Tau, visionary McDonald’s franchise owner Justin Stonelake, Women’s Refuge support worker Kerri Oliver and youth advocate Faanimo Elisara-To’o.

    The sports world is well-represented, too.

    New Zealand sporting stars Kelly Brazier (Rugby Sevens) and Holly Robinson have been nominated, as have Dunedin-based athletics coach Raylene Bates and New Zealand rugby sevens legend DJ Forbes.

    Otago Polytechnic’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held at Manaaki tonight, 11 May.

  • Lending helping hand at Trenz conference (May 11 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic learners have jumped into the busy world of tourism this week, helping organisers of the week-long Trenz conference at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre.

    Prominent in their green shirts at the annual national tourism industry showcase, they have performed a range of duties, from helping register delegates to marshalling lunch queues.

    In addition, Otago Polytechnic learners Jessica Hatfield, Victoria Watson and Bahandi Sueno have been “shadowing” the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) event organisers for the entire event, gaining valuable insights into event organisation.

    TIA events and marketing director Trina Edwards says using students benefited the small organising team as well as the students, who got to see the industry in action.

    Read more

     

  • Impasto, winning style for artist (May 10 2018)

    Holly Zandbergen’s works depict everyday moments, portraits and landscapes and explore a relationship between density of mark and the feeling of open space. Holly has sold art works in London and New York galleries, and won international awards, gaining considerable recognition in the United Kingdom, particularly for such a young artist, when she was the recipient of the Prudential Best Young Artists Award in the National Open Art Competition at the Royal College of Art. 

    Holly graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 2013. Holly says she chose to study at the Dunedin School of Art because of its emphasis on the practical side of art making. She says, “The course gave me the opportunity to create in a space that was never dictated by current modes or ways of thinking. The lecturers always maintained an openness in their way of teaching which I found extremely refreshing after studying at a previous university that believed painting to be a dying art form. In this encouraging environment I felt more comfortable to find my voice as a painter, and with my teacher's guidance I grew in confidence most noticeably in my paint handling."

    She talks about her painting style in this video.

    Read more about Holly's career...

     

    (Image "Impermanence" by Holly Zanderbergen from SITE Exhibition, 2013)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Call for Papers: Scope (Technologies) (May 10 2018)

    We are adding a new topic, Technologies, to the suite of issues of our Scope: Contemporary Research Topics journal. Scope (Technologies) is a journal that provides insights into technologies for change. This research platform aims to engage discussion on Technologies as an agency for change in the field of Architecture, Design and Engineering. Foci range from theoretical frameworks to applied solutions that impact on the everyday in relation to people, time and place. Expressions of interest with title and abstract are being sought now, for publication in 2019.

    All the accepted papers will be published in this peer reviewed journal that will be not only be in print, but an online version of the journal will also be available free online here. Scope journals are historically catalogued on the EBSCO Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes. Best submission will be recognized and eligible for a travelling scholarship in acknowledgement of the contribution to the field of technological research and discourse.

    Paper categories:

    • Full paper (8-10 pages)
    • Short paper (5-6 pages)
    • Poster paper (2-3 pages)

    Please refer to the submission guidelines before submitting your papers and download the latest version of the Paper-Template file from www.thescopes.org in preparing your manuscript. The journal practices double-blind review, i.e., the authors of the submitting papers will not know who their referees are, and the referees will not be aware of the authors of the papers that they are reviewing. Anonymization is not required in the submitted manuscripts.

    Submissions should be sent in hardcopy and electronic format for review and potential inclusion to editors Tobias Danielmeier and Matt King at Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini Ki Otago, Private Bag 1910, Dunedin, New Zealand. Please consult the information for contributors below and hardcopy or online versions for examples. Peer review forms will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed up to two subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the Editors. Opinions published are those of the authors and not necessarily subscribed to by the Editors or Otago Polytechnic.

    Formats include: editorials; articles; perspectives; essays; system designs, patents; and applied projects; Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors. All material will be published both in hardcopy and online. Submissions should engage with applications of recent technological developments and innovations. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the Chicago referencing style are expected. For more information, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style; and consult prior issues for examples. 

    Submissions should include a cover sheet containing a short biography of no more than 50 words, as well as title, details concerning institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number). All such identifying information should be withheld from the body of the submission. Low resolution images with full captions should be inserted into texts to indicate where they would be preferred; while high resolution images should be sent separately. 


  • Call for Papers: Scope (Teaching and Learning) - Sustainable Practice (May 09 2018)

    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics: Learning and Teaching (Sustainable Practice) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the field of sustainable practice (including resilience, sustainability science etc). It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the experiences of researchers and practitioners in sustainable practice. The focus of this issue will be “Transformation”. Contributors are be encouraged to explore positive actions in the challenge of the required restorative socio-ecological transformation. The Call for Papers closes on 29th June 2018.

    What qualifies as a transformation?

    We are looking for transformations that are seriously creative: they should be novel, perhaps even surprising, but also well-thought out and credible.

    We prefer transformations that impact whole-systems. What do we mean by that? A system can be a community, a corporation, a government, or even the entire global environment. If you want to transform something, you need to look at these systems in their entirety and at several, nested scales, from local to global. Rather than focusing on a single link, look at the whole chain. When you start looking at the world this way, it becomes clear: everything is connected.

    What are examples?

    A transformation can be local, such as the development of a sustainable eco-village or eco-city. Or it can be grand and global, like the development of an atmospheric trust to cap and trade greenhouse gases.

    It doesn’t have to solve all problems, but it should recognize what problems it can solve, and what others it might cause. Solutions should address the institutional and cultural changes that may be required. We welcome concrete goals, but we won’t shy away from efforts to think outside the system or transcend a paradigm.

    How can I contribute?

    There are several different ways you can contribute: 

    • Sustainable Practice- Feature Articles (2500-4000 words)
    • Transformations- Opinion piece or personal essay (1250-2500 words)
    • Making a Difference- Reportage on a successful solution being implemented at a specific location (1500-2500 words)
    • Sustainable Practice in History- An examination, exploration or study of a sustainablity issues within a historical context (1500-2500 words)
    • Envision- A description of what a future might look like (1500-2500 words)
    • Reviews- A book or other media review (200-300 words)
    • Photographs and Other Visuals- An illustration of Transformation in photographs, charts, illustrations, or other art.

    What if I have a question?

    Please have a look at the author guidelines which can be downloaded here.

    Please contact Ray O'Brien.

    How should I submit my contribution?

    You can upload your contribution directly via this link. Please remember to take all if the identifying data off of the submission so that it can be blind peer reviewed. 

     

  • Public Seminar: CLINKProject: Collaboration – Intervention – Exhibition (May 08 2018)

    10 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    Johanna Zellmer & Andrew Last, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    CLINKProject: Collaboration – Intervention – Exhibition CLINK4

    This presentation will report on the collaborative jewellery initiative established in 2014 jointly by Hungry Creek Art & Craft School in Auckland and the Dunedin School of Art (Otago Polytechnic). Every year the two schools join forces to form a collective of undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff for a collaborative event known as CLINKProject, all working collaboratively towards one outcome and a conclusive publication. The projects play with the experience of disruption or intervention, often in the form of unannounced pop-up exhibitions in central Auckland, such as jewellery making on the street or deploying clear plastic umbrellas as moving showcases. Each year’s collective gathers for a frenzied week of brainstorming, planning, collaborative making and public interaction, in an endeavour to share contemporary jewellery with a diverse audience. The first two projects unfolded at the Auckland Inner Link Bus stops (2014) and the courtyards of public institutions such as the Auckland Art Gallery & and City Library (2015). Projects #3 and #4 were working with the challenge of how to enact these driving forces within the context of the public gallery settings of Te Uru Waitekere Contemporary Gallery (2016) and the Auckland Museum in 2017.

    Johanna Zellmer completed a masters degree at the Australian National University Canberra School of Art and a formal apprenticeship as a Goldsmith in Germany. As Studio Coordinator in Jewellery & Metalsmithing she also manages the Artist-in-Residence programme at the Dunedin School of Art. Johanna’s research explores the possibilities of jewellery as a medium of socio-political knowledge.

    Andrew Last is from Melbourne but has lived in Dunedin since 2001. He is a jewellery lecturer in the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, the job that brought him to Aotearoa. Andrew’s art education was at RMIT’s Gold & Silversmithing department and he lectured at Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga for ten years prior to crossing the Tasman. Andrew is a maker of jewellery, sculpture, houses, boats, bikes, bass guitars, bits and bobs. Much of this work goes to friends, family and community, often in a gift economy, occasionally by commission. His recent work is characterised by the relationships between people, place and materials.

  • Sports stars line up for Distinguished Alumni Awards (May 03 2018)

    New Zealand sporting stars Kelly Brazier and Holly Robinson have a few things in common.

    Both shone at the recent Commonwealth Games, Kelly grabbing gold in the Women’s Rugby Sevens, and Holly claiming silver in the F46 javelin.

    Both studied Sports and Exercise-related programmes at Otago Polytechnic.

    And both have been nominated for Otago Polytechnic’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which also feature a couple of other highly accomplished sportspeople — Dunedin-based athletics coach Raylene Bates and New Zealand rugby sevens legend DJ Forbes.

    Kelly was the hero in the New Zealand women's sevens team’s Commonwealth Games gold medal match, running 80 metres to score the winning try in extra time.

    However, the fact she promptly turned attention to the defensive efforts of her team-mates speaks volumes about her selfless attitude.

    Having played representative touch in summer and representative rugby in winter for much of her teens, Kelly was selected in the Otago NPC team in 2006 — at the age of 15.

    At that stage, she’d already played a season for Alhambra Union’s premier women’s rugby team, for whom she set a New Zealand women’s club rugby record of 64 points in a game in 2009.

    She made her first New Zealand team (the under-21 mixed touch side) when she was 14, and was selected for the New Zealand secondary schoolgirl’s touch team at 15, followed by  stint in the under-21 teams at 18 and 19.

    After leaving Otago Girls High School, Kelly enrolled at Otago Polytechnic, where she gained a Certificate in High Performance in 2006, then a Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Leadership (Sports Management and Coaching) in 2010.

    The leading points scorer at the 2010 Rugby World Cup, Kelly won the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure Sportsperson of the Year award in 2009 and 2010.

    Like Kelly, Holly has always been “sporty”. Her earliest memory is playing rugby with her twin brother in Hokitika when she was three years old.

    Fast-forward two decades: the Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Science graduate stepped on to the Commonwealth Games medal dais after winning silver in the F46 javelin on the Gold Coast in early April.

    Holly threw 43.32m with her first of six throws, breaking Hollie Arnold's (Wales) world record by 30cm. However, Arnold snatched gold (and the record) from Robinson with a final throw of 44.43m.

    Robinson, who was born with a shortened left arm, “decided to start getting serious about something” at the age of 12. She focused on javelin throwing and, at 16, was offered a scholarship to train with Raylene Bates.

    In 2012 she represented New Zealand at the London Paralympics. It was also Holly’s last year of school.

    “I looked at the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) degree at Otago Polytechnic.  It was a practical and applied qualification, and I liked that. It’s sort of the way I learn.”

    Raylene Bates has also been nominated for an Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Management (Transformation and Change and Sports Management, 2011).

    Employed fulltime by Athletics New Zealand, Raylene was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her service to athletics in the 2017 New Year Honours. She also won the Shining Light Award at the Attitude Awards last year, in recognition of her involvement with Paralympians and the work she does to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

    Likewise, DJ Forbes is in line for an Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award.

    DJ retired from playing last year, having contested his 11th World Rugby Sevens series, bringing to an end a career that included 153 tries in world series events, a Commonwealth Games gold medal (2010) and a World Cup title (2013).

    Otago Polytechnic’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held at Manaaki, Harbour Tce, Dunedin, on 11 May.

    Read more about our Sport and Exercise programmes

     

     

  • Examples of excellence (May 02 2018)

    Representatives from high-performing US construction company Jaynes Corporation are visiting Otago Polytechnic, bringing with them their performance excellence model.

    Utilising the US Department of Commerce's Baldrige Performance Excellence (PE) Framework, the Albuquerque-based company has grown year on year while continuing to achieve outstanding business results. A standout feature of Jaynes is their alignment and commonality of purpose across the whole organisation.

    An Otago Polytechnic contingent including Jo Brady, Oonagh McGirr and Brayden Murray visited Jaynes Corporation on their PESA study trip last year. As a result, Jaynes Corporation's Sam Hatchell and Teryn Lamoreux were invited to Dunedin, where they are delivering a performance excellence presentation to staff today.

     

  • Relevant Research - April issue available (May 02 2018)

    The April issue of our monthly research e-magazine is now available. In this issue you can read about:

    View the full publication here.

  • Postgraduate Student Travel Award 2018 (May 01 2018)

    Sunday 6 May is the deadline for travel scholarship applications for Otago/Southland based postgraduate students.

    Application Guidelines

    The Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer travel scholarships to assist Otago/Southland-based researchers to travel as part of their postgraduate study. The winner will receive $1000 for the purpose of conference attendance and/or other research-related travel. We received many strong applications for these awards in 2017 and applicants who were unsuccessful last year are encouraged to apply again.

    Applicants must:

    • be a member of the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences. (Alternatively, a supervisor can sponsor a student for $50, which makes both supervisor and student full members.)
    • be a postgraduate student and be based in Otago or Southland.
    • be travelling to a conference or visiting a collaborating researcher.
    • be presenting original research in oral or poster format if travelling to a conference.

    Documentation required

    There is no application form for the award. To apply,  combine the following documents into a single pdf in the order listed here. Send your complete application as one pdf via email attachment to the address below:

    1.     A curriculum vitae (at most two pages in length), including a brief statement (one or two sentences) of your area of research.

    2.     A description (at most two hundred words in length) of the nature and significance your research.

    3.     An explanation (at most two hundred words in length) of how and why the proposed travel would be of value to you. Please include the conference you will attend or the research group you will visit, along with location and dates of travel.

    4.     If attending a conference, the title and abstract of the research you will present, an indication of whether it will be an oral or a poster presentation, and an indication of whether it has been accepted. If visiting a collaborator's research group, provide evidence of invitation or other communication demonstrating the planning of the visit.

    Nature of assessment

    Award assessment proceeds in two rounds:

    • Round One – applications will be judged by three members of the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences. Applicants will be assessed for their ability to clearly communicate: (1) the nature and significance of their research and (2) the value of the proposed travel. Four finalists will be chosen, with applicants notified of the outcome of this round 24 May 2018.
    • Round Two – The four finalists will give oral presentations, starting at 12:00 on 8 June 2018 in the Barclay Lecture Theatre at the Otago Museum. Oral presentations will be ten minutes each, followed by a three-minute question period. Presenters will be judged for enthusiasm and the ability to communicate clearly about their research. The winner of the $1000 Travel Award will be announced immediately after the presentations. The other three finalists will each receive a $150 gift voucher.

    Further commitments

    Upon completion of travel the successful applicants will be required to provide a short report for publication on the Otago Institute's website (http://otagoinstitute.otago.ac.nz/).

    Deadline

    Applications are due before midnight on Sunday, 6 May 2018. Email your application as one single pdf attachment with the subject line "submission: Otago Institute 2018 postgraduate student travel award" to:

    Andrea Liberatore
    andrea.liberatore@otago.ac.nz

    Key dates

    • application deadline: midnight, 6 May 2018
    • notification of finalists: 24 May 2018
    • oral presentations by finalists: noon, 8 June 2018

    Further information

    http://otagoinstitute.otago.ac.nz/ ​​ 

  • Felting Workshops - Family Friendly (Apr 30 2018)

    SATURDAY 19 MAY and SATURDAY 26 MAY, SOUTH DUNEDIN COMMUNITY

    Presented by artists Alicia Hall and Viv Dwyer, these workshops introduce you to the wonderful world of felting, and the opportunity to make beautifully-coloured tiny worlds and little landscapes.

    Bring the family and help us create a fabulous art installation for our new community pop-up library in South Dunedin.


    FREE
    Geode worlds: Saturday 19 May, 10.30am
    Tiny landscapes: Saturday 26 May, 10.30am


    South Dunedin Community Pop-up Library
    199 Hillside Road, South Dunedin

  • Exhibition and Community Workshop: "Anatomy Lessons" by Michelle Beevors (Apr 30 2018)

    2 - 19 MAY, 11 DON STREET, INVERCARGILL

    Anatomy Lessons 2005-2018
    Michele Beevors

    It’s knitting, but not as you’ve seen it before…..

    Created by Dunedin artist Michele Beevors over the last 13 years, 'Anatomy Lessons 2005 - 2018' features life-sized hand knitted skeletons, unimaginable in their detail. Whilst many of us are bound to relate hand knitted wool items with something a loved one might have made for us, this show causes these feelings of comfort to be replaced by the unease of combining wool with a skeletal form.

    This thought provoking show reflects the fragility of loss and refers to the idea that our ‘biology is our destiny’. It begs the question, what will be left after the next big extinction? 

    'Anatomy Lessons 2005 - 2018' opens to the public on the 1st May at 6pm at IPAG’s second pop up gallery space – 11 Don Street, just two doors down from our current home.

    While the artist is in Invercargill, she will be holding a workshop and seminar, both of which are open to the public. 

    Workshop: Wednesday 2nd May 12.30pm
    Under Michele Beevers’s guidance, a community knitted sculpture will be created, which will then be displayed at different locations around the city once completed

    Seminar: Wednesday 2nd May 6pm 
    A chance to hear Michele talk about 'Anatomy Lessons 2005 – 2018' and her inspiration behind the concept.

    All are welcome to the above events, registrations are not required. Simply come along and be part of this unique experience.

    Michele is a Senior Lecturer and the Studio Coordinator for Sculpture and Ceramics at the Dunedin School of Art. She lectures in the undergraduate programme specialising in the History of Modernist Sculpture. She also supervises postgraduate students in the Theory and Practice of Art. Her approach to supervision considers criticality and engagement with contemporary practices. Michele holds Masters degrees from the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University) and Columbia University (New York). Her research concerns a feminist perspective, the issue of sustainability particularly as it affects animals, and with craft and sculpture practices. Michele is involved with the Aramoana Conservation Charitable Trust.

     

    Exhibition Dates: 2-19 May
    Exhibition Hours: Tue-Fri 10AM - 5PM | Sat 12PM - 3.30PM

    Opening: 1 MAY, 6PM (All Welcome)

    WORKSHOP: 2 MAY at 12.30PM

    SEMINAR: 2 MAY at 5.30pm

     

  • Prototype cancer app aimed at younger patients (Apr 30 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic learners have been working with the Southern DHB develop a prototype app aimed at helping adolescents and young adults who are living with cancer.

    The Southern District Health Board (DHB) approached Otago Polytechnic for help to develop an app to meet a need identified by adolescents and young adults (AYA) living with cancer — to have mobile access to their treatment information, aiding their transition to life outside hospital.

    The AYA Rangatahi Uruwhenua passport app would include personal health information, cancer diagnosis, treatment information, follow-up guidelines, information about potential late effects of treatment (for example, the risk of depression), tips for healthy living, and contact details for treatment team members and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.

    In the first half of 2017 a team of Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Design (Communication) students created initial screen designs. Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Information Technology students  then used those designs to build an Android app.

    Currently a working prototype, the AYA Rangatahi Uruwhenua passport app has yet to be developed to its full capacity. Final stages of development would include adding password protection. The app would also require DHB onsite server support.

    The AYA Rangatahi Uruwhenua passport app will be on display at Dunedin Techweek, to held on 19-27 May.

    Dunedin Techweek Ambassador and Operations and Engagement Co-ordinator of Dunedin’s SIGNAL ICT Grad School, Kylie Jackson, says Techweek aims to bring together people from within Dunedin’s growing tech sector. It is also a chance for people to explore career options within the sector.

    “This festival will allow the tech community to connect and share expertise. It will show Dunedin to be an up-and-coming tech and innovation centre.

    “We have an abundance of success stories due to the city’s many tech education and research opportunities, and strong ties with industry.

    “We also want to promote tech career opportunities for young people and encourage diversity in tech.”

    Event venues will include Otago Polytechnic, the SIGNAL ICT School for Graduates, Innov8HQ and Petridish co-working space in Vogel St, Otago Museum and Dunedin libraries.

    Read more about Techweek

    Read more about our Bachelor of Design (Communication)

  • Building apprentice heading to national final (Apr 30 2018)

    Gray Brothers Builders apprentice Sam Paris (22) has been crowned king of a castle-making competition at Otago Polytechnic.

    Sam was one of six apprentices competing in the Dunedin heat of the annual New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge.

    The regional heats of the annual competition required competitors to spend eight hours constructing a 1.5m-high children's castle playhouse, featuring a turret and working drawbridge.

    Sam now heads to the national final, to be held in conjunction with the 20th Annual NZCB National Conference & Expo in Rotorua on 25-26 May. The finalists will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and a prize package valued at more than $50,000.

    Read more about our construction programmes

  • Public Seminar: Imagining the Past, Imagining the Future: What’s Memory Got Do With It? (Apr 26 2018)

    3 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    Imagining the Past, Imagining the Future: What’s Memory Got Do With It?

    Chloe Wall, University of Otago

    The artist’s imagination is crucial to her ability to produce art. Philosophically, however, imagination is still poorly understood, and consequently so is the relationship between memory and imagination. Among the work that has been done, there has been very little agreement about what the nature and degree of the relationship is. On one end of the spectrum is the claim that the difference between imagination and memory is whether the event in question really happened or not, while on the other end is the claim that remembering just is imagining the past. The question is further complicated by evidence that thinking about future events is subserved by the same cognitive mechanisms that subserve thinking about the past. So, how are remembering, thinking about the future, and imagining different? The purpose of this talk is to provide a broad overview of the different answers to these questions, and to offer some speculations about their plausibility.

    Chloe Wall is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of Otago. Her research focusses on memory and testimony and compares how they serve as sources of knowledge.

  • Public Seminar Series: Term 2, Dunedin School of Art 2018 (Apr 26 2018)

    3 MAY-14 JUNE, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

     

    International and national speakers will present on a variety of topics in a weekly seminar series on Thursdays lunchtimes at Dunedin School of Art. All events are held at 19 Riego Street Dunedin, Lecture Theatre P152, except where stated otherwise. Times are included with each event.
    Note: All Thursday seminars are scheduled for 12-1pm. All listed events are open to the public – all welcome, no RSVP and no charge.

    In accordance with the Otago Polytechnic MoU with local Kai Tahu Runaka, we observe tikanga in our lecture and gallery spaces and thus request all attendees to refrain from eating and drinking during events (except water) and from sitting on tables, thank you.
    All enquiries to leoni.schmidt@op.ac.nz except where otherwise indicated. This program is supported by the Fred Staub Open Art.

     

    3 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    Imagining the Past, Imagining the Future: What’s Memory Got Do With It?

    Chloe Wall, University of Otago

    The artist’s imagination is crucial to her ability to produce art. Philosophically, however, imagination is still poorly understood, and consequently so is the relationship between memory and imagination. Among the work that has been done, there has been very little agreement about what the nature and degree of the relationship is. On one end of the spectrum is the claim that the difference between imagination and memory is whether the event in question really happened or not, while on the other end is the claim that remembering just is imagining the past. The question is further complicated by evidence that thinking about future events is subserved by the same cognitive mechanisms that subserve thinking about the past. So, how are remembering, thinking about the future, and imagining different? The purpose of this talk is to provide a broad overview of the different answers to these questions, and to offer some speculations about their plausibility.

    Chloe Wall is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the University of Otago. Her research focusses on memory and testimony and compares how they serve as sources of knowledge.

     

    10 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    CLINKProject: Collaboration – Intervention – Exhibition CLINK4

    Johanna Zellmer & Andrew Last, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    This presentation will report on the collaborative jewellery initiative established in 2014 jointly by Hungry Creek Art & Craft School in Auckland and the Dunedin School of Art (Otago Polytechnic). Every year the two schools join forces to form a collective of undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff for a collaborative event known as CLINKProject, all working collaboratively towards one outcome and a conclusive publication. The projects play with the experience of disruption or intervention, often in the form of unannounced pop-up exhibitions in central Auckland, such as jewellery making on the street or deploying clear plastic umbrellas as moving showcases. Each year’s collective gathers for a frenzied week of brainstorming, planning, collaborative making and public interaction, in an endeavour to share contemporary jewellery with a diverse audience. The first two projects unfolded at the Auckland Inner Link Bus stops (2014) and the courtyards of public institutions such as the Auckland Art Gallery & and City Library (2015). Projects #3 and #4 were working with the challenge of how to enact these driving forces within the context of the public gallery settings of Te Uru Waitekere Contemporary Gallery (2016) and the Auckland Museum in 2017.

    Johanna Zellmer completed a masters degree at the Australian National University Canberra School of Art and a formal apprenticeship as a Goldsmith in Germany. As Studio Coordinator in Jewellery & Metalsmithing she also manages the Artist-in-Residence programme at the Dunedin School of Art. Johanna’s research explores the possibilities of jewellery as a medium of socio-political knowledge.

    Andrew Last is from Melbourne but has lived in Dunedin since 2001. He is a jewellery lecturer in the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, the job that brought him to Aotearoa. Andrew’s art education was at RMIT’s Gold & Silversmithing department and he lectured at Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga for ten years prior to crossing the Tasman. Andrew is a maker of jewellery, sculpture, houses, boats, bikes, bass guitars, bits and bobs. Much of this work goes to friends, family and community, often in a gift economy, occasionally by commission. His recent work is characterised by the relationships between people, place and materials.

     

    17 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Drawn to Sound 

    Hannah Joynt and Jane Venis, School and Design and Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    Drawn to Sound is a performance project in which we address the question “How do we collaborate successfully with two very different creative practices in order to explore new territories within a contemporary context?” In Drawn to Sound we are able to remain based in our separate disciplines yet generate new work collaboratively. Inevitably this pushes our individual practices to otherwise uncharted territory and lead us to deeper understandings of our own and each other’s work.

    Our seminar is in the form of a collaborative performance live in the DSA gallery. Jane will play a range of instruments – including handmade works – in an improvisational way and Hannah responds to the music interpreting the sound as a large scale drawing.

    Hannah Joynt is a contemporary drawing practitioner who works in a range of media, processes and scales. Jane Venis a musician, installation artist and maker of sculptural musical instruments

     

    24 MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    The Art of the Critic

    Ed Hanfling, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic

    This seminar provides a critic's perspective on a range of issues associated with the discipline of art criticism, including the relationship between criticism and relativism, the functions of implicit and explicit judgements and the basis for various evaluative criteria, particularly the criterion of "surprise".

    Ed Hanfling is an art historian, critic and curator and lecturer in art history and theory at the Dunedin School of Art.  He has reviewed Auckland exhibitions for the quarterly journal Art New Zealand since 2004.

     

    31MAY, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         

    Le Maître ignorant? – teaching the history of design in an English medium polytechnic in the Persian Gulf

    David McMaster, Director: Learning & Teaching, Otago Polytechnic

    This paper, drawn from my doctoral work, invokes the figure of Jacques Ranciere’s ‘maitre ignorant’ (Ranciere, 1987/1991) to explore the curriculum design practices and discourses at work in the development of design history courses in an English medium HEI in the Persian Gulf. I argue for the urgent need to decolonise curriculum practice by advocating for the importance of inter-epistemic dialogue.

    David McMaster is Director of Learning and Teaching Development at Otago Polytechnic. Prior to coming to Dunedin, David spent twelve years living and working in the Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain) and has also worked in France, Thailand, China and most recently in Mexico. He is currently working on a PhD in Education at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) on the geopolitics of knowledge in transnational HEIs in the Persian Gulf.

     

    7 JUNE, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Where next for the Otago Museum?

    Dr Ian Griffin, Director: Otago Museum

    2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Otago Museum which seems an appropriate occasion to reflect on its past accomplishments, and prognosticate on its future direction.

    Ian Griffin is the 8th Director of the Otago Museum, which first opened in 1868. Joining the Museum in May 2013, Ian has inspired a greater focus on science engagement within the Museum and led the development of the Museums planetarium which opened in December 2015. The Museum will open its new bicultural science centre in December 2017.

    In his spare time, Ian has been actively spreading the message and getting people excited about astronomy, aurora photography and the value of preserving Dunedin’s night skies and currently writes a weekly astronomy column for the Otago Daily times. In recognition of Ian’s contribution to science communication in New Zealand, in 2015 Ian was awarded the Prime Ministers Science Media Communication prize.

    Before joining the Otago Museum, Ian had previously held a number of lead positions in science engagement in the UK and the US including at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, at Hubble Telescope Outreach and at NASA’s Education Forum. Ian has also headed, at different times, two planetariums: as CEO of the Stardome Observatory in Auckland and as Director of the Armagh Planetarium in Armagh, Northern Ireland. During Ian’s research for his PhD in astronomy, Ian discovered 26 asteroids, including asteroid 10924 which is named after his wife Maria.

     

    14 JUNE, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Relationship between space and art works

    Yusam Sung, Asia New Zealand Artist-in-Residence, 2018

    If you look at the two images of space and work apart from each other, they often do not feel common. However, through the various installation methods and forms, both elements are influenced by each other, so that the conflicting feelings that they have are not only reduced or disappear, but they are always seen in the audience as if they were there. Recently, there has been always a lot of worry about the space where the work will be placed in the situation that mainly the 3D works are mainly done. Since the energy of white cubes and other spaces is very different, the works and the ways of installation are always different. The influence of space in my work is becoming more and more important. In recent exhibitions, space has existed as a part of the work, not as a means of showing the art works.

    Yusam Sung was born in 1978 in Korea. He graduated from Hong-ik University in South Korea and received an MFA from Long Island University, New York. He has been exhibiting his work consistently in New York and Seoul.

     

     

  • Castle no child’s play for carpentry apprentices (Apr 20 2018)

    A children’s castle might seem like child’s play, but carpentry apprentices will be taking the challenge of building one very seriously this weekend.

    The regional heats of the annual New Zealand Certified Builders Apprentice Challenge require competitors to spend eight hours constructing a 1.5m-high children's castle playhouse, featuring a turret and working drawbridge.

    A panel of judges will assess a range of building elements, including quality of the workmanship and accuracy.

    Six apprentices will tackle the Dunedin regional heat at Otago Polytechnic's L Block from 8am-4.30pm tomorrow, 21 April. A similar number will do battle at Southern Lakes ITM in Cromwell.

    The winner of each regional event will progress thorough to the national final, to be held in conjunction with the 20th Annual NZCB National Conference & Expo in Rotorua on 25-26 May. The finalists will compete for the Ken Read Memorial Trophy and a prize package valued at more than $50,000.

    Members of the public can watch the apprentices in action tomorrow at Otago Polytechnic's L Block, Anzac Ave, and at Southern Lakes ITM, Cromwell. It is suggested the best time to visit is between 1pm-4.30pm.

    Read more about our construction programmes

     

  • We are now recycling soft plastics. (Apr 19 2018)

    We are now recycling soft plastics.

    We can recycle the following products:

    • Reusable carrier shopping bags (100% polypropylene)
    • Carrier bags
    • Bread, pasta and rice bags
    • Fresh produce bags and net citrus bags
    • Frozen food bags (frozen vegetable, fries, burgers, nuggets, poultry etc.)
    • Confectionery wraps and lolly bags
    • Dairy wrappers
    • Plastic packaging around toilet paper, kitchen towels, nappies and sanitary products
    • Courier packs
    • Newspaper and magazine wraps
    • Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers and biscuit packets (wrapper only)
    • Chip packets
    • Squeeze pouches (keep the lid on)
    • Ice cream wrappers
    • Cereal box liners

     

    How it works

    Collect
    Collect all the soft plastics which you use. Bags should be empty and dry.

    Drop
    Drop them into the soft plastic recycling bin in the Hub.

    Deliver
    Campus Services will deliver them to the soft plastic recycling bins at the supermarkets. At this stage the recycle company only deals with supermarkets but hope to expand their collection points to incorporate educational facilities by the end of 2018.

    Recycle
    The recycling company will then recycle them into fitness circuits, outdoor furniture, bollards and other products such as our own recycling bins.

    The bin is in the Hub at the Dunedin campus and will be cleared weekly.

  • Highlanders lend helping hand to wild bird aviary (Apr 18 2018)

    Fresh from wrangling the Brumbies at the weekend, Pulse Energy Highlanders players Dan Pryor, Tom Franklin and Jackson Hemopo are getting to grips with their next challenge – helping reconfigure an unused aviary at the Dunedin Botanic Garden to aid the rehabilitation of wild birds.

    The Highlanders have formed a community partnership with the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, which is based at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing and is the only specialist wildlife hospital to treat sick and injured native animals in the South Island.

    Botanic Garden team leader Alan Matchett said an application to temporarily house small native ``bush birds'' had been sent to the Department of Conservation.

    After being treated at the Wildlife Hospital, birds could be placed in the aviary in an attempt to further aid their recovery before they were released back into the wild.

    The Highlanders trio will work on the aviary tomorrow morning, 18 April, and will get expert help from Wildlife Hospital supporters Action Engineering and Seaview Cottage Construction, who are donating time and materials.

    "It's awesome to see our community partnership with the Highlanders continuing to blossom and this latest venture is proof that multiple agencies, businesses and partners can work together collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for our endangered wildlife," Co-chair of the Wildlife Hospital Trust, Steve Walker, says.

    "The Wildlife Hospital Trust — in partnership with the Otago Polytechnic — are extremely grateful to Seaview Cottage Construction Ltd and Action Engineering for donating all of their materials, time and work free of charge in order to see this project succeed.”

    Read more about our Veterinary Nursing programmes

    Read more about the Wildlife Hospital

  • Markmaking to Printmaking with Michel Tuffery (Apr 18 2018)

    Join leading New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery for a two-day printmaking workshop on Rakiura/Stewart Island.

    Designed to develop confidence as well as encourage experimentation with markmaking, Tuffery encourages participants to bring along any drawing concepts and images or he’ll help you generate new ideas. Processes include drawing and composition, chisel relief printing techniques, ink application, press and registration. There is a focus on creating a range of A3 finished print works.

    A full description of the workshop and required materials is available upon registration. Cost: $150, plus $35 for materials (transport and accommodation not included).

    26th-27 May, Rakiura/Stewart Island

    For more information, email: visitus@stewartisland.co.nz

  • iD Fashion forging fresh paths (Apr 17 2018)

    Now the centrepiece of iD Dunedin Fashion Week, the International Emerging Designer Show will feature an unusual, circuitous catwalk at the Dunedin Town Hall next month.

    Eschewing the Dunedin Railway Station runway used for many years, the event will see models perform two Octagon-shaped circuits of the Town Hall as well as ascend to the gallery.

    As well as the emerging designer shows on the Thursday and Friday, this year’s fashion week — to be held from 1-6 May — will feature around 40 associated events, from art exhibitions to brewery tours and  library tours.

    Dr Margo Barton,iD Dunedin Fashion Week committee chairwoman and Otago Polytechnic academic leader of fashion, is “100% sure” the Town Hall show will "blow attendees out of the water".

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

     

  • Call for Papers: Scope (Health and Wellbeing) (Apr 12 2018)

    Submissions are sought by 29 June 2018 for our Scope (Health & Wellbeing) journal.

    Scope Contemporary Research Topics in Health & Wellbeing is an open access, peer reviewed journal published annually by Otago Polytechnic. It is edited in partnership with the School of Nursing and the College of Te Ohu Ora (School of Occupational Therapy and Institute of Sport & Adventure). The journal aims to reflect and disseminate research done in health and wellbeing settings, while making connections with related work within our communities of practice.

    The 2018 issue of Scope (Health & Wellbeing) will focus on the theme of ’Occupation’, which aims to bring together a collection of papers across the sciences, on those aspects of occupation that matter most to academics, practitioners, educators and policy makers within health. This will include studies and methodologies exploring the various occupations within health and wellbeing, as well as the multifaceted definition of occupation within a health context, as a vocation, place, activity, state of mind or other related definitions.

    Please submit your contribution to scopehealthwellbeing@op.ac.nz by Friday 29 June 2018. For submission guidelines, see below.

    If you have a specific enquiry regarding your submission, please address this to the relevant member of the editorial team:

    General submission guidelines

    • Send a digital Word document to the Scope (Health & Wellbeing, Occupation) Editorial Team at scopehealthwellbeing@op.ac.nz by Friday 29 June 2018.
    • Cover page: Supply the following information on a separate cover page: Name of author(s); contact email; contact telephone number; postal address, word count; number of images included in text.
    • Author’s biography: Send an updated bio of each author with your submission, briefly outlining their professional background and experience. Please limit each biography to 100 words.

     Text

    • Submit only Word documents.
    • Word limit of 4000 words
    • Clearly name your file, e.g. “smith.doc”.
    • Single line spacing
    • Please do not apply indentations, tabulations or any such formatting to text.
    • Formatting and citations to follow APA 6th Edition
    • Captions for images should be numbered, should be complete, and should adhere to a sequence of information. See examples at www.thescopes.org

    Images

    • Format: Images must be supplied as jpeg or tif formats.
    • Colour: Greyscale or CMYK (check under image > mode in Photoshop).
    • Quality: 300dpi minimum at printed image size. Maximum image print area is 140mm wide x 190 deep.
    • Labelling: Name all image files with your name and number the images in the order they appear in your document, e.g. “smith.1.tif”, “smith.2.tif”.
    • Other: Email or send via an online dropbox folder with high quality images (minimum 300dpi) saved as jpeg or tif. Please label all image files and number them in the order you wish them to appear. Please note combined 10MB limit on emailed items (Images may need to be sent separately).
  • AIC celebrates the graduation of 145 international students (Apr 12 2018)

    This week Auckland International Campus (AIC) will celebrate the graduation of 145 of its international students.

     Gagan Sachdeva, Chief Executive AIC, says graduation is the culmination of the hard work of students and staff. 

    "It’s great to see our graduands representing many different nations including Bangladesh, China, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam. A huge congratulations and best wishes for a new beginning to all of our graduands. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team at AIC who work tirelessly to see our learners succeed. A very special thanks also goes to all of our colleagues at the Dunedin campus for their continued support and encouragement in providing a stimulating learning environment at AIC," he says.

    Graduands include Capable NZ students.

    Glenys Forsyth, Head of School Capable NZ, says, "Capable NZ has 32 learners graduating in Auckland tomorrow. This adds to the 91 graduates from the March graduation. Studying whilst working full-time and negotiating family commitments is no easy task, and the learners are to be commended for the effort they put into completing their studies. As Head of School, graduation is a special occasion for me, not only because it gives me the opportunity to acknowledge learners’ achievement but to  also acknowledge the work my staff do to support learners throughout their journey. At a recent graduation one learner put his qualification into perspective by saying, It didn’t take me 10 months to  complete my Bachelor of Engineering, rather it took me 40 years."

  • Holly claims Commonwealth silver (Apr 10 2018)

    Congratulations to New Zealand javelin thrower Holly Robinson, who has won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

    The 23-year-old Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Science graduate threw 43.32m with her first of six throws in the F46 javelin final at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, on Monday night, breaking Hollie Arnold's (Wales) world record by 30cm. 

    However, Arnold snatched victory (and the record) from Robinson with a final throw of 44.43m.

    Robinson, who was born with a shortened left arm, won silver at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, losing to Arnold by 1.79m.

    Robinson said finishing second again was tough, but she was happy with her performance.

    "Although I've got to settle for second place, I did throw further than I've ever thrown before to get that silver medal and I'm absolutely stoked with that,” she told Stuff. 

    Robinson was born with her left arm missing below the elbow but has always been “sporty”. Her earliest memory is playing rugby with her twin brother in Hokitika when she was three years old.

    At the age of 12, she “decided to start getting serious about something” and focused on javelin throwing and, at 16, was offered a scholarship to train with a Paralympic coach in Dunedin. In 2012 she represented New Zealand at the London Paralympics. 

    The year 2012 was also Holly’s last of school.

    “I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I looked at the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) degree at Otago Polytechnic.  It was a practical and applied qualification, and I liked that. It’s sort of the way I learn.”

    Read more about the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness)

  • Celebrating Dunedin Pride 2018 (Apr 09 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic is celebrating Dunedin Pride 2018 with a range of events this week.

    The Queerest Quiz promises a night of fun in the Hub tomorrow night.

    In addition, Michael Stevens, from Rainbow Tick, is taking part in a range of events and workshops as part of our annual re-accreditation audit.

    “Otago Polytechnic prides itself on being an inclusive organisation,” Chief Executive Phil Ker says.

    “In our experience it is the richness of our diversity that makes us an innovative and successful organisation.

    “We are proud to have been the first ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnics) in New Zealand to have been awarded the Rainbow Tick and one of the first organisations in the South Island to gain the certification.”

    Otago Polytechnic’s efforts to become a more diverse, open and inclusive workplace include reviewing and amending policies to ensure they reflect an organisation that recognises and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.

    We are also establishing An Ally Network, in support of LGBTTIFQ inclusion. We now have a number of all gender toilets about on campus. In addition, from 2019, students will be able to select a gender other than the current binary option of male or female when they enrol.

    Read more about Dunedin Pride 2018

    Read more about Rainbow Tick

  • Exhibition: University of Applied Arts Vienna (Apr 05 2018)

    12 APRIL - 11 MAY, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN

    Understanding Art & Research
    University of Applied Arts Vienna

    Exhibition dates: 12 April - 11 May, 2018

    Exhibition opening: 12 April, 5pm - 7pm

    Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

     

     

  • Public Seminar and Workshop: Art and Research - University of Applied Arts Vienna (Apr 05 2018)

    12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)


    This seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5:00PM.


    Understanding -- Art and Research - Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz and Anna Vasof

    Artistic Research is one of the core activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte). In view of the Angewandte's exhibition Understanding Art and Research which will be opened on 12 April in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, the seminar will provide an overview into the Angewandte's approach regarding art and research activities respectively, including the exchange of personal insights via specific case scenarios. Colleagues participating in the exhibition will be present. President Gerald Bast opens with "Surviving in the Digital Age: Why humans need art-based approaches for not to getting lost in transition". Afterwards colleagues will present individual approaches to their art and research activities including aspects regarding collaborative projects: Cornelia Bast: "Art, Dementia and Empathy", Konrad Strutz: "The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics" and Anna Vasof, with first hand insight into the University's PhD in Art Programme based on the development of her project "Non-Stop Stop-Motion".

    Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz, and Anna Vasof are colleagues, visiting Dunedin School of Art as exchange partners from Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna, Austria.

     

    The seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5pm.

     

    12 April afternoon workshop from 2.30pm

     

    Colleagues from the Angewandte's in Vienna will present a video by Anna Vasof with first hand insight into the University's PhD in Art Programme based on the development of Anna's project "Non-Stop Stop-Motion".

    Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. She’s currently writing Ph.D. thesis at the University of applied arts in Vienna about an animation technique that she develops and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical videos, actions and installations.

    Dr. Gerald Bast is President of University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. Amongst other functions he held in the field of Higher Education and Research for many years he is currently member in the Representative Board of ELIA - European League of the Arts, member in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Editor-in-chief of the book series "Arts, Research, Innovation and Society" at Springer International Publisher. Before he became President of the "Angewandte" where he planned and implemented numerous new programmes in teaching and research, Bast was responsible for drafting the legislation for major university reforms in times when he was engaged at the Federal Ministry for Higher Education.

    Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She graduated from a Higher Biochemistry School, worked as a midwife at the University Clinic Vienna and earned a BA in Applied Arts and Design Communication and an MA in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between art, design and public performative interventions. She sees art and design primarily as media for social communication. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepen insight into problems and strengthen the impact of her work. She is on the editorial board of dérive – Radio for Urban Research, and has presented her work at various international conferences.

    Konrad Strutz is a visual artist and a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Areas of focus in his scientific and artistic work include non-hierarchical spatial representations, and body movement in the context of communication. He received his academic education in fine arts and in computer science from the Vienna Technical University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, respectively. Konrad's artwork is exhibited in Europe as well as overseas on a regular basis. Besides his position as a faculty member and a fellow of the Volkswagen foundation’s program "Arts and Science in Motion", Konrad is currently involved in the symposium “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics” to be held in Berlin this year. www.konradstrutz.com

     

    See also Public Exhibition April 12 - May 11 in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery.

     

  • Lifting lid on toilet training notions (Apr 05 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Occupational Therapy principal lecturer Rita Robinson hopes her research will lift the lid on societal assumptions and messages about toilet training, and how these affect adult behaviours.

    Our society has strong views about toilet training, and Rita was interested in exploring how these views affect children — particularly those with some level of impairment or disability, and those who are subjected to physical abuse.

    She embarked on a discourse analysis of New Zealand social messages about toilet training at three points of time — in the 1950s, in the 1980s, and currently, in the 2010s.

    Rita’s research encompassed a range of relevant texts, from Plunket books and pamphlets given to families, to the textbooks that informed Plunket nurses and other health practitioners, as well as Government and international reports and policy documents.

    Looking for insights into what is considered right and wrong practice, what is acceptable and what is not in our society, Rita found that our society assumes a strong link between cognitive delay and toilet training delay.

    This means adults may delay toilet training for children who have cognitive disabilities, even though there may be no physiological reason why they can't be toilet trained.

    It also means children who are not toilet trained might also be assumed by adults to be cognitively delayed.

    In both situations the children can be disadvantaged by the societal assumptions that adults are making about them. 

    Rita also found evidence of a connection between toileting accidents and child abuse, especially fatal child abuse.

    “Because our health depends upon hygienic behaviour, we are taught by our society's messages to experience a strong sense of disgust for body wastes out of place,” Rita says.

    “But there are physiological similarities between disgust and anger, and hence a risk that an adult who feels strong disgust might slip into anger towards a child who is not yet toilet trained.

    “This important finding means that moderating societal disgust might help reduce the incidence of fatal child abuse in New Zealand when the antecedent is toileting accidents.”

    Rita's research has important implications for how parents and other caregivers toilet train children, and also for policy and practice in schools and government agencies. She is looking forward to working through these implications to benefit New Zealand children. 

    Read more about our Occupational Therapy programmes.

  • Public Seminar: Why Art Matters: Art as Entertainment (and then some) (Apr 02 2018)

    5 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    State galleries have demonstrated overwhelming success in rising to the challenge of expanding and extending Australian audiences. Crowds flow through the doors; children drag their parents and minders in to be part of the often lavish extension services programmes they offer and focus groups get special walking-talking tours through exhibitions – often for no cost at all. Along with such success there’s been a growing association of art with entertainment. And while aesthetes and purists might scoff and bemoan that development, the association is hardly a new one. Art has twinned with entertainment in its various manifestations throughout the ages, and it’s often used the close relationship as a means of raising other issues – issues that might require longer and deeper responses than quick cheap thrills.

    This presentation addresses the issue of art and/as entertainment, and raising the question about the extent to which that inhibits or assists the aims of art.

    Prof. Patricia Hoffie AM is a Queensland based artist, writer and curator. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally For several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. She has employed the theme Fully Exploited Labour to collate several decades of practice that has examined aspects of the processes whereby greater and lesser values are ascribed to particular areas of cultural production. This body of work has been used to address issues of authorship, belonging, the 'immigration problem' in Australia and a number of other subjects pertinent to the impact of globalisation on notions of 'belonging'. For three years she worked with Dr. Caroline Turner (ANU) on an ARC major grant funded series of projects under the banner Art and Human Rights. Her PhD titled Regional Values: Australian during the 1980s, awarded through University of New South Wales in 1998, has provided a national focus on regional values that has provided a fulcrum for her later work examining Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, a subject she researched actively through early involvement in the formative years of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, for which she worked as a curator and writer.

  • Otago Polytechnic builds new collaboration (Mar 29 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic is launching a collaborative construction industry training academy in Balclutha on April 4.

    Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC), a partnership between Otago Polytechnic and secondary schools in the Otago region, has collaborated with Big River Homes and South Otago High School to establish Big River Homes Trades Academy Balclutha.

    The programme will provide opportunities for South Otago secondary students to embark on a pathway in the construction industry. It involves a blend of secondary and tertiary study, as well as real-world industry experience working on a substantial project with a local construction company.

    Up to 13 students at South Otago High School will enrol in a full-year programme designed to lead them into tertiary careers while also earning credits towards NCEA Level-3. 

    Students will work in the programme for 2 days per week, with the balance of their school week spent at school. They will gain competency in health and safety, site awareness, safe tool use, and all aspects of the work involved in a major project.

    "We saw an opportunity to show young people that by gaining a trade they are investing in their future, Mark van Asperen, Director Big River Homes, says.

    “It’s great that we can help to show young people how to gain qualifications and skills that will open many opportunities for them in their lives. Also, we feel it's an opportunity for us to attract young people into the trade to help with the intense construction workload this part of the country is currently experiencing and which looks set to continue.

    “We need more tradespeople to help us with projects like the recent Kaitangata house and land package scheme. A number of these houses are now coming online for construction as well as many more of our renowned high-quality homes, which are set to be transported around the South Island.

    “Providing young people with experience and skills will benefit other builders and associated trades looking for apprentices, with the further aim of retaining these young people in the Clutha district.”

    Big River Homes has offered to facilitate a house build. Students in the programme will be involved in all aspects of the construction of a small cottage, which will then be sold.

    “The programme is an exciting innovation for OSTC, and a new way for us to partner with regional secondary schools and industry to strengthen pathways for students in the region,” Andy Kilsby, Manager Secondary Tertiary, Otago Polytechnic, says.

    South Otago High School Principal Mike Wright notes his school already delivers a building and construction course for students. The new partnership between SOHS, Otago Polytechnic and Big River Homes is an extension of the school’s current offering.

    “The new program will offer credits at Level 3 and 4 and provide a real-life working situation for students. Students will be involved in building an actual home and learning about working on a building site and the demands of the construction industry.

    “By being based locally, there will be an opportunity for students to be introduced to local builders. The programme provides a connection for students to move from education to employment or further training with a tertiary provider.

    “It is hoped that the program will grow and develop in the future and provide career pathways for students while keeping them connected with their community.”

    The programme will be launched with a powhiri at South Otago High School at 9.30am on Wednesday 4 April.

    Read more about our construction programmes

    Read more about Otago Secondary-Tertiary College

  • Charge up your knowledge on electric vehicles at Otago Polytechnic (Mar 28 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic is rolling out a wide-ranging series of Electric Vehicle (EV) short courses and micro-credentials under our EduBits brand aimed at meeting a growing demand for EV training in New Zealand.

    There are currently 4000 EVs on the road in New Zealand. However, that figure will be dwarfed in a few years — the Government has set a target of 64,000 EVs on New Zealand roads by the end of 2021.

    Clean and green, EVs are also cheaper to run than petrol-fuelled vehicles, a factor that has contributed to their increasing popularity.

    As the national fleet of EVs grows, so does the need for effective learning and skills assessment within the automotive industry and related service areas.

    On full throttle with its EV training and assessment, Otago Polytechnic has introduced a range of electric vehicle short courses.

    At the end of each short course, learners are assessed and awarded an EduBit, Otago Polytechnic’s digital micro-credential assessment service, which enables learners to show what they know and have their learning recognised.

    Comprising a fast-expanding suite of digital micro-credentials, the learning and assessments are designed to fit around an employee’s work (with online, evening and weekend course delivery).

    Our range of EV courses and EduBits — “Safe Practices”, “Drive System Diagnosis and Repair”, and “Battery Diagnosis and Repair” — are ideal for those seeking a solid understanding of EV operation.

    Both the EV Safe Practices online course and EduBit are aimed at all EV users, as well as anyone seeking an insight into health and safety requirements when working on, or around, electric vehicles. Other courses are tailored to a range of users, including automotive technicians, first responders and fleet managers.

    “There is strong demand among those working in the automotive industry to increase their skills and knowledge base of EV technology, and to have that knowledge recognised by industry endorsed micro-credentials,” Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, says.

    “There are currently no legislative requirements around the servicing, warranting, and safety standards of EVs. However, certification for people working on EV’s is imminent.”

    Otago Polytechnic will launch its EV short courses and EV EduBits micro-credentials at a special event at the Polytechnic on Friday 6 April (5-6pm). A range of industry experts, employers and community groups will attend.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s Electric Vehicle short courses (and enrol).

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s EV EduBits.

  • Public Talk and Workshops - with international jeweller Otto Künzli (Mar 27 2018)

    Thurs 19 April and Fri 20 April, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Dunedin School of Art Jewellery Workshops

    Public Talk
    Thurs 19 April 6pm
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    Renowned contemporary jeweller OTTO KÜNZLI, Swiss born Munich based Contemporary Jeweller, is in Dunedin to give a talk about projects he has undertaken with his students as director of the jewellery department at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich.  This  prestigious school has produced some of the world’s most renowned contemporary jewellers, including New Zealand based Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch.

     

    Tutorial-Workshop
    Fri 20 April, 9am - 4pm
    Dunedin School of Art, Jewellery & Textile department
    Künzli will also undertake a free tutorial for jewellers. This tutorial will be held at the Dunedin School of Art’s Jewellery & Textile department and provide practicing jewellers and students with the opportunity to discuss their work with a European jeweller of stature. This is a joint project between the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery with support from Creative New Zealand and the Fred Staub Fund.


    The workshop
    The workshop tutorial will be a critique style tutorial, with places for 8 students and 8 practitioners; half the group is students, half is from the local jewellery community.  The day is divided up into 4 groups of 4 (around an hour for each group of 4); participants will be in groups of relative experience/ ability; people will talk about their work together in the session, with feedback.  

    Registrations are on a first in, first served basis, so don't wait to secure your place! Please reply to this email to register.

     

    Otto Künzli
    From 1991 until 2014 renowned contemporary jeweller Otto Künzli headed the contemporary jewellery department for the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. This prestigious school produced some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary jewellers , including Lisa Walker and Karl Fritsch of New Zealand. Over his 23 year tenure, Künzli and his students created over 40 different installations that presented their work to the public in interesting, uncommon and attracting ways.

    Künlzi says:

    It is easy to say that jewellery is actually only true jewellery when it fulfils its destiny to be worn. For instance to enhance the presence of a person. But in order to find people who would like to wear our works we have to reach out, we need to go public. This commonly happens by exhibiting our works. For a painting it is natural to be hung on a nail on the wall, for a sculpture to sit on the ground, a video to be projected on a screen etc. What is natural for a piece of jewellery? Is it to rest in a showcase? Is that all we can do?

    Künzli is one of the most influential jewellers working today. The Swiss-trained, Munich-based artist is the creator of some of the most iconic examples of contemporary jewellery including 1cm of Love (1995) and Gold Makes Blind (1995). Künzli’s minimalist, yet meticulously crafted work references cultural phenomena, utilising the power of metaphor and iconography with wit and sophistication.

    In March 2013 Künzli’s major retrospective titled The Exhibition showcased his extensive oeuvre and was accompanied by The Book, a comprehensive catalogue documenting a career spanning over 40 years.

     

  • Public Seminar: Time-based Moving Image Installation Art (Mar 26 2018)

    29 MARCH 2018, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    Time-based Moving Image Installation Art and the “Cinema-Situation”

    Throughout most of the twentieth century, the moving image was confined to a relatively restricted set of viewing situations. Today, this is no longer the case. This intervention will consider the implications of these changes, particularly as they have been explored by the French film theorist Raymond Bellour.

    Hilary Radner

    Hilary Radner is Emerita Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

  • Celebrating the tech sector (Mar 23 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic staff and learners will join the University of Otago as well as a range of local industries at Dunedin Techweek on 19-27 May.

    An expo that demystifies tech for all ages, TEXpo is just one of the highlights of the week, which includes talks, demonstrations, open days, displays, film screenings and workshops.

    Locals and visitors will have the chance to learn electric vehicles, 3D printing, computer coding, software design and app making. There are also events for seniors aimed to help keep them safe online.

    Dunedin Techweek Ambassador and Operations and Engagement Co-ordinator of Dunedin’s SIGNAL ICT Grad School, Kylie Jackson, says the events will provide a chance to meet people from Dunedin’s growing tech sector and learn how research can be turned into commercial reality, as well as explore career options within the sector.

    “This festival will allow the tech community to connect and share expertise. It will show Dunedin to be an up-and-coming tech and innovation centre.

    “We have an abundance of success stories due to the city’s many tech education and research opportunities, and strong ties with industry.

    “We also want to promote tech career opportunities for young people and encourage diversity in tech.”

    Event venues will include Otago Polytechnic, the SIGNAL ICT School for Graduates, Innov8HQ and Petridish co-working space in Vogel St, Otago Museum and Dunedin libraries.

    Read more about Techweek

  • Walk on the wild side (Mar 20 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Veterinary Nursing learners are taking a walk on the wild side.

    This year we have introduced an on-campus New Zealand Diploma of Veterinary Nursing option (previously, the second year of the Diploma was only available as a distance programme).

    Our learners, including those enrolled in the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology – Veterinary Nurse Assistant, now have the chance to learn from the experts at the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, which operates from the same building.

    Learners are involved in placements that give them insight into wildlife procedures relevant to the skills and competencies within the Veterinary Nursing programme: from surgical nursing and anaesthetic monitoring to nutrition and assisted feeding. 

    NZ Diploma of Veterinary Nursing learner Casey Daniell has already had her eyes opened to the world of wildlife care by leading veterinary surgeon Dr Lisa Argilla, who heads the Wildlife Hospital team, and wildlife veterinary nurse Angelina Martelli.

    “Working with wildlife is a very different experience to working with the small animals in a vet clinic,” the second-year learner explains.

    “The animals we handle in a vet clinic are domesticated. They are used to being handled.

    “In contrast, the Wildlife Hospital deals with penguins, kea, takahe and other bird species that have had minimal handling during their life, so we need to minimise stress to them by only handling them when required for feeding and medical procedures.”

    Read more about our Veterinary Nursing programmes

  • Wildlife Hospital in The Guardian (Mar 13 2018)

    The efforts of the wonderful experts at the Wildlife Hospital have been recognised in a large feature in British newspaper The Guardian.

    Photographer Murdo MacLeod covers conservationists' efforts to protect the endangered yellow-eyed penguin from predation, disease and habitat destruction.

    The Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin is a joint partnership between Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust, based on campus at the Polytechnic's School of Veterinary Nursing and led by wildlife vet, Dr. Lisa Argilla.

    Our vet nursing students gain rare and valuable insights and experience working with native wildlife, much of which is endangered.

    Read the article in The Guardian

    Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing

  • Collections + Bits and Pieces - Andrea Daly (Mar 12 2018)

    15 MARCH 2018, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    "My grandfather was Irish living in Scotland. He worked in China where he meet his English wife, to be, and immigrated to New Zealand. He always told stories. Every night after dinner he would enthrall us with Irish Fairy tales and other wonders. Some were obviously fictional but others such as his out of body experience or the seeing of ghosts we were never quite sure about.

    "I think I may also be a story teller but forgot to use words. The language of the object and the visual is not one I am fluent in so it is a constant struggle and a fantastic challenge. Sometimes I know what I am saying and other times I am just concentrating on the words and an unexpected story emerges. Looking back over the 33 years of my practice I realise the underlying narrative has always been about me, my fears, interests, fascinations. I have delved into the role of being a young female trying to understand the cultural forces that define me, explored language as political, gendered, structural and constrictive. Wondered if I was an artist using jewellery as my medium or a jeweller and where were the lines and who drew them? And all the time my Catholic past keeps looking for the unexplained, unexpected and impossible. Science is like a wonderland I return to and the human brain unexplored territory, anything is possible.

    "But how much can a simple piece of jewellery actually tell us?"

    Andrea Daly is a practicing jeweler and tutor who works from her own studio and has been involved in Teaching at various institutions since 1990. She is HOD Jewellery at Hungry Creek and was a Partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991 to 2017. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She later went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy First Class Honors majoring in Art History at Auckland University. Andrea exhibits nationally and internationally with works held in both public and private collections.  

  • Capable NZ enables Cadbury staff to look ahead (Mar 09 2018)

    Some Cadbury staff might be partaking in their final morning tea today, but it’s unlikely to be an entirely sombre scene as they swap work clothes for gowns and take part in Otago Polytechnic’s graduation ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall.

     A process of looking back has enabled a significant cohort of Cadbury workers to look forward once the Dunedin factory closes its doors.

    Capable NZ, a school within Otago Polytechnic, has worked closely with 31 Cadbury employees over the past year.

    Twenty-two staff have completed their qualification and the balance are on track for a December graduation.

    Qualifications include Masters in Professional Practice, Bachelor of Applied Management, Bachelor and Diplomas in Engineering, and Diplomas and Certificates in Business Administration.

    Read the full story

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

  • $297 million reasons why Otago Polytechnic is great for Dunedin (Mar 08 2018)

    A new report has revealed the growing significance of Otago Polytechnic to the Dunedin economy.

    Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus accounted for 80.3%, or $297.4 million, of total expenditure in 2016.

    We contributed almost $365 million to the global economy, enjoying an 11% annual rise in overall student numbers, with more than 7700 enrolments (4807 EFTS), according to the report.

    Almost two-thirds (65.9%) of the total expenditure across all campuses was driven by student spending. The remaining expenditure was derived from day-to-day Otago Polytechnic expenditure and the impact of staff spending their wages and salaries within their local economies.

    “The report reinforces that Otago Polytechnic is a significant player in both the regional and city economies,” Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker says.

    “Our success undoubtedly benefits the regional economy, but that success is itself driven by the support we have from local businesses and communities.”

    Commissioned by Otago Polytechnic, the report by Rebecca Hamid also revealed the tertiary institution employed more 670 staff (519 FTEs) across its three campuses (Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland).

    Otago Polytechnic experienced strong domestic demand for programmes in health and wellness, community, creative industries, trades and information technology in 2016. Capable NZ continued to grow, offering assessment of prior learning in the National Diploma in Business Administration, the Masters of Professional Practice, the Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice and the National Diploma in Youth Work.

    Approximately 57% of students came to Otago Polytechnic from outside Dunedin, with 55% from beyond the Otago region. Approximately one third of students (32%) came from the North Island.

    Significantly, 16% (795 EFTS) came from overseas. This represents a 31.5% increase on international student enrolments, compared to 2015 (605 EFTS), a result attributed primarily to the growth of Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland campus over the past four years.

    There are a number of reasons for this success:

    Otago Polytechnic has more than 100 programmes from foundation to postgraduate degrees and has received the highest possible endorsement from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for its educational performance and ability to assess its own performance.

    It continues to lead the country’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) sector in course and qualification completions. Otago Polytechnic student and graduate satisfaction ratings are consistently high – survey data reveals 96% of graduates have moved into work, further study or both.

    Looking to the future, a number of factors will influence Otago Polytechnic’s growth.

    These include a building and facilities modernisation programme, which began in 2013 and will continue over the next 5-6 years.

    New, purpose-built modern facilities, including new Creative and Trades Precincts, will enhance the high-profile destination programmes offered at Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin Campus, providing a more attractive option for international students and those based outside the Otago region.

    This building programme includes Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village, which opened its doors to students on Sunday 11 February. 

    The $20 million, 231-bed furnished residential village will provide for increased student intakes for both international and domestic students.

  • Turn books into art (Mar 02 2018)

    Artists, crafty types, school students and community groups are invited to upcycle used, unsellable books into artworks to support the Regent Theatre Trust of Otago.

    Books As Art will feature at the 38th Regent 24 Hour Book Sale, being held from midday on Friday, 8 June 2018.

    The organisers hope Books As Art will become an annual feature of the sale. Books As Art encourages people to transform the pages of old books into sculptures and artworks. The book art will be displayed during the 24 Hour Book Sale and available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales supporting the Regent Theatre.

    Entries will be judged by a panel headed by Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Cam McCracken, who will be joined by artist Nicola Jackson, Otago Daily Times arts writer Rebecca Fox, and Otago Polytechnic Dunedin School of Art lecturer Bridie Lonie.

    Those who want to turn their hand to making old books into art will be able to pick up free pre-loved books from collection points around the city. Books are available from the beginning of March until late May.

    Boxes of books for collection can be found at Otago Polytechnic’s Hub, First Church and the foyer of the Athenaeum, in the Octagon.

    Deadline for artworks is Thursday, 31 May 2018.

    For more information, contact the organisers at BooksasArt@regenttheatre.co.nz or the Regent Theatre, 477-8597.

     

  • Michel Tuffery sculpture for campus (Mar 01 2018)

    Award-winning New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery has been commissioned to create a sculpture at the entrance to Otago Polytechnic.

     

    To be located in the courtyard outside the Mason Centre on Forth St, Dunedin, the 2.5m-high, sandcast bronze sculpture – titled Nga Kete – has been selected after an extensive process involving more than eight proposals.

     

    Tuffery’s sculpture is tentatively scheduled to be installed in early summer, with an official opening ceremony to follow.

     

    Tuffery likens Nga Kete to a midden, “a natural layering of metaphors weaving the kaupapa of the traditional, environmental and cultural with community and history”.

     

    Named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008, the Wellington-based artist has fond memories of his time at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Art in the late 1980s and is delighted to be able to contribute to the institution and the community.

     

    “There is a saying in Māori, ‘aroha mo te aroha’. It is about reciprocation.

     

    “It was an honour to submit my proposal and it is humbling that Nga Kete will be created for Otago Polytech Te Kura Matatini ki Otago and the wider Dunedin community.”

     

    Tuffery hopes Nga Kete will serve as a reminder to those who enter Otago Polytechnic that the institution will feed the “mind and spirit of each ākonga (student), as is the role of the tuākana (mentor), ensuring all that come leave have filled their ketewith the knowledge required to carry oneself forward”.

     

    Tuffery’s artistic process included site visits to Otago Polytechnic, research, engaging with Kai Tahu leaders and rūnaka, as well as technical development with a range of industry experts, including Dunedin-based Farra Engineering Ltd, which is managing the project.

     

    “Through several conversations and meetings held with respective community and cultural leaders at Ōtākou Marae in November 2017, I was drawn to the striking heritage stained glass windows at Ōtākou. They are based on the pātiki (flounder) and tukutuku patterns and feature a diamond design.”

     

    Tuffery has also designed the sculpture to function as a sundial within the courtyard near the entrance to the Otago Polytechnic’s Hub. At night, up-lighting will enhance Nga Kete’s woven textures.

     

    Rebecca Hamid, conveyor for the Otago Polytechnic Art on Campus Steering Group, says Nga Kete will be the first in a range of art works destined to create dialogue, intrigue and learning, pushing expectations at the Dunedin campus.

     

    “Otago Polytechnic’s Art on Campus plan aims to enhance our cultural presence in Dunedin and continue to build the strong reputation of the Dunedin School of Art,” Rebecca explains.

     

    “Furthermore, we aim to provide students, staff, members of the public and national and international visitors with opportunities to experience art works of high aesthetic and/or critical values on our campus and further afield in our city.

     

    “Four plinths have recently been constructed in the courtyard on Forth St, and we plan to have revolving exhibits of student sculpture projects on these.

     

    “We have also had a promise of a major donation towards a sculpture at Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village. This will be our next major sculpture on campus.”

     

  • Haere mai to the Highway (Mar 01 2018)

    8 MARCH 2018, 12 NOON - 1.00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    Haere mai to the HighwayTim Croucher talks about a new project in painting and some of its precedents and inspirations.

    "Recently I’ve been working on paintings that make an exchange between historical events of the colonial period, constructed incidents and my own personal memory and imagination of the places I spent my youth in the Manawatu and Rangatikei and latterly in Waikato and Thames Valley. These paintings have developed from several exhibition projects based on my trips in India and China that reflected on the dislocation and fantasy of travel.

    "I’ll show images of works from these projects and some source material from my current work on Haere Mai to the Highway. I’ll talk a bit about my artistic influences and methods too, if that seems relevant to the audience."

    Tim Croucher

    Tim Croucher was born in Longburn, just south of Palmerston North in 1963. He moved to Hamilton to finish high school in 1981, hated it, fell in love and went to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Tim painted public murals during the 80’s before returning, with some trepidation, to Hamilton to take up a teaching position at the Waikato Polytechnic. He’s worked there ever since teaching Fine Arts. Tim makes paintings for exhibition and shows his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He’s also recently got back into painting public artworks with his wife Tracy. When he can, he goes boating, and rides motorbikes with his family, digging around in the landscape and towns that for him, are iconic to his country.

  • Logging in to Tūhono and the Student Hub (Mar 01 2018)

    At Otago Polytechnic we have an online Student Hub filled with resources for our learners. We have a similar space called Tūhono for our staff. From midday Monday 5 March, this is how to access the Student Hub and Tūhono.


    Signing in to Tūhono / The Student Hub

    If you are on an Otago Polytechnic campus you will generally be signed in automatically. Click ‘My Home’ on the top right of the op.ac.nz homepage to be directed automatically to Tūhono / The Student Hub.

    If you’re not automatically signed in (e.g. if you’re off-site, on a mobile device or on an unsupported browser) you will need to click 'Login' button top right. The login page will then request your username and password. 


    Homepage

    For staff, Tūhono is now set as the default homepage for Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge.
    For students, the Student Hub is the default homepage for IE, Chrome and Firefox.

    If you have a mac or use a different browser, Tūhono / The Student Hub will not be your default homepage. However, it’s easy to set your own homepage – just google the instructions for your preferred browser.


    How to get into the Student Hub if you’re also a staff member

    • If you are a student as well as a staff member and you would like to get into the Student Hub, log into the computer itself (on campus) (not the op.ac.nz website) using your student account 
    • If you want to demonstrate the Student Hub to students, go to OP Tools on Tūhono and click on ‘Student Hub Demonstration View’
    • If you are a Student Hub content editor, you can view your updates using the Student Hub Demonstration View
  • Windfall for Wildlife Hospital (Mar 01 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic continues its strong support for the Wildlife Hospital, donating $10,000 to the Dunedin facility yesterday.

    The donation is timely, too. Saturday (3 March) marks World Wildlife Day.

    Steve Walker, co-chair of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital Trust, thanked Otago Polytechnic for its ongoing support of the facility, which opened its doors on January 15.

    “This kind donation only goes to strengthen an already strong and well-functioning partnership.

    “March 3 is World Wildlife Day, which celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Therefore, in light of all of our locally threatened species, this cheque presentation is very timely indeed!

    “The hospital has truly captured the public’s imagination and shown how much we all treasure and love our unique native species.

    “However, the hospital’s own survival depends on the continued goodwill and generosity of the public and local businesses. It costs around $300k per annum to run the hospital, so this wonderful gesture goes some way to denting that total.

    “Due to how busy the hospital has been we have had to employ another vet nurse recently, therefore this will be used to help pay for that recent appointment and I imagine a large basket of other on-going day-to-day expenses.

    “The hospital has taken in more than 100 patients since opening, which already makes us busier than any other wildlife hospital in New Zealand. And with public awareness now beginning to ramp up we are only going to get very much busier!”

    Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, People, Performance and Development, says the donation reaffirms the institution’s support for the Wildlife Hospital.

    “We are pleased that we can further build on our commitment to the hospital.

    “It is essential that we can treat species that otherwise might not receive medical care so we preserve future generations of wildlife for our future generations”.

    The $10,000 donation is a result of Otago Polytechnic’s Million Dollar Dinner, held late last year, which raised $30,000 for local charities, including United Way, which distributes donations to Otago community charities on Otago Polytechnic’s behalf.

    Read more about the Wildlife Hospital

  • Education equals opportunities (Feb 28 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s latest Graduate Destination Survey has found that 96% of our graduates are either employed or undertaking further study.

    For Otago Polytechnic’s Maori graduates, it is even higher – at 99%!

    We also have some of the highest student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand: 98% of graduates were satisfied overall with the quality of the programme they undertook; and 94% of graduates would recommend their programme of study to others.

    And figures from the Tertiary Education Commission show Otago Polytechnic has the best qualification completion rate in New Zealand – at 90%.

    Look at our nursing programmes, which have a 98% course completion rate and 98% graduate satisfaction.

    Significantly, almost all (92%) of the 90 nursing students who graduated in November have been employed.

    “Otago Polytechnic nursing students are extremely sought after because they have the critical thinking skills,” says Ian Crabtree, Head of School, Nursing.

    “They have the knowledge and experienced gained in a variety of clinical settings and exposed to different technologies throughout their training.

    “Our nursing graduates have the ability to adapt to an unfamiliar culture and operate in a socially and culturally diverse environment, appreciate differences in gender, culture and customs and be able to work effectively and safely.”

    “Feedback from employers and stakeholders inform us that we prepare work-ready graduates with the adaptability to whatever clinical placement they work in as registered nurses.”

    Read more about our Nursing programmes 

  • Ceramic Practices: Joe Bova and Rob Cloughley (Feb 22 2018)

    1 MARCH 2018, 12 NOON -1.00PM

    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN


    The presentation by Joe Bova on his Ceramic Art is termed Form and Grace. What the I Ching says about grace is as close to a truth as I know about working with clay:  "The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

    In conjunction, Rob Cloughley will be discussing his recent work and practice that has concluded in four collaborative installations of Rob’s ceramic sculptures in combination with Prudence Edge’s Textile sculpture.

    A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Joe Bova was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Bova has taught workshops at institutions around the globe, including the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, the College of William and Mary, VA, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, the Los Angeles County Museum, CA, the Mint Museum of Art, NC, and the Shangyu Museum, China. Joe Bova lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Rob Cloughley has been working with clay for 23 years. He is the Ceramic Diploma Programme Coordinator and Ceramic Studio Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art.

  • Residents enjoying life at Te Pā Tauira (Feb 21 2018)

    Accolades, as well as lots of activity, are flowing through the light-filled spaces of Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village.

    As residents settle into their new lives at Te Tauira, they are discovering the many benefits of the built-for-purpose facility which, with its mixture of dorm rooms and apartments, has a maximum capacity of 231.

    Students have already enjoyed movie nights, a quiz night, a sports day and a speed meet, all designed to bring people together.

    “The events help you get to know people on the floor quite well, and they make it a competition," says resident Nicole Woollard, from Christchurch.

    Resident assistant Mhairi Duncan praised the size of her room, which has three windows, a queen bed, desk, an ensuite and a wardrobe.

    She has also been enjoying the social atmosphere of Te Pā Tauira.

    "You miss out on that when you stay at home. Also, my friends’ flats were horrible so I didn’t want to move into a flat."

    Te Pā Tauira manager Andy Thompson says the facility is more than an accommodation centre.

    “We’re developing young people as leaders."

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

    Read more about the Student Village

     

     

     

  • "My hair is longer and the plums are ready now", new paintings by Esther Bosshard (Feb 01 2018)

    Esther Bosshard has a new exhibition coming up at Inge Doesburg Gallery. In an interview with Rebecca Fox, Otago Daily Times, she talks about life in the Dunedin art school community and the opportunities that having teachers on tap provided and the new direction her latests works have taken.

    "You have so much time to dedicate and experiment. Now I've been out a couple years, you realise how hard it is to balance working and making [art] and still having a life. You don't appreciate it until you leave."

    It was at art school where she put aside her acrylic paints to try oils - a medium she had previously thought too hard.

    "It was an eye-opener. They [oil paints] move in different ways. You could drag colours through other colours, mix up all your beautiful colours, created ridges and shadows. It was really exciting.

    "Since I had the space and the teachers it gave you the bravery to try new things."

    At art school, she mainly did still life paintings because she did not want to paint from photographs.

    "I wanted to actually look at things. It was something I could do easily and constant so I could experiment with oil paints."

    Only then she found she was stuck inside most the time - only seeing the sun from the window.

    "I thought if I did some landscapes I could go out and make some drawings and photographs ... I guess it seems like I'm working my way through all the traditional genres at the moment.

    (image - Esther Bosshard, Glass with Tamarillos, work from her SITE 2015 exhibition)

    To see "My hair is longer and the plums are ready now", new paintings by Esther Bosshard, Inge Doesburg Gallery, February 17-23.

  • Welcome to international ceramicist Joe Bova - Artist in Residence (Feb 20 2018)

    The Dunedin School of Art welcomed their first 2018 Artist in Residence this week: Ceramicist Joe Bova.

    Joe’s home and studio is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived since 2004 after retiring from Ohio University. His undergraduate education was at the University of Houston after serving in the Air Force. His Masters is from the University of New Mexico and he is a Professor Emeritus from both LSU and Ohio University, where he was the Director of the School of Art for 7 years.

    A past president and a Fellow of NCECA Bova was awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Other awards include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship, a SAF/NEA Fellowship, several university sabbatical awards, and a fellowship to the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2004. The International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, elected him a member in 2005. His Fulbright Fellowship took him to Dublin, Ireland for 2011. Visiting artist appointments include the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Haystack School in Maine, Rhode Island School of Design, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; and the Archie Bray Foundation, MT. He has taught at Penland School, NC many times and he also served as a Trustee and was Chair of the Board. Joe was a distinguished Artist in Residence at Florida Atlantic University 2014 - 2015 and in the spring semester 2016 he was the Class of 1936 Distinguished Artist in Residence at The College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg VA. The Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center in China invited him to a Residency last summer. His work is in the collections of the Arizona State University Art Museum; Crocker Art Museum, CA.; Greenville Museum of Art, SC; International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary; Los Angeles County Museum, CA; Mint Museum of Art, NC; the San Angelo Museum of Art, TX, and the Shangyu Museum, China. The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Ceramic Arts Center in Montana have hosted him as an Artist in Resident.

    His work in ceramics using animal imagery was first inspired by the realities of hunting and fishing trips, and later by their power as symbols, surrogates and totems. He shows regularly with Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, Ohio and his recent solo exhibition was April/May 2017.

    Joe will be at the Dunedin School of Art for 5-6 weeks and will present a lunchtime seminar jointly with Rob Cloughley on 1 March. He is staying on campus in the art residency house and has a studio space in Ceramics.

    (image credit: work by Joe Bova - Aesops Game, to see more of Joe's work see https://www.joebova.studio/)

     

    copyright Joe Bova - Aesops Game

     

     

     

  • A fresh idea (Feb 16 2018)

    The innovation of Otago Polytechnic's Food Design programme has come to fruition in a range of edible produce replicas – all with a taste twist.

    Examples include a dahl curry encased in turmeric chocolate and presented in a chilli, and an apple pie smoothie in the form of a Granny Smith apple hanging from a tree.

    Otago Polytechnic Food Design academics Timothy Lynch and Tony Heptinstall developed the new technique in consultation with EPIC, Otago Polytechnic’s R & D Centre, after being approached by Sanitarium.

    The work, believed to be a New Zealand first, was showcased as part of a “So Good Garden of Goodness”, an edible ''garden'' comprising 3000 products, at Auckland’s Britomart this month.

    The food-art process began with the creation of food-grade silicone moulds used to create vegan chocolate shells, which are filled with a variety of recipes based on Sanitarium’s So Good non-dairy milk products.

    “The process involves working with natural products to design handcrafted foods that look identical to fruit and vegetables but are filled with contrasting flavours,” explains Timothy, who lectures on sustainability in the food industry. 

    The technique allows chefs to produce large quantities of artistically designed food products by hand – yet on a commercial scale with a small team and at reduced cost. 

    Tony says one of the objectives was to increase current industry capital through collaborations between the food industry and higher education sector. 

    “We were conscious that in order to inspire the students we needed to take on a challenge that solved a real-world problem and used design thinking at the same time,” he says. 

    Sanitarium marketing business manager Hayley Scott says the outcome surpassed expectations. 

    “We approached Otago Polytechnic to help us come up with a way to show Kiwis how non-dairy milks can be used creatively in kitchens around the country. 

    “Throughout their collaboration with their students and colleagues they have completely embraced this challenge and we have been amazed at what they have been able to produce.”

    Watch Breakfast TV's interview with Tim and Tony

    Read more about our innovative culinary programmes

     

  • A fresh angle on architecture (Feb 14 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic will celebrate architecture in its various exciting forms next week.

    A wide-ranging exhibition at the Hub marks the 2017 introduction of the three-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology or Interior Architecture) at Otago Polytechnic.

    The exhibition will showcase a range of creative outcomes achieved by first-year learners.

    These include books of hand-drawings and computer-aided design reconfigured using Photoshop, conceptual drawings in charcoal, digital collage, and experimental processes, as well as technical drafting. Architectural models supporting the design projects will also be on display.

    The exhibition opens at the Hub, Forth St, Dunedin, on Thursday 22 February at 5.30pm and runs until Friday 2 March.

    Read more about our Architecture programmes > 

  • iD Fashion finalists named (May 03 2018)

    Forty-six emerging designers from around the globe will showcase the latest in fashion innovation and creativity as they compete for top prizes in this year’s prestigious iD International Emerging Designer Shows, to be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on 3-4 May.

    The finalists, selected from a record 200 entries, will travel to Dunedin from their home countries to be judged by an international panel of experts at the new-look iD International Emerging Show, supported by Otago Polytechnic.

    “As Australasia’s only international emerging fashion competition, designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to come to Dunedin to network and to launch their collections on a global platform,” says Dr Margo Barton, Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director.

    “The talent on show for 2018 is pushing boundaries with diverse cultural and personal identities explored through their fashion languages,” Margo, Otago Polytechnic’s Academic Leader-Fashion, says.

    “This is a unique opportunity to be amazed by the future of the world’s fashion, right here in Dunedin.”

    The Emerging Shows will take centre stage as the main show at this year’s reinvigorated iD Dunedin Fashion event, held from 2-6 May and funded by the Dunedin City Council. The main shows will be held over two nights at the Dunedin Town Hall.

    This year’s Emerging selection committee, made up of Kiwi fashion designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), and Margi Robertson (NOM*d), noted the exceptional standard of entries from around the world, which made selecting a pool of finalists extremely difficult. 

    This year’s finalists include Otago Polytechnic graduate Dylan McCutcheon-Peat.

    Prizes include $6000 for the H&J First Place winner, $4000 for the Rodd and Gunn Second Place, $2000 for the Gallery de Novo Third Place ($2000) and a range of other special prizes.

    iD Dunedin Fashion tickets go on sale on Monday 26 February through Ticketmaster.co.nz

    For more information on our Bachelor of Design (Fashion) programme, visit

  • Top Turf scholarship announced (Feb 14 2018)

    Sean Purdy, from Kauri Cliffs Golf Course in Northland, has been awarded NZ Golf’s Top Turf scholarship.

    The scholarship is fiercely contested by students working towards Otago Polytechnic’s New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf).

    Based at our Cromwell campus, it is the only full-time Sports Turf programme on offer in New Zealand.

    The programme provides a balance of theoretical and practical studies. Learners benefit from the close proximity to world renowned sports facilities, as well as an outdoor turf training facility that has been established specifically to cater for this qualification.

    For example, Otago Polytechnic Horticulture lecturer John Prunnell and Year 1 students will head to Millbrook Resort, near Queenstown, on 27 February, when they will help prepare the course for the showpiece event on our national golf calendar – the ISPA Handa New Zealand Open, to will be held on 1-4 March. 

    Meanwhile Year-2 students like Sean continue their internships at some of the country’s most prestigious turf venues.

    For more information about our Sports Turf programme, visit

     

     

     

     

  • Public Exhibition: 2018 Dunedin School of Art POSTGRADUATE Season (Mar 16 2018)

    19 FEB - 6 APRIL, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, RIEGO ST

     

    Master of Visual Arts
    Nelson (Shin Nei), Nostalgia, 19 February – 23 February
    Arati Kuswaha, Slow Decay, 26 February – 2 March
    Yong Wei Lim, Surroundings, 5 March – 9 March


    Master of Fine Arts
    Susan Videler, Wearing the Wound Secrets, Rituals and Beliefs, 12 March – 16 March
    Justine Turnbull, The Alchemy of Exile, 19 March – 23 March (Monday Holiday)
    Rob Haultain, Mind Your Hands, 26 March – 6 April (Friday, Monday, Tuesday Easter Holiday)

    DSA GALLERY, Ground Floor, P Block, Riego Street (off Albany St), Dunedin

     GALLERY HOURS
    Monday to Friday
    10am – 4pm

     

     

     

     

  • 2018 PIN conference in Arizona (Feb 12 2018)

    Registrations for the PIN (Postsecondary International Network) annual conference in Arizona open on 1 March, 2018.

    An international alliance of postsecondary and community-technical institutions, PIN’s executive includes Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker, who works with other senior tertiary executives to improve outcomes for learners, share information among institutions, promote international cooperation and engage in issues critical to the sector.

    Held in Auckland last year, the 2018 conference will open in Prescott, Arizona, on 23 September.

    For more information visit the PIN 2018 conference website.

     

     

  • Call for Papers - Junctures: the Journal for Thematic Dialogue (Feb 12 2018)

    Expressions of interest open now. Final deadline for papers: 30 April,2018. Editor: Marc Doesburg.

    Arms and legs of the plundered sea, for whom is it you dance?

    from Southern Pacific Ocean by Gregory O’Brien

    Oceans and seas end here, in New Zealand. A useful transport route, oceans have over millennia facilitated the movement of peoples. Settlement of New Zealand was a result of planned colonialization by Māori, and Europeans in turn. Oceans have been navigated in search of opportunity, and have been a barrier fostering insularity. They facilitate contact with the other, but demand negotiation of cohabitation.

    Realm of Tangaroa, god of the sea, oceans feature fascinating and fearful creatures, both real and imaginary. They have been an inexhaustible supply of food, giving and sustaining. They are a source of energy, with reserves of gas and oil and minerals.

    But oceans are suffering from exploitation: they are a convenient dumping ground, are overfished, are suffering from acidification and a drop in the pH level, and are indicators of global warming, with rising sea levels resulting in climate refugees.

    Junctures: the Journal for Thematic Dialogue invites submissions from authors on the theme of oceans, whether from the hard sciences, humanities, visual, sonic and performing arts, social sciences, law, education or medicine.

     

    Call for Papers:Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue
    Expressions of interest open now.
    Final deadline for papers: 30 April 2018
    Editor: Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagements
    marc.doesburg@op.ac.nz or junctures@op.ac.nz

     

    Gregory O’Brien, Whale Years, (Auckland University Press, Auckland 2015), 20.

    (photo by Marc Doesburg)

  • Public Seminars Term 1 (Feb 12 2018)

    1 MARCH-12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Public Seminar Programme for Term 1, 2018

     

    1 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)         
    The Ceramic Practices of Joe Bova (US) and Rob Cloughley (NZ) - Joe Bova and Rob Cloughley

    The presentation by Joe Bova on his Ceramic Art is termed Form and Grace. What the I Ching says about grace is as close to a truth as I know about working with clay:  "The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form.”

    In conjunction, Rob Cloughley will be discussing his recent work and practice that has concluded in four collaborative installations of Rob’s ceramic sculptures in combination with Prudence Edge’s Textile sculpture.

    A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Joe Bova was educated at the University of Houston (BFA, 1967) and the University of New Mexico (MA, 1969). A Professor Emeritus from LSU and Ohio University, in 2011 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin, Ireland. Bova has taught workshops at institutions around the globe, including the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, University of Georgia’s Cortona Italy Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Archie Bray Foundation, MT, the College of William and Mary, VA, and the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, China. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Arizona State University Art Museum, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary, the National Collection of Ireland, the Los Angeles County Museum, CA, the Mint Museum of Art, NC, and the Shangyu Museum, China. Joe Bova lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Rob Cloughley has been working with clay for 23 years. He is the Ceramic Diploma Programme Coordinator and Ceramic Studio Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art. 

     

    8 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Haere Mai to the Highway, a talk about a new project in painting and some of its precedents and inspirations - Tim Croucher

    Recently I’ve been working on paintings that make an exchange between historical events of the colonial period, constructed incidents and my own personal memory and imagination of the places I spent my youth in the Manawatu and Rangatikei and latterly in Waikato and Thames Valley. These paintings have developed from several exhibition projects based on my trips in India and China that reflected on the dislocation and fantasy of travel.

    I’ll show images of works from these projects and some source material from my current work on Haere Mai to the Highway. I’ll talk a bit about my artistic influences and methods too, if that seems relevant to the audience.

    Tim Croucher was born in Longburn, just south of Palmerston North in 1963. He moved to Hamilton to finish high school in 1981, hated it, fell in love and went to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Tim painted public murals during the 80’s before returning, with some trepidation, to Hamilton to take up a teaching position at the Waikato Polytechnic. He’s worked there ever since teaching Fine Arts. Tim makes paintings for exhibition and shows his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He’s also recently got back into painting public artworks with his wife Tracy. When he can, he goes boating, and rides motorbikes with his family, digging around in the landscape and towns that for him, are iconic to his country.

     

    15 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)

    Collections + Bits and Pieces - Andrea Daly

    My grandfather was Irish living in Scotland. He worked in China where he meet his English wife, to be, and immigrated to New Zealand. He always told stories. Every night after dinner he would enthrall us with Irish Fairy tales and other wonders. Some were obviously fictional but others such as his out of body experience or the seeing of ghosts we were never quite sure about.

    I think I may also be a story teller but forgot to use words. The language of the object and the visual is not one I am fluent in so it is a constant struggle and a fantastic challenge. Sometimes I know what I am saying and other times I am just concentrating on the words and an unexpected story emerges. Looking back over the 33 years of my practice I realise the underlying narrative has always been about me, my fears, interests, fascinations. I have delved into the role of being a young female trying to understand the cultural forces that define me, explored language as political, gendered, structural and constrictive. Wondered if I was an artist using jewellery as my medium or a jeweller and where were the lines and who drew them? And all the time my Catholic past keeps looking for the unexplained, unexpected and impossible. Science is like a wonderland I return to and the human brain unexplored territory, anything is possible.

    But how much can a simple piece of jewellery actually tell us?

    Andrea Daly is a practicing jeweler and tutor who works from her own studio and has been involved in Teaching at various institutions since 1990. She is HOD Jewellery at Hungry Creek and was a Partner in Fingers Jewellery Gallery from 1991 to 2017. She studied in Australia at Sydney College of the Arts completing an undergraduate Bachelor and Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts majoring in Contemporary Jewellery. She later went on to complete a Masters in Philosophy First Class Honors majoring in Art History at Auckland University. Andrea exhibits nationally and internationally with works held in both public and private collections.      

     

    22 MARCH12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Towards definitions of literacy and criticality in first year art and design courses - Steve Lovett

    As students in tertiary art and design course synthesize a diverse range of information to develop concepts for their practice criticality is the core skill that they are required to develop. Steve Lovett’s current research examines definitions of literacy to include different forms of media visual cultures, text based information and communication technologies and new media, as a means to better understand literacy education in art and design programmes and therefore how to better enable the development of criticality.

    Steve Lovett  is an artist and educator. He set up the INKubator Print Research Lab at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. In 22 years teaching in South Auckland, Lovett also designed and delivered a Foundation Education in the Visual Arts Programme. Lovett is now at Elam School of Fine Arts managing the redesign of the print facilities there.​

     

    29 MARCH, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Time-based Moving Image Installation Art and the “Cinema-Situation - Hilary Radner

    Throughout most of the twentieth century, the moving image was confined to a relatively restricted set of viewing situations. Today, this is no longer the case. This intervention will consider the implications of these changes, particularly as they have been explored by the French film theorist Raymond Bellour.

    Hilary Radner is Emerita Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago. Her most recent publications include a co-edited special issue on fashion and the moving image for Fashion Theory (2017) and, with Alistair Fox, Raymond Bellour: Cinema and the Moving Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

     

    5 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    Why Art Matters: Art as Entertainment (and then some) - Patricia Hoffie

    State galleries have demonstrated overwhelming success in rising to the challenge of expanding and extending Australian audiences. Crowds flow through the doors; children drag their parents and minders in to be part of the often lavish extension services programmes they offer and focus groups get special walking-talking tours through exhibitions – often for no cost at all. Along with such success there’s been a growing association of art with entertainment. And while aesthetes and purists might scoff and bemoan that development, the association is hardly a new one. Art has twinned with entertainment in its various manifestations throughout the ages, and it’s often used the close relationship as a means of raising other issues – issues that might require longer and deeper responses than quick cheap thrills.

    This presentation addresses the issue of art and/as entertainment, and raising the question about the extent to which that inhibits or assists the aims of art.

    Prof. Patricia Hoffie AM is a Queensland based artist, writer and curator. Trained as a painter, her practice includes a range of media including installation, assemblage and sculpture. Since her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1974, she has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally For several decades her work has focused on the changing nature of work, especially in relation to shifts in understanding about what might constitute a ‘work of art’ or an ‘artwork’. She has employed the theme Fully Exploited Labour to collate several decades of practice that has examined aspects of the processes whereby greater and lesser values are ascribed to particular areas of cultural production. This body of work has been used to address issues of authorship, belonging, the 'immigration problem' in Australia and a number of other subjects pertinent to the impact of globalisation on notions of 'belonging'. For three years she worked with Dr. Caroline Turner (ANU) on an ARC major grant funded series of projects under the banner Art and Human Rights. Her PhD titled Regional Values: Australian during the 1980s, awarded through University of New South Wales in 1998, has provided a national focus on regional values that has provided a fulcrum for her later work examining Australia's role in the Asia-Pacific region, a subject she researched actively through early involvement in the formative years of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, for which she worked as a curator and writer.

     

    12 APRIL, 12:00-1:00PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, (off Albany Street)
    This seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5:00PM.


    Understanding -- Art and Research - Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz and Anna Vasof

    Artistic Research is one of the core activities at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte). In view of the Angewandte`s exhibition Understanding Art and Research which will be opened on 12 April in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, the seminar will provide an overview into the Angewandte`s approach regarding art and research activities respectively, including the exchange of personal insights via specific case scenarios. Colleagues participating in the exhibition will be present. President Gerald Bast opens with  “Surviving in the Digital Age: Why humans need art-based approaches for not to getting lost in transition“. Afterwards colleagues will present individual approaches to their art and research activities including aspects regarding collaborative projects: Cornelia Bast: “Art, Dementia and Empathy”, Konrad Strutz: “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics“ and Anna Vasof, with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of her project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Gerald Bast, Cornelia Bast, Konrad Strutz, and Anna Vasof are colleagues from the Dunedin School of Art exchange partner institution Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna Austria.

    The seminar will continue in the afternoon with a workshop also open to the public from 2.30-5pm.

    12 April afternoon workshop from 2.30pm

    Colleagues from the Angewandte`s in Vienna will present a video by Anna Vasof with first hand insight into the University´s PhD in Art Programme based on the development of Anna’s project “Non-Stop Stop-Motion”.

    Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. She’s currently writing Ph.D. thesis at the University of applied arts in Vienna about an animation technique that she develops and at the same time working on designing and building innovative mechanisms for producing critical videos, actions and installations.

    Dr. Gerald Bast is President of University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. Amongst other functions he held in the field of Higher Education and Research for many years he is currently member in the Representative Board of ELIA - European League of the Arts, member in the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Editor-in-chief of the book series "Arts, Research, Innovation and Society" at Springer International Publisher. Before he became President of the "Angewandte" where he planned and implemented numerous new programmes in teaching and research, Bast was responsible for drafting the legislation for major university reforms in times when he was engaged at the Federal Ministry for Higher Education.

    Cornelia Bast is an artist, social designer and art-based researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She graduated from a Higher Biochemistry School, worked as a midwife at the University Clinic Vienna and earned a BA in Applied Arts and Design Communication and an MA in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work oscillates between art, design and public performative interventions. She sees art and design primarily as media for social communication. Working in cooperation with non-profit institutions deepen insight into problems and strengthen the impact of her work. She is on the editorial board of dérive – Radio for Urban Research, and has presented her work at various international conferences.

    Konrad Strutz is a visual artist and a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Areas of focus in his scientific and artistic work include non-hierarchical spatial representations, and body movement in the context of communication. He received his academic education in fine arts and in computer science from the Vienna Technical University and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, respectively. Konrad‘s artwork is exhibited in Europe as well as overseas on a regular basis. Besides his position as a faculty member and a fellow of the Volkswagen foundation’s program “Arts and Science in Motion”, Konrad is currently involved in the symposium “The Entanglement between Gesture, Media and Politics” to be held in Berlin this year. www.konradstrutz.com


         

     

  • Opening doors to students (Feb 09 2018)

    Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village, will open its doors to students on Sunday 11 February. 

    Just a short walk from campus and Dunedin’s city centre, the $20 million, 231-bed furnished residential village offers fully-catered single rooms (dorms), self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. 

    Te Pā Tauira was officially blessed on Wednesday by Kai Tahu representative Tahu Potiki, who performed a series of karakia.

    The ceremony was attended by more than 80 people, including Otago Polytechnic Council Chair Kathy Grant and CEO Phil Ker, who praised the complex’s high standard of workmanship, outstanding design and sustainable principles.

    “We have set a new benchmark in student accommodation,” Phil said.

    Constructed with the environment firmly in mind, Te Pā Tauira uses sustainable materials throughout, including laminated timber within its unique structural frame. 

    Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village, is managed by global student accommodation specialist Campus Living Villages who operate in prominent locations around the world.

    The name Te Pā Tauira was gifted by Ōtākou Rūnaka in 2017, along with each of the names for the five floors – Hawea, Rapuwai, Waitaha, Māmoe and Tahu (these are names of the southern tribes who have migrated to the South Island over centuries).

    Read more about Te Pā Tauira here

     

  • Dating dinner to raise funds (Feb 07 2018)

    Josh Perry is following the official launch of his dating website last month with a dinner aimed at raising funds for Enabling Love.

    The dinner, to be held tomorrow night at Dunedin venue Vault 21, includes optional speed dating.

    An Otago Polytechnic business and marketing graduate, Josh (26) is also in a wheelchair and knows how difficult it can be to meet others.

    So he set up Enabling Love in response to a need expressed by members of the disability community.

    “Enabling Love is run for people with disabilities by people living with disability.”

    To register for the 8.30pm dinner ($25 gets you dinner and a drink) on Thursday, February 8, email enquiries@enablinglove.nz

    For more information, visit: http://enablinglove.nz/

  • Costume Textiles Association of NZ and Otago Polytechnic - Call for Papers and Exhibition (Feb 07 2018)

    This year, Unbound: Liberating Women; A Symposium, organised in partnership with the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) and the School of Design and The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic – Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, will be held in September, 21-23, 2018. CTANZ is a national organisation that provides a forum for the study, research and conservation of dress and textiles. Established in 2002, this will be the 18th national presentation of the symposium.

     

    The exhibition, Unbound opens Friday 21st September to launch Unbound: Liberating Women; A Symposium in the DSA Gallery, The Dunedin School of Art (evening is open to the public). The symposium will be held in The HUB and G Block on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September, 2018.

     

    Unbound: 22nd September – 18th October 2018. The Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. The exhibition Unbound is a quality assured, peer-reviewed project curated by Dr Natalie Smith and Victoria Bell.

      

    See Attached Calls for Exhibition Proposals and Symposium Papers.

     

  • A Collision of Cultures (Mar 02 2018)

    Dunedin artist Graham Fletcher is preparing to stage an extensive survey show as part of the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival exhibition.


    2 MARCH - 28 APRIL 2018, GUS FISHER GALLERY, AUCKLAND


    The Third Space: Ambiguity in the art of Graham Fletcher incorporates large tracts of what he terms “Lounge-Room Tribalism”. A Senior Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin School of Art, Fletcher is also Studio Coordinator for Painting and Pasifika advisor and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Of mixed Samoan and European heritage, Fletcher is focused on a fundamental cultural question: how art from indigenous cultures have been appropriated and repurposed into contemporary domestic settings.

    “These objects become disenfranchised when placed into new environments,” Fletcher explains. The theme builds on his doctoral studies (Myth, Magic, Mimicry, and the Cross-Cultural Imaginary; Elam, 2006-2010), during which Fletcher travelled to Europe, visiting galleries and prominent museums.

    “I was inspired by the very same ethnographic artefacts that influenced the works of notable artists such as Picasso, Matisse and the Surrealists.” While wandering through the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fletcher came across an installation of objects collected by André Breton. It comprised more than 260 pieces, ranging from tribal artefacts, natural objects, antique furniture, stuffed animals and trinkets, to paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. An accompanying plaque revealed Breton had collected more than 5000 pieces. “The Pompidou managed to salvage one complete wall from his apartment for permanent display,” Fletcher says. “It was like nothing I had seen before.” 

    Yet, on a reduced scale, he had. Fletcher recalls a chance visit to a house in the Auckland inner-city suburb of Mt Eden in the 1990s. “I had to go and collect an art work at a bungalow in Mt Eden. I knocked on the door and this elderly woman answered. “I wandered in and, my God, it was like a museum. There were tribal objects all over the place, art works all over the walls, including by key New Zealand artists. “All this stuff was put together quite nicely. She had obviously taken great care in placing things. She was trying to create some sort of discussion between the works.”

    Fletcher’s paintings, too, address the same conversation – the tension that occurs when these different worlds mix.

    “It’s about taking something from the Old World and placing it in the New. We all do it to some extent. I have a number of carvings and other ethnographic objects at home, although I will say they are of tourist item quality. I think of myself more as a documentarian. My works comprise collages of many parts but I don’t distort the cultural objects in any way, apart from making them bigger or smaller. I have tried to stay true to the objects.”

    The Third Space: Ambiguity in the art of Graham Fletcher  features works made by Graham Fletcher over 20 years of exhibiting as a professional artist.

    Graham Fletcher talks to Rebecca Fox, from the Otago Daily Times, how it has highlighted how his work has changed.

     

  • Highlanders partner with Wildlife Hospital (Jan 29 2018)

    The Pulse Energy Highlanders have formed a community partnership with the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital.

    The hospital is the first specialised wildlife hospital in the South Island and will be able to treat up to 500 patients a year once it is fully operational.

    The need for this type of hospital was highlighted in a 2017 report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that identified 80% of native species are at risk of extinction.

    Co-chair of the Wildlife Hospital Trust Steve Walker is “delighted" with the arrangement.

    "Given that we are a recent start-up Charitable Trust, this shows the belief the Highlanders have in our mission and confidence that the community will get behind the Hospital to help keep it funded.”

    The hospital is hosted at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing.

    It opened on 15 January, admitting two adult yellow-eyed penguins the same day. 

    Highlanders General Manager of Commercial and Marketing Amelia Kininmonth hoped that this community partnership would assist the Wildlife Hospital with its initiatives, highlight what an asset the Wildlife hospital is to the community and assist with fundraising.

    "We view ourselves as very much part of the local community, and we want to help make our home town a better place. This community partnership is one of a number of activities and events we want to associate with in the future.”

    For further enquiries about the Wildlife Hospital, please contact Wildlife Hospital Trust co-chair Steve Walker. Emai: walkersteve4@gmail.com; ph: 027 850 5603

     

  • New dating website launched (Jan 26 2018)

    Josh Perry, an Otago Polytechnic business and marketing graduate, officially launched his dating website this week.

    Josh is an outgoing 26-year-old Kiwi male. He is also in a wheelchair and knows how difficult it can be to meet others.

    So he set up Enabling Love in response to a need expressed by members of the disability community.

    “Enabling Love is run for people with disabilities by people living with disability,” Josh explains. 

    “We understand the challenges of meeting others through dating sites and have decided to set up our own inclusive service. We aim to provide a safe environment for individuals to meet new friends and form new connections and relationships.”

    For more information, visit: http://enablinglove.nz/

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

    Read the Stuff article

  • Protecting the vulnerable (Jan 23 2018)

    As the only trained wildlife veterinary doctor practising in the South Island, Dr Lisa Argilla is playing a huge role in the conservation of some of this country's most endangered species.

     

    She works at The Wildlife Hospital at Otago Polytechnic's School of Veterinary Nursing in Dunedin, which has now been open just over a week - and it's been flat out from day one!

     

    Read more about Dr Argilla and her work in this wonderful Otago Daily Times feature.

     

    Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic.

     

     

     

     

  • Takahe admitted to Wildlife Hospital (Jan 16 2018)

    A rare female takahē has been admitted to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital today, highlighting the importance of the facility to the rehabilitation of various precious species that live in the South.

    Based at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing, the facility is the only specialist wildlife hospital to treat sick and injured native animals in the South Island.

    A partnership between Otago Polytechnic and The Wildlife Hospital Trust, the hospital will be able to treat up to 500 animals per year when staffed at full capacity.

    “Widget” the takahē was observed to have a leg injury and took a three and a-half hour journey by car from Te Anau to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital for diagnosis and treatment if required*. 

    Widget will be housed in her own ward, complete with native foliage donated yesterday by the Dunedin Botanic Garden (Dunedin City Council), Blueskin Nurseries and Ribbonwood Nurseries.

    Still, she won’t be entirely alone. Two yellow-eyed penguins, admitted to the hospital on its opening day on Monday, are just down the corridor.

    Takahē have a threat classification of “Nationally Vulnerable” (reclassified from “Nationally Critical” in 2017). As at October 1, 2017, there are 347 takahē in existence.

    Widget was hatched in October 2004 and taken from a nest from the wild takahē population in the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland, and incubated and puppet-raised by rangers at the Burwood Takahē Centre, near Te Anau.

    She currently lives at the Burwood Takahē Centre with her partner Charles and their family of two sub-adults (last-season chicks) and two chicks.

    Widget has made a considerable contribution to the Department of Conservation’s Takahē Recovery Programme, raising just under 20 chicks to date. She is a described by DOC staff as a “very devoted and relaxed parent”. 

    Widget and her family are among 30 founding birds destined to be released into Kahurangi National Park early this year as the Takahē Recovery Programme attempts to establish a second wild takahē population. 

    “The Takahē Recovery Programme is hoping Widget makes a speedy recovery so she can move to her new home in the wild,” Julie Harvey, Takahē Advocacy Ranger, Department of Conservation — Te Papa Atawhai, says.

    “The TRP welcomes the opening of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital given its skilled and expert staff.”

    Julie also praised the benefits of having such a facility in the South.

    “The Wildlife Hospital’s close proximity to the Burwood Takahē Centre, the hub of the takahē breeding programme, reduces the travel times for birds who are likely to be stressed due to injury or illness.”

    Steve Walker, the Co-Chair of the Wildlife Hospital Trust, agrees:

    “Although we didn’t expect to receive a takahē on our second day, it does vindicate our point that establishing a hospital in Dunedin would reduce travel time – and therefore trauma.

    “For example, had we not been open, Widget the takahē would have likely faced a long flight to Palmerston North to be treated,” Steve says.

    “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t see any takahē through our doors, but we are delighted to be able to help this bird.”

    Visit the Wildlife Hospital's website and Facebook page.

    Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic

     

     

     

  • A new dawn for wildlife care (Jan 11 2018)

    The opening of the Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin on Monday 15 January heralds an exciting new chapter in both animal care and veterinarian education.

    Based at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing, the facility will be the only specialist wildlife hospital to treat sick and injured native animals in the South Island.

    A partnership between Otago Polytechnic and The Wildlife Hospital Trust, the hospital will be able to treat up to 500 animals per year when staffed at full capacity.

    “Not only will the hospital save precious wildlife, it will also provide great learning opportunities for our students, reinforcing our leadership in veterinarian nursing education,” Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, says.

    Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, People, Performance and Development, believes the Wildlife Hospital’s intrinsic connection to veterinary nursing teaching will attract plenty of international interest

    “We hope students might come from around the globe to study here.”

    “There are a lot of other benefits for Otago and the South Island, too,” Jo says.

    “It means we can treat species that otherwise might not receive medical care.It is about preserving future generations of wildlife – for our future generations.”

    Dr Lisa Argilla, one of New Zealand’s best-known wildlife veterinary surgeons, will run the hospital alongside accomplished wildlife veterinary nurse Angelina Martelli.

    Both have recently moved to Dunedin to be involved in the initiative.

    “I first had the idea for a Wildlife Hospital in the South Island in 2013,” Lisa says.

    “Now we are just a few days away from realising this vision.

    “Angelina, our senior wildlife vet nurse, and I are really excited to be starting on Monday, setting up the equipment and admitting the first patients."

    Andy Cunningham, the Co-Chair of the Wildlife Hospital Trust, acknowledges Otago Polytechnic’s “vision for the partnership”. He also thanks the Department of Conservation and several other organisations for their contributions.

    “We’ve had the most amazing support from charitable funders, who have helped us purchase much of the specialist equipment we need to keep our operating costs down, as well as make the hospital operate as smoothly as possible.

    “We’re intrigued to see what our first patient will be. I would only offer short odds on it being either a Yellow-eyed Penguin or a Kereru!”

    Visit the Wildlife Hospital's website and Facebook page.

    Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Doctor of Professional Practice launched (Jan 10 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has launched a Doctor of Professional Practice – a programme for people looking to achieve a high-level qualification while also making a significant contribution to their organisation, hapū, iwi, community or profession.

    The inaugural doctorate programme, which began on January 4, features five highly skilled learners, all of whom gained entry after a rigorous, competitive selection process.

    “The learners are interviewed,” Jo Kirkwood, programme coordinator, explains. “We need to be sure the people who are accepted are a good fit.

    The Doctor of Professional Practice (DPP) is an innovative initiative run by Capable NZ. It allows learners to design new professional and personal learning goals, and then complete a substantial piece of research (including a 50,000-word thesis) over at least three years.

    A key difference between the DPP and a traditional doctorate is that learners do not have to give up work in order to study. Instead, the programme is integrated with leaners’ work, enabling them to focus on a topic that enhances their work practices if they wish. 

    Significantly, those enrolled in the DPP are looking to help others.

    For example, Bay of Plenty businesswoman and teacher Mawera Karetai’s studies will include an investigation into the dynamics of social welfare support systems.

    “Someone on a benefit might have to go through a process such as a benefit review panel. If that person has a low level of literacy they might not understand what’s happening,” Mawera says.

    Suzie Bartlett, meanwhile, will research the resilience of undergraduate nursing students working in a mental health clinical environment.

    A senior lecturer and course coordinator in nursing at Otago Polytechnic, Suzie has a close-up view of student pressures.

    “Around 20% of the population suffers from a form of mental illness – and that includes our student cohort.

    “When students are immersed in an acute mental health environment, they may start suffering from issues themselves.”

    Another Otago Polytechnic academic, Adrian Woodhouse, is examining educational practices – specifically within the Bachelor of Culinary Arts (BCA) programme.

    The academic leader of the BCA, Adrian advocates a more “humanist” approach to teaching, focusing on students’ motivations and goals.

    “There are these widely held views that a good chef wears a white jacket and works in a stressful environment. That is a social construct. It’s not reality.”

    Read more about our Doctor of Professional Practice

    Read more about Capable NZ

     

     

  • Thinking outside the box (Dec 13 2017)

    “Inspirational” is the first word that comes to mind for three Otago Polytechnic students who have recently returned from the Sino-New Zealand Model Programme symposium in Tianjin, China.

    April Henderson, Jane Armour-Raudon and Evelyn Araujo arrived back in Dunedin earlier this month buoyed by an international experience that included collaborating with three Chinese students in a “start-up business model workshop”.

    Marc Doesburg, Otago Polytechnic’s Director Internationalisation, says the workshop provides an “extraordinary” opportunity for second-year Bachelor of Applied Management students.

    “It challenges the students’ assumptions, and provides a unique and rigorous environment in which entrepreneurial ideas can be tested and developed.

    “As well as being stimulated, the students experience a certain level of discomfort, too. In having their ideas objectively evaluated and challenged, they grow in confidence.

    “We see both a personal and professional transformation in our students,” says Marc, who accompanied the trio to China.

    “That’s a key reason behind the forum – in fact, all of our international partnerships. The aim is to provide experiences not available in the current domestic programme.”

    Evelyn says the Tianjin experience has been “amazing”, providing her with plenty of ideas for her business project.

    “The forum really opened my eyes. I learnt so much about business solutions, creation, sustainability and innovation.”

    Jane says she has gained much from the cross-cultural aspects of the forum.

    “The workshop gave me valuable insights. It also helped me realise that New Zealand’s relatively small size doesn’t preclude it thinking big in terms of innovation entrepreneurship.

    “I came back to New Zealand having validated, through research, my concepts. I will now continue with my business, Eideann Chocolates, a souvenir gift chocolate which uses storytelling to convey a sense of place and people.”

    April says the experience has been “100 times better” than expected.

    “Just witnessing the differences in thinking that occurs between cultures was mind-blowing.

    “Here in New Zealand we only have 4 million people, whereas China has more than a billion, so the Chinese students’ concepts were much more global.”

    The Sino-New Zealand Modern Vocational Education Development Forum is a result of the Strategic Education Partnership between China and New Zealand, signed by then Prime Minister John Key in April 2013.

    Under the theme of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, the forum aims to stimulate discussion on research and policy between New Zealand and Chinese officials and institutions involved in vocational education and training.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s international partnerships.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Malaysia, here he comes (Dec 13 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic student Oliver Johnston has won a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

    The scholarship, worth almost $8000, will enable Oliver to travel to Malaysia in March. He will spend 18 weeks studying International Business at Taylor’s University, near Kuala Lumpur.

    Oliver, who has just completed the second year of a Bachelor of Applied Management at Otago Polytechnic, will study four papers at Taylor’s University. The credits he gains will go towards his final qualification.

    “Studying in Malaysia will give me a better understanding of the ethical issues and dilemmas affecting managers in international organisations.

    “It will help me gain a better understanding of management challenge's associated with developing strategies, designing organisations and managing operations of companies whose activities stretch across national boundaries.”

    Oliver sees long-term benefits, too.

    “It makes me more employable to larger businesses.

    “When I finish my Bachelor of Applied Management I hope to work in a global business.

    “The knowledge I gain while in Malaysia will give me a better understanding of international business. This includes analysing international business on a more strategic level, which I can apply to a New Zealand business setting.”

    Oliver also wants to use the opportunity to strengthen the ties between Otago Polytechnic and Taylor’s University.

    “I will encourage others in my degree to study abroad and expand their cultural knowledge while sharing mine.

    “I will also take advantage of all extra-curricular activities offered by Taylor’s University to expand my network and knowledge and help the students there learn more about New Zealand and its culture.”

    Oliver is one of 139 recipients in the latest round of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (totalling $1.3 million).

    Established in 2013, the scholarships have enabled more than 1200 New Zealand students to build new connections and networks, developing a deeper understanding of language and culture, and gaining an international perspective in their area of expertise.

    Read more about our Business programmes.

     

  • Study for free (Dec 12 2017)

    The introduction of the Government’s Fees Free tertiary policy in 2018 is an exciting prospect for students as well as Otago Polytechnic, says Chief Executive Phil Ker.

    “The policy provides an opportunity for those who previously might not have considered tertiary study because of the financial implications.

    Otago Polytechnic already caters to a diverse range of learners. However, the policy could very well widen – or deepen – the pool of potential learners and, especially, older learners. We particularly welcome that,” Phil says.

    The Government’s Fees Free policy covers one year’s full-time study, or part-time study up to $12,000 (or 120 credits) and has no age restrictions. This applies to all Otago Polytechnic programmes at Level 3 or above, including postgraduate qualifications.

    You can study for free* in your first year at Otago Polytechnic if you’re new to tertiary study or have not previously being enrolled in more than 60 credits at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

    *Conditions apply.

    Read our guide for more information >

     

  • A special day (Dec 08 2017)

    Kerry Rushton has extra cause to celebrate graduation today.

    The 51-year-old Otago Polytechnic student will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Services and receive the Otago Daily Times Award for personal achievement in her studies.

    Kerry will mark the occasion at the Dunedin Town Hall with her mum, Beverley, who has a terminal illness.

    "I gave up work halfway through this year because Mum got a lot sicker and so I was trying to spend as much time with her as possible.

    "She has a heart and lung condition as well as type 1 diabetes. She went into full-time care last week because she needs 24-hour nursing now."

    Kerry was a full-time chef in Dunedin until four years ago, when she decided it was time to make a change.

    She completed a Certificate in Human Services, a stepping-stone to her studying for a Bachelor of Social Services, specialising in career counselling.

    She now plans to return to Otago Polytechnic and complete a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Disability) then find work as a careers counsellor for people with disabilities or mental health issues.

    "A lot of people tend to forget that people with disabilities need jobs because otherwise they’re going to end up in a lot of poverty,” says Kerry, who was New Zealand First’s Dunedin South candidate in the recent election.

    Read more about our Social Services programmes.

  • Dinner raises extra $30,000 (Dec 07 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Million Dollar Dinner has raised an additional $30,000 for local charities.

    Three hundred guests celebrated the milestone $1 million raised by the annual Charity House initiative. The event, held at The Hub on Saturday night, included a three-course meal, live entertainment and a charity auction.

    The proceeds from the night will go to the following organisations: 

    • United Way, which distributes donations to Otago community charities on Otago Polytechnic’s behalf
    • the Wildlife Hospital, which is due to open in Dunedin in January
    • scholarships for Otago Polytechnic students

    Each year for the past 11 years, Otago Polytechnic carpentry students have built a four-bedroom home with guidance from lecturers and the generous support of more than 20 local businesses. The finished Charity House is auctioned and all proceeds go to United Way, which distributes the funds to charities and worthy causes within Otago.  

    The 11th Otago Polytechnic Charity House sold on Saturday 18 November on campus for $270,000, a record price, outstripping last year’s previous record-beating price of $209,000.

  • City’s Arts and Culture Strategy - Creative Cities Southern Hui (Dec 05 2017)

    The Creative Cities Southern Hui ended on Saturday with a community meeting on the Dunedin City Council’s Ara Toi Otepoti, the city’s arts and culture strategy, at the Dunedin School of Art.

    The event featured a line-up of three-minute presentations on a host of arts projects the city has featured recently.

    Cr Hawkins said he thought the city was doing a better job in the arts area but if the public wanted more support for the arts, it needed to make that clear during the 10-year plan process in the next few months.

    Read more in the Otago Daily Times....

  • Opening date announced for Wildlife Hospital (Nov 28 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic and The Wildlife Hospital Trust are delighted to announce that the Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin has now received its permit from the Department of Conservation and will officially open its doors on Monday 15 January 2018.

    The Wildlife Hospital is a partnership between the Polytechnic and the Trust, and will be the only specialist wildlife hospital treating sick and injured native animals in the South Island. It will be based at the Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing and be capable of treating up to 500 animals per year when staffed at full capacity.

    “Work is already well underway to integrate the Hospital into the School of Veterinary Nursing, to maximise the exceptional learning and teaching opportunities it presents,” says the Polytechnic’s Director External Relations, Marketing and Communications, Mike Waddell. “As the only specialist wildlife hospital in the South Island, we are thrilled by the considerable benefits and advantages it offers our veterinary nursing students.”

    Andy Cunningham, the Co-Chair of the Wildlife Hospital Trust, is urging the community to get behind the initiative.

    “We are seeking sponsors and donors to ensure the ongoing success of this important facility,” he says. “It’s vital the Hospital is adequately funded so it can get on with treating our native wildlife, much of which is under serious threat.”

    People can contribute in several ways, including by purchasing fundraising T-shirts or donating directly. Details are available on the Hospital’s website. Corporate sponsors are also encouraged to contact the Trust through the website.

    The Hospital will be run by Dr Lisa Argilla, one of New Zealand’s best known wildlife veterinary surgeons, and accomplished wildlife veterinary nurse, Angelina Martelli. The pair will arrive in Dunedin early in the new year, ready for the Hospital’s opening.

     

    Check out the Wildlife Hospital's website and Facebook page.

    Read more about the Hospital in the Otago Daily Times.

    Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic

     

  • Charity House sells for record price (Nov 28 2017)

    The 11th Otago Polytechnic Charity House was a four-bedroom house built by carpentry students with guidance from their lecturers, and fitted out with generous support from more than 20 local businesses.

    It sold on Saturday 18 November on campus for $270,000, which is a record price for the Charity House, outstripping last year’s previous record-beating price of $209,000.

    As a result, the Polytechnic has donated $100,000 to charity, via the local fundraising distributor United Way. Over the project’s life, we have donated more than $1 million in total to Otago charities and community groups.

     To celebrate the million-dollar milestone, we are hosting a Million Dollar Dinner on Saturday 2 December in The Hub on Forth Street. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Education Foundation for the purpose of supporting: 

    • Scholarships for students and staff
    • Development of learning facilities
    • Community projects: Dunedin Wildlife Hospital and via United Way.

    You can read more about the auction in the Otago Daily Times.

    Find out more about studying Construction at Otago Polytechnic. 

     

     

  • Current and ex-students feature in Portage Ceramic Awards 2017 (Nov 22 2017)

    Congratulations to the Portage Ceramic Awards winners for 2017. The annual awards and exhibition provide a vital platform to showcase the diversity of ceramic artists nationwide. The Premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three Merit Awards totaling $3000 are also on offer. This year’s prize selection also included a residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.

    A number of entrants with a current or past affiliation with the Dunedin School of Arts Ceramics Studio were selected as finalists including: Blue Black, Madeleine Child,Kate Fitzharris, Richard Stratton, Amanda Shanley, Bridgit Day, Michael Potter, Chris Weaver, Richard Stratton and Cheryl Lucas.

    The Premier Prize for was awarded to Richard Stratton for his work Forced Turned Teapot. The Premier Award was presented by this year’s judge Emma Budgen at a ceremony in West Auckland’s Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.

    Amanda Shanley and Cheryl Lucas also received  Merit Awards for their works. Read more ...

    (image credit: Bridgit Day)

     



     

     

  • New Perspectives on Landscape (Nov 20 2017)

    The group exhibition New Perspectives on Landscape at the Ashburton Art Gallery encompasses a similar spirit and intention.  It presents the work of five recent MFA graduates from the Dunedin School of Art: Robyn Bardas, Miranda Joseph, Hannah Joynt, Sue Pearce and Fiona Van Oyen.  All are conscious of the politics and history of their subject and its increasing potential to contribute to debate about environmental, personal and political relationships with nature within the context of contemporary arts practice.

    "All the artists in this exhibition are answering the same question: 'when the landscape compels a response, how can we acknowledge the history of painting and art theory to provide critical integrity and validity to our response'," says Mandy Joseph.

    Read more.... Warren Feeney  looks into the legacy of traditional landscape paintings in this Press article. 

    New Perspectives is curated by Clive Humphreys.  It is a touring exhibition from the Dunedin School of Art featuring the work of Robyn Bardas, Miranda Joseph, Hannah Joynt, Sue Pearce and Fiona Van Oyen.

    New Perspectives on Landscape, Ashburton Art Gallery, 327 West Street, until January 14.

    (image Fiona van Oyen)

  • Students win chance to attend workshop in China (Nov 20 2017)

    Three Otago Polytechnic students have won the chance to participate in a start-up business model workshop in China.

    April Henderson, Jane Armour-Raudon and Evelyn Barbosa De Araaujo Tenorio will depart Dunedin on 25 November to attend the Sino-New Zealand Model Programme symposium in Tianjin, China. They will be accompanied by Otago Polytechnic's Director Internationalisation, Marc Doesburg.

    The three students will join a trio of Chinese students participating in the workshop, which is being held alongside the wider China-NZ Modern Vocational Education Development Forum, now in its fifth year. 

    As part of the application process, the students were required to propose a start-up business concept. One of these will be selected for further development during the workshop.

    April Henderson says she feels "incredibly lucky" to have been chosen to attend the workshop. "This is an excellent opportunity to gain business culture knowledge," she says. "I feel I have had little experience working with people from different countries so having the chance to immerse myself completely in a new culture is amazing".

    "The world is expanding rapidly and understanding other cultures is essential if you wish to succeed in today's world. I would love to report back my learning and experiences to my fellow students to help them on their way in the world."

     

     

     

     

  • Graduating Students Exhibition: SITE 2017 (Nov 16 2017)

    Students show their creativity at Dunedin School of Art's annual SITE exhibition.
    Read more in the Otago Daily Times....

  • High-ranking visit (Nov 16 2017)

    A high-ranking Chinese delegation, led by the Vice-Mayor of Shanghai, Mr Xu Kunlin, is visiting Otago Polytechnic.

    The visit reflects the deep, important and ongoing connections between Otago Polytechnic and Shanghai, and is part of the wider 23-year Sister City relationship between Dunedin and the Chinese metropolis, which is home to more than 24 million people.

    In addition to the civic delegation from Shanghai, students from the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics have also met Otago Polytechnic staff and students, as have students from the Shanghai University of Engineering Science's Fashion School, who will showcase garments as part of Otago Polytechnic’s School of Design (Fashion) Collections 17 event tonight.

    Read more about the Shanghai delegation's vist to Dunedin in the Otago Daily Times.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s international partnerships.

     

  • Sweet plans (Nov 15 2017)

    Life is about to get even busier for Otago Polytechnic graduate Liz Rowe.

    A former Dunedin School of Art student who specialised in sculpture, Liz has turned her creativity to chocolate-making in recent years, establishing the Otago Chocolate Company (Ocho) in Dunedin.

    Based in Vogel Street, the company has just been bought out as part of Dunedin’s "Own the Factory'' PledgeMe campaign, which has raised $2 million -- in 32 hours! -- to expand operations.

    Liz has been appointed general manager of the company, and her first task will be ordering new equipment from Italy to enable an increase in production from 90kg of chocolate a week to a maximum of 200kg a day.

    Read more about Liz and her Otago Chocolate Company here.

  • Internship, China Cup prize to be presented (Nov 15 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic’s end-of-year fashion show, Collections 17, comes with a couple of stylish twists.

    The event, to be held at The Hub this Friday, 17 November,showcases an exciting range of designs by our third-year Bachelor of Design (Fashion) students, as well as stand-out looks created by students in their first two years of study and our Graduate Diploma in Design students.

    In addition, Design students from the Shanghai University of Engineering Science/IFA Paris will showcase their collections on Friday night, as part of the Shanghai Dunedin Sister City Fashion Communication Project.  

    The Shanghai delegation includes notable international fashion event organiser Madame Zhou, who will present Otago Polytechnic fashion design graduate Ariane Bray with her 2nd place prize in the recent China Cup -- a result based around Ariane’ honours fashion collection developed in 2016.

    One hard-working year-3 or year-4 student will also receive a WORLD fashion internship, to be announced at the end of the Collections show by New Zealand fashion leader Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.

    The eight-week WORLD internship includes a stipend of $5000 (before tax) from the Newmarket Business Association and is scheduled to commence in late January 2018 or as negotiated.

    Collections 17 will be held at The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, on Friday 17 November, 7pm  (doors open), seated by 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic's Design programmes.

     

  • Christmas spirit (Nov 09 2017)

    Otag Polytechnic first-year midwifery student Rosie Naylor makes Christmas hampers and gives them to Women's Refuge. And she pays for all this out of her own back pocket.

    Read more in the Otago Daily Times

  • Student Village attracts interest aplenty (Nov 08 2017)

    From the curious to the committed, more than 170 visitors enjoyed a tour of Otago Polytechnic’s Student Village at the weekend.

     “We had a mixture of prospective students and their families, and members of the public who were just curious to take a look around,” Dr Emilie Crossley, Liaison Advisor, Learner Services, says.

    “Visitors commented that the rooms were really spacious, the building had great character with the exposed timber, and about how convenient its location was being so close to campus."

    Max Sims, Community Manager, Otago Polytechnic Student Village, enjoyed the chance to meet residents (and their parents) from near and far, including from Timaru, Alexandra and Manawatu.

    “All of the residents expressed that they were really excited by how it was looking and couldn’t wait to get into it and meet everybody at OPSV.”

    The brand-new, on-campus Student Village will be open to students for the first time in 2018.

    Just a short walk from campus and the city centre, the purpose-built 231-bed furnished residential village offers fully-catered single rooms (dorms), self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. 

    Constructed with the environment firmly in mind, the Student Village uses sustainable materials throughout, including the timber within its unique structural frame. 

    Read more about the Student Village here >

     

  • Form and function (Nov 02 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic Fashion Design graduate Jessie Wong continues to grab the spotlight.

    Jessie has recently returned to her Wellington workshop having spent a couple of weeks in Europe, where she showed her 2018 Yu Mei bag collection at Paris Fashion Week, as well as attending a Milan trade show.

    Jessie (24), who began making bags in her first year of Fashion Design, continued to explore the idea and arrived at the concept for her latest range while in her final year in 2014.

    Aided by an AMP scholarship, she launched Yu Mei (her middle name) in 2015, promptly building on that impetus by showing at New Zealand Fashion Week the same year.

    Fast-forward a couple of years: Jessie now employs 16 staff in her Wellington workroom, where her range of handbags and totes are crafted to fulfil two key philosophies – they need to be both functional and good looking.

    Jessie’s Yu Mei bags are sold in more than 30 Australian stores, as well as a range of New Zealand retailers, including Ballantynes (Christchurch), Harper Inc (Hamilton) and Good as Gold and Ena (Wellington and Auckland).

    For more on Jessie Wong's latest adventures, read Stuff's feature article.

  • On the rise (Nov 01 2017)

    There's a sprinkling of Otago Polytechnic within the pages of a new recipe book.

    Mark Cross trained as a chef at Otago Polytechnic, then spent years overseas before returning to Dunedin where, eventually, he set up his dessert and pastry business, The Tart Tin.

    Mark is a regular at the Otago Farmers' Market where, on Saturday mornings, he sells (and sells out) his sweet delights from a caravan named Minty.

    Such has been his popularity, publisher Potton & Burton commissioned Mark to write a book, The Tart Tin, in which he has devulged many of his secrets.

    Mark's editorial adventures have been augmented by the vibrant images of Dunedin-based Isabella Harrex, a former Otago Polytechnic photographer and Dunedin School of Art graduate whose work is featured in Cuisine, North & South, Dish and Next magazines, among others.

    Read the Otago Daily Times feature.

    Read more about our Hospitality, Cookery and Culinary Arts programmes.

  • Taste of Southern hospitality (Oct 30 2017)

    Thailand teenagers Boonyawee Pakvisal and Parima Na Pompetch have been enjoying a hearty taste of Otago Polytechnic’s top-notch tertiary programmes.

    Our strong international connections extend to Education New Zealand’s partnership with Srinakharinwirot University Prasarnmitr Demonstration (SUPD) School in Bangkok, one outcome of which is the New Zealand Young Genius Chef Culinary Competition.

    The cooking contest, which targets high school students studying Home Economics or Hospitality, aims to raise the profile of New Zealand education as well as provide a platform for direct engagement with school-aged students.

    And this is where Boonyawee (nickname, Lookchan) and Parima (Prim) enter the mix.

    Having won the Bangkok-based competition, the pair received a prize package that included a one-week study visit to Dunedin and Central Otago earlier this month.

    They have enjoyed our famous Southern hospitality: from a tour of Otago Polytechnic’s Food Design facilities, to hospitality classes at our Cromwell Campus, savouring fare at a range of cafes and restaurants through the region, to crossing Lake Wakatipu on the SS Earnslaw.

    Lookchan (16), who has enjoyed cooking since she was a young child, entered Junior MasterChef Thailand when she “I was around 11 to 12 years old” and reached the final six, a result which has fuelled her passion for food.

    “I am interested in a culinary and business degree and for my future career I would like to do something that is involved with food and cooking,” Lookchan explains.

    Prim (17), too, plans to enrol in a culinary programme and become a chef. “But if I can’t go for this programme, I plan to study arts and music and focus on cooking as a hobby instead.”

    For more information on Otago Polytechnic’s range of food and hospitality programmes, visit:

    https://www.op.ac.nz/study/hospitality/#Cookery-and-Culinary-Arts

  • Bold strokes for Central Otago (Oct 25 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin School of Art will offer its year-2 Painting and Digital Photography courses in Central Otago (Cromwell and Wanaka) from 2018.

    Otago Polytechnic also plans to seek approval to offer the Year 3 Painting and Digital Photography courses, from its Bachelor of Visual Arts programme, in Central from 2019.

    Clive Humphreys, Acting Head of Dunedin School of Art, says that as Central Otago’s population grows, it seems sensible to be serving this region.

    “We have seen increased interest particularly in our post-graduate programmes, which have attracted a range of artists from Central Otago.

    “We have started by offering programmes in painting or photography, two disciplines in which a lot of people in Central Otago are working.

    “This isn’t for first-year arts students. We are looking to cater to those people who already have some form of arts practice. They might have a studio of their own, have exhibition experience, and be looking to lift their skills and techniques in specific areas.”

    Those seeking to enter the year-two programme will be required to supply a portfolio that demonstrates their experience.

    Support for students will include visits to the Cromwell Campus by members of the faculty, and some student visits to the Dunedin School of Art. Other support will include phone or Skype arrangements.

    “I see this as the first stage of the establishment of a greater Dunedin School of art presence in Central Otago,” Clive says.

    Art graduates are increasingly finding employment in a variety of sectors, including as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher – or in the digital and film industries.

    You can read more about the programme here.

     

  • New student accommodation for Central Campus (Oct 06 2017)

    The first steps of turning Cromwell's Central Campus into a student village has begun.

    Read more

     

  • Taking the local road (Sep 04 2017)

    Kayla Green has created a career pathway that has been surprising even to herself! Kayla was a student at Cromwell College, and her interest in Home Economics and desserts led her to take up the opportunity to join the Otago Central Tertiary College for her last two years of school. During this time she not only completed years 12 and 13 she also successfully completed the National Certificate in Cookery, Level 2 and 3.

    After finishing year 13 Kayla enrolled for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (L4) and is thoroughly enjoying her full time study experience, “The classes are small enough that you get to know the other students well, and you get lots of hands on experience and one on one time with the lecturers.”

    Kayla has not only achieved more than many in the last few years, but she also won Silver at the national Toque D’or competition for her restaurant service.  “Studying at Central has opened so many doors for me and has given me the most amazing experiences. I am also lucky that I can still live at home and stay in this amazing region. I’m definitely going to stay on and do the Level 5 Diploma in cookery next year, who knows where it will take me.”

  • Three Dunedin artists in finals for prestigious national Art Awards. (Sep 01 2017)

    Three Dunedin School of Art graduates, artists Sam Foley, Justin Spiers and Alex Lovel-Smith, have made the finals of the prestigious national Wallace Art Awards.

    The nine Wallace awards, worth more than $275,000, including five international art residencies, monetary prizes and stipends, are given for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print. The Paramount winner is awarded a six month Residency in New York with the International Studio and Curatorial Program; the Wallace Arts Trust Development Award winner receives a residency at Vermont Studio Centre, while the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Award winner receives a residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. The winner of the Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award receives a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Many of the winners and finalists of the Awards are added to the Collection each year.  Read more  about the Awards.

    Foley won the award's Kaipara Trust Award, its second-highest honour, in 2013. It included a four-month artist residency at the Altes Spital Cultural Centre in Solothurn, Switzerland. Lovell-Smith has entered the awards for the first time with a work which came from his Master of Fine Art research at the Dunedin School of Art. Justin Spiers. also a graduate of the Dunedin School of Art, has had artist residencies in Beijing, Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane and has been a previous Wallace Award finalist.

    Congralations to all the finalists - for a full list of finalists see here.

    Read more in the Otago Daily Times ...

  • Top Hospitality Students Line Up for Live Kitchen Battle (Jul 04 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic Central Otago Campus has confirmed some of its top hospitality students will participate in this year’s national culinary competition which determines the country’s emerging culinary and restaurant service superstars.

    Putting it all on the line at the annual Nestlé Toque d’Or competition will be 30 students from the country’s leading training institutes.

    NZChefs National President and organiser of the event, Graham Hawkes, said the students have all signed up for what will be a gruelling training schedule in the run up to the big event.

    “Many of the students will spend months training for the big day, while also juggling work and study commitments.

    Nestlé Toque d’Or, which has been running for over 26 years, is considered by those in the industry to be the premier student culinary and front of house competition in New Zealand.

    “Hotly contended, the goal is to create and deliver an award-winning menu to special guests attending the event on competition day,” Graham said.

    “Last year, a team from the Universal College of Learning in Palmerston North took out the top title. They won’t be returning to defend the title this year so it is destined to be claimed by another region that is determined to make its mark in the culinary stakes.”

     The 10 institutes competing this year are:

    • ARA Institute of Canterbury - Timaru
    • AUT University
    • Eastern Institute of Technology
    • North Shore International Academy
    • New Zealand Defence Force
    • Otago Polytechnic Central Otago Campus
    • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Tauranga Campus
    • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua Campus
    • Wellington Institute of Technology
    • Wintec

    Each of the institutes select a team comprising three of their top students – two culinary and one restaurant service. Competitors converge in Auckland during July to compete against one another in a simulated live kitchen environment.

    “Tensions are high and the pressure is on throughout to get it right and avoid any costly mistakes that could lead to lost points. The menus the students create and deliver to guests on the day must be as close to perfect as possible, if they want to be named the winning team.”

    Further adding to the pressure is the fact that their menus and service must be completed within a set timeframe. All of this done under the constant gaze of onlookers watching the event, as well as a panel of top local and international industry judges who mark their every move against a tough World Chef’s judging criteria.

    “If they want to get it right on the day, it takes nerves of steel and everyone in the team working together as a tight unit.”

    All of the teams are given in advance a list of ingredients that they can use to create menus that they think will impress the judges. Included in this year’s line-up of ingredients are: Nestlé Professional products, fresh and seasonal New Zealand grown vegetables, New Zealand lamb and Akaroa Salmon.

    “Aside from the highly competitive aspect, the event also opens doors to new career opportunities with influential culinary professionals scouting the event for fresh talent.”

    Nestlé Toque d’Or will be held on Thursday 27 July at the Auckland Showgrounds.An awards dinner will be held later in the evening at the Heritage Hotel where the winning team will be announced. Sponsors are: Nestlé Professional, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, vegetables.co.nz, Akaroa Salmon, House of Knives and Moffat.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic's Central Cookery Programme.

  • Brewing up a qualification (Feb 21 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic Central Campus in Crowell is planning a new programme in brewing beer.

    Marketing Manager, Melanie Kees, says the new qualification would begin when Central Campus' new purpose-built facility is completed in about three yeras.

    Ms Kees believes it would be the first qualification of its type in the country - adding to Central Campus' mantra of offering unique experience in a unique place.

    "Why would you want to be anywhere else?"

    Read about the brewing qualification in the news.

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic Central Campus.

  • Otago Polytechnic welcomes 2017 Otago Secondary Tertiary Students (Feb 14 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Central and Dunedin campuses are welcoming over 120 new students to the Otago Secondary Tertiary College. 

    Previously known as the Trades Academy in Central Otago, the Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC) is a training college which gives secondary school students a head start to achieving career-based qualifications while working towards their NCEA at school.

    This year Central campus is welcoming students from Wakatipu High, Mount Aspiring College, Cromwell College, Dunstan High and Roxburgh Area School.  The students are offered subjects including Level 3 Cookery, Hospitality, Automotive and Carpentry studies.

    For more information on the Otago Secondary Tertiary College visit: https://central.op.ac.nz/trades-academy/otago-secondary-tertiary-college/