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Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Lisa Burton
Learning Leader

Lisa has been teaching horticulture at Otago Polytechnic for the past 26 years and is the Programme Manager for Horticulture and Arboriculture in Dunedin.
She holds an Adult Teaching Diploma, a Bachelor of Horticulture Science, and a Master of Planning.
She has a particular interest in sustainable horticulture including soils and water issues, as well as plant propagation and amenity horticulture.

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  Kim Thomas
Teaching and Research Assistant

Services to Industry & Education:
2019 - Commendation for Excellence in Implementation of Maori Strategic Framework
2017 - Staff Excellence Award in Sustainability
2016 - Nomination for National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA),
2015 - Acknowledgement of fifteen years service at Otago Polytechnic
2014 - Wikieducator User Page Expo Award
2014 - Sustainability Steering Group
2013-present:Supervisor of team for the maintenance of the Living Campus
2012-present Fire In Ice Outrigger Canoe Club-Executive Committee
2011 - Otago Polytechnic Award for Inspiring Leadership for 2010 awarded Feb. 2011.
2011-present:Lecturer Foundation Studies in Trades,Otago Polytechnic
2010 - :Acknowledgement of ten years service at Otago Polytechnic
2009-2017:Health and Safety Adviser for ABE/now ECL,Otago Polytechnic,Dunedin
2008-present:Teaching and Research Assistant Department of Natural Resources, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
2008 - Orokonui Education Stakeholders Advisory Committee
2007-present:Lecturer,Occupational Therapy,Otago Polytechnic,Dunedin
2004 - 2017 Co-coordinater of Hort Talks with Dunedin Botanic Gardens
2003 – present: Health & Safety Representative, School of Natural Resources
2003 – 2018 Horticulture PEAC committee member
2001 – 2010: Committee Member, Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
2000 – present: Harassment Prevention Contact, School of Natural Resources
2000-present:Lecturer Natural Resources,Otago Polytechnic

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