Otago Polytechnic

Archive for 2019


  • Sally Baddock's Inaugural Professorial Lecture (Feb 14 2019)

    Please join us to celebrate Sally Baddock's professorship with her inaugural professorial event.

    WHEN: 5.30PM, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019

    Complexities, culture and interventions around safe infant sleep

    Professor Sally Baddock will discuss the complexities of infant-adult bedsharing and the balance between benefits for the infant and family and potentially hazardous situations, based on international research and cross-cultural collaborations. She will draw on interviews with families gathering their perspectives, as well as overnight video and physiological monitoring of sleeping families in their home, and recent investigations of infant sleep devices such as the wahakura (flax bassinet) and Pēpi-pod (plastic bassinet), that potentially provide safer, culturally appropriate alternatives for families who wish to bedshare.

    Register to attend by Thursday 28 February 2019




  • Public Exhibition: Dii Moffatt, NEXUS (Feb 18 2019)

    18-21 FEB, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, Reigo Street (off Albany St), Dunedin

    Postgraduate Season Exhibition
    Dii Moffatt
    Master of Visual Arts Exhibition

    18 - 21 February, 2019

    Monday February 18
    4pm – 7pm

    Ground Floor, P Block
    Riego Street (off Albany St)

    Monday to Friday
    10am – 4pm

  • Compression Members (Jan 14 2019)

    Michael Findlay, lecturer in architectural history and theory in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Otago Polytechnic, and a director of Museograph, will discuss aspects of the life and work of various overseas artists who found themselves in Dunedin, including Louis Boldini, an Italian architect who designed many of our buildings. In association with Compression Members.


  • Information Day: Dunedin Campus (Dec 18 2018)

    Date: Wednesday, January 23

    Time: 3.30pm to 6.00pm

    Venue: The Hub, Ground Floor, H Block, Forth Street

    We are accepting applications for a number of our first and second semester programmes – so come and find out where your Otago Polytechnic journey could take you.

    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. 


  • Talking Learning & Teaching Development @ The Hub – January 2019 (Jan 28 2019)

    Tuesday 22nd, Thursday 24th, Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th January 2019

    10.00 am - 4.00 pm

    The Hub, Dunedin Campus


    Nau mai, haere mai, ki te korero ki te rōpū Learning & Teaching Development


    Welcome, come and have a conversation with the Learning and Teaching Development team.

    Get down to The Hub for a one-on-one ‘drop in’ session. No booking required.

    Losing your noodle over Moodle? Let’s get it sorted!

    • Blended course template
    • Reusing your course
    • Adding and removing staff and students
    • Turnitin
    • Gradebook

    Get savvy with these ed tech resources and communication tools:

    • ePortfolios
    • Web conferencing
    • Media
    • eTV

    Build academic capability:

    • Assessment design
    • Learning design
    • Learning and teaching support
    • Rubrics
    • Lesson plans
    • Experiential/blended/work-based learning

    And more:

    • Copyright and OERs
    • Integrating student support services
    • Higher Advance international accreditation and recognition for teachers
    • Research ethics
    • Teacher observations

    Image: A Nice Place to Sit by Richard Walker, licensed under CC BY 2.0


  • Whanaungatanga: Community-Centred Research symposium (Jan 15 2019)

    We're seeking abstracts for presentations and artworks for the 2019 national ITP symposium by 10 February.

    Read more and submit your abstract online here.

  • Explore your career options at Make it Yours - Summer Camp (Jan 28 2019)

    Finished school and deciding what to do next? Keen to see first-hand what careers you could choose?

    Come to this hands-on three-day camp and get a taste of the careers that our programmes lead to. You'll meet heaps of people also looking to study here and you'll take part in cool, interactive workshops run by our Colleges and Schools.

  • Otago Polytechnic & SIT 2018 Research Symposium (Oct 01 2018)

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

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


    Coffee        from 9:15 am                                            

    Opening/Karakia:  9:30 am

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

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

    9:40 am

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


    Tapuwa Marapara, SIT

    10:00 am

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


    Anna Palliser, SIT

    10:20 am

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


    Christine Liang, SIT

    Morning tea: 10:40 – 11:00 am

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

    11:00 am

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


    Carlo Gabriel, SIT

    11:20 am

    A framework for lean implementation in construction processes


    Nilmini Thilakarathna, OP

    11:40 am

    Is Bart Simpson offering sage advice to New Zealand farmers?


    Andy Ang, SIT






    Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Provided)

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

    1:10 pm

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


    Cassie Carstensen and Jess Domigan, SIT

    1:30 pm 

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



    Rebecca McDiarmid and Donna Burkett, OP

    1:50 pm

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


    Karyn Madden, Lynda Harding, Katrina Bowes, SIT

    2:10 pm

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


    Jo Rhodes, SIT




    Afternoon Tea: 2:40 – 3:10 pm

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

    3:10 pm

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


    Patrick Gillies, SIT

    3:30 pm

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


    Mark Baynes, SIT

    3:50 pm

    The inherent uncertainty of money: A Quantum game approach


    Frederico Botafogo


    The measurement problem: Beetles and cats in boxes


    Barnaby Pace, SIT/OP

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

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

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

  • Moodle Templates | Moodle Training Suite (Feb 13 2019)

    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 Programme and Blended Course Templates so you can easily edit and modify them to meet learning and teaching requirements. 

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

    • Modify a Moodle template to meet the learning and teaching requirements of the course
    • Edit a Moodle template to create a navigable learning environment


    Event type: Enrol now for online self-paced option

    Online learning hours: 4 hours

    Event type: Workshop

    Workshop attendance hours: 1 hour

    Workshop dates and times:

  • Course Administration Basics | Moodle Training Suite (Nov 28 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: Enrol now for online self-paced option

    Online learning hours: 5 hours

    Event type: Workshop

    Attendance hours: 1 hour

    Dates and times:


  • Dunedin School of Art TIMETABLE week 1, 2019 (Feb 18 2019)


  • Exhibition: Andrea Muggeridge, Muggeridgian Solids (Feb 18 2019)


    Andrea Muggeridge

    MUGGERIDGIAN SOLIDS: Colour, Texture, Facets.

    EXHIBITION DATES: 25 - 28 February, 2019

    EXHIBITION CLOSING: Friday March 1st, 5pm – 7pm

    DSA GALLERY, Ground Floor, P Block, Riego Street (off Albany St) , Dunedin

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

  • Otago Polytechnic Design lecturers’ moth project takes flight (Feb 14 2019)

    A pair of Otago Polytechnic Design lecturers have received permission from NZ Post to do a second batch of wooden butterflies inspired by a series of iconic New Zealand postage stamps.

    Design lecturer Gavin O’Brien and Hannah Joynt, Lecturer in Art, Digital Media and Design at Otago Polytechnic, have produced a limited run of wooden butterflies inspired by Enid Hunter’s 1970 iconic design of a New Zealand postage stamp featuring a Tussock Butterfly.

    Supported by the copyright owners of the image, New Zealand Post, Gavin and Hannah produced limited run of plywood moths before Christmas “to test the market” with several being as gifted as “koha”.

    Recently, they received permission from NZ Post to do a second, larger batch of around 30, which will be completed later in the year.

    The project mixes cultural history with design research, Product Design pragmatism and artistic flourishes. Made from laser-cut bamboo laminate and utilising a limited palette of sustainable Resene paints, the butterflies are also an exercise in applied research in sustainable design, linked to a community outcome.

    “It is supported by New Zealand Post as – in their words – ‘the official issuing authority of New Zealand stamps celebrating our culture, heritage, arts, stories and people’,” Gavin says. “We see ourselves as ‘pracademics’.”

    “As a young stamp collector in the 1960s and early ‘70s, I was always taken by the highly stylised design,” Gavin reflects.

    The project also aims to raise funds for Landcare Research’s Ahi Pepe/MothNet project.

    “We are donating 10% of sales to Ahi Pepe/Moth Net, a citizen science project that aims to enthuse students and their whanau about the natural world.”

    Gavin and Hannah are hoping to present their work at a research symposium to be held at Eastern Institute of Technology – Te Aho a Māu in April.

    The theme of the symposium is community-centred research, demonstrating the key role that New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) play in ensuring that research has a tangible impact and benefits our communities.

    Gavin says other designs could well take flight, too.

    “As well as the Tussock Butterfly, Enid Hunter’s stamp designs of 1970-1971 featured the Red Admiral Butterfly and the Glade Copper Butterfly, so watch this space.”




  • Exhibition: Antonia Boyle, Bloom (Feb 12 2019)



    Antonia Boyle

    Exhibition dates: 15-26 February

    Exhibition opening: 15 February, 5.30-7PM

    Exhibition Hours: Monday/Tuesday 12 - 2 PM, Saturday/Sunday 10AM-4PM

    Bloom is the culmination of jewellery work by Master of Fine Arts Student Antonia Boyle. Bloom explores the human life cycle through jewellery that is "grown" from human teeth. The theory behind the work is that loss feeds growth, without loss there is no growth therefore inspiring us to look at times of loss as an opportunity for growth. The Jewellery pieces are available to be tried on and you are encouraged to experience the pieces for yourself.


  • Exhibition: BLACK+WHITE (Feb 12 2019)



    Curated by Bon a Tirer (BAT)

    Exhibition dates: 18 Feb - 29 March

    Exhibition Opening – Thursday 21 February - 12 to 1.30 pm


    Featuring the work of:

    David Richardson

    Greg Thomas

    Scott Redford

    Felix Gonzalez-Torres

    Ruth Johnstone

    Kate Lohse

    Olivia Trainor

    Vernon Ah Kee

    Neil Emmerson

    Jeff Gibson

    Marion Wassenaar

    Hayden Burke

    Virginia Watson

    Karol Wilczynska

    Noel Counihan

    Rory Allardice

    BAT & Emboss

    Nathan Forbes

  • Former refugees to graduate from Youth Summer Programme (Feb 07 2019)

    A cohort of 20 young people with refugee backgrounds will graduate from an innovative Otago Polytechnic programme on Monday 11 February. 

    The Former Refugee Youth Summer Programme, which is now in its third iteration, puts 20 young people (aged 16-21) through a summer programme that includes:

    • Studying towards their learner car licenses
    • Volunteering
    • Sport and fitness
    • English language
    • Future planning

    The free programme is funded by Otago Polytechnic and Otago Community Trust, and involves partnerships with the Red Cross and Ministry of Education.

    “We enable the learners to sit their licence tests with an interpreter, and we organise volunteer and orientation towards work opportunities for them. It’s a recognisably impactful programme,” says Aaron Blaker, Team Leader of Otago Polytechnic’s English Language Centre.

    “In 2015, when it became apparent that there was a need for New Zealand to respond to the refugee crisis in Syria, Otago Polytechnic joined forces with other stakeholders and put in a proposal for Dunedin to become a refugee resettlement centre.”

    The proposal was successful, and Otago Polytechnic soon had students with refugee backgrounds enrolling to learn English. As time has gone on, former refugee learners have also entered Otago Polytechnic programmes such as IT and engineering.

    Aaron hopes Otago Polytechnic will become a model for former refugee education nationally. He already has plans to help ease the transition for older students, who often have high-level experience in vocational fields but no evidence of their qualifications.

    “The refugee background students don’t see themselves as victims – they’re very resilient and keen to get moving after many years of being in limbo.

    “For many of the women, this may be the first time they’ve been able to participate in public education. They are just flying, and it’s quite a buzz.”

    Equally importantly, the students contribute greatly to the cultural engagement and vibrancy of Otago Polytechnic.

    “We have cultural and communication exchanges, mentorships and projects with students from a wide variety of programmes – including Social Services, Occupational Therapy, Counselling and Design,” Aaron says.

    “We also run Cultural Diversity workshops with several short-course groups.

    “Many New Zealanders have not had direct contact with people from such a different life and cultural background.

    “Our domestic students – and international visitors – learn and grow through such experiences and interaction.”

    Read more about our International programmes

  • Surge in demand for Otago Polytechnic’s degree-level programmes (Feb 04 2019)

    Demand for Otago Polytechnic’s degree-level programmes in 2019 has risen significantly.

    Applications for Bachelor programmes in 2019 are up by more than 18% compared to the same time last year, while overall applications at Otago Polytechnic are up by 3%.

    The budget for 2019 is for total enrolments to increase by 2.4% over the 2018 actuals.  Domestic enrolments are budgeted to increase by 4%, and more than 10% over the previous two years.

    International enrolments are budgeted at more than 1400, in line with targets and a 12% rise since 2017.

    “It is pleasing to note the increasing trend of applications in multi-year programmes as opposed to short duration programmes,” Phil Ker, Chief Executive Otago Polytechnic, says.

    “The number of students reflects the attractiveness of our programmes, the quality of our teaching and our innovative approaches to learning.

    “Otago Polytechnic’s varied programmes help to address some marked skills shortages, not only in Dunedin and Otago, but throughout New Zealand. 

    “Our achievements in the face of declining sector enrolments reflect our success in servicing not only school leavers but experienced adults in the workplace.”

    Otago Polytechnic is also in a strong financial position, again bucking sector trends.

    “Our 2018 Otago Polytechnic group unaudited surplus is expected to be ahead of budget and forecast with a draft unaudited result of 4%.

    “We are currently finalising the financial statements. The strong surplus is related to good growth in domestic and international EFTS along with returns from our revenue diversification projects.

    “The financial result from the first year of operation of Te Pā Tauira (the Otago Polytechnic Student Village) was very good, with high occupancy and favourable cost variances. 

    “This is a strong result given the challenges of the ITP sector,” Phil says.

    Otago Polytechnic continues to innovate, including its ever-growing suite of EduBits microcredentials, and its suite of brewing qualifications, which have been crafted around its commercial Rough Rock Brewery, which was officially opened in Bannockburn in December.

    Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, describes the brewery as a “flipped” model: “It’s a fully commercial brewery that supports our new suite of brewing programmes, which begin in mid-February.

    “This makes it distinctly different from a traditional approach and means learners gain experience in a commercial operation,” Jo says.

    The purpose-built brewery is part of a $3 million redevelopment of Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus Bannockburn site, including a new trades block that also houses carpentry and automotive facilities.

    A strong, high-performing and resilient organisation, Otago Polytechnic provides “tremendous benefits” for Dunedin and Otago, including contributing more than $300 million a year to the Otago economy, according to a recent Economic Impact Report.

    “We contribute to our communities in other ways, too – through student projects, sponsorships, and making our resources, including buildings and equipment, freely available,” Phil says.

    “Recently, we became the first organisation in New Zealand to win the Baldrige-affiliated Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA), a prestigious organisational excellence award.”

  • Exhibition celebrates latest phase of Art on Campus project (Feb 11 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic is set to stage an art exhibition showcasing the latest phase of its Art on Campus project.

    Opening on 13 February, Now See Here! features works by Dunedin School of Art honours student Jenny Hjertquist, whose Four Rivers (2019, concrete and mixed media) is the inaugural commission for Otago Polytechnic’s “Four Plinths” project.

    Rebecca Hamid, convenor of the Otago Polytechnic Art on Campus Steering Group, says Art on Campus aims to enhance Otago Polytechnic’s cultural presence in Dunedin and continues to build the strong reputation of the Dunedin School of Art.

    Sited in the courtyard at the rear of the Hub, “Four Plinths” will feature revolving exhibits of student and staff sculpture projects.

    “Concrete tablets will sit upon two of the plinths,” Jenny Hjertquist explains.

    “These will have small sculptural engraved landscapes and scenes, i.e. ocean waves, mountains, human interaction, rituals in everyday life.

    “The other two plinths will have two mythological-inspired dogs with three faces, which will act as protectors or watchers.”

    Now See Here! also features works by Tori Clearwater and Liam Hoffman who, along with Jenny, are either finalists or recipients of the Wallace Warburton Scholarship, an annual scholarship awarded to the most promising Dunedin School of Art graduate for that year.

    Significantly, the exhibition includes sculptures by Dunedin School of Art Senior Lecturer Scott Eady who, along with Rebecca Hamid, has been instrumental in establishing the Wallace Warburton Scholarship.

    Arts patrons Sir James Wallace and Jan Warburton’s generous support includes a solo exhibition at the Pah Homestead in Auckland, contributions towards materials, production costs, freight and travel, an exhibition opening and publicity, as well as the exhibition space for 6-8 weeks.

    The scholarship was created to promote graduates who are embarking on a career as a professional artist and, consequentially, need an introduction to the Auckland art market. An exhibition at the Pah Homestead brings with it an opportunity to meet dealer gallery professionals and potentially being represented by a commercial gallery.

    “It is really important that we somehow provide our graduating students with opportunities for exposure in Auckland. This is one reason Rebecca Hamid and I worked hard to establish the Wallace Warburton Scholarship,” Scott Eady says.

    “Sir James Wallace and Jan Warburton’s generosity is providing a foot-in-the-door for a fortunate few graduating students from the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.”

    Scott’s work is featured in the Wallace collection at the Pah Homestead, and Jan Warburton also has a large collection of works by Scott.

    Otago Polytechnic’s Art on Campus plan includes the installation last year of celebrated New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery’s Nga Kete sculpture at the Forth St entrance of Otago Polytechnic.

    Now See Here! officially opens at Otago Polytechnic on Wednesday 13 February at 5.45pm.

  • (Jan 29 2019)

    What’s in your future for 2019?

    Got some news you want to share? Our External Relations, Marketing and Communications team can help. We’re always keen to spread the word about students, staff and all our successes. So come and chat to us at the All Staff Day Service Expo, and tell us what’s in your future for 2019.

    Marketing sometimes has a reputation for ‘spin’ – but when it comes communications and marketing at OP, the figures speak for themselves.

    Our vital statistics from 2018 include:
    • 6,130,659 views of the OP website
    • 3000 page website maintained
    • 1525 news stories and notices published across Tūhono and the OP website
    • 500+ digital screens created
    • 400+ graphic design jobs completed
    • 120 Facebook updates posted
    • 100+ media releases sent
    • 50+ student profiles written
    • 40 new programme information sheets created

    That’s a lot of quantity, but our real focus is on quality:
    • Our Facebook page is regularly ranked the best tertiary page in NZ for engagement
    • Tūhono was showcased at the Tertiary ICT conference
    • Our design team includes award-winning artists and professional illustrators
    • Our media team includes award-winning journalists
    • Our communications team includes professional authors

    We’re here to help you with all of your external relations, communications and marketing needs – from building relationships with community groups, to designing collateral, to creating and booking cinema ads.

    Meet the team

    Karen Spreckley Karen Spreckley I provide admin support.       


    Karen Spreckley
    Business Support Administrator
    What I do: I provide admin support.
    Contact me: When you’re not sure who else to contact – I’ll point you in the right direction.
    About me: I like to run up hills.

    Mike Waddell
    Director External Relations Communications and Marketing.
    What I do: I lead the External Relations, Communications and Marketing team.
    Contact me: For strategic marketing and communications advice. I also help manage urgent media requests and critical incidents.
    About me: I’m an OP grad … and I once forgot to bring my shoes to work.
    Read OPeople to learn more about Mike.

    Katie Duncan
    Senior Marketing Management Advisor and Creative Content Lead
    What I do: I am responsible for developing and implementing marketing campaigns, managing the production of marketing collateral and providing leadership in creative content for advertising.
    Contact me: When you need marketing and advertising advice.
    About me: I have met two members of Guns N’ Roses.

    Katie Wise
    Senior Web UX Lead
    What I do: I am responsible for the high-level coordination of content, tone and engagement across the Otago Polytechnic website to ensure a positive online user experience. I currently have a lead role in the Web UX Project.
    Contact me: For advice about new website sections, refreshing large areas of existing website content, website analytics or reports, and general website queries.
    About me: I was in the first Harry Potter movie.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Katie.

    Shane Gilchrist
    Communication and Engagement Advisor
    What I do: I plan, write and manage material for media, social media, online content, advertising and print publications.
    Contact me: For media liaison when you have something you want publicised.
    About me: I’m a musician … with the requisite leather jacket collection.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Shane.

    Emma Wood
    Senior Communication and Engagement Advisor
    What I do: I am responsible for writing and editing corporate publications such as the Annual Report. I provide social media content, writing support and media liaison cover.
    Contact me: For writing, creative and social media support.
    About me: I once won a charity blackjack tournament.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Emma.

    Kathryn van Beek
    Internal Communications
    What I do: I am responsible for internal communications to staff.
    Contact me: When you would like your message to reach staff, e.g. via Leading News or Tūhono.
    About me: I’m attempting to grow sweetcorn.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Kathryn.

    Katie Scott
    Web Content Specialist
    What I do: I create and edit content on the website.
    Contact me: If you would like to buy me coffee.
    About me: Gary Oldman touched my hand.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Katie.

    Jodie Gibson
    Digital Media Producer
    What I do: I am responsible for OP’s social media, photography and videography.
    Contact me: To discuss your photography and videography needs.
    About me: I also do freelance work – contact me if you need a photographer.

    Suzanne Thornton
    Graphic Designer: Publications Specialist
    What I do: I design publications such as the Programme Guide and Māori Annual Report, advertisements (from colourful full-page ODT layouts to tiny black and white Star items) and have design oversight of corporate stationery and graduation certificates.
    Contact me: Through Service.
    About me: I am restoring my Ravensbourne farmlet back to native bush.

    Siau-jiun Lim
    Graphic Designer
    What I do: I’m primarily responsible for website UX/UI design, including the OP websites, Tūhono, EduBits, Symposium web set up, EDM (newsletters) and UI supports for all services areas. Suzanne and I have oversight of the OP brand.
    Contact me: Through Service.
    About me: I’m doing Honours at the Dunedin School of Art.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Jiun.

    Sam Hendry
    Graphic Designer
    What I do: I’m responsible for managing the digital signage on campus. I create digital and print design, animations and branding.
    Contact me: Through Service.
    About me: I’m illustrating a children’s book in my spare time.
    Learn more about Sam on Tūhono.

    Rachael Shriffer
    Senior Learner Engagement Advisor
    What I do: I work on a number of engagement projects, including corporate, sponsorship and learner centric events and the current Learner Journey.
    Contact me: For learner engagement advice.
    About me: I’ve met the Queen of England. Twice.

    Rebecca Williams
    Community Engagement Facilitator
    What I do: In addition to my Te Punaka Ōwheo role, I am Otago Polytechnic’s Community Engagement Facilitator (.5 FTE). The purpose of this role is to grow relationships with key community groups.
    Contact me: To discuss your school’s relationships with wider communities, or to learn more about the Pasifika Strategic Framework.
    About me: I am a keen card maker!
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Rebecca.

    Jonathan Duncan
    Development Officer
    What I do: I ensure the smooth running of the Education Foundation.
    Contact me: If you have fundraising or business partnership ideas.
    About me: I’m also the Chair of the Dunedin Swimming Board.
    Read ‘five questions with’ to learn more about Jonathan.

    John Findlay
    What I do: I also work for the Capable NZ and Global Engagement teams.
    About me: I have an enviable shoe collection.

    Andrea Hessian
    Executive Administrator
    What I do: I provide support across the People, Performance and Development directorate.
    Contact me: If you need to get in touch with Jo Brady or Mike Waddell.
    About me: I am currently studying towards my Masters of Professional Practice.

    Get in touch

    So tell us what’s in your future for 2019 – and we’ll share the news with learners, staff and the wider community.

    You can get in touch with us by emailing communications@op.ac.nz, by opening a Service Case, or by contacting us directly.


  • Fashion graduates selected for iD Emerging Designer Awards (Jan 28 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic Fashion Design graduates Phoebe Lee and Rosette Hailes-Paku have been selected for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin in March.

    The pair, who graduated at the end of 2018, are among 37 talented designers who will show their collections at the awards, which will held at the Regent Theatre on 15-16 March as part of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

    Phoebe and Rosette are both “surprised and delighted” at their selection.

    “I have always been inspired by the designers at the ID Emerging Designer Awards,” Phoebe says. “I always dreamt of being ‘that person’ who got to show their outfits.”

    Rosette: “My lecturers encouraged me to enter, so I’m stoked.”

    Supported by Otago Polytechnic, the iD International Emerging Designer Awards is Australasia’s only international young designer competition.

    Dr Margo Barton, Otago Polytechnic Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director, says designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to visit Dunedin to network and launch their collections before an international audience.

    Each emerging designer will show five garments, which will be assessed by a panel of all-star Kiwi fashion designers. The judges are designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell.

    The iD International Emerging Designers will show at both nights of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show. Winners of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards will be announced during the Friday show and all the finalists’ collections and the winners’ announcement will be repeated on Saturday.

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

  • Masters Graduate accepted for International Residency in Austria (Jan 22 2019)

    Congratulations to Arati Kushwaha, who has been accepted as the 2019 Artist in Residence, with KulturKontakt Austria, from 800 international applicants.

    This 3 month residency is offered by the Austrian Federal Chancellery in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria.The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise the Artist in Residence with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. During their stay in Salzburg, the artists in residence will be taken care of by Kunstverein Salzburg and studio provided.

    Arati graduated with Masters from the Dunedin School of Art, in 2018, and will undertake to make a work during her residency, continuing her work on gender equity and education.

  • Graduate to take up residency at Montana University (Jan 17 2019)

     Dunedin potter Marion Familton, a graduate in fine art from the Dunedin School of Art, will take up a month long residency at Montana University.


    Home Search form Subscribe Send us news & photos News Sport Life & Style Entertainment Business Regions Features Drivesouth Rural life Skip to main content Subscribe Log in /Register Wednesday, 16 January 2019 Ocean-crossing chicken one of a kind By John Gibb 4 0 News Dunedin Dunedin potter Marion Familton, with her ceramic chicken. Photo: Peter McIntosh Dunedin potter Marion Familton, with her ceramic chicken. Photo: Peter McIntosh This is a story about a rather large chicken, a Dunedin potter and opportunities in the United States. The 32cm high chicken first appeared when Marion Familton attended a week-long workshop last June in Helena, Montana. The participants - at the Archie Bray Centre for the Ceramic Arts, ''one of the leading centres for the ceramic arts in the USA'' - were asked to produce a chicken-inspired piece. Familton's tan ''giant chicken'' was by far the biggest. It probably helped that Familton was originally a sculptor. ''I'm a shape-maker,'' she says. But then carrying the ''quite heavy'' ceramic chicken proved ''the killer'' on the eight connecting flights back to New Zealand, via Canada. Well-packed in a carry-on bag, the bird survived , and ''people love it''. Some people said she had been ''mad to travel with it'', but it had been ''hilarious'' getting through security. As her bag went through the scanner there was often a ''double take'' from security officers: some were amused, others stony-faced. It was at the workshop Familton also met leading utilitarian potter, Prof Julia Galloway. Galloway invited her to take up a month-long residency at her university, the University of Montana, about 180km away, in Missoula. Familton, a graduate in fine art at the Dunedin School of Art, will stretch her wings to travel back to Montana in March. She has had her work displayed at the Stuart Street Potters Co-operative for more than 10 years, and the residency would help ''elaborate my ideas more fully''. She was likely to continue making small lidded containers- but ''no giant chickens''. 4 0 Comment now Related Stories Emergency services assess the scene of a gas cylinder explosion which killed a crew member on... Dunedin cruise death prompts global warning fleetwoodmac.jpg Fleetwoood Mac coming back to Dunedin David Clark Health minister silent over DHBs' highest pay packets Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is more than a third of the way through his rowing journey to... 'Groundhog Day' for adventurer Add a Comment Login or register to post comments. Connect with us Facebook Twitter Email Most Popular Do not judge crash victims, father says Fleetwoood Mac coming back to Dunedin Tech company founder abandons suppression bid Baby's blister burns blamed on Cancer Society sunscreen Drain on bus hub budget Unruly tourists: Boy pulls the finger as locals lash out Editors' Picks Madam Woo restaurant in Stuart St, Dunedin. Photo: Peter McIntosh Chef difficulties behind closure All Blacks Anton Lienert-Brown (left) and Sam Cane watch the Blair Vining Bucket List match from... 'Bucket list' match and auction bring in $100K Dunedin writer and pedestrian safety advocate Dr Lynley Hood believes e-scooters should not be... Get scooters off footpaths - taxi firms $4.7m on Dunedin cycleways Home Contact Us Contribute Facebook Subscribe Home Delivery ODT Subscriptions FAQs Stops, Starts & Redirects Contact Contact us Site feedback Send us your news About us Our Websites Channel 39 - Southern TV Post a Note Newspapers Otago Daily Times digital edition and archive Oamaru Mail The Star - Dunedin The News - Central Otago The Ensign - Gore Ashburton Courier North Canterbury News Southland Express - Invercargill Southern Rural Life Central Rural Life The Courier - Timaru Mountain Scene - Queenstown Property Times South Canterbury Extra! School Publication Classifieds Death notices Drive South Jobs Classified Advertising Advertise Upload print advertising Advertising Terms Advertise with us Services ODT Shop Otago Images Corporate Logos ODT Print Ad Features Dunedin Guide © Copyright Allied Press Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Home Search form
  • Drawing from Life (Jan 17 2019)

    Life Drawing Drawing is a fundamental skill for all artists which expands their perception and ability to express that perception through drawing. It is also one of art's more difficult disciplines. Once you can draw the human figure, you can draw anything. The human figure is the most complex natural form and it provides us with the ultimate concentration of feeling and form. Even abstract representation of the human form cannot be done without knowing the fundamentals.

    "The classic example everyone uses, Picasso, the founder of abstraction art in many ways, was an incredibly good draughtsman." says Steev Peyroux, "It's that classic thing; you've got to know the rules to break them."

    People's observation was how they interpreted the world.

    "Drawing is representing that. "And the thing about drawing the human form is we're drawing our own selves in many ways."

    Some of the traps students fell into were getting "zoomed in" to a body part, working in high detail on a shoulder, for instance.

    "They'll get round to the rest of the body and the shoulder will be way too small."

    Another was "drawing what you think you know. We look at humans every day and think you know them."

    Life Drawing tutor Madison Kelly said some classes were for beginners, but some are for the more experienced.

    Read more of interview in the Otago Daily Times

    > Life Drawing classes at Dunedin School of Art 2019

    (image: Madison Kelly, Life Drawing tutor in her studio, 2016)


  • Call for Papers: Scope (Flexible Learning) (Jan 14 2019)

    We are now calling for papers for Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Flexible Learning) 4.

    The theme for this issue is Change Strategies, exploring the ways in which change is proposed, achieved, negotiated, and experienced by businesses, communities and individuals. Scope is a peer-reviewed open access journal available online here.

    We welcome contributions in a variety of formats, including articles, essays, case studies, logs and reports, conceptual papers, and reviews. Other suggested formats will also be considered. The maximum word limit for a feature article is 4000 words (less for other formats). The deadline for papers is 31 May 2019. Your submission should include a title, author names and a 300 word abstract.

    Please also include a short biography of each author, including institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number). Please provide this information on a separate sheet from the abstract for blind review purposes.

    Please send submissions to the editor via email

    Dr Lesley Gill
    Editor, Scope (Flexible Learning) 4

  • Lecturers' Design project takes flight (Dec 26 2018)

    A pair of Otago Polytechnic lecturers have given wings to a project that mixes cultural history, artistic flourishes and design nous.

    Inspired by a series of iconic New Zealand postage stamps depicting New Zealand moths, Design lecturer Gavin O’Brien embarked on an applied design research project that has culminated in reproducing Enid Hunter’s 1970 design of a Tussock Butterfly.

    He and Hannah Joynt, Lecturer in Art, Digital Media and Design at Otago Polytechnic, have produced a limited run of laser-cut wooden butterflies utilising a palette of Resene colours.

    Supported by the copyright owners of the image, New Zealand Post, the project also aims to raise funds for Landcare Research’s Ahi Pepe/MothNet project.

    “As a young stamp collector in the 1960s and early ‘70s, I was always taken by the highly stylised design,” Gavin reflects.

    “We have produced a limited run of wooden moths to test the market. If successful, we might follow this up with a larger run, although that would depend on permission from NZ Post.”

    Read more about our Design programmes

  • Otago Polytechnic Cookery students in shipshape (Dec 19 2018)

    Students from Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus recently spent four days in Dusky Sound, where they fished and foraged for Fiordland delicacies as part of a collaboration with Pure Salt and celebrity chef Michael Van Elzen.

    The educational adventure, from 11-14 December, involved a former New Zealand Navy vessel renamed Flightless, which was operated by tourism venture Pure Salt.

    Under the guidance of television personality and renowned chef Michael Van Elzen, the students created a range of dishes for four paying guests as they cruised through Fiordland.

    During their voyage of discovery, the students not only experienced remote wilderness, but also learnt about environmental pressures and unsustainable fishing practices.

    Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus aims to inspire students to think differently, focus on what is around them and recognise that our region offers extraordinary career opportunities.

     “We teach our students how to diversify what they cook to ease the burden on dwindling species and to respect our fabulous resources,” says Chris Smith, Senior Lecturer in Cookery and Culinary Arts at Otago Polytechnic.

    “Highlights of the trip included students becoming crew members and catering in a high-end commercial environment. Some of the students were internationals, highlighting our innovative approach to tertiary education.

    “Experiences such as this show how we can prepare our cookery students for careers that enable them to showcase New Zealand’s uniqueness.”

    Read more about our Cookery programmes

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  • TV series focuses on Wildlife Hospital (Dec 19 2018)

    Award-winning company Natural History New Zealand is set to produce a television series focusing on all the great work that goes on at the Wildlife Hospital Dunedin.

    Titled Wildlife Rescue, the documentary series will comprise five 45-minute programmes, which will be screened on Choice TV once production finishes in 2019.

    The Wildlife Hospital, which opened in January 2018, receives financial and other support from Otago Polytechnic. Significantly, the hospital operates out of Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing.

    Wildlife Rescue follows the dedicated veterinary team, who help safeguard New Zealand’s native species through rescue, rehabilitation and research.

    “This is fantastic news for all concerned,” says Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive.

    “This is another example of why our decision to accommodate the Wildlife Hospital at the School of Veterinary Nursing was a good one; we are confident of solid academic and research gains, in addition to the already very clear community and biodiversity benefits. Otago Polytechnic intends to work hard to make the most of this opportunity.”

    Wildlife Rescue will provide the audience with a rare window into what it takes to save a wild life, from the smallest penguin to the largest sea lion, or the rare takahē to the common tui.

    NHNZ Managing Director Kyle Murdoch: “Wildlife Rescue is such an important story for NHNZ to tell; NHNZ began telling stories about the plight of our local wildlife over 40 years ago, but creating and sharing content that can make a difference is even more important today than ever before.”

    Wildlife Hospital Trust Chair Steve Walker: “This is, of course, excellent news. While the Wildlife Hospital will be at the centre of the documentary series, it will also be an opportunity to highlight the efforts of so many people throughout the Otago/Southland region who are helping to recover, treat and rehabilitate our native animals.

    “The captivating stories that we have to tell have attracted interest from TV companies across the globe. However, we have remained loyal to Dunedin-based NHNZ, so we couldn’t be more delighted that they will be producing the documentary series as it’s been a genuine pleasure to deal with them during the past 20 months.”

  • Otago Polytechnic appoints brewing rock stars (Dec 18 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has appointed two highly experienced and talented brewers to help drive its exciting new Central Otago beer brewing facility – Rough Rock Brewing Co.

    Ben Middlemiss has taken up the role of Brewery Operations Manager, while Geoff Collie has been appointed Brewing Programmes Leader.

    Born and raised in the South Island, Ben has more than 50 years' experience in brewing and won more than 60 national and International awards.

    He has been instrumental in craft brewing in New Zealand and beyond, and is the founding brewer of the Cock and Bull chain of pubs as well as Steam Brewing Company.

    “It’s a great time to be in the industry. The beer culture in New Zealand is vibrant and thriving. We are evolving into a culture that really embraces quality food and beverages.

    “I’m thrilled to be able to share my skills and experience.”

    As Brewing Programmes Leader, Geoff Collie also sees his new role as a “great opportunity” to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of brewers.

    “I have been involved in brewing operations management for 27 years, and brewery design projects for the last six,” says Geoff, who graduated from university with a chemistry degree, before getting a job as a trainee brewer at Speight's Brewery.

    “I left the brewing industry in 2000 and completed a pharmacy degree, then returned to brewing at Canterbury for eight years until the 2011 earthquakes closed the site,” Geoff explains.

    “I then worked as Project Brewer for the Speight's Brewery rebuild in 2011, and then with Emerson's for their rebuild in 2014. I have worked on a couple of smaller breweries and a distillery since then.”

    Beginning in February 2019, Otago Polytechnic’s brewing qualifications have been crafted to meet industry needs as well as offer a learning experience that fits with learners’ lifestyles.

    Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, says the Bannockburn brewery is a “flipped” model – it’s a fully commercial brewery that will support our new suite of brewing programmes. This makes it distinctly different from a traditional approach, which would have brewing programmes supported with a training brewery.

    The New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4), a full-time one-year programme, has been designed for those with a passion for brewing who want to get into the industry, or are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills.

    Learners can build on those skills via the six-month Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Brewing, and a one-year New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6), both of which will suit those already working in the industry.

    The Level 5 and Level 6 programmes will initially be offered via Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic’s centre for work-based learning. From 2020, the programmes will comprise a mix of on-site and distance learning.

    “We are looking to strengthen our position in Central Otago, and to do this we need to find niche programmes that can attract students from across the country,” Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, says.

     “We are positioning our Central Campus in part as a centre for food and beverage in the heart of New Zealand’s premier tourism region. This opens up opportunities for edu-tourism. We have several ideas in the pipeline, such as matching beer with food created from local produce.”

    The purpose-built brewery is part of a $3 million redevelopment of Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus Bannockburn site, including a new trades block that will also house carpentry and automotive facilities.

    An official opening and open day was held on December 1. Students will start using the new facilities in early 2019.

    Read about our Brewing programme

    Caption: Ben Middlemiss (left), Brewery Operations Manager; Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive and project sponsor; and Andrew Larson, brewing consultant and member of Otago Polytechnic's brewing steering group, celebrate the official opening of Rough Rock Brewing Co. recently.





  • Call for papers - Scope Learning and Teaching 2019 (Dec 14 2018)

    Scope Contemporary Research Topics (Learning and Teaching) is an open access, peer reviewed journal published annually by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Scope (Learning and Teaching) is concerned with views, critical debate and reflections on learning and teaching theory and practice. It seeks to address current topical matters in the field of tertiary education. Its 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. 

    The 2019 issue will focus on the theme of Credentials: people, product, process. We are particularly interested in pieces which deal to the challenges, concepts and critical thinking around programmes, people and curriculum that inform contemporary understandings of credentials.

    Submissions for Scope (Learning and Teaching) are invited from peers and colleagues involved in any aspect of learning and teaching around the globe. Submissions should be sent in electronic format for review and potential inclusion to the Editors: Oonagh McGirr and David McMaster c/o Su Bolland, Editorial Assistant, by 30 June 2019.

    Submissions should contribute to critical debate and reflect new understandings within the context of learning and teaching. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the APA (6th Edition) referencing style are expected.

    Submission guidelines

    • Send a digital Word document to Su Bolland by 30 June 2019
    • Please clearly name files with the title of the submitted piece and the lead author's name
    • Please supply contact information on 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 biography: Include a short biography of no more than 50 words of each author with your submission, briefly outlining their professional background and experience.
    • Peer review: 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

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

    Word limit:

    • Feature articles and essays: 2500-4000 words
    • Logs and travel reports; residencies; publications; interviews and roundtables; and reflective pieces: 1500-2000 words
    • Book and educational software reviews: 200-700 words


    • Single line spacing.
    • Please do not apply indentations, tabulations or any such formatting to text.
    • Referencing should be in the form APA (6th Edition) referencing style.
    • 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 an 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.


    • Low resolution images with full captions should be inserted into the text to indicate where they would be preferred with full captions underneath them. High resolution images should be sent separately.
    • Captions for images should be numbered, should be complete, and should adhere to a sequence of information. See examples at www.thescopes.org
    • Specifications for high resolution images:
      • Format:  Images must be supplied as jpeg (minimum size 2MB)
      • 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”.


  • Indian, NZ students and teachers explore range of water issues (Dec 13 2018)

    A group of Indian students and teachers and their Kiwi counterparts are this week immersing themselves in a range of water-related issues in Central Otago as part of a global leadership and sustainability initiative.

    Otago Polytechnic is proud to be involved in the Untouched World Foundation’s Waterwise Leadership and Global Citizenship Programme, an intensive, week-long programme that features an “intergenerational korero” at its Cromwell Campus on Friday 14 December.

    Students and teachers predominantly from Otago secondary schools and tertiary institutions have been joined by students and representatives from the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and partners of its YESPeace Youth Network in Asia.

    This week’s activities include visits to lakes and rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as discussions with water and land use experts, insights into tourism and irrigation pressures, and interviews with locals.

    The collaborative programme aims to establish a New Zealand-India youth leadership exchange programme with a focus on fostering youth leadership, which is a key aspect of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Global Action Programme.

    “Otago Polytechnic believes educating youth on key issues facing society, unlocking their unique leadership potential and inspiring them to become active change-makers is vital,” says Marc Doesburg, Director: Globalisation, Otago Polytechnic.

    “Initiatives such as this Leadership and Global Citizenship Programme positively impact on our world.”

    Other key partners include Otago Regional Council, Otago Community Trust and Contact Energy, with further support from Education New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ngai Tahu.

    “We want the next generation to have the knowledge and capabilities to live, work and learn globally,” says John Goulter, Education New Zealand General Manager Stakeholders and Communications.

    “Helping young people develop into global citizens is a focus of the cross-government International Education Strategy launched in August of this year, and initiatives like this are an excellent example of how we can support this goal. We look forward to seeing how those involved apply what they learn – we’ll be following their progress.”

    Untouched World’s Waterwise programme enables youth to interact with all players in the water resource chain, from primary energy players, through to farming, recreation, cultural and conservation interests, all of whom are involved in sustainable water management.

    “Leadership with young (18-28) is firstly about agency – understanding the many facets of the issue, developing the transferable skills to collaborate with others, act responsibly and then finding a clear path to actively and positively model their own views and behaviour – which are often challenging to those of us a generation removed. But it is vital we all, listen and engage with an international perspective on these issues,” say Mark Prain, Executive Director, and Barry Law, Education Director UWF.

    Deepika Joon, Youth Mobilizing Specialist, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP):

    “It is important for youth to develop social and emotional skills to achieve and understand the multicultural context of realities of water use in New Zealand and India.

    This week’s activities are just one in a range of ongoing initiatives.

    An “Acts of Kindness’” Campaign is also being developed and will involve MGIEP and Untouched World Foundation mobilising youth in partner institutions to foster meaningful exchange of ideas, knowledge and action towards the achievement of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    “This understanding, combined with action, will help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 4.7(Global Citizenship and Education for Sustainable Development), and SDG 14 (Life Under Water),” says Deepika.







  • Otago Polytechnic celebrates record number of graduates (Dec 13 2018)

    A record 1580 people will graduate from Otago Polytechnic on Friday 14 December.

    This includes 740 people graduating in person, up from 644 last year.

    The overall graduation numbers eclipse Otago Polytechnic’s 2017 December record of 1463.

    For the third successive year, Otago Polytechnic will hold two December graduation ceremonies at the Dunedin Town Hall. They will be preceded by a parade through central Dunedin, starting at 11am.

    Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, says the number of graduands reflects the attractiveness of our programmes, the quality of our teaching and our innovative approaches to learning.

    “Otago Polytechnic’s varied programmes help to address some marked skills shortages, not only in Dunedin and Otago, but throughout New Zealand. Our achievements in the face of declining sector enrolments reflect our success in servicing not only school leavers but experienced adults in the workplace.”

    A strong, high-performing and resilient organisation, Otago Polytechnic provides “tremendous benefits” for Dunedin and Otago, including contributing more than $300 million a year to the Otago economy, according to a recent Economic Impact Report.

    “We contribute to our communities in other ways, too – through student projects, sponsorships, and making our resources, including buildings and equipment, freely available,” Phil says.

    “Recently, we became the first organisation in New Zealand to win the Baldrige-affiliated Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA), a prestigious organisational excellence award.

    “Achieving excellence on the world stage is only possible because of the efforts, expertise and commitment of our excellent staff, of whom we are justifiably proud.”

    Otago Polytechnic’s graduation ceremonies will be held at the Dunedin Town Hall, on Friday 14 December (12.30pm-2.30pm and 3.30pm-5.30pm) 

    Watch a live stream of each ceremony

  • Otago Polytechnic graduand offered Design internship at Fisher & Paykel (Dec 10 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Product Design graduand Rohina Brinsdon has taken up an internship at award-winning Dunedin company Fisher & Paykel Ltd.

    Rohina has been invited to take part in a project encompassing inclusive design and design for the aging population.

    The mother-of-three, who completed a Certificate in Creative Studies at Otago Polytechnic before enrolling in the Bachelor of Design (Product), enjoys the mix of a wide range of disciplines — including art, graphic design, research, computer-aided design — as well as collaborating with others.

    “Fisher & Paykel is a global brand, and well respected in the industry, so the opportunity to work and learn there over this summer is fantastic,” says Rohina, who will attend an Otago Polytechnic’s graduation ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall on Friday 14 December.

    “I have been asked to research inclusive design, which is design that is accessible to people of many different capabilities, such as people with disabilities, the elderly and people who are visually impaired.

    “I have looked at inclusive design on the Internet, and I attended a VICTA (Visually Impaired Charitable Trust Aotearoa) meeting where I talked with the members about issues they face due to their low vision.

    “It’s good to be prepared, but not too prepared, because it’s hard to let go of preconceived ideas.”

    Fisher & Paykel Chief Designer Lauren Palmer says the Dunedin-based design team welcomesRohina’s input.

    “Our design approach sees us put the end-user at the centre of our process, and we’re excited to have Rohina come on board over the summer and assist us as we look more deeply into how we best serve the needs of a wide variety of users.

    “At Fisher & Paykel, we are interested in both physical and cognitive ergonomics, and about how appliances make us feel. 

    “We are driven by the fundamental question ‘How do people live?’ And we are curious about not only the function and performance of our products, but also the emotional role they play in people’s lives. 

    “Domestic appliances are often required to be multidisciplinary, not only performing multiple functions but also working with different people with differing skills, all of whom still want the same levels of control and precision.”

    Otago Polytechnic Academic Leader (Product Design) MachikoNiimi is “thrilled” over Rohina’s Fisher & Paykel internship.

    “Completing your degree one week and stepping into a paid internship the next is great. 

    Fisher & Paykel is one of the largest international product development companies in Dunedin and has always been supportive of our programme and our students.

    “This opportunity is another example of how Otago Polytechnic’s Product Design programme produces work-ready and industry-relevant graduates.

    “And, as a third of the New Zealand population reaches over 65 years of age, we need to be mindful of designing products that are both practical and desirable.”

    Earlier this year, Rohina was invited to work as a paid design intern at Dunedin fireplace company Escea Ltd.

    “Internships are a great way for learners to experience real-world problems while working collaboratively to achieve real outcomes,” Machiko says.

    Read more about our Product Design programme 

  • Otago Polytechnic celebrates opening of Central brewery and trades facility (Dec 03 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic celebrated the opening of its new craft brewery and trades building at its Central Otago Campus on Saturday 1 December.

    Rough Rock Brewing Company is part of a $3 million redevelopment of Otago Polytechnic’s Bannockburn site, including a new trades block that will also house carpentry and automotive facilities.

    Students will start using the new facilities in early 2019.

    The new trades and brewery building is the second stage of a two-stage, $3 million project at Central Campus. A $1.5 million student accommodation complex opened earlier this year.

    The Central Otago Campus open day on Saturday also featured the auction of a three-bedroom house. Built by Central Otago carpentry students, the house fetched $178,000. A small shed was also auctioned for $8100, the profit from the shed supporting an Otago Polytechnic engineering project in Vanuatu.

    “The open day was hugely successful,” Alex Huffadine, Head of Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus, says.

    “It was a celebration of not only the official opening of phase one of our new campus development and our new brewing facility, Rough Rock Brewing Co, but it was also the first time we have really showcased all that we offer to the local community.

    “One of our key objectives moving forward is to work closer with the local community. We intend to be more than just a tertiary education provider. We also plan to tap into the edu-tourism market while at the same cementing Central Campus as a community facility.”

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

  • Otago Polytechnic Charity House auction raises $176k (Dec 03 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s annual Charity House auction has raised $176,000.

    Each year for the past 12 years, Otago Polytechnic carpentry students have built a four-bedroom home with guidance from lecturers and the generous support of many local businesses. 

    About 100 people attended the auction at Otago Polytechnic’s L Block on Saturday, 24 November. The Charity House sold for $271,000, eclipsing last year’s previous record price of $270,000.

    Proceeds from the sale of the fully furnished Charity House go to United Way, which distributes the funds to charities and worthy causes within Otago; as well as to Otago Polytechnic’s Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.

    The figure of $176,000 is what remains after taking into account associated costs.

    Last year, Otago Polytechnic celebrated a milestone $1 million raised by the annual Charity House initiative by hosting a Million Dollar Dinner, which raised an additional $30,000 for local charities.

    Otago Polytechnic thanks the many generous sponsors involved in building and fitting out the Charity House.

    Read more about the Charity House, including sponsors

  • Otago Polytechnic students head to India (Nov 20 2018)

    A trio of Otago Polytechnic students are preparing to leave for India, where they will spend the next four weeks teaching children a range of sports-related activities.

    Third-year Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health & Wellness) students Darcy Buchanan, Martine Matipo-Kolisko and first-year student Leonie Palmer will initially be accompanied by Kim Park, Senior Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health.

    The students are among 172 young New Zealanders who have been awarded prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) as part of the August 2018/19 round.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement in Singapore at the weekend.

    The Otago Polytechnic students arrive in Mumbai on 21 November for a month-long experience that includes a work placement at Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, which has a roll of 7000. They will also visit a rural school and have arranged to visit sights of interest such as the Taj Mahal.

    “As part of the BAppSci, the students are required to do a large number of work placements in a sport, exercise or health context,” Kim explains.

    “Within these placements they get to demonstrate and, hopefully, improve their capabilities such communication, teamwork, leadership, organisation and initiative. All these are transferable skills that employers say they really want in graduates.”

    While working in Singhania School, the group will teach primary-aged students fundamental movement skills using a “Games Sense” approach to promote learning.

    Game Sense utilizes modified games to teach and then subsequently practise sports-specific skills. The approach differs from physical education classes in India, which are teacher directed and drill based.

    The Otago Polytechnic group will be joined by students from Flinders University, Adelaide. 

    “We did this in 2017 and it was a great success and worth offering again in 2018,” Kim says.

    A first-year student, Leonie is looking forward to what will be her first overseas experience.

    “It’s definitely a chance to challenge myself. I hope I can pass on some of my knowledge around athletics to the school pupils.”

    Third-year students Darcy and Martine are also relishing the opportunity and regard the India adventure as a chance to teach as well as learn.

    “I’m really excited,” Darcy says. “I went to China as part of my studies earlier this year and really enjoyed it. It gave me a taste of a completely different culture.

    “There will be challenges, but we’ll give it 100%.”

    Martine: “It’s a chance to also teach these kids a bit about where we come from – as well as pass on some skills, obviously.

    “I think it’s also important to recognise that we can learn a lot from these kids, too.”

    A group of Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Management students also received PMSAs for a one-semester exchange to Ritsumeikan University, Japan, starting in March 2019.

    Students will examine the economic development of Japan, contemporary Japanese culture, and Asia-Pacific studies in a multi-disciplinary curriculum that fosters a global perspective.

    “We cultivate opportunities for our students overseas to give them insights into other cultures, to experience cultural diversity and develop cultural competence,” says Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement, Otago Polytechnic.

    “Evidence indicates that students who study abroad have better grades, experience less attrition and graduate at higher rates than students who do not study abroad, and have a competitive edge on the job market.”

    The PMSA programme is funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand. The PMSA was first launched five years ago and was extended to Latin America with the launch of the PMSLA in 2016. 

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s International partnerships


  • PMSA students reflect on China experience (Nov 20 2018)

    A quartet of Otago Polytechnic Sports and Exercise students have recently expanded their horizons courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia programme.

    Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Science learners Emily Hodges, Bennett Jones, George Renton and Marcus Panton spent six weeks in Shanghai, China, where they were involved in an American Football physical conditioning project.

    Described as a “cross-cultural collaborative sports training programme”, the project builds on previous work by Brendon Timmins, Principal Lecturer, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic, who visited Shanghai Institute of Technology in 2014 and again in 2017.

    “It was an honour to work as a strength and conditioning coach with Team Aurora - Shanghai Institute of Technology's American Football team, which is the top Chinese university team in its league and consists solely of players from a nation steeped in tradition and history,” Bennett says.

    “Six weeks in a foreign country can be difficult enough at times, let alone living on campus at a solely Mandarin-speaking university and helping educate technical aspects of strength and conditioning. However, with challenge came change and I learned quickly that a smile and positive body language can go a long way.” 

    Emily says the language barrier was also an opportunity.

    “It tests you as a professional -- especially in a scenario in which you are having to teach and direct. However, this language barrier forced us to think of and use alternative sources of communication, which I think was beneficial for my growth as a professional. 

    “I just want to thank Otago Polytechnic, the New Zealand Government and Shanghai Institute of Technology for making this opportunity possible. It was such a great experience.”

    George agrees: “I learnt so much about myself. Working with the team and the university staff was awesome.”

    The Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia aims to strengthen New Zealand's ability to engage with key Asian trading partners, as well as improve the skills of the workforce.

    The PMSA programme is funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand. The PMSA was first launched five years ago and was extended to Latin America with the launch of the PMSLA in 2016. 

    Read more about Otago Polytechnic’s International partnerships

  • Dunedin School of Art student wins national award (Nov 08 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Dunedin School of Art student Hope Duncan has won the Rembrandt Fashion and Textile section of the 2018 ECC NZ Student Craft and Design Awards.

    Hope, who is studying a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Textiles), has built on her previous experience – last year she was “highly commended” at the ECC Awards, at which she received “invaluable” feedback from people working in the textile and design industry.

    “I was thrilled,” Hope says of her experience at the awards night in Wellington on Thursday 1 November.

    “Looking around at the top entries on the night, there were so many fantastic, labour-intensive and well thought through works. To be recognised among them was an honour; to win my section was a privilege.

    “As a student there is huge validation in receiving something like this. Often our works are not viewed outside the classroom, so to have those involved with the industry giving positive feedback . . . it lets you know that all the hours learning and making were well spent.”

    Hope’s describes her winning entry, A Beautiful Deception, as “a textural response and conversation” about the hidden damages of the use of synthetics in the textiles industry.

    “Among the carefully woven traditional threads are modern interruptions to the well-planned grid, moving the piece from straight lines to an intricate story told in thread.”

    Hope received $1000 in prizemoney, some of which enabled her to travel up to Wellington for the awards night as well as spend some time visiting art galleries.

    “I plan on putting the remaining money toward further learning. There is so much to learn and explore within weaving and wool and I know I am only just beginning.

    “I would love to gain work within the textile industry, as a designer or maker, and to be able to use ‘making’ as a way of assisting people would be fantastic, too.”

    In 2017 Hope graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

    “However, on graduation, I decided I wanted to spend some hands-on time creating. I felt my degree had satisfied my desire for academic challenge, but I still had a deep desire to create – so I enrolled for the Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts.”

    Read more about Hope here


    Read more about our Art programmes



  • Occupational Therapy students bring street art to rest homes (Nov 08 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy students are bringing Dunedin’s street art to rest home residents this week.

    The year-1 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy learners, who have been involved in placements within local community groups in recent months, are taking a multimedia presentation around various Dunedin rest homes.

    The presentation includes images, video, music and commentary on various pieces of street art.

    “We are aiming to use different types of sensations, such as visuals and auditory descriptions of the colours, textures, shapes and environment of the paintings, to provide a diverse sensory experience,” year-1 student Natajsha Nesdoly explains.

    “We are also sharing facts about the artists and descriptions of the paintings. Explaining the locations of the murals is important, because certain streets will have changed a lot since the residents have last seen them. 

    “We hope that seeing the beautiful art around Dunedin brings a sense of connection and pride,” Natajsha says.

    “We were able to go out in the community and take most of the photos/videos ourselves. Seeing the murals first-hand allows us to share our experiences with residents and also have them express their opinions of the paintings.” 

    Sarah Redfearn, Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, says the idea came from a student whose fieldwork last year included a presentation to rest home residents.

    “It is about encouraging residents to remain involved in their communities,” Sarah says.

    “And if some can’t get out and about because of a range of conditions, then bringing a sense of community to them is important, too. And it may also help motivate more field trips.”

    Read more about our Occupational Therapy programmes


  • Stellar judging panel for iD International Emerging Designer Awards (Nov 06 2018)

    iD Dunedin Fashion Week has announced a stellar designer judging panel for the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

    The iD Emerging Designer Show – for graduates with up to five years experience – celebrates its 15th year in 2019.

    In recognition of the contribution the award has made to New Zealand fashion design, organisers have announced an esteemed panel of New Zealand judges, all of whom are of international renown. Head judge Tanya Carlson will be joined by designers Kate Sylvester, Margi Robertson of Nom’D, and Benny Castles of WORLD, who has become known by many as a judge on Project Runway NZ.      

    Next year marks 20 years of iD Dunedin Fashion Week. 

    For the first time, iD International Emerging Designers will present at the designer runway show, meaning young designers will have their innovative collections featured in one half of the show, with the other half of the show dedicated to established local and New Zealand designers.

    The shows are being held for the first time at Dunedin’s beautiful Regent Theatre on Friday 15 March and Saturday 16 March 2019.

    Co-Chair and Creative Director of iD, Barton says: “Being selected as a finalist in the iD International Emerging Designer is potentially a life-changing opportunity for aspiring designers and recent graduates to gain experience and build networks within the fashion industry.”

    Since 2004 iD International Emerging Designer has showcased incredible design talent and launched world-class careers with fashion houses including Benetton Sisley, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry. 

    Abby van Schreven, co-owner of prominent New Zealand fashion brand Maaike, was a finalist in the first iD International Emerging Fashion Design Awards in 2006, showing her graduate collection as an Otago Polytechnic Fashion Design student.

    Abby says being a finalist gave her confidence in her abilities as a designer early on in her career.

    “Getting that recognition and chance to show on a global platform like the Emerging Designer Awards was pretty amazing. I was only young (20) and getting that validation that my ideas are good was really cool. It made me think, ‘Oh yeah, I can do this’.”

    The 15th annual iD International Emerging Designer show is presented in partnership with Otago Polytechnic. The iD Dunedin Fashion committee values the ongoing support offered by Otago Polytechnic in recognising and developing emerging generations of fashion industry leaders. 

    Tickets for iD Dunedin Fashion Week will be available through Ticket Direct from Saturday 1st December.

    The deadline for applications for the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer is 30 November 2018.  Apply now


  • Photography students celebrate year of innovation (Nov 06 2018)

    Share in the innovation and creativity of Otago Polytechnic’s Digital Photography students this week.

     Experience the best of the year’s work in a striking and thought-provoking exhibition, which opens to the public on Tuesday 6 November and continues until Sunday 11 November at The Hub.

    The first event in Otago Polytechnic’s month-long Student Showcase, the exhibition features work by 30 students from the New Zealand Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6) and NZ Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 5) programmes*.

    Digital Photography lecturer Alysha Bailey says the exhibition is more than a celebration of learners’ skills with a camera.

    “It is the culmination of a year spent networking, developing business ideas, working with clients, learning how to market and promote themselves, and collaboration among group members.

    “The exhibition is not an assessment. It is a showcase of their work. The selection of the works is left entirely up to students.

    “Self-reflection and peer critique is important. So the classes sit down and work through what images they think make the grade for an exhibition,” Alysha says.

    “Once they’ve decided what they will exhibit, the students then have to print their work. Seeing their photos come to life in a physical form is really exciting.

    “The students are also excited – and a little nervous – about showing their year’s work.”


    Otago Polytechnic Digital Photography Exhibition

    Tuesday 6 November - Sunday 11 November, 9.00am to 5.00pm

    The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

    *The Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 5) and Certificate in Film and Television (Level 4) are being replaced by the NZ Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5) from 2019. Likewise, the Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6) is being superseded by the newly designed New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6).

    Read more about our new programmes


  • Otago Polytechnic announces name for new brewing project (Nov 02 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has announced the name of its new Central Otago beer brewing facility – Rough Rock Brewing Company.

    The name is a nod to the landscape of Central Otago, as well as the view that will be enjoyed by learners enrolled in a unique brewing programme, which begins in February 2019.

    “We are looking to strengthen our position in Central Otago, and to do this we need to find niche programmes that can attract students from across the country,” Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, says.

    “We are positioning our Central Campus in part as a centre for food and beverage in the heart of New Zealand’s premier tourism region. This opens up opportunities for edu-tourism. We have several ideas in the pipeline, such as matching beer with food created from local produce.”

    Otago Polytechnic’s brewing qualifications have been crafted to meet industry needs as well as offer an experience that fits with learners’ lifestyles.

    The New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 4),a full-time one-year programme, has been designed for those with a passion for brewing who want to get into the industry, or are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills. 

    Learners can build on those skills via the six-month Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Brewing, and a one-year New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6), both of which will suit those in industry. 

    The Level 5 and Level 6 programmes will initially be offered via Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning. From 2020, the programmes will comprise a mix of on-site and distance learning.

    Jo Brady, Deputy Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, is excited by the opportunity:

    “The brewery is a ‘flipped’ model – we are establishing a fully commercial brewery that will be sustainable and that will also support our new brewing programmes.

    “This will make it distinctly different from a traditional approach, which would have brewing programmes supported with a training brewery.”

    The purpose-built brewery is part of a $3 million redevelopment of Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus Bannockburn site, including a new trades block that will also house carpentry and automotive facilities.

    An official opening and open day will be held on December 1. Students will start using the new facilities in early 2019.

    Open day details:

    • Trades Facility opening - 10.30am
    • Rough Rock Brewing Company official opening and tours
    • Carpentry House auction - 12.00pm
    • Agricultural equipment display, lambs and Doug the Dog
    • Pitch and putt golf
    • Coffee and refreshments
    • Orchard and vineyard tours
    • Beer and wine tasting
    • e-bike demonstrations and skill/speed tests
    • Outdoor education team-building activities
    • Stonemasonry project tours

    Read more about our Brewing programmes


  • Call for Papers: Scope - Art and Design (Oct 31 2018)

    Scope (Art & Design) is seeking papers for its 2019 issue.

    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is peer-reviewed and published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Scope (Art & Design) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the visual and related arts and activities, such as sound, performance, curation, tactile and immersive environments, digital scapes and methodological considerations. With New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Scope (Art & Design) seeks to address the matters which concern contemporary artists and arts enquirers in their environments of practice. It is an open access journal available online here.

    The word limit for a feature article is 4000 words (less for other formats). Formats include: articles; essays; artist’s pages, logs and travel reports; reviews of exhibitions, residencies and publications; moving and interactive works (to be negotiated with the editors for the online version, with contextualising paragraphs and stills to appear in the hardcopy version). Other suggested formats will also be considered.

    Please send submissions to the editor. For further information or any questions about possible submissions please contact Pam McKinlay, Editorial Team Liaison, in the first instance. We are accepting submissions currently and the deadline for final copy is 30 May, 2019.

    Kind regards,

    Professor Leoni Schmidt
    Editor, Scope: Art and Design

    Image credit: Hannah Joynt, Oturehua, 2018, pastel on matt board, 50 x 50 cm, used by permission.

  • Call for Papers: Junctures - Indigenisation (Oct 31 2018)

    Kia Tu Ki te Tahi.  When we stand, we stand as one. 

    Call for Papers: Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue. Issue 20. Theme: indigenisation

    Across the globe, Indigenous and First Nations peoples have largely been left out of conversations regarding education policy and practice.  Many diverse groups and nations share a similar history of colonisation, resulting in them being passive acceptors rather than active participants in education.

    Emanating from social justice through inclusion, equity and power sharing, indigenisation is not merely an add-on deriving from another world perspective: it presents opportunities to challenge cultural preconceptions and the way we order the world.

    By enacting indigenisation, we partake in the transformation of some service or idea, embracing key values and practices that may formerly have been overshadowed by colonization.  Reclaiming voice and increasing the influence of Indigenous people in education, employment and governance is a key outcome from indigenisation.

    Indigenisation encourages Indigenous peoples to embrace authentic cultures and values and share their knowledge with non-Indigenous peoples, creating pathways for adaption to local ways, and fostering the adoption of indigenous values and practices in our work and daily lives.

    Where collaboration and cohabitation lead to a genuinely co-created culture with the best of both worldviews and technologies, the integration of the Other shapes a new ‘normal’.

    Junctures invites submissions from authors on the theme of Indigenisation, whether from the hard sciences, humanities, visual, sonic and performing arts, social sciences, law, education or medicine.


    Expressions of interest open now.

    FINAL DEADLINE for papers: 30 April, 2019

    Editors: junctures@op.ac.nz

    Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement

    Ron Bull, Tumuaki Whakaako


  • Otago Polytechnic to be presented with excellence award (Oct 30 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic will be presented with a prestigious organisational excellence award — the Baldrige-affiliated Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA) — on Wednesday October 31.

    Otago Polytechnic is the first organisation in New Zealand to undergo an assessment process comparable to that for the United States Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and to reach the required standard.

    Administered by Business Excellence NZ (endorsed by the American Society of Quality), the PESA involves rigorous examination by United States-based examiners against seven core Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria to determine organisational excellence by world-class standards.

    The US Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is one of the most internationally recognised frameworks for business excellence. Globally, many countries operate national quality awards aligned with Baldrige or have similar core criteria.

    Key performance indicators and/or highlights noted by the examiners, include:

    • Otago Polytechnic’s strong organisational vision and culture of excellence
    • High levels of student satisfaction and employer satisfaction with Otago Polytechnic graduates
    • Excellent educational performance indicators (course completions, student progression, qualifications and course retention)
    • Sound financial performance and growth in overall EFTs/enrolments
    • High number of Ako Aotearoa Awards for Teaching Excellence
    • High levels of workforce engagement and staff satisfaction
    • Organisational agility and leading-edge innovation through a diverse provision of educational experiences. For example: EduBits, Otago Polytechnic’s suite of micro-credentials

    The journey towards PESA recognition was initiated more than a decade ago by Chief Executive Phil Ker, who had a vision to develop and embed a culture committed to continuous improvement. 

    The award-winning application was Otago Polytechnic’s fourth attempt, the institution making its first PESA submission in 2012. 

    “After each submission, we receive immensely valuable feedback, which guides our improvement action plans,” Joanne Greatbanks, Director: Performance Improvement explains.

    “Otago Polytechnic is passionate about providing our learners with a ‘wow!’ experience. In order to continue to put our learners at the centre of everything we do, we need to continuously evolve, drive and innovate.”  

    Jo Brady, Deputy Chief Executive: People, Performance and Development states:

    “It is true that our people make a better world. We now have a globally recognised award to prove it and we remain committed to continuous improvement as the journey doesn’t have an end point. Our work matters — it has impact and transforms lives, communities and economies.”

    A formal presentation of the Performance Excellence Study Award to Otago Polytechnic will be held at the Hub, Forth St, on Wednesday October 31 at 2.30pm.

  • Students to showcase VR project (Oct 26 2018)

    A team of information technology and construction students have been hard at work preparing a Virtual Reality (VR) building project ahead of next month’s Auckland Build Expo.

    The project, called Virtual Reality of Sustainable Living Styles, has been a collaboration between students from the Bachelor of Construction, the New Zealand Diploma in Construction and the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. IT lecturer Suhaimi Latif says it’s the first time such a collaboration has taken place.

    Construction lecturer Don Samarasinghe says the project involved creating a virtual reality model of sustainable building features including earth building techniques, a rainwater harvesting tank, a dry toilet, solar panels, and a green wall.

    The aim of the project is to promote sustainability in construction studies.

    “We built our team working skills and communication skills in addition to the improved learnings on sustainable building features. We feel really proud and happy about the overall experience.”

    The group’s finished product is a virtual tour of a sustainable house, that viewers can explore on their phones, laptops or tablets, or using a virtual reality headset.

    The students began by looking at issues with modern New Zealand buildings including toxicity, lack of breathability, as well as the  high life cycle costs of concrete, steel framed, and timber framed buildings.

    They researched sustainable building materials including rammed earth, cob, mud bricks, unfired bricks, and straw bales. They also visited buildings which use these sustainable materials.

    The team’s objectives were to enhance the sustainability of New Zealand housing, promote sustainable living, increase their capabilities and showcase OPAIC at the Auckland Build Expo.

    The expo at the ASB Showgrounds on November 8 and 9 promises to be New Zealand’s largest construction, architecture, facilities management, build and design expo.

    It will include thousands of attendees, more than 200 exhibitors, 60 build partners and 90 senior speakers.

    Dr Samarasinghe says VR models have been used in tertiary education to provide real-life experiences to learners. Often construction lecturers find it hard to engage in experiential learning activities, such as site visits, due to hectic schedules and health and safety risks.

    “VR models can, therefore, be used as an alternative way of conducting virtual construction site visits, as part of an effective curriculum delivery process.”

  • Call for Papers: Scope - Fashion issue (Oct 16 2018)

    We are pleased to announce our call for papers and proposals for the next special Fashion issue of Scope (Art and Design) to be published in November 2019. Reflecting the diversity of contexts in which fashion operates, is studied and practiced, the theme of this issue is ‘Fashion Fluid’. Authors are encouraged to consider this theme broadly and we welcome submissions from all fields and disciplines that contribute to critical debates and new understandings of fashion and the fashion system.

    We are open to a range of formats for inclusion, including: articles, perspectives, essays, designer pages, exhibition reviews, project reports, photo essays. Proposals for other formats will also be considered.

    Your submission should include a 300 word abstract with clear title and up to 5 key words. Please also include a short biography, including your institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number). Please ensure this is provided as a separate sheet from the abstract for review purposes.

    For publication, all photographs require written copyright permission. Consent forms are available on request. Please include low resolution images for the submission. Please note that final images for publication need to be high resolution (300dpi), CMYK images.

    Acceptance for inclusion will reflect an expectation for high standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to the Chicago referencing style. For more information, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style and consult prior issues for examples. www.thescopes.org


    All submissions will undergo double blind peer review.

    Submissions should be sent to Pip McQuillan at pip.mcquillan@op.ac.nz

    Submissions close 1st April 2019.

    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is a peer-reviewed journal published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The series Scope (Art & Design) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts and design.

    EBSCO Database: Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is catalogued on the EBSCO Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes. An online version of the journal is available free at www.thescopes.org; ISSN (for hardcopy version): 1177- 5653; ISSN (for online version): 1177-5661. © 2017 the authors; © illustrations, the artists or other copyright owners, unless otherwise indicated as reproduced per GPL or Creative Commons (CC) licenses.


  • Art School Alumni Successes at World of Wearable Arts Awards (Oct 02 2018)

    Congratulations to Tatyanna Meharry, Dunedin School of Art Alumni and Ceramics Diploma tutor.*


    WAR sTOrY by Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Winner: Supreme WOW Award
    Winner: Aotearoa Section


    Tatyanna Meharry and her sister Natasha English have won the supreme award at the 2018 World of WearableArt Awards, for the second (unprecedented) time.

    The pair's garment, WAR sTOrY, commemorates more than 128,000 New Zealand men and women who served in World War I, of whom 18,000 never returned. WearableArt founder and head judge Dame Suzie Moncrieff said WAR sTOrY was described by judges as a "thought-provoking narrative" flawless in its execution, and powerful storytelling through a work of art.

    When Meharry and English won the supreme award for the first timein 2013, their garment The Exchange  a two-garment entry, of individually made ceramic feathers and coins, also had a historical theme, on the Treaty of Waitangi.

    The sisters first entered WOW together in 2013 and entered every year since then except 2015, Meharry said. Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry also won top honours in the Film & Costume section of the 2016 with Baroque Star. For Richard Taylor of Weta Workshops, it was the piece’s expert construction, innovative use of materials and clever play on iconography that elevated Baroque Star above what was, by all accounts, an extremely high calibre collection of entries. "Translating these artistically-rich periods of history into the realm of film and costume requires a high level of imagination and the creators of Baroque Star really rose to the challenge to craft something special." Baroque Star was also runner up to Supreme award in 2016.


    Kākāpō Queen by Stephanie Cossens (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Runner Up: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award


    Another entry by recent graduate Stephanie Cossens, with Kākāpō Queen, won runner up in this year's  Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award. Stephanie Cossens first time entry at WOW, was created to raise awareness for these critically endangered birds.  Cossens studied visual arts at Otago Polytechnic, graduating with BVA Honours in 2016, and works as a freelance artist out of Honey Badger Creative Studio. To see more of Stephanies art practice see video here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbycjZwHWwg


    Read more in an interview with Tatyanna in the Otago Daily Times, by Brittany Pooley.


     * Tatyanna is a distance tutor, in the NZ Dip in Art and Design (Ceramics) programme. The programme is delivered offsite at various locations, (see link for more info) and at The Busy Finch in Christchurch.





  • Culinary Arts graduate tempts the taste buds (Sep 27 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Culinary Arts graduate Penelope Baldwin is continuing her quest to educate others about the benefits of bitter flavours.

    Penelope, who graduated with a Bachelor of Culinary Arts in 2016, is a trained naturopath, medical herbalist and holistic nutritionist and the founder and creator of Botanical Kitchen, a company that combines herbs and traditional medicine with food.

    Penelope and partner Nick Maguire have recently opened the Kind Grocer, a vegan grocery store, on Vogel St, Dunedin.

    A project in the second year of Penelope’s Bachelor of Culinary Arts programme left a bitter taste in her mouth but led to the sweet smell of success.

    “I was driving around and noticed hawthorn berries growing at the side of the road and started wondering if I could use them.

    “The berries were extremely bitter and I was nearly going to throw them out but instead they now form the basis of a line of drinks I’ve developed.

    Penelope wants to bring back bitterness as a flavour of choice.

    “The Western world has lost its taste for bitter foods and it’s been replaced by sugar. The Chinese include bitter food as part of every meal, bitter foods have health benefits and it’s my mission to get that balance right.”

    Penelope and partner Nick Maguire have opened the Kind Grocer, a vegan grocery store, on Vogel St, Dunedin.

    Read the Otago Daily Times feature article

  • Otago Polytechnic features strongly at Best Design Awards (Sep 24 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has claimed multiple medals at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2018.

    Bachelor of Design (Product) graduate Tania Turei won a Gold in the Ngā Aho section for her “Pae” seating entry, the judges loving the simplicity and modularity of the laminated wooden bench, which they described as having “some subtle cultural references to manaia and a haka stance”.

    Another Bachelor of Design (Communication) graduate, Erin Broughton, claimed Gold in the Student Graphics category for “Bones”. A series of magazines for student radio station 91FM, “Bones” was described by judges as “thought-provoking and challenging”.

    The innovation of Otago Polytechnic’s Food Design Institute was also recognised through a collaboration with creative agency Geometry Global for client Sanitarium – which won a Gold in the Exhibition and Temporary Structures category.

    Lecturers Tony Heptinstall and Timothy Lynch and a team of staff and students worked with Sanitarium to produce the “So Good Garden of Goodness”, comprising 3000 edible products at Auckland’s Britomart in February.

    Bachelor of Design (Communication) graduates Michael Smith, Becki Jones, Jaimee Caffell and Sherman Sreedhar won Bronze in the Student Moving Image category for the 3D animated backdrops they developed for the Fortune Theatre production of “Into the Woods”.

    Fraser Dixon, a Year-2 Bachelor of Architectural Studies student, won Bronze in the

    Student Spatial category for “Chaos and Order”, a series of architectural concept studies.

    A wide range of Otago Polytechnic School of Design projects were among the finalists in the Best Design Awards, an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, interactive and motion design.

    “We are really proud of the award winners and finalists,” says Caroline Terpstra, Acting Head of College – Art, Design and Architecture.

    “The Best Design Awards are a platform for students and graduates to present their work to an audience of design professionals and to have their work evaluated alongside outstanding student design projects at a national level,” Caroline says.

    “The results reflect the commitment, passion and expertise of Otago Polytechnic’s Design lecturers as well as the support staff who are an indispensable part of our teaching and learning environment.”

    Entries this year included group and individual projects and collaborations with a range of Dunedin institutions, among them a recent Otago Museum exhibition, “Things Change: Martin Phillipps and The Chills”. The result of a collaboration between museum staff and Otago Polytechnic Communication Design students, it was a finalist in the Spatial-Exhibition section.

    “Previous Best Awards finalists and winners have built on their success to launch their design careers in New Zealand and overseas,” Caroline says.

    Last year, Otago Polytechnic third-year Product Design projects claimed two Best Design Awards – a silver in the student product category (Glo wheelchair) and bronze in the student product category (Cactus Hammock). A first-year Communication Design student claimed Bronze in the student graphics section (Roller Derby zine series).

    Otago Polytechnic award winners and finalists in the Designers Institute of New ZealandBest Design Awards 2018:

    Award winners

    Gold – Nga Aho, Student: Tania Turei, Pae seating (lecturers, Machiko Nimi, Andrew Wallace, Tim Armstrong).

    Gold – Graphics, Student: Erin Broughton, Bones (lecturer, Matt Galloway).

    Gold – Exhibition and Temporary Structures: Geometry (in collaboration with Otago Polytechnic’s Food Design Institute), “Garden of Goodness”.

    Bronze – Moving Image, Student: Michael Smith, Becki Jones, Jaimee Caffell, Into the Woods (lecturer, Jon Wilson).

    Bronze – Spatial, Student: Fraser Dixon, Chaos and Order (lecturer, Ross T Smith).



    Product, Student: Ian McDowall, Francis Bingham, Yellow Eyed Penguin monitoring system (lecturers, Machiko Niimi, Tim Armstrong); Tania Turei, Pae seating (lecturers, Machiko Nimi, Andrew Wallace, Tim Armstrong)

    Spatial, Student: Joshua Weir, Bare (lecturer, Ross T Smith).

    Graphics, Student: 2017 Cohort, Dust (lecturers, Leigh Paterson, Matthew Galloway). 

    Spatial, Exhibition: Otago Museum – Things Change: Martin Phillipps and the Chills (in collaboration with Otago Polytechnic School of Design lecturer Martin Kean and year-3 Communication Design students Mitchell Allen, Josh Caldwell, Sean Funnell, Jessie Hamilton, MJ Heap and Scott Kingsbury).

    Read more about our Design programmes



  • Te Pā Tauira wins national design award (Sep 21 2018)

    Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village has won a NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Award.

    Te Pā Tauira, the first five-storey, all-timber building to be completed in the country, was the popular winner of the XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building category in the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards, announced at a gala event in Auckland on Thursday 20 September.

    Judges praised the highly efficient modular layout of the Dunedin student accommodation complex, saying it enabled efficient offsite prefabrication, which significantly reduced construction time, minimised waste and reduced cost.

    “This building [is] a great example of multi-storey cross-laminated timber construction,” they said.

    “Challenges in relation to meeting building codes and safety regulations for exposed timber structures have been overcome, and the building delivers a pleasant and comfortable living, learning and social environment for a new generations of students.” 

    The project (entered by Mason & Wales, Naylor Love Dunedin, Logic Group, and Kirk Roberts, Tricia Love Consultants) was also a finalist in the Engineering Innovation category.

    Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, praised the high standard of workmanship, outstanding design and sustainable principles of Te Pā Tauira.

    “We are very proud of Te Pā Tauira. It rivals the best student accommodation in Australasia, as well as other enduring, high-quality accommodation.”

    Earlier this year, Te Pā Tauira won the Excellence prize in the Resene Green Building Property Award section, as well as a Merit Award in the Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property section of the 2018 Property Council New Zealand Excellence Awards.

    Constructed with the environment firmly in mind, Te Pā Tauira uses sustainable materials throughout, including laminated timber within its unique structural frame. 

    At 6000sq m, the $22 million Te Pā Tauira is the largest timber-framed structured building by height and volume in New Zealand.

    It is also the first student accommodation complex of its size to use pre-fabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, which are up to 80% lighter than concrete – and 100% sustainable.

    The 231-bed furnished residential village opened its doors to students in February, and was officially opened by the Hon Dr David Clark on 1 June. 

    Just a short walk from campus and Dunedin’s city centre, Te Pā Tauira offers fully-catered single rooms (dorms), self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. 

    Read more about Te Pā Tauira

  • Keeping up with change and growth (Sep 18 2018)

    ODT talks to Alex Huffadine about education and development at Central Campus. Read the article 

  • Fashion student prepares for "dream" opportunity in Vienna (Sep 17 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic student Georgia Ferguson is preparing to leave Dunedin for a nine-month study exchange in Vienna, where she will work on her Master of Design while learning from a world-renowned master of fashion.

    Georgia is the first Otago Polytechnic student to be accepted into a new exchange relationship with the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

    While there, she will study under Professor of Fashion Hussein Chalayan, named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential innovators of the 21st century and described by Vogue as the "premier intellectual designer of his generation".

    “I could only dream of studying under a person of his calibre,” Georgia says, adding that the University of Applied Arts in Vienna names a new designer to lead its fashion programme every three years. Previous appointments include Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simmons.

    Georgia believes the opportunity to learn from Chalayan will add resonance to her Masters thesis, which will explore Dunedin’s creative and cultural drivers and, in particular, her own design practice within that sphere.

    “In order to more deeply examine some of the influences on Dunedin’s creativity, I need to remove myself from here in order to get a different perspective.

    “So I’m hoping the contrast of studying in Vienna under a famous fashion designer will provide further insights.

    “I have travelled lots – I’ve lived in Vanuatu, Japan, England, Italy and Australia – but I really like Dunedin, so I want to understand what inspires me to be creative in such a place.”

    Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement, says the relationship with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, is another example of Otago Polytechnic cultivating opportunities for students overseas.

    “Such opportunities give learners insights into other cultures, helping them experience cultural diversity and develop cultural competence.”

    Georgia, who has “always” been interested in fashion, enrolled in a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic when she left school. In her second year, she spent a semester studying at Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design.

    She graduated at the beginning of 2014, worked in Auckland and Sydney for a few years, then returned to Dunedin to embark on post-graduate Design studies.

    “After my Milan experience, I knew I wanted to do more study at an international school so, with that in mind, I enrolled in Honours in Design in 2017,” Georgia explains.

    For the past two years, Georgia has been working with a fashion start-up, Ultra-Merino. She sees a future in start-ups, “growing small businesses”. Being in a small yet vibrant city helps, too.

    Georgia, who leaves for Vienna at the end of September, staged an exhibition of garments in a pop-up store in Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall at the weekend.

    The exhibition, titled “Micropublic”, examined the idea that people are drawn to others with similar tastes and beliefs, and was based around three patterns: a trench coat, trousers and a shirt.

    “Each piece has been died a slightly different colour,” Georgia says.

    “The aim was to make it feel like an exhibition rather than a fashion show.”

    Read more about our Fashion programmes

  • Otago Polytechnic staff embrace Māori Language Week (Sep 12 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic staff are embracing the opportunity to hone their Māori language development as part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week.

    More than 30 staff members have enrolled in the Otago Polytechnic EduBit in “Te Reo Māori in the Workp lace”.

    It forms part of a growing suite of EduBits being developed by Otago Polytechnic and includes 10 key phrases and 40 words that are relevant and applicable to the workplace and industry.

    In order to successfully complete the programme by the end of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, staff will be required to submit evidence of the following:

    *Accurately pronounce introductions, greetings and farewells relevant in your workplace.

    *Use basic te reo Māori in workplace correspondence.

    *Use te reo Māori relevant to your industry or profession.

    “We encourage our staff at Otago Polytechnic to use te reo Māori,” says Ron Bull, Tumuaki: Whakaako.

    “Not everyone has the time and capacity to immerse themselves in learning te reo Māori, but most people would recognise the importance of embedding and using key phrases in the workplace.”

    Otago Polytechnic’s suite of EduBits includes “Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi: Introduction” and “Tikanga Māori in the Organisation”. The latter requires learners to prove they understand the importance of the application of tikanga Māori and the influences on an individual’s behaviour and practice in their own organisation.

    Jo Brady, Deputy Chief Executive says, “EduBits can be acquired in significantly shorter timeframes than even the smallest qualification available on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

    “They are ideal for new and emerging skills areas and can also be tailor-made to satisfy organisation-specific requirements. A key advantage of EduBits is that they can be developed and implemented quickly – just a matter of weeks from conception to delivery.”

    Read more about our EduBits

  • Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate teams up with Disney (Sep 10 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate Anna Ross has teamed up with global giant Disney, creating a range of nail polishes to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday.

    Anna, who graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) from Otago Polytechnic in 2008, worked for several years as a design assistant in Australia before making a major career transition to an entrepreneur.

    The winner of the Young Telstra Victorian Business Women's Award in 2016, Anna founded Kester Black, a brand of ethically produced vegan nail polishes and soaps, in 2014.

    Now one of Australia’s most recognised independent cosmetic brands, Kester Black is sold internationally in the United States, Malaysia, Japan and elsewhere.

    Anna, a long-time fan of all things Disney, first visited Disneyland as a 14-year-old, when her parents took her family on the trip of a lifetime.

    To celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th milestone, the Kester Black collection features five nail polishes in classic Mickey colours (red, yellow, white, black and a nude) in bottles displaying his silhouette. The same colours have been used to create a nail-art set.

    Made in Australia, Kester Black’s products are palm oil-free, cruelty-free and vegan. The brand also plans to launch a certified organic range. 

    *Disney will celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday on November 18, honouring the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18 November, 1928.

  • Otago Polytechnic Engineering students to help Vanuatu community (Sep 10 2018)

    Dunedin brothers Cameron and Conrad Sinclair are set to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into a range of infrastructure projects on a remote Vanuatu island.

    This weekend the pair will join 14 other students and staff from Otago Polytechnic’s School of Engineering and fly to Paama, where they will work on a variety of WASH (water, sanitation and health) projects.

    Paama, one of the smaller of the 83 islands that comprise the nation of Vanuatu, is a 40-minute flight north of the capital, Port Vila.

    The Otago Polytechnic contingent will spend 10 days on Paama, integrating their classroom-based projects and academic theory with important practical, real-world experience.

    Specifically aimed at students who have completed Civil Engineering programmes in Water and Waste Systems and Water and Waste Management, the projects include water disinfection, desalination, gravity-based water systems, sanitation, solar pumps and solar cooking.

    The project comes on the back of work done by Dunedin’s Highgate Presbyterian Church, which has helped improve infrastructure on the island.

    “We are really excited,” Conrad (19) says.

    “It’s going to be awesome to implement some of the things we have learnt while studying Civil Engineering.”

    Cameron (21) agrees: “A big part of our approach is being able to problem-solve. This includes designing equipment that is relatively simple to maintain or repair. There’s no point taking over high-tech stuff.”

    In the second year of a New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Civil Engineering), both brothers are taking extra papers that will enable them to progress to a Bachelor of Engineering, should they choose to continue their tertiary studies.

    “I like to visualise and draw solutions to problems,” Cameron says. “I really like the practical aspects of engineering.”

    Having heard “great things” about the Engineering programmes at Otago Polytechnic, the Dunedin-raised brothers chose to remain in the city to study after leaving Kavanagh College.

    Conrad: “We live at home, too, so we still get nice meals.”

    Although they’re not sure exactly what’s on the menu for their Paama experience, the pair are relishing the chance to get involved with the island community. This includes sharing their football (soccer) skills with the local children.

    “We’ve been asked to come along to the school on Paama and share our knowledge of Engineering, Conrad says.

    “We are both into our football so, even though we have to pack lightly, we’ll be taking a bag of balls with us as we’ve been nominated to lead a team when we are there.”

    Although more than a third of their costs have been covered by Otago Polytechnic, the group of 16 have been involved in a range of fund-raising activities in recent months. This includes building sleep-outs, the first of which has been completed and is being auctioned this month.

    The group has also been offering Otago Polytechnic staff and students the opportunity to purchase solar-powered lights that will be donated to households in Vanuatu.

    Richard Nyhof, Head of the College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences, says the Vanuatu project is another example of Otago Polytechnic’s hands-on learning.

    “Our approach to teaching equips learners with the confidence and ability to tackle real-world problems,” Richard says.

    Read about our Engineering programmes

  • Otago Polytechnic student selected for deer farming experience (Sep 06 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic student Mikayla Simpson has been accepted into the Future Deer Farmers Experience being hosted by Deer Industry New Zealand.

    Mikayla, who is studying the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 3) at Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus in Cromwell, is one of only three students from throughout New Zealand to be selected.

    She will attend a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, from 10-13 September. She will be visiting farms, marketing companies and a workshop.

    Mikayla says she hopes to gain some deeper insights into what the deer industry has to offer.

    “Deer are different to work with compared to other stock. I hope the experience expands my knowledge to help me build a career in farming. It is also a great way to make contacts in the farming sector.”

    Mikayla has been enjoying her farming-based studies this year.

    With an emphasis on “hands-on” learning, the programme covers a wide range of skills, and has the added benefit of on-farm practical assessments, as well as work placements on high country stations.

    Successful graduates of the programme gain the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3). 

    “The course covers the majority of agriculture-related tasks, helping you decide which path in agriculture you wish to take,” Mikayla explains.

    “It has encouraged me to stick to my path of starting shepherding once the course is finished.”

    Read more about our Agriculture programmes



  • The future is now at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Nursing (Aug 31 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s School of Nursing has entered the head-turning field of augmented reality.

    Otago Polytechnic is working with international company Pearson, which has developed interactive applications that tap into Microsoft’s HoloLens, a headset that incorporates high-definition holograms into a viewer’s surroundings.

    The cutting-edge technology allows nursing students to see 3D images of the body, including organs, as well as assess relatively common conditions that they might not experience on clinical placements.

    Ian Crabtree, Head of School (Nursing), says the use of the interactive tool puts Otago Polytechnic at the forefront of learning and teaching technologies and better prepares learners for real-world situations.

    “Imagine,” Ian says, “a scenario in which a ‘patient’ has gone into anaphylactic shock. The students can sit the patient down and walk around him. When they do that, they’ll see he’s got an injury on his back. From there, they can deduce he might be having a reaction to the antibiotics he’s taken for the injury.”

    Otago Polytechnic nursing staff are currently being trained in the use of the technology, which will be implemented more fully in our nursing programmes in 2019.

    Ian can already see applications for the technology beyond nursing.

    “This could be useful for sport, midwifery and occupational therapy.”

    Pearson, a global learning company, offers a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. 

    Pearson trainer Linda Bush says the applications have wide-ranging educational benefits.

    “Immersive experiences evoke a sense of being present in a particular environment. This can evoke responses such as empathy.

    “In addition, research shows that learning in such a way is often more deeply embedded in a learner’s memory. It adds another layer to how students can learn.”

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

    Read more about our Nursing programmes

  • New home for iD Dunedin Fashion Week (Aug 29 2018)

    Iconic experience iD Dunedin Fashion Week is joining forces with the city’s ornate Regent Theatre to create a stunning environment for its 2019 shows.

    As iD prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019, it has confirmed a partnership with Dunedin’s historic Regent Theatre, allowing all of its shows to be hosted in the beauty of the city’s restored theatre.

    The opening iD Emerging Designer Show and its runway Dunedin Designer Fashion shows will all be held in The Regent Theatre in a perfect partnership between built design and fashion design.

    iD Dunedin Fashion Week committee chairwoman and Otago Polytechnic School of Design (Fashion) lecturer Professor Margo Barton says iD attendees will be wowed by both the surrounds and the fashion.

    “The Regent Theatre will be utilised in innovative and unexpected ways as designers from across the globe descend on Dunedin to show their creations.

    “We’re very happy that collaborations between local suppliers Southern Lights and Strawberry Sound, the iD Fashion Board and event manager Sonja de Mari continue to drive the event forward, finding new opportunities to engage and inspire audiences as well as supporting our designers,” Margo says.

    “Sonja is ably supported by an energetic skills-based iD Dunedin Fashion Week Board, which is working together to ensure 2019 will be our biggest year yet.”

    Otago Polytechnic continues to be a major sponsor of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

    Jo Brady, Otago Polytechnic Deputy Chief Executive, People, Performance and Development:

    “Otago Polytechnic is delighted to continue building on the partnership and connecting globally to showcase emerging design talent.”

    The Regent Theatre partnership announcement comes as New Zealand Fashion Week is held in Auckland, including for the first time an iD Dunedin showcase on Saturday 1 September. The sold-out show features archival pieces from the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, alongside a mash-up of Dunedin designers including NOM*d, Carlson, Mild-Red, Lapin, Darlene Gore and others.

    iD Dunedin Fashion Week Fashion runs from Monday 11 March to Sunday 17 March 2019.

    A limited number of premium pre-release tickets will be available for sale from Ticket Direct from Friday 31 August until Tuesday 4 September 2018, using the presale code id2019.



  • Otago Polytechnic staff in the frame (Aug 28 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic staff members and a graduate have been involved in the production of a short film, Milk.

    Stefan Roesch, who works as an Analyst in Otago Polytechnic’s Organisational Research Office, is the producer of the film, which tells the story of two German U-boat officers who come ashore to Otago during World War 2 to obtain fresh milk. While there, they are discovered by the widow of a man who has been killed fighting in Europe.

    Liz Stewart, from Learning and Teaching Development, was the Assistant Director of the film. In addition, Graphic Designer Sam Hendry created the promotional material and the production assistant was Otago Polytechnic graduate Annie Theewis (Certificate in Film and Television). 

    About 20 people, including Berlin-based actors Peter Volksdorf and Mike Hoffmann, were involved in the filming, which took place in Dunedin in April this year.

    The film is currently in post-production and a step closer to completion with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign through the Boosted platform.

    The script for Milk was chosen by Short Film Otago as the winning script for its 2016 funding round, was shortlisted for Fresh Shorts funding by the New Zealand Film Commission and received a special mention award from the Mumbai International Short Film Festival.

    At its core, the film is about what happens when adversaries come face-to-face and what they discover about each other.

    Director Pennie Hunt and producer Stefan Roesch were inspired to make a film about cultural misunderstanding and forgiveness between their two home countries.

    “We’re hoping this film will lead to bigger future projects, including feature films,” Pennie says.

    Donations can be made at www.boosted.org.nz/projects/milk

  • Women in I.T. scholarship 'means a lot' (Aug 23 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has awarded its 2018 “Women in I.T.” scholarship to Heather McDonald.

    Heather, who is in her second year of studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology, says the scholarship means a lot, both personally and financially.

    Worth $1000 for every year of study and awarded to a self-leading and motivated student, the Women in I.T. Scholarship has lifted Heather’s confidence.

    “Although I am not short on motivation to do the best I can, this has definitely given me a boost. It shows people believe that I will continue to excel and complete the Bachelor of Information Technology.”

    Heather welcomes Otago Polytechnic’s support of women in the I.T. sector.

    “The past year and a-half has made me realise that gender has nothing to do with your knowledge or ability to learn new things in the I.T. industry. This comes down to each individual person.

    “The scholarship is a great way to advertise to women who might be thinking about entering the industry but just need that extra little push – to make them feel welcome in an environment that is still predominantly male.”

    Read more about our I.T. programmes


  • Sonny Bill Williams enrols with Capable NZ (Aug 04 2018)

    Sonny Bill Williams has a new goal – to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from Otago Polytechnic while continuing his illustrious sporting career.

    No stranger to setting himself fresh challenges, be it in rugby union, sevens, league or boxing, Sonny Bill is among a cohort of 10 players from the Blues Super Rugby club to have enrolled in a Bachelor of Applied Management through Capable New Zealand, a school within Otago Polytechnic that has empowered a raft of sports stars.

    The New Zealand Rugby Players Association and New Zealand Rugby have created the opportunity for players to complete study within their personal development time as part of the joint venture and as specified in their Collective Employment Agreement.

    The Blues group, including Williams, will remain based in Auckland, utilising Otago Polytechnic’s Queen St campus on occasion.

    They follow in the footsteps of a range of elite sportspeople who have studied through Capable NZ.

    These include sevens legend DJ Forbes, Olympic athletics coach Raylene Bates, Black Caps cricketer Grant Elliott, Tongan rugby international Hale T-Pole, Samoan rugby international Seilala Mapusua, Silver Ferns netballers Jodi Brown and Katrina Grant, windsurfing legend Barbara Kendall and White Ferns cricketer Katie Glynn.

    Glenys Ker, Programme Leader of Capable NZ’s undergraduate programmes, has been working closely with the Blues players, who began their studies in June.

    As a facilitator, Glenys works with the players, guiding them through their learning tasks and giving them academic support where necessary.

    “It’s the first time Capable NZ has had a group from a sports club undertake this study with the benefit that they can work as a group, learning and sharing together.

    “They have 10 months to complete their studies and, hopefully, they will graduate in April 2019,” Glenys says, adding it should be stressed the players are continuing their sporting careers.

    “I understand that sport is a big part of their lives — it is their career — and they have actually achieved a lot of things, both in and out of sport.

    “They are beautiful writers. Their ability to reflect on what they do, what they have done, who they are and who they want to be . . . it’s a real privilege to gain such insights,” Glenys says.

    “Credit must also go to the Blues club and their Player Development Manager, Victoria Hood, for supporting the players so strongly in their academic endeavours.

    “They are no different from other students, really. They will get as much support as any student. At the end of the day, they will still have to meet the academic criteria required of a Level 7 New Zealand Qualifications Authority-endorsed degree.”

    Read more about Capable NZ


  • Training centre, up she goes (Aug 01 2018)

    The roof is on, the students are on their way. Read full article

  • Sports Turf learner off to Leaders Camp (Jul 25 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic Sports Turf learner Brennan Honour has been selected to attend the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics 2018 World Congress Young Leaders Camp in Melbourne in October.

    The Young Leaders Camp, from 7-11 October, aims to engage professional and technical education students in relevant discussions and debates on the position and role of students in professional and technical education globally

    In addition, the camp enables professional and technical students to make connections with other students from across the globe. It also seeks to embed the voice of students in the World Congress

    “I am very excited,” says Brennan, who is enrolled in Otago Polytechnic’s New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) programme.

    He will join Otago Polytechnic Nursing student Devon Kilkelly at the camp.

    “I hope to gain valuable knowledge, experience and understanding from the leadership camp to help me be a better leader,” Brennan says.

    Read more about our New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) programme


  • Fashion learner continues awards quest (Jul 23 2018)

    In her first year of Fashion Design at Otago Polytechnic, Sophie Stevens is once again busily preparing for the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards, to be held in Gore this Friday and Saturday, 27-28 July.

    “I love entering the awards and will continue to because of the challenge,” says Sophie, who first entered the event in 2015 while still at school in Masterton.

    “There is such amazing talent at the awards. It makes me want to develop my designs further and strive for continual excellence.

    “A lot of the time fabrics are what inspire my designs. I love beautiful and unusual fabrics, especially natural fibres — silk is my all-time favourite.

    “I am always looking for combinations of graphic prints, plain and unusual colour combinations to spice up my love of basic silhouettes and shapes.

    “My main priority is to look at proportions, shape, fit and then from there my fabric choices determine how I adapt and construct my pieces.”

    Read more about Sophie’s Hokonui Fashion Design Awards experiences

  • Te Pā Tauira wins national property award (Jun 20 2018)

    Te Pā Tauira — Otago Polytechnic Student Village has won a 2018 Property Council New Zealand Excellence Award.

    The project claimed the Excellence prize in the Resene Green Building Property Award section of the annual awards, which were announced at a gala dinner at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Friday 15 June.

    Te Pā Tauira also won a Merit Award in the Arrow International Multi-Unit Residential Property section.

    Constructed with the environment firmly in mind, Te Pā Tauira uses sustainable materials throughout, including laminated timber within its unique structural frame. 

    Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, was delighted to receive the awards at Spark Arena.

    He praised the high standard of workmanship, outstanding design and sustainable principles of Te Pā Tauira.

    “We are very proud of Te Pā Tauira. It rivals the best student accommodation in Australasia, as well as other enduring, high-quality accommodation.”

    At 6000sq m, the $22 million Te Pā Tauira is the largest timber-framed structured building by height and volume in New Zealand.

    It is also the first student accommodation complex of its size to use pre-fabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, which are up to 80% lighter than concrete – and 100% sustainable.

    Lead architect Hamish Muir, of Dunedin-based Mason & Wales, was “delighted” that the combined efforts of the client, consultants and contractors over a number of years have been recognised at a national level.

    “We are proud to have been involved in a project of such significant scale, quality and innovation in our home town.

    “Credit must go to Phil Ker and Philip Cullen [Chief Operating Officer, Otago Polytechnic] for having the original vision, combined with a genuine focus on environmentally sustainable design initiatives, and the determination to see it through.

    “They have raised the bar for student accommodation at a local, national and international level.”

    Ian McKie, Director, Naylor Love Dunedin, says the award is “fantastic recognition for the team involved in this innovative and challenging project”.

    “It’s a project we all will be proud of for years to come.

    “The building was completed following the principles of the Living Building Challenge. CLT went a long way to meeting the materials requirement.”

    There was also very low waste, McKie notes, adding the CLT structure had to satisfy sustainability criteria without adding extra costs.

    Project manager Sam Cadden, of Logic Group, says Otago Polytechnic’s driving philosophy was to create a sustainable student accommodation block.

    “This vision was a major contributor for the material choices made from foundations and structure to carpet and paint finishes.”

    The innovative design, construction processes and building materials used in Te Pā Tauira have also been recognised with several nominations in the 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards, the winners of which will be announced in August.

    The 231-bed furnished residential village opened its doors to students in February, and was officially opened by the Hon Dr David Clark on 1 June. 

    Just a short walk from campus and Dunedin’s city centre, Te Pā Tauira offers fully-catered single rooms (dorms), self-catered studios (standard or deluxe) and four-bedroom apartments. 

    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 the story behind the storeys

    Read more about Te Pā Tauira

  • Distinguished Alumni Awards (May 18 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, held last week, marked a coming together of people with a passion.

    The 16-strong list of nominees ranged from Commonwealth Games stars, to internationally recognised artists, from business high-fliers to community movers and shakers.

    They included ceramic artist 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 was well-represented by New Zealand stars Kelly Brazier (Rugby Sevens), javelin ace Holly Robinson, Dunedin-based athletics coach Raylene Bates and New Zealand rugby sevens legend DJ Forbes.

    Visit our Alumni page to view the full list of 2018 Distinguished Alumni.

  • Learners to benefit from Otago Polytechnic-DVML deal (Mar 27 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Venues Management Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide Otago learners with important, real-world work experiences.

    To be announced at a ceremony at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 3pm today [Tuesday 27 March], the MOU will result in Otago Polytechnic’s learners engaging in a range of paid internships and casual, voluntary placements, including on-the-ground experience in sports turf management, events management and hospitality.

    Learners in Otago Polytechnic’s New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Sports Turf) programme will be offered fixed-term paid internships with DVML (up to four per year). These will include working at international sporting venues such as Forsyth Barr Stadium and the University of Otago Oval.

    In addition, DVML experts will provide tutoring for learners and host field day experiences directly related to the programme, which is based at Otago Polytechnic’s Cromwell campus and is the only full-time sports turf programme on offer in New Zealand. 

    The MOU also bolsters the strong relationship between DVML and Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Applied Management programme, which has previously resulted in several graduates gaining full-time roles within DVML’s events management team.

    Dunedin Venues will provide tutoring for learners along with a range of paid and voluntary placements, including in marketing, events management, and hospitality and catering.

    DVML venues host around 500 events a year. These range from world-class concerts and international sporting fixtures at Forsyth Barr Stadium, performances at the Dunedin Town Hall, conferences at the Dunedin Centre, to events such as the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival and Great Kiwi Home and Living Show.

    Dunedin Venues Chief Executive Terry Davies: “DVML is excited to be working with Otago Polytechnic, providing opportunities for its students to be exposed to all aspects of our business with a focus on event management, hospitality, and turf development. 

    “We have already had the advantage of employing Otago Polytechnic graduates in event coordination. This mutually beneficial partnership is a fantastic opportunity for our staff to pass on their wealth of experience and, in fact, also learn from the students.”

    Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Phil Ker says the relationship is another example of the institution empowering its learners with real skills in real environments.

    “As well as preparing learners with the ability to adapt in what can be fast-moving situations, the MOU is another reminder of our commitment not only to Dunedin but the wider community.”

    *The MOU between Otago Polytechnic and DVML will be announced at a ceremony at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 3pm today [Tuesday 27 March].

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  • The story behind Te Pā's storeys (Feb 25 2018)

    It might be brand-new, but Te Pā Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village has connections that reach back through generations.

    The names for each level of Te Pā Tauira – Hawea, Rapuwai, Waitaha, Māmoe and Tahu – were inspired by a diary extract written by Hori Kerei (“H.K.”) Taiaroa.

    Born in the 1830s, H.K. was the son of Te Matenga Taiaroa, an important chief at Ōtākou whose name has been enshrined in the Otago Peninsula place name, Taiaroa Heads.   

    In one of his more personal diary extracts, written in Māori, H.K detailed looking at a midden as he was walking along the beach at Taumutu.

    He described each layer of the midden, starting with the old embers of a fire in the earth and then dog bones, fish bones and cockleshells.

    He stated that the reason he knew the midden was from the two tribes that preceded Kāi Tahu – namely Waitaha and Kāti Māmoe – was because of the depth of the layered materials.

    Reflecting H.K.’s thoughts, each level of Te Pā Tauira, which opened on 11 February, has been named as if the building were a midden.

    Hawea, the name of the ground floor, refers to the oldest tribe in the southern Ngāi Tahu rohe (area). Moving up through each level offers a chronological reference to the subsequent tribal inhabitants: Rapuwai, Waitaha, Māmoe and Tahu. 

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  • A chance to support Wildlife Hospital (Feb 16 2018)

    Keen to get stuck in and help the Wildlife Hospital? Want to know more?

    Come along to Orientation Week, when the Wildlife Hospital Students’ Association (WHSA) will be recruiting new volunteers to support the facility which, since opening in January, has treated dozens of injured birds, including a rare takahe.

    On Thursday February 22 (Clubs Day), WHSA members will be joined by two Pulse Energy Highlanders players on the Otago Museum Reserve (unless it is awful weather, in which case it will be inside the University Link) from 10am-3pm.

    Come along to the WHSA tent and join in the chance to play games, compete against others students and win spot prizes, including coffee and food vouchers donated by AllPress, Vogel St Kitchen and the Good Earth, as well as passes to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

    And rugby (and wildlife) fans take note – signed Highlanders merchandise will be given away, too! That’s because the Highlanders have formed a community partnership with the Wildlife Hospital.

    As well as putting up posters around Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago, WHSA executive members will be easily to spot in their Wildlife Hospital T-shirts.

    They’re a friendly bunch and welcome anyone to approach them with questions. 

    Read more about the Wildlife Hospital


  • Teaching vineyard to become Pinot Noir showcase (Oct 31 2017)

    As part of a joint collaboration to showcase Riversun Nursery’s Pinot Noir varieties, this week Otago Polytechnic Viticulture students are planting 240 Pinot Noir grapevines in the polytech’s Cromwell vineyard.

    Certificate in Horticulture (level 4) and Diploma in Viticulture (level 5) students gain valuable hands-on experience throughout the courses on the Central Campus 1ha vineyard located in Bannockburn Road, Cromwell.  

    With Central Otago’s success in producing some of NZ’s very best Pinot Noir wines, Riversun’s viticulturist Nick Hoskins and Distance Education Coordinator, Rachel Petrie from the Cromwell Campus, saw an opportunity over twelve months ago to utilise four empty rows on the polytech’s teaching vineyard. 

    “After hearing Nick Hoskins speak at a Central Otago Winegrowers (COWA) event in October 2016, I approached Riversun to see if they were in need of any land to trial Pinot Noir rootstocks or clones here in Central Otago,” said Rachel.

    Riversun jumped at the chance to give students the opportunity to learn, while giving the company access to information on clonal performance in New Zealand’s largest Pinot Noir district.

    “Local growers will also be able to see how the variety acts in an Otago setting versus how it acts here in our source block in Gisborne which is a completely different climate / terroir,” said Nick.

    Recommending 3309 rootstock for its popularity in the New Zealand wine industry, in 2016 Riversun grafted 240 vines from a combination of twelve old and new clones including those from the ENTAV-INRA® importation programme. After ten months in the Riversun field nursery, 240 Pinot Noir traditional vines were transported to Central Otago in early October this year. A further 48 two year old SuperVines will be supplied in 2018.

    The Pinot Noir planting fits in with the diploma teaching programme for irrigation setup and pruning and down the track students will also be looking at yield, bunch data, brix and management.  Students are responsible for the planting and care of the vines through to the first harvest and beyond for future students trusted with their care.

    The main aim of the collaboration is to forge long term partnerships between education and industry by connecting future employers, growers and viticulturists with future talent and employees.

    The vineyard is often a location for COWA (Central Otago Winegrowers Association) workshops and events including the young viticulturist competition and there are discussions around opportunities to develop clone comparison trials, small batch tastings and local grower field days in the future.

    Riversun is New Zealand’s premium supplier of top-quality certified grapevines grafted to the New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard. Established in 1982, Riversun has forged strong alliances with the New Zealand wine industry and is home to over 200 varieties and clones from some of the world’s great wine-producing regions and access to the biggest, best selection of grapevine clones and varieties in the world with a 25-year exclusive licence (signed in 2002) with the French government clonal selection agency ENTAV.

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  • Brewing up a qualification (Feb 21 2017)

    Otago Polytechnic Central Campus in Cromwell 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 years.

    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.

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