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Archive for 2020

Events

  • iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2020 (July 13 2020)

    Tickets are on sale now for the premiere of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2020 video and winners announcement!

    7pm – 9pm

    Friday 7 August

    The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street

    In an exciting first, the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in association with Otago Polytechnic has moved online. View the 32 finalists' collections in a video filmed in bedrooms, hallways and parks across 14 countries during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Edited by world-leading production house, NHNZ, the video provides a very personal insight into the finalists as they introduce themselves and their design inspiration.

    Get dressed up and join us for Quartz Reef wine and canapés and be among the first in the world to see the video celebrating young designers from across the globe.

    Booking is essential, so grab a group of friends! Book early as tickets will sell out!

    View the trailer for a taste of what's in store >

    Purchase your tickets here >

     

  • Integrating Adventure Therapy Strategies (November 25 2020)

    Join us for the final research forum from the Occupational Therapy school for 2020:

    WHEN: 12:15-1pm, Tuesday 1st December

    WHERE: Click here to join online

    Presenter: Helen Jeffery

    Topic: Integrating Adventure Therapy Strategies into Everyday Practice 

    Summary:  

    Overview of some of the principle strategies commonly used in adventure therapy, and discussion regarding them and usual occupational therapy practice. Then facilitated discussion on how these strategies might be able to be intentionally incorporated into a variety of usual occupational therapy practices.

    Bio:

    Helen graduated as an occupational therapist in 1982, and has worked in a variety of practice areas, primarily in the mental health settings. She explored New Zealand Occupational Therapists' use of adventure therapy in her masters research, and has developed an interest in nurturing the development in the field of adventure therapy in New Zealand. She is also interested in therapists' use of theory and evidence in practice, and in what influences therapists application of theory and evidence. Helen teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Occupational Therapy school, and has a coordinating role with the Occupational Therapy Post Graduate team.

    Please contact Linda Robertson if you have any queries.

  • Sustainability & Equity in Midwifery Practice (November 17 2020)

    Join us for this online Midwifery research seminar:

    WHEN: 1pm, Monday 23 November

    WHERE:  On Adobe Connect

    Presenter one: Dr Lorna Davies

    Title: The ambiguity of sustainability in the midwifery context – Findings from a Participatory Action Research study.

    Presentation: In this seminar she will discuss some of the findings from her doctoral research which explored midwives understanding of and attitudes towards sustainability and midwifery practice.

    Bio: Lorna Davies has been working in midwifery education for over two decades and for the last 15 years in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently employed as an Academic Manager and Associate Head of Midwifery in the Department of Health Practice at Ara. She a researcher and author who has published extensively in journals, contributed chapters to many textbooks and has authored and co-authored a number of books herself. Her research interest areas are sustainability in healthcare, self-care, interprofessional education and midwifery workforce issues. She is married with three adult children and a granddaughter.

    Presenter two: Kate Nicoll

    Title: Why can we sing English nursery rhymes to our children but not know oriori for our pēpi?

    Presentation: This presentation was my assessment for the Working Tangata Whenua paper. In the presentation I consider what knowledge is privileged and how this impact on whānau hapū particularly in the area of pregnancy and parenting education. I also explore what ways midwives can play a role in creating equity and decolonising maternity services. 

    Bio:

    Tēnā koutou katoa

    Ko Connor Pass te maunga

    Ko Owenalondrig te awa

    Ko Atlantic te moana

    No Airangi me Ingarangi te whakapapa

    Ko Ngati Pākehā te iwi

    Ko Kate Nicoll tōku ingoa

    I am a pākehā midwife who has worked as a community midwife in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) for about 17 years. I have always had a focus on working with young parents and whānau Māori. I also work part time within a kaupapa Māori health and social service organisation as the SUDI prevention coordinator for Waitaha (Canterbury). I have the privilege of living within a whānau where te reo Māori is spoken every day, where I have been enabled to learn tikanga Māori and to be a part of Te Ao Māori every day. This year I commenced a new journey of learning with my post graduate certificate in Midwifery. The Working with Tangata Whenua paper was certainly a highlight of the year. 

     

  • Design Futures Symposium (November 11 2020)

    Designing the future of work is the topic of this upcoming symposium.

    WHEN: 9:30am - 4:00pm, Thursday 19 November 2020
    WHERE: Hub Atrium, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

    This symposium will explore what the future of work looks like from a range of designers' perspectives.

    Keynote speaker is senior NZ designer Noel Brown who is a past CEO of Wellington-based design consultancy DNA. Noel is known nationally for his contribution to social innovation and bicultural insights.

    Other presenters include Otago Polytechnic communication design staff and student alumni working in a range of design-related industries, such as Lynda Henderson (Firebrand), Vincent Egan (Maui Studios) and Craig Scott (Otago Museum, Guild and Design Kids Dunedin).

    Speakers will contribute from their various and varied experiences of design as professionals, and reflect on the kinds of skills and attitudes educators and learners might need to consider in our changing world of work.

    This is a free event. Lunch is included therefore please register on Facebook or email Caro McCaw.

  • Evidence-Based Practice (November 11 2020)

    Join this free online webinar about a new approach to teaching Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

    WHEN: 12:15 to 1:00pm Tuesday 17 November 2020
    WHERE: Online via Adobe Connect

    Presenters: Ass Prof Linda Robertson, Dr Henk Roodt

    This research forum will be an overview of the theoretical background to the Five Finger Framework which has been developed to support teaching related to EBP. Henk Roodt, an experienced educator and a prime mover in this project will be joining Linda Robertson.

     

     

  • Community Collaborations (November 3 2020)

    Effective community collaborations can benefit our research and our learners, but how do we develop such partnerships?

    All are welcome to attend this online public seminar. Dr Ema Tokolahi will be presenting on the topic The development of collaborative community partnerships.

    WHEN: 12:15 - 1pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020
    WHERE: Online, via Adobe Connect

    Ema is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the College of Health. She teaches in the areas of Trauma Informed Practice (postgraduate), Professional Practice and Fieldwork. Her research interests are: Role-emerging placements, Child and adolescent wellbeing, Health promotion, Mental health, Quantitative research methods

  • Design Soupbox Lecture (November 3 2020)

    Join us for this public lecture, where School of Design lecturers Simon Swale and Matthew Galloway will each present about recent exhibition projects in Pōneke Wellington.

    WHEN: 12:10pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020
    WHERE: 3rd floor open space, H Block, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

    Simon Swale's exhibition topic is Gates/Gateways. Simon's work is part of Handshake 6's project Signing in at Te Auaha gallery. HS6 is a 2-year programme that encourages experimentation, coaching and exhibiting. During the two years each HS artist develops their inquiry with research, experimentation, ideas and work samples. 

    Matt Galloway's exhibition topic is The Power That Flows Through Us. His work is in a group exhibition Optimism and its afterlives, from 30 October to 5 December at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space in Pōneke Wellington. Optimism and its afterlives thinks around a series of transitional moments, including works by artists who have found themselves witness to or bound up in scenes of change.

    A light lunch will be provided.

     

  • Sport Exercise and Health research symposium (October 28 2020)

    You're invited to attend a student and staff research symposium at the Sargood Centre.

    WHEN: 9am to 3pm, Tuesday 10 November 2020
    WHERE: Sargood Centre

    Programme:

    9:00-9:10 Welcome

    9:10-9.40 Keynote Speaker: Brendon Timmins - Health, Analysis and Conditioning – How has this changed over time?

    9:45-10.30 Staff Research Presentations

    10:30-10:45am Morning Tea (Provided)

    10:45am-12 noon Postgraduate Student Research Presentations

    12.50-1pm Postgraduate Student Research Presentations

    1.05-1.45pm Speaker: Simon Body – Investigations and Questions into Strength & Conditioning

    1.50-3pm Career Opportunities

    3pm Closing

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (October 27 2020)

    This month's Occupational Therapy free online seminar is on the topic Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - What is it and should we use this approach?

    WHEN: 12:15 to 1pm, 3 November
    WHERE: Join on Adobe Connect 

    Our speaker is Dominique du Toit. Dominique has been working in the mental health sector for over 6 years and is currently embarking on a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her passion is doing the best job for her clients and so she is interested in exploring new ways of working – one of which is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her project is about the current use and understanding of this approach in mental health and other areas of practice.

     

  • 26-28 Oct: ePIC conference - register for free now (October 21 2020)

    Join the free, international, fully online ePIC 2020 Conference on Open Education and Open Recognition from 26th to 28th October. 

    Browse through the full programme to see what is on offer during this 72 hour global conference. It starts in Paris - so at 9pm on the 26th, NZ time. Note the different time zones shown on the programme - this time zone converter is handy if you are planning to take part in sessions hosted elsewhere. 

    New Zealand sessions start at 10am (NZ time) on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October. There's a great range of contributions, starting off with half a day on innovative ways in which Otago Polytechnic recognises learning - including the Bachelor of Leadership for Change, Capable NZ, I am capable, and EduBits. 

    (New Zealand and Australian contributions are shown in orange on the programme). 

    Register now to be sent details of the Zoom connection.

    Contact simonne.wood@op.ac.nz if you have any questions.

     

     

    Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

  • Public Seminar: Leoni Schmidt - Unmasking - Visual Politics of Covid-19 (October 14 2020)

    THURS15 OCT, P152, 2.00 noon – 1.00 PM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART.

     

    Leoni Schmidt

    UNMASKING: VISUAL POLITICS OF COVID-19

     

    This seminar explores visual images posted online in response to Covid-19. Provocative artworks engage with the issues highlighted by the pandemic. These artworks are political in the sense that they speak of and to power, while unmasking the unimaginable, the merciless, the revelatory, the disengaging, and the enabling. It seems timely to investigate what could be learnt from these images and also to see them in longitudinal perspective through reference to visual images created at other times of pandemic stress. 

     

    Professor Leoni Schmidt is the Director: Research & Postgraduate Studies at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin and the DCE: Academic for the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus. She holds a doctorate in Art History and was the Head of the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic from 2009 to 2017. Prior to this she was the Postgraduate Programme Manager and a professorial lecturer in Art History and Theory in that School. Her current research focuses on contemporary visual art and particularly on its responses to political upheaval and migration. 

     

    (Remainder of seminar programme coming soon.)

  • Rangahau Māori Group Pānui (September 30 2020)

    All Māori staff allied and academic from the Te Pūkenga NZIST network are welcome to this half day workshop.

    WHEN: 9.30am to 12pm, Friday 4 December 2020
    WHERE: Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, beginning in the Hub

    The main kaupapa of this day is whakawhanaukataka, where Māori staff can get to know each other, some for the first time. 

    Programme outline:

    • Mihimihi
    • State of the Nation / strategic overview of Rangahau Māori by Te Urikore, what is working well in the kaupapa Māori space
    • Two models of success for Māori learners: Ngā Wai o te Tūī (Jenny Lee Morgan, Unitec) and Te Kāhui Whetū (Kelli Te Maihāroa, Otago Polytechnic)
    • Breakout groups to gather feedback and a sense of moving forward

    For more information please contact Kelli Te Maihāroa or Tessa Thomson.

  • Midwifery webinar: contraception (September 22 2020)

    All are welcome to join us for the Midwifery Research Seminar presentation on Monday 28 September at 1pm. This will be an adobe connect meeting: https://adobeconnect.op.ac.nz/research28920/

    Presenter: Lisa Baier, Pharmacology Lecturer, School of Midwifery, Otago Polytechnic

    Title: Latest evidence on contraception.

    Bio: Lisa has developed and taught the Pharmacology Courses in the Bachelor of Midwifery over the last 10 years. She completed a pharmacy degree at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and is a registered pharmacist in New Zealand. She loves to share her expertise on pharmacology with learners and staff.

  • Online ITP research symposium (September 22 2020)

    Kia ora koutou

    Toi Ohomai is very excited to welcome you to the ITP Research Symposium this Thursday and Friday.

    Attached is the Programme and Book of Abstracts. Many of your Otago Polytechnic colleagues are presenting.

    The symposium is set up as a series of webinars. A Zoom Webinar is a view-only platform which allows attendees to view a presentation or event without having their camera or audio feeds being turned on. You can still interact with the speakers or presenters through the question and answer feature, for structured questions. There is also a chat feature which allows dialogue in a more relaxed environment.

    Presentations are 15 minutes long with five minutes for questions.

    Also attached are notes if you are new to Zoom and are seeking advice on how to log in to the webinars.

    We look forward to ‘seeing’ you at the opening event at 9.00am on Thursday morning.

     

  • Staff Development Week Programme 2020 (September 17 2020)

    Nau mai, Haere mai, Tahuti mai! Welcome to all staff! 

    During this week we will explore our Connections - how we nurture, strengthen and sustain ourselves and our people - our tauira, colleagues, and the communities we are connected to. In the upheaval of lockdown, we supported each other for the good of all. As an organisation, our connections enabled us to continue our mahi. Take some time during this week to refocus on yourself. Connect with others and new learning opportunities through the sharing of kōrero, practices and lessons learned. 

    Enjoy your week as as OP learner. If you are in Dunedin come and enjoy the Spring Breakfast with ELT on Thursday morning.

    Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa - Let us keep close together, not wide apart

     

    Programme Information

    Join the face-to-face workshops, online streamed webinars, or dive into the self-paced online resources anytime during the day. There are several sessions still to be confirmed, these will be added to the programme in the next few days.

    Make sure to register your booking through the + calendar link. If you are unable to make the session or change your mind, it is important to unregister, using the - calendar link, allowing someone else to use your place. Places are limited for some sessions, as denoted by an * on the programme.

    Any questions, please email pctdevelopment@op.ac.nz.

     

    Monday 28 September

    Welcome Message from Megan Gibbons, CEO

    Morning Karakia | Our Values 

    Morning Sessions

     9.00 - 9.50am

    10.00 - 10.50am  

    11.00 - 11.50am 

    Expressive Writing *
    Kathryn Van Beek
    D101
    Creative Commons Poker *
    Simonne Wood & Emma Allen
    D101 
    Teaming up to create a flexible & adaptable learning environment
    Kevin O'Neill
    Online
    Tinana Whakaoriori (Māori Tai Chi)
    Desiree Williams
    Quad + Online
    (Hub near G block + Online if wet)
    Intro to Tikanga Maori for the Organisation
    Ron Bull
    Online
    Visual Literacy….Joining the Dots *
    Ana Terry
    D101

    Positive uncertainty - developing your portfolio career *
    Mark Jory, Ashleigh Crosbie
    D102

    Women's Self Defence *
    Imogen Coxhead
    11 am till 1pm
    H603

     Lunchtime  

    Recycling in the Hub - Interactive Stand near Eden 

     Afternoon Sessions  

     1.00 - 1.50pm

    2.00 - 2.50pm  

    3.00 - 3.50pm 

    Facilitating Learning Success - Day 1 of 2 Sessions
    Wendy Dore
    1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Online    
    Mau Rākau for beginners
    Jade Morgan
    D102
    Mindful Sound Bath *
    David McQuillan
    G309
     
    Engaging students in learning
    Dr Don Samarasinghe, AIC
    F209 + Online
    28 Days Later
    Ganeshan Kathiravelu &
    Yury Zhukov, AIC
    F209 + Online
     
    Visit the Exhibition - The Complete Entanglement of Everything
    Dunedin School of Art
     

    Online Options Available Any Time, Any Day

    Leadership Support Toolbox -  see the latest resources for Resilience as a leader  Maori Strategic Framework Module Time Management Module 
    Communication Skills Modules LinkedIn Learning: Sleep is your Superpower (34mins) YouTube: Yoga at your Desk (6mins)  

    Suite of Education Technology Courses

    Academic Staff Induction

    Online Privacy Courses 

     

     

    Tuesday 29 September

    Morning Karakia | Our Values 

    Morning Sessions

    Boxing Session with Brendon Timmins
    7.00 - 7.30am
    Online (recording available here)

     9.00 - 9.50am

    10.00 - 10.50am  

    11.00 - 11.50am 

    Timetabling (Working Session)
    8.00am - 12noon, anytime drop-in sessions
    Marie Soffe & Rob Broadley
    D202, D Block, Computer Suite
    Designing Effective Assessment - Day 1 of 2 sessions
    Trish Chaplin-Cheyne, Maggie Wells
    9:00am - 12:30pm
    Online 
    Designing for Learning Success - Day 1 of 2 sessions
    Hugh Harlow
    9:00am - 12.30pm
    Online
    Better understanding the needs of international students
    Marc Doesburg
    F215 + Online  
    Get professional recognition through the Higher Education Academy
    Kath Danaher
    F209
    Refilling our tank: Resilience for a long road trip
    Lesley Gill
    D102
    Expressive Writing *
    Kathryn Van Beek
    Online
      Get financially sorted: Design your new normal *
    Unicia Veer, CFFC facilitator
    Online 
     

    Lunchtime

     
    Recycling in the Hub - Interactive Stand near Eden - CANCELLED
    Whakamanahia i te Korowai - add your feather to the cloak in the Hub
    Free Doggy Hugs in the Hub, near G block access way  - CANCELLED

     Afternoon Sessions  

     1.00 - 1.50pm

    2.00 - 2.50pm  

    3.00 - 3.50pm 

    Facilitating Learning Success - Day 2 of 2 Sessions
    Wendy Dore
    1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Online     
    The trouble with feedback
    Sean Bell
    Online
    Enjoy Writing for Research
    Leoni Schmidt
    2.00pm - 3.50pm
    Online 
    Revisiting the Age of Discovery (the third third of your life)
    Peter Brook
    H608 
     
    Join the Green Team
    Finn Boyle
    Hub (near G block access way)

    Positive uncertainty - developing your portfolio career *
    Mark Jory, Ashleigh Crosbie
    D102   

    Māori learner survey – findings for success!
    Te Punake Ōwheo
    Online
      Recorded Boxing Session
    Brendon Timmins
    30 mins  
    Visit the Exhibition - The Complete Entanglement of Everything
    Dunedin School of Art
     

    Online Options Available Any Time, Any Day

    Leadership Support Toolbox -  see the latest resources for Change Leadership Rainbow Tick Training LinkedIn Learning: Building Resilience (34mins) 
    Career Planning Module

    YouTube: Office Break Yoga (14mins)

    LinkedIn Learning: Leadership Mindsets (35mins)  

     

     

    Wednesday 30 September

    Morning Karakia | Our Values 

    Morning Sessions

     9.00 - 9.50am

    10.00 - 10.50am  

    11.00 - 11.50am 

    Timetabling (Working Session)
    8.00am - 12noon, anytime drop-in sessions
    Marie Soffe & Rob Broadley
    D202, D Block, Computer Suite
    Designing Effective Assessment - Day 2 of 2 sessions
    Trish Chaplin-Cheyne, Maggie Wells
    9:00am - 12:30pm
    Online 
    Designing for Learning Success - Day 2 of 2 sessions
    Hugh Harlow
    9:00am - 12.30pm
    Online
    GoodYarn Workshop 
    Narinder Verma, Brendon Timmons
    9.00 am - 12.00 pm
    G201
    Tips & Tools for Maintaining Teams that Hum *
    Jan Hudson & Vicie Hodge
    F209 + Online
    Hands-on Activities to Highlight Capabilities
    Amber Paterson, Ana Terry
    F209
    Tinana Whakaoriori (Māori Tai Chi)
    Desiree Williams
    Quad + Online
    (Hub near G block + Online if wet) 
    Whakamanataka - connect with nature - NEW
    Kim Thomas
    Polygrow Nursery, L Block

     Lunchtime  

    Recycling in the Hub - Interactive Stand near Eden
    Whakamanahia i te Korowai - add your feather to the cloak in the Hub
    Korero Cafe in the Hub    

     Afternoon Sessions  

     1.00 - 1.50pm

    2.00 - 2.50pm  

    3.00 - 3.50pm 

    Te Whakatutukitanga (Completion) - Finish your Te Reo Maori EduBit
    Shaun Tahau
    Online  
    Breaking bread, breaking down barriers and building connections *
    Tony Heptinstall
    M Block Kitchen 
    Demystifying EAP (Employee Assistance Program) 
    Julie Cressey & Glenys Forsyth
    F215 + Online 
    Nourish soils & self - Waste to Resource, a composting workshop
    Finn Boyle
    Popopo (outside the Foundation Studies pre-fab block near Student Village)
    Zumba with Codi
    Codi Ramsey
    Z115 (Sargood Centre) + Online - apologies no longer available online.  
    Peer Observation for Professional Development - interactive workshop
    Sean Bell & James Staples
    G201 
     Recorded Boxing Session
    Brendon Timmins
    30 mins
    Visit the Exhibition - The Complete Entanglement of Everything
    Dunedin School of Art
     

    Online Options Available Any Time, Any Day

    Leadership Support Toolbox -  see the latest resources for Decision Making TEDx: Three Secrets of Resilient People - Lucy Hone (16mins) Stress Prevention and Management Module
    Performance Reviews for Individuals Module YouTube: My Money: What Now? - Sorted NZ (29mins)  Safety & Wellbeing Warrant of Fitness 2020

     

     

    Thursday 1 October

    Morning Karakia | Our Values 

    Spring Breakfast 7.30am - 9.00am

    Morning Sessions

     9.00 - 9.50am

    10.00 - 10.50am  

    11.00 - 11.50am 

    Timetabling (Working Session)
    8.00am - 12noon, anytime drop-in sessions
    Marie Soffe & Rob Broadley
    D202, D Block, Computer Suite 
     Adapting to change: making transitions easier
    Penelope Kinney
    Online
    Demystifying EAP (Employee Assistance Program) 
    Julie Cressey & Glenys Forsyth
    F209 + Online 
    Te Whakatutukitanga (Completion) - Finish your Te Reo Maori EduBit
    Shaun Tahau
    D101 
    Peer observation for Professional Development - Round Table Discussion
    Sean Bell & James Staples
    Online 
    Online annotation for learning *
    Simonne Wood
    Online 
     Professional Boundaries as an Academic
    Chris Williamson
    F209 + Online
    Applying global thinking in a local context: "glocal"
    Marc Doesburg
    F209 + Online 
    Line Dancing with Lorna
    10.30am - 12noon
    Hub, near G block access way
    Connect with Moodle – Drop into the Hub or drop in online! - NEW
    Amy Benians, Rachel Cash
    Hub + Online 
    Visit the Exhibition - The Complete Entanglement of Everything
    Dunedin School of Art

     Lunchtime  

    Recycling in the Hub - Interactive Stand near Eden
    Whakamanahia i te Korowai - add your feather to the cloak in the Hub
    Stories of the Hub & beyond with Ron Bull - meet at Customer Services Desk at 12noon  

     Afternoon Sessions  

     1.00 - 1.50pm

    2.00 - 2.50pm  

    3.00 - 3.50pm 

    Connecting research with its users, using videos
    Lesley Brook & Hugh Harlow
    D101
    Connect with Moodle – Drop into the hub or drop in online! - NEW
    Amy Benians, Rachel Cash
    Hub + Online
      Breaking bread, breaking down barriers and building connections *
    Tony Heptinstall
    M Block Kitchen  
    Do it for the Worms | Design Studio Workshop
    Finn Boyle & co-facilitator
    D102
    Recorded Boxing Session
    Brendon Timmins
    30 mins 
      Engaging learners through narratives
    Josie Crawley
    (Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardee 2020)
    F209
     

    Online Options Available Any Time, Any Day

    Leadership Support Toolbox -  see the latest resources for Building High Performing Teams  DiversityWorksNZ - webinar recordings  LinkedIn Learning: How to be adaptable during change and uncertainty (35mins) 

     

  • design+architecture (September 1 2020)

    Colleen Fay is giving a free talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

    WHEN: 12 September 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery

  • 3 min research presentations (August 18 2020)

    You are invited to the School of Midwifery 3 minute on-line research presentations.

    WHEN: Thursday 20 August 10 – 11am
    WHERE:  Join online Microsoft Teams Meeting

    These slick presentations will cover diverse topics such as:

    • online recruiting for research;
    • the uterine microbiome;
    • midwives, fathers and infant bonding;
    • connectivity;
    • measuring infant nicotine exposure;
    • video assessment of clinical skills; and more.

    All welcome. 

     

     

  • design + architecture (August 11 2020)

    Prof Federico Freschi is giving a free talk at the DPAG.

    WHEN: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 16 August 2020
    WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery

     

    design+architecture

  • Prof Mary Butler Inaugural Professorial Event (August 6 2020)
    All are welcome to attend this Inaugural Professorial Event to celebrate Mary Butler's appointment as a Professor last year.
    • WHEN: 4.30pm Monday 31 August 2020
    • WHERE: The Hub, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin
    • RSVP: Click here to register 
    Mary's topic is "Our People Make a Better World": Reflections of an occupational therapist.

    Professor Mary Butler has had a 30-year occupational therapy odyssey through research, advocacy, education and health care. Underpinning this is a steady commitment to community collaborations and to ways of knowing informed by occupation.

    Mary has described and developed sustainable approaches to social and physical accessibility for people with disability (and those who care for them) across the lifespan. Her current research focuses on addressing the lack of services for people with visual impairment in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    In this talk, she will tell the story of how an Irish girl ended up as the first professor of occupational therapy in Te Wai Pounamu. She will reflect on the Otago Polytechnic mission statement “Our People Make a Better World” and on her adventures keeping ‘occupation’ and bicultural practice at the heart of what it means to be an occupational therapist in Aotearoa.

    Mary Butler is Professor of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health at Otago Polytechnic.

    Please let us know if you are unable to attend in person but would like to be notified when the video recording of this event is available.

  • Configured exhibition (July 28 2020)

    Configured has been created especially for the Forrester Gallery, Ōamaru and continues a dialogue begun in 2017 with new work from Kiri Mitchell, Sarah Baird and Michele Beevors. Kiri and Michele are both staff at the Dunedin School of Art and Sarah is a graduate. Their exhibition will focus on contemporary ideas surrounding; care and nurture, body image revolution, and popular culture and performing versions of femininity.

    WHEN: 25 July 2020 to 6 September 2020
    WHERE: Forrester Gallery, Oamaru

    This is the second exhibition in a series that began with Reconfigure and the symposium Figuration and Feminism held at 20 Atkinson Street Dunedin and the Dunedin School of Art in 2017. Reconfigure was a conversation between three artists willing to discuss perceived taboos around representations of the female form. The premise of the initial exhibition was to reinvigorate the landmark historical enterprise of ‘Womanhouse’ initiated in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro and to examine representations of women by women to see what, if anything, had changed.

    Image: Michele Beevors, Technicolor Yawn (studio view) 2020, soft toys steel and wood.

  • Midwifery seminar online (July 15 2020)

    Cara Baddington will present the next Midwifery Research Seminar:

    When: Monday 27 July at 1pm

    Where: On Adobe Connect

    Title: Women’s experience of an ultrasound prediction of a large baby from 28 weeks of pregnancy.

    Bio: I am a lecturer in the Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery, as well as a graduate of the programme myself.  More recently, I have completed my Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma through the School, and am undertaking my Master in Midwifery. I also have a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. I have experience as both an LMC midwife and core midwife in the Capital and Coast District Health Board region. I have a special interest in supporting women and whanau through the process of informed choice in their childbearing experience.

    Project: My research project is a qualitative critical feminist study that aims to explore the implications of ultrasound prediction of large babies in pregnancy on women’s perceptions and experiences of their pregnancy and birth including their birth choices and relationship with caregivers. It is hoped that this will contribute to understanding how women are affected by this prediction, and identifying the role midwives may play in supporting women to resist the medicalising discourses and practices associated with carrying a predicted large baby.

  • Dunedin Tertiary Open Day 2020 (August 10 2020)

    Dunedin Tertiary Open Day 2020

    Monday 10th August

     

    Our Tertiary Open Day is a key event for Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago, we enjoy welcoming our potential students and their whanau on to our campus to experience what we have to offer.

    The day includes opportunities to:

    • Explore our campus
    • Visit our residential village
    • Learn about the programmes and services we offer

    Find out for yourself why this southern city is one of the country’s best!

     

    For me information visit: https://www.op.ac.nz/students/future-students/tertiary-open-days

  • Dunedin School of Art 150th (July 9 2020)

    Bridie Lonie, Head of the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic will join Jim Tomlin MNZO who was Head of School 1976-2000 for this Friends Talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

    WHEN: 15 July 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

    A free Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society event.

     

  • Exercise and Mental Health Symposium (June 22 2020)

    The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic, invites you to submit your abstract for Oral and/or Poster presentation at the online Exercise and Mental Health symposium on 3rd July 2020.

    ABSTRACT THEMES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    ABSTRACT THEMES

    Abstracts must be submitted ONLINE in English according to the following abstract themes.

    1. Exercise and Mental Health research
    2. Exercise and Mental Health practice

    KEY DATES:

    • Abstract Submission Deadline 5 June 2020
    • Author Notification Continuous*
    • Registration open (free online) 5 June 2020
      *Abstracts will be reviewed and announced to authors on a rolling basis until submission deadline

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    To submit abstract, please prepare the following information:

    • Presenting Author’s and Co-authors’ Details.
    • Full First and Family Name(s)
    • Affiliation Details: department, institution / hospital, city, state (if relevant), country, email address.
    • Abstract Title: limited to 25 words.
    • Abstract text: limited to 300 words, including acknowledgements.
    • Abstracts should clearly state: Background and Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions
    • Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word appear the first time.
    • Use generic names of drugs..
    • Abstract Themes: Please indicate if your abstract focus is either “research” or “practice”
    • Tables: A maximum of 3 tables/graphs/images can be included per abstract.
    • Abstract submissions should be sent to Richard.humphrey@op.ac.nz

    GENERAL POLICY

    • Authors can submit up to 2 abstracts
    • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in clear English with accurate grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication online.
    • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline (June 5 2020).

    DISCLOSURE

    Disclosure of financial relationships that the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work presented, should be indicated clearly at the start of the abstract.

    ABSTRACT SELECTION AND PRESENTATION

    Participants interested in presenting an oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an abstract. All abstracts will undergo peer-review by a review committee. The review committee will determine whether abstracts will be accepted as oral or poster presentations with consideration to be given to the author’s preference. Submitting authors will be notified via e-mail on a rolling basis regarding the status of their abstract acceptance.

    Oral video presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, unless prior agreement is negotiated with the review committee. Poster presentations will be available to view during the online symposium. Arrangements to submit completed video presentations will be communicated to authors whose abstracts have been accepted. Accepted videos will be broadcast at scheduled times throughout the symposium and contributing authors are asked to be available to respond to questions online (submitted via text box during the presentation) during their presentation.

    After the symposium, the presentations will be publicly available and contributing presenters will receive a link to the recording of their session. The review committee reserves the right to withdraw a video if the quality is not sufficient or suitable for broadcast.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr Florence Kinnafick

    Florence completed her undergraduate degree, BSc Sport Science and Psychology, at University of Southampton before gaining her MSc in Exercise and Health Science at University of Bristol in 2006. From there, she worked as a research assistant at UCL on the ESRC funded Millennium Cohort Study. She graduated from University of Birmingham in 2013 with a PhD before joining University of Northampton as Lecturer in Exercise Psychology from 2012-2016. She is now a psychology lecturer at Loughborough University.

    Florence is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Florence’s research employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the social contextual and environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour change (long-term persistence, drop out and lapses). More specifically she has investigated who and what is perceived as a source of support for behaviour change. This has included facilitating increased quality of motivation using mobile technology and also investigating the effect of exercise intensity and the physical environment on psychological well-being. She has worked with various population groups including school aged youth, employees and mental health service users.

     

  • (June 10 2020)
  • Midwifery school experiences during Covid-19 Lockdown (May 21 2020)

    All are welcome to this month's free Midwifery webinar, presented by Carolyn McIntosh.

    WHEN: Monday, 25 May 2020, 1 – 2pm

    HOW: Access via Adobe Connect 

    Midwifery school experiences during Covid-19 Lockdown

    The presentation provides a backdrop to the School of Midwifery as we adapted to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. It outlines some of the impacts on the undergraduate degree programme which is delivered as a blend of online, face to face and practice-based learning. There will also be an opportunity to discuss impacts on the postgraduate degree programme.

    During the presentation there will be an opportunity for those present to outline challenges related to course delivery and pastoral care of students. It will also provide an opportunity to explore what we have learned from our experiences of continuing with midwifery education during lockdown. Some of these initiatives might be carried forward as we recommence face to face student contact and students return to practice. This feedback will form the basis for publication of a blog post on Tūhono to support further debate within Otago Polytechnic and share our experiences.

    Presenter Bio

    Carolyn is a midwife and principal midwifery lecturer at Otago Polytechnic school of midwifery. Carolyn has extensive experience as a rural midwife and has been a midwifery lecturer since 2002. Carolyn was involved in development of the undergraduate midwifery degree, from on campus classroom learning, to blended learning, with face to face, online and practice-based experiences. Carolyn has a research interest in equality of learning and assessment strategies to support midwifery education for students located in rural and remote settings.

     

  • Tapuae at Home and Online - free exercise classes for all (May 3 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health

    Live fitness classes

    May 4 - May 10 2020

    ISEH Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OtagoPolyOISA

    check the events and follow the links or use these links below:

    Boxing Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/6149996269?pwd=ZWZiT1VOeGYya2JBbjJLMWdNd1h0QT09

    HIIT bootcamp Zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/349079284

    Mindfulness stress Meditation Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/471810611

    Qigong ShiBaShi FB live on host page https://www.facebook.com/taichi4healthdn

    Tapuae at home

    Instagram Instagram live #tapuae_at_home follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

    Zumba 2 pm Zoom link http://https/zoom.us/j/789096971

    Zumba 7 pm Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/920485949

  • Midwifery Research Webinar (March 25 2020)

    Please join us for this month's Midwifery research online seminar.

    WHEN: Monday, 30 March 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
    WHERE: Access via Adobe Connect 

    This month's two presentations are:

    • New Graduate Midwives Experience of Supporting Physiological Birth: A research protocol (Presented by Carolyn McIntosh)
    • Otago Polytechnic: Building capacity for midwives in Aotearoa to work in a global midwifery context (Presented by Tricia Thompson & Kelleigh Sheffield-Cranstoun


    Presentation 1: New Graduate Midwives Experience of Supporting Physiological Birth: A research protocol

    In an era where it has been suggested that childbirth is increasing in complexity, with an increase in intervention, we want to find out how midwifery education at Otago Polytechnic is preparing midwives to support well women who are planning normal uncomplicated childbirth. This presentation was prepared as a five-minute presentation for midwives and lecturers attending the Trans-Tasman Midwifery Education conference to be held in Auckland in April. Then presentation outlines the protocol for this research. The conference has been postponed.
    Research team: Carolyn McIntosh; Karen Wakelin; Suzanne Miller.

    Presenter: Carolyn McIntosh is a midwife and Principal Midwifery Lecturer at Te Kura Atawhai Ka Kaiakapono. Te Hakuitaka, the School of Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic. Since arriving in New Zealand in 1981, she has been a rural midwife with a passion for primary midwifery care in the rural setting. Carolyn is also a casual midwife in the primary maternity unit in Balclutha. Carolyn attained a certificate in tertiary teaching and learning in 2009. She has been involved in developing practice courses in a flexible format to enrich student engagement and learning. Carolyn is currently researching the use of video in midwifery student's assessment. Carolyn's other research interest is communities of practice in midwifery which was the focus of her thesis for her Masters Degree in Midwifery.

    Presentation 2: Otago Polytechnic: Building capacity for midwives in Aotearoa to work in a global midwifery context

    Undergraduate students in the Otago Polytechnic (OP) Bachelor of Midwifery programme are introduced to ‘midwifery around the world’ to expand their horizons towards the global picture. Students gain an overview of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and its structure and functions, as well as a glimpse of international strategies for safe motherhood. They also learn about a variety of midwifery models of care around the world.

    When they graduate many of these midwives will be quite happy to work in various midwifery roles within Aotearoa New Zealand, or perhaps across the Tasman. But there will be others who may want to, or who state that they do want to, work overseas in a global midwifery context at some stage. Does their undergraduate 'glimpse' of global midwifery do enough to prepare them for that work?

    One of the authors of this presentation had undertaken her postgraduate studies in the discipline of Development Studies, and has worked in ‘developing countries’ in various roles as a midwife, midwife adviser, and for a development programme NGO, prior to working as a midwifery lecturer at OP. When reviewing the short 15 credit postgraduate courses offered by the OP School of Midwifery it became apparent to her that a course specifically designed to blend key development studies concepts with midwifery knowledge would help to build capacity for midwives who wanted to work in a global context. Thus in 2014 a short course ‘Global Midwifery, Safe Motherhood’ was offered for the first time, and in 2016 this was followed by a sister course ‘Global Midwifery: Practical Steps’.

    The other author works as a lead maternity carer (LMC) midwife in an area of high deprivation within New Zealand. In this presentation the authors will offer a reflective review of these innovative educational courses and explore the key concepts of this capacity building approach to global midwifery. One of the areas of response and feedback from participants in these ground-breaking courses has been how much these courses also apply to midwives working in high deprivation areas of supposedly ‘developed countries’ such as Aotearoa New Zealand, and this will also be explored.

    Tricia Thompson is a midwife and a Senior Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery. One of her focus areas of work is global midwifery and safe motherhood. Tricia has a background as a homebirth midwife in Aotearoa New Zealand; she also has a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies. Her thesis topic was Women's health and development in childbirth in rural Viet Nam, based on research undertaken for a Vietnamese provincial Department of Health where she was employed as a midwife adviser for four years. She has also worked as a midwife in remote areas of Australia; in Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos as a development project officer; and in Bangladesh for a WHO/UNFPA Midwifery education programme.

    Kelleigh Sheffield-Cranstoun is also a New Zealand midwife, as well as a lecturer and Kaiako for Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery. Kelleigh has travelled widely in south east Asia and Europe, but Aotearoa New Zealand is the only country where she has worked as a midwife. Her midwifery work is largely with women who live in Porirua, north of Wellington. This is a city with areas of high deprivation, and a number of clients are women from refugee backgrounds.

    The conjunction of the presenters' two different experiences has inspired this presentation.

  • Prof Mary Butler's Inaugural Professorial Lecture (February 21 2020)

    You're invited to an Inaugural Professorial Lecture, to be delivered by Prof Mary Butler.

    This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled later this year.

    Vision 2020: Community collaborations and wild possibilities

    Prof Mary Butler describes an occupational odyssey through engagement in research, advocacy, education and health care. Underpinning this is a steady commitment to community collaborations and to ways of knowing that are informed by occupation.

    In recent years she has explored sustainable approaches to social and physical accessibility for people who have problems with vision loss across the lifespan. Currently, her research is focused on addressing the lack of mandatory vision screening in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the ways that this can impact on learning, sports and social interactions for children.

    Mary’s students came up with the concept of child-to-child vision screening, where the children learn about fair testing while screening each other. This has been developed into a toolkit through a co-design process with teachers, children, optometrists, occupational therapists and product designers. The toolkit has been embedded into a “Vision Health Module” that teaches the children about vision through the lens of science, health and philosophy.

    The aim is to work with children and their families and teachers in such a way that the link between health and occupation becomes obvious through subtle means. Mary wants the children to explore the wild possibilities implicit in activities and thoughts that are enabled by vision. Using spectacles when they are needed without any feelings of stigma would be one of the outcomes, but the more important ones are messages about wonder and inclusivity that she hopes the children will learn.

    Mary Butler is a Professor of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health at Otago Polytechnic.

  • Work-Based Learning (WBL) - Professional Development Sessions (February 11 2020)

    As part of our commitment to creating your future, we will have a number of professional development opportunities this year (Leading News, 5 February 2020).

    The first of these is awareness training around work-based learning (WBL), which will be delivered in early March by Jonathan Garnett - Emeritus Professor of Middlesex University, and Director and Owner of Garnett Professional Development Limited.

    Phil Ker says, "Jonathan is an international specialist in work-based learning and higher-level apprenticeship qualifications. He will be available to meet with teams who are seriously looking at moving into the work-based learning arena." 

     Jonathan Garnett

    Jonathan will cover the following in his workshops:

    • What is Work-based Learning (WBL)
    • Core components of a WBL programme
    • Critical success factors for WBL
    • Why WBL at HE level is such a good idea


    There are four opportunities to attend this workshop (each will include the same content). These workshops will be in F209 - Puna Kawa and will also be available via the below Skype links:

    Mon 2/03/2020 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Join Skype Meeting

    Mon 2/03/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Join Skype Meeting 

    Tue 3/03/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Join Skype Meeting 

    Tue 3/03/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Join Skype Meeting 


    Please choose a date and time that suits you best and register below to add this to your Outlook/O365 calendar. All staff members are encouraged to attend. 

     

  • Midwifery seminar (February 3 2020)

    Retiring Associate Professor Jean Patterson will deliver the first Midwifery research and innovation seminar for 2020.

    WHEN: 1pm, 24 February 2020
    WHERE: Online Adobe Connect session. Click here to participate.

    The title of Jean's presentation is "Place, serendipity and research."

    "This presentation looks at anchoring me within place, an early experience with birth, and the impetus for research in rural midwifery. I conclude with some lessons I have learned from my own study, writing and research." 

    Jean is an Associate Professor in the School of Midwifery. She has a wealth of experience teaching in the postgraduate programmes and supervising thesis students. Her previous midwifery practice experience has been in largely rural areas and her research interest is in the sustainability of a viable rural birth option. In particular, Jean's PhD study explored the challenges of managing the distance from specialist care when transfer was needed. Jean's PhD and Master's degree (with Distinction) are from Victoria University Wellington. She is a subeditor on the board of the New Zealand College of Midwives' journal and also reviews submissions to other midwifery journals. She has been a member of the Otago Polytechnic Ethics Committee. Jean led a suite of research projects aimed at evaluating the blended satellite model of the midwifery programme which began in 2009. These projects have included a 3 year graduand cohort study, the experiences of Māori and Pacifica students in the programme and an alumni study. She has mentored many staff and students through their research projects and she has broad experience in qualitative research methodologies, surveys, and post-modern and critical methodologies. Jean retired from her role at the end of 2019 but maintains a small number of hours in the school.

  • Drawing in the Gallery (February 3 2020)

    Anita De Soto, from the Dunedin School of Art, takes a second workshop on drawing in the gallery.

    WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    WHEN: 12.30 - 1.30pm Wednesday 19 February 2020
    Limited to 20 persons so please book with Lynda at 03 4743249.

    A unique opportunity to draw in the gallery with Anita De Soto and to have some positive and helpful feedback from an expert. The drawing will take place in the Style & Substance exhibition. Bring paper and pencil and we will provide folding seats.


    This session lasts an hour and it is FREE.

  • Photogram Workshop (February 3 2020)

    Dunedin School of Art's Rachel Hope Allan is taking a free photogram workshop.

    WHERE: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    WHEN: 2pm - 4pm Sunday 16 February 2020
    FREE but places are limited – ph: 03 4743249 to book.

    Find out how easy it is to make a photograph without a camera. Your tutor is Rachel Hope Allan, Studio Coordinator for Photography at Dunedin School of Art, and the subjects of the photographs will be herbs that are associated with the tea stations created by the Gallery’s International Artists  OPAVIVARÁ!  Photographic materials supplied.

     

  • Upcoming Events: Block 1 2020 (January 20 2020)
    • Orientation

    You’ll make new friends and learn about the services, facilities, and support available to students.

    Date: Tuesday 7 January to Thursday 9 January

    Location: Level 1, OPAIC

     

    Student Night Out

    Enjoy a night on the town with other OPAIC Students.

    Friday 17 January

    6pm onwards

    Location TBC

     

    How to make an Effective CV

    Understand the purpose and key components of a CV and cover letter. Bring your CV along for review by a staff member at the end of the workshop.

    Tuesday 21 January

    12.45pm - 1.30pm

    Level 1

     

    Lunar New Year

    Come and celebrate the start of the lunar year on campus.

    Friday 24 January

    10am – 3pm

    Level 1

     

    Job Searching in New Zealand

    Learn how to research New Zealand industries and the labour market. Understand the key methods of job searching in NZ.

    Wednesday 29 January

    12.45pm -1.30pm

    Level 1

     

    Silent Disco City Walk Glow in the Dark Edition          

    Explore Auckland city from a new perspective through music, dance, and entertainment.  The special vibe at the event is provided by dance guides.

    Thursday 30 January

    8.15pm – 9.30pm

    Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter

     

    Excellent Scholars

    A lunch and awards ceremony for some of our top scholars.

    Monday 3 February

    12pm – 1pm

    Level 1

     

    Make a great first impression! Interviewing and networking tips

    Understand the types of interviews conducted in New Zealand.  Learn how to best prepare for interviews.  Understand the importance of growing your contacts in New Zealand.

    Tuesday 4 February

    12.45pm -1.45pm

    Level 1

     

    LinkedIn Lounge

    Bring along your laptop or device and work on your LinkedIn profile! Staff will be on hand to help you improve your profile, so it looks professional and work ready.

    Wednesday 12 February

    4.30pm - 5.50pm

    Level 1

     

    Movie Night

    Join your classmates for a movie just across the road from our campus.

    Thursday 13 February

    5pm - 8pm

    Event Cinemas, Queen Street

     

    BizTech Meetup

    An opportunity for students and graduates to hear presentations from people working in the technology and business industries in NZ.  There is also allocated time for networking with our industry guests.

    Thursday 20 February

    5pm – 7pm

    Level 1

  • Open Day: Central Otago Campus (January 29) (December 5 2019)

    Visit our town campus and talk to our team about a suitable career pathway, and what qualification you can achieve without having to leave Central Otago.

     

    Date: Wednesday, January 29

    Location: Central Campus, Molyneux Restaurant, Erris Street

    Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm

  • Open Day: Dunedin Campus (January 22) (December 5 2019)

    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 open day and find out more about our study options.

     

    Date: Wednesday, January 22

    Time: 3.30pm to 6.00pm

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

  • 2020 January Open Day (November 5 2019)


    Date: Wednesday, January 22

    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 open day and find out about our study options.

News

  • Otago acknowledged as Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainability (January 23 2020)

    Otago Polytechnic is delighted the Otago region has today been named a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for Sustainability – becoming one of 167 RCEs globally that promote education for sustainable development.

    The Polytechnic spearheaded the charge to establish the RCE, after embedding the concept of sustainable practice through its curriculum and campus development over the past decade.

    Joining Otago Polytechnic in the bid were the Mayors of Otago, Kāi Tahu, University of Otago, Otago Regional Council, Otago Chamber of Commerce, Naylor Love, Contact Energy, Queenstown Resort College, Untouched World Foundation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Wanaka Tourism, and many other businesses and groups, including four secondary schools.

    “Collectively, we are a group of people in a region facing potential climate change, water and tourism issues,” says RCE-Otago Director, Dr Barry Law. “Otago is a hub for education – so it makes sense that Otago Polytechnic drove the RCE application process, providing leadership as we look to a sustainable future in Otago.” 

    RCE-Otago will advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the region by focusing on the following themes:

    • Building sustainability and social enterprise into the curriculum
    • Water quality, use, efficiency and availability
    • Sustainable tourism
    • Low carbon lifestyles contributing to sustainable cities and towns
    • Partnerships and collaboration.

    Within those, RCE-Otago will tackle issues important to the region, such as high-quality learning experiences, water management, sustainable tourism, disaster management, energy efficiency education, waste and the circular economy, youth leadership and citizen engagement. 

    There’s also strong interest from the agriculture, horticulture and viticulture industries and the health sector, which will be another focus of RCE-Otago’s work in the future. 

    “One of the great things about applying for an RCE is that it’s driven by local people deciding they want to work together for a sustainable future,” says Dr Law. “We were able to demonstrate that we had collaborative partnerships and governance in place, and an ability to take action.”

    Untouched World Foundation Chair, Peri Drysdale, who has been an active participant in both the UNESCO Decade for Sustainable Development and the UNESCO Global Action Programme, believes RCE-Otago will provide “an excellent vehicle for multi-stakeholder initiatives and collective community action for the Sustainable Development Goals”.

    Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, Phil Ker, says it’s an “exciting and important development” for the region – and for education.

    “RCE-Otago can provide a regional model for New Zealand, demonstrating ways that other communities throughout the country might address sustainability issues,” he says. “Otago Polytechnic’s strong focus on sustainable teaching and research is driven by a vision for a more sustainable future, and the desire to contribute to the development of sustainable and resilient communities. We want all of our graduates and staff to be capable, sustainable practitioners who can help make a better world.”

    Dr Sue Bidrose, Chair of RCE-Otago and Chief Executive Officer of the Dunedin City Council, says the SDGs have already been adopted by the DCC. “They give the Council a great steer on what matters to keep Dunedin thriving but also sustainable,” she notes. “The partnerships that the RCE-Otago will deliver will really strengthen the way Council works across Dunedin and Otago.  The challenges that we face in becoming a more sustainable city can only be addressed by many sectors collaborating - and the RCE model really helps us drive that. I am excited to be involved.”

    Dunedin Mayor, Aaron Hawkins, believes the SDGs should be at the heart of any community. “They provide a lens, and a unique opportunity, to think about how we can work together to make our community’s ambitions a reality,” he says.

    Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, Professor Harlene Hayne, says the establishment of the RCE-Otago is a significant recognition of the great work already underway in the Otago region. “It opens opportunities for cross sector collaboration to find solutions for the biggest issues we face today,” she says. “Education providers, industry, community and government will all be working together towards the collective goal of addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). The University of Otago is fully committed to this initiative as part of our promise to be boldly sustainable.”

    The Chair of the Otago Regional Council, Marion Hobbs, says this is “terrific news for the Otago Polytechnic and the Otago region. Sustainable practices must be at the forefront for our region moving forward, and the Polytechnic has demonstrated that it is a leader in this regard. We are very pleased to have supported their effort to be recognised as a Regional Centre of Expertise.”

    Contact Energy is excited to be an active partner in RCE-Otago. Its Head of Hydro Generation, Boyd Brinsdon, says, “While clean water is one of the Sustainable Development Goals, water use, quality and management also interrelates and supports the outcomes of many other SDGs. The value of the SDGs is in the interconnectedness and collaborative partnerships established to achieve long term sustainability.”

  • detail - architectural studies student showcase (November 17 2020)

    20-24 NOV, O BLOCK, 115 ANZAC AVE, DUNEDIN

    detail - architectural studies student showcase

    Friday 6.00pm-7.30pm

    Sat & Sun 10.00am-4.00pm

    Mon & Tues 9.00am-5.00pm

  • Exhibition: 2nd Year Painting Students - Mansions of the Mind (October 27 2020)

    6-17 NOV, ROBERT PIGGOTT ART GALLERY, 8 JETTY STREET, DUNEDIN

     

    Mansions of the Mind
    2nd Year Painting Students
    Dunedin School of Art

     

    Exhibition dates: 6 - 17 November

    Opening: Friday, 6 November 2020 at 17:30

    Venue: Robert Piggott Art Gallery,

    8 JETTY STREET, DUNEDIN

     

     

  • 8th annual Sino-NZ conference: Nov 30 – Dec 2 (October 15 2020)

    The call for papers closes on Monday 2 November for the 8th annual Sino-NZ conference.

    This year the conference will be delivered online over two half days from Nov 30 - Dec 2. 

    Like last year, when Otago Polytechnic took the lead role, active support will be provided by a number of ITPs.

    This year Wintec will again take the lead, with project management assistance provided by Skills International and additional support from Ako Aotearoa.

    The agenda and broad themes agreed with our Chinese partners are around the original suggested topic of “lessons from the pivot to online learning”, including:

    • Innovations in combining online and offline teaching and learning;
    • Innovation and collaboration in international teaching online; and
    • Practical case studies of online teaching and learning, incorporating perspectives from learners and teachers.

    For more information, including the call for papers, please visit the conference website.

  • Ted McCoy Public Lecture: Jeremy Salmond - Silver threads among the gold - filling the re-generation gap (October 13 2020)

    FRI 23 OCT, 6.00PM – 7.30PM, O BLOCK, ARCHITECTURE, 115 ANZAC AVE, DUNEDIN.

     

    This year’s Ted McCoy public lecture is by architect Jeremy Salmond and is titled "Silver threads among the gold - filling the re-generation gap."

     

    Venue:O-Block I Architecture, 115 Anzac Avenue

    Date: Friday, 23 October

    Time: 6.00PM – 7.30PM

  • Public Exhibition: Megan Griffiths - Threads of Survival (October 12 2020)

    12-15 OCT, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, Riego Street (off Albany St), Dunedin


    Megan Griffiths

    Threads of Survival


    EXHIBITION DATES: 12 - 15 October, 2020
    CLOSING CELEBRATION: Friday 16 October, 5 – 7pm
    DSA GALLERY: Ground Floor, P Block
    Riego Street (off Albany St), Dunedin
    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

  • Exhibition: Hidden in Plain Sight by Coral Broughton (September 30 2020)

     

    Hidden in Plain Sight

    Coral Broughton

     

    EXHIBITION DATES 7 - 8 October 2020
    EXHIBITION OPENING: Tuesday 6 October 5 – 6.30pm

    GALLERY HOURS Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
    DSA GALLERY Ground Floor, P Block Riego Street (off Albany St) Dunedin

  • "Dunedin 2040" project attracts young visionaries (September 18 2020)

    Otago Polytechnic has played host to more than 40 vibrant, visionary and, significantly, community-spirited projects developed by school pupils over the past two terms.  

    The Otākou STEAM Cluster, in partnership with the Strategic Planning Team at the Dunedin City Council, has been running the “Dunedin 2040” project.  

    Having identified six key challenges of importance to the future urbanisation of Dunedin, project organisers tasked students with exploring these issues and developing prototypes. 

    Students from 60 classrooms across nine Dunedin schools (years 0-8) have been involved, their efforts culminating in a public exhibition at Otago Polytechnic’s Hub this week. 

  • Exhibition: TIMETABLE (abridged) Dunedin School of Art Collection (September 8 2020)

    14-18 SEP, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, (off Albany Street), Dunedin

    Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic Collection
    Curated by Marion Wassenaar

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

  • Exhibition: Michael D Cooke, "So On and So On We Go" (September 4 2020)

    7 - 10 SEP, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, RIEGO STREET (off Albany Street), DUNEDIN

     

    Michael D Cooke

    So On and So On We Go

     

    Exhibition dates: 7-10 September, 2020
    Exhibition Opening: Monday 7 September, 5-7PM

    Exhibition Venue: Dunedin School of Art Gallery,  Ground Floor, P Block, Riego Street (off Albany St), Dunedin

    Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm

     

  • Exhibition: The Complete Entanglement of Everything (September 23 2020)

    The Complete Entanglement of Everything

    Exhibition dates: 28 September ― 2 October, 2020
    Exhibition Venue: Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street, (off Albany Street), Dunedin
    Hours: 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday

    Opening Celebration: 4.30-6.30pm 26 September, in association with Symposium.

    With the move to Level 1, the opening celebration can now take place. ALL WELCOME. 

    This page and facebook will be updated regularly with any changes. 

     

    Exhibiting artists: 

    1 Rachel Hope Allan
    2 Tim Barlow
    3 Louise Beer and John Hooper
    4 Michele Beevors
    5 Mark Bolland
    6 Meg Brasell-Jones, Pam McKinlay et al
    7 Becky Cameron
    8 Neville Cichon
    9 Barry Cleavin
    10 Rob Cloughley
    11 Eleanor Cooper
    12 Esta de Jong
    13 Janet de Wagt
    14 Scott Eady
    15 Heramaahina Eketone
    16 Neil Emmerson
    17 Ruth Evans
    18 Graham Fletcher
    19 Michael Greaves
    20 David Green
    21 Adrian Hall
    22 Miranda Joseph
    23 Christine Keller
    24 Madison Kelly
    25 Alex Kennedy
    26 Lucinda King
    27 Zero1 New Zealand Arts Incubator
    28 Thomas Lord and Blair Thomson
    29 Pam McKinlay and Henry Greenslade
    30 Michael Morley
    31 Peter Nicholls
    32 Jenna Packer
    33 Charlotte Parallel
    34 Sue Pearce
    35 Kristin O’Sullivan Peren
    36 Steev Peyroux
    37 Brendon John Philip
    38 Janine Randerson
    39 James Robinson
    40 Sharon Singer
    41 Simon Swale
    42 Toothfish
    43 Jane Venis and Hannah Joynt
    44 Marion Wassenaar
    45 Marilynn Webb
    46 Pete Wheeler
    47 Johanna Zellmer
    48 Andrew Last

     

    Thank you to all the artists and to those who lent works for the exhibition.

    Exhibition Curatorial Group: Bridie Lonie, Pam McKinlay, Marion Wassenaar

    Image credit: Marion Wassenaar, Long Beach, 2020

     

     

  • Call for papers: Exploring Professional Futures (August 25 2020)

    Presentations are sought for a Professional Practice Symposium.

    WHEN: Tuesday 24th November 2020, 9am – TBC
    WHY: Celebrating and sharing our diversity and exploring our learning edges around professional practice
    WHO: All welcome. Staff, Learners, Alumni, professionals interested in deepening their practice.
    WHERE: On-line, no charge

    Presentations:

    Full presentation

    20-minute talk with 10-minute discussion. Suitable for sharing ideas, research, practice.
    200-300 word abstract by 9th October 2020.
    Peer reviewed. Published in conference proceedings. PowerPoint presentations.

    Smaller group talks

    Snapshot. 10-minute talk followed by 20-minute discussion. Suitable for: canvassing ideas, work-in-progress, helping with problems, posing questions, looking for collaborations etc.
    Not peer reviewed – requires a title and 1-2 sentences on the planned snapshot talk by 9th October 2020.

    Please submit your abstract or title by 9th October 2020 to Dr Glenys Forsyth.
    For more information, please email Dr Glenys Forsyth.

  • Improving health care with emerging technologies (August 24 2020)

    The 2020 Annual Symposium of the Centre for Health Systems and Technology will be held at the University of Otago this Wednesday.  

    WHEN: 8.30am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020
    WHERE: Seminar Room 1.17, Otago Business School, Union Street
    REGISTER: to attend by Zoom or in person

    Theme: Improving health care with emerging technologies

    Healthcare systems are notorious for being complex and challenging—where introducing, implementing and sustaining
    any change is considered a mission. Emerging technologies to drive process and quality improvement such as
    digitalisation, big data, automation and AI have opened up a new research stream that addresses the organisational and
    policy-related prerequisites to ensure successful implementation of such innovations.
    This year, CHeST invited researchers and practitioners to present their research on the topic of Improving Healthcare
    with Emerging Technologies. Our participants will be sharing some exciting and innovative research with you today. These
    innovations and their successful implementation could serve as a valuable source of supporting healthcare operations,
    and drive public policy and management discussion forward.

    As always, the aim of our centre has been to bring together researchers, health practitioners and health service managers
    to explore how the New Zealand Healthcare System should engage with this development. This year we have opted for an
    online/offline format to ensure the CHeST members from all over New Zealand are able to contribute to our mission.
    We hope you enjoy the symposium.

    Presentations include Otago Polytechnic research:

    • Carolyn McIntosh, "Midwifery at Otago Polytechnic: Keeping Calm and Carrying on Through COVID-19"
    • Karole Hogarth and Anna Askerud, "Learning Drug Calculations Online – Covid-19 Experience"
    • Sally Baddock, Kelli Te Maihāroa, Griffin Leonard and Suzanne Miller, "Sleep Changes Between Lockdown Levels Among Staff at a Tertiary Education Institution"
    • Emma Collins and Liz Ditzel, "Exploring the Use of Mixed Reality in Healthcare Education"

    Check out when they are speaking in this day sheet and read their abstracts here.

     

  • Exhibition: Celebrate - Otago Seconday Schools Art Awards 2020 (August 24 2020)

    24 AUG - 4 SEP, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, P BLOCK, RIEGO STREET (off Albany Street), DUNEDIN

    CELEBRATE 
    Otago Seconday Schools Art Awards 2020

    Exhibition Dates: Monday 24 August to Friday 4 September 2020

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

    Note: Regular visitors and small groups are very welcome to the exhibition.


    OPENING + AWARD CEREMONY CANCELLED due to Covid 19 Alert Level 2

  • The Politics of Design: Call for Book Chapters (August 17 2020)

    We are calling for chapters to be included in the double-blind, peer-reviewed edited book The Politics of Design: Privilege and Prejudice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa, which will be published Otago Polytechnic Press in July 2021. 

    The book proceeds from the understanding that to understand the causes and ongoing effects of global inequality, the relationship between design and politics deserves scrutiny in the postcolonial context. Despite being the product of deliberate political and social intentions, successful design appears ‘natural’, its ideological biases effectively hidden in plain sight. In former settler-colonial societies, this ‘invisibility’ begs the questions of the historical complicity of design in imposing and maintaining racialised hierarchies of privilege, access, identity, and notions of ‘belonging’.

    In varying degrees, the inescapable and systemic inheritance of what was essentially racialised design continues to inform the present across the former British dominions, evading critique and hampering efforts at decolonisation. While there is a growing body of literature on the shared histories and legacies of settler colonialism in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia Canada and South Africa, there is no comparative study that focuses specifically on the role of design in creating and perpetuating racial hierarchies. This book aims to redress this by raising long-overdue questions about the history and implications of design in these contexts, and its problematic legacy and effects. How were buildings, objects, visual culture and material culture implicated, and how do they continue to be implicated in the normalising racial logics of former colonial-settler societies? How were designed forms, structures, spaces and artefacts that sustained the development of these societies entangled within – but also foundational to – the politics of obtaining and deploying power?  How do these structural inequalities continue to inform design in the present and how are people experiencing the historical remnants of design?

    We seek chapters that will grapple with these questions. Ultimately, the aim of the volume is to challenge us to think comparatively across disparate but historically similar geographical and cultural contexts to enable a better understanding of the politics of design and its role in sustaining the prejudices and privileges of whiteness. In rendering visible complexities and contradictions that have long been hidden in plain sight we aim to lay the foundation for a new kind of restorative knowledge.

    The attached document presents the full rationale for this book, the editors’ biographies and further submission details. 

    Key dates and Submission Details:

    • A title and abstract of between 500 and 750 words for a finished chapter of 6,000 words accompanied by a short biography including your current institutional affiliation (about 200 words): due by 7th September 2020. Please submit to Jane Venis
    • Confirmations: We will let you know if your abstract has been accepted by 18 September 2020
    • First Draft of Chapter: due by 20 December 2020
    • Peer review process: completed by 15 February 2021
    • Envisioned publication: July 2021

    Please pass this call on to your colleagues and networks. 

    Federico Freschi,  Farieda Nazier and Jane Venis

     

    Image credit: Federico Freschi, used with permission.

  • Tapuae Gym is still open at AL2 (August 12 2020)

    Hours

    Mon-Fri 6am-8pm and Sat 9am-12pm

    with the student GI in attendance 6-9am and 5-8pm M-F and on Saturday.

    The key aspects for safe use of the space are as follows.

    On arrival to Tapuae:

    • Both trainer and participants to register visit using NZ Covid Tracer App (scan tracer code on Tapuae door)
    • Both Trainer and participants to sign in on Tapuae Member Management system
    • Sanitise hands on arrival

    During sessions:Trainer to wear face mask

    • Trainer to maintain 1m social distancing during sessions. This will mean no spotting clients.
    • All equipment and surfaces to be cleaned (spray and wipe) before and after use.
    • Sweat towel between participant and surfaces.

    End of session

    • Sanitise hands on exit

    Kind regards,

    The exercise team at Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health

  • GoHort - Career advice & summer jobs info (August 10 2020)

    Thursday 13 August

    9.00am-3.00pm

    The Hub, Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus

    Want to find out about a career in the horticulture industry?

    Our Horticulture Careers Progression Manager, Chelsea Donnelly, will be available to chat on Thursday about the many pathways into a satisfying career in the horticulture Industry. 

    The industry needs enthusiastic people with skills across a hugely diverse range of areas – management, HR, logistics, technology, science, engineering and more.  

    And, as we all know, nothing beats the experience and connections you gain on-the-job so Chelsea will also provide information on the availability of summer jobs in Central Otago this year (including internships that you can apply for on various orchards). 

    It may set you up for many summers ahead…and even into the future!

  • String-making and basket weaving workshops using tī kōuka cabbage tree leaves (August 3 2020)

    SAT 5 SEP & SUN 6 SEP, 9.00am-4.30pm, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

     

    Juliet Arnott from Rekindle & the festival of Necessary Traditions is coming down from Ōtautahi Christchurch to Ōtepoti Dunedin for the weekend of 5 & 6 September to run four fabulous workshops. Learn how to use tī kōuka cabbage tree leaves in basket weaving and how to make string. See the Rekindle website for times and other details. Bookings essential.

    https://www.rekindle.org.nz/collections/resourceful-workshops

    Tī kōuka (Cabbage Tree leaves) are so strong they can be problematic in the green-waste stream with the tough fibrous leaves bunging up the commercial compost shredders so that it is advised that they be disposed of as normal household waste.

    This workshop will use fallen leaves and use these in a manner that treasures this valuable resource.

     

    Thanks to Otago Community Trust and Dunedin School of Art for their support in hosting the workshops.

    This workshop is an event in association with the Mapping the Anthropocene in Otepoti/Dunedin Symposium to be held  at the Dunedin School of Art 26 and 27 September.

     

     

  • Cultural Dialog in the Built Environment (July 29 2020)

    FRI 31 JULY, 1:00PM, Room O222, O Block, Anzac Ave

    Vanessa Carswell, Simon Kaan and Ron Bull

    Cultural Dialog in the Built Environment

  • Lunchtime Public Seminar Schedule Term 3, 2020 (July 29 2020)

    Dunedin School of Art Lunchtime Research Seminars 
    Schedule Term 3, 2020

     

    THURS 30 JULY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN 

    Ed Hanfling
    Prince v. Crown: The art and activism of Diane Prince

    This seminar examines the work of Diane Prince (Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi), from her involvement in the Bastion Point occupation (1977-78) to her recent raranga judges’ wigs. It focuses on Prince’s penchant for provocation, and her targeting of British legal and political systems, most notoriously in the so-called “flag piece” of 25 years ago, removed from the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki under the threat of legal action. Prince says: “I still see the courtroom as a continual zone of conflict between two ideologically different world views.”

    Ed Hanfling is a lecturer in art history and theory at the Dunedin School of Art. He is a regular contributor to the quarterly journal Art New Zealand, has published books on New Zealand artists such as Roy Good, Milan Mrkusich, Ian Scott and Mervyn Williams, and is currently working towards a book on the twentieth-century American painter Morris Louis. Ed occasionally strays from the true path of modernist abstraction.

     

     

    THURS 6 AUG, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Hope Wilson
    (Un)conditional: hosting and guesting

    The (Un)conditional series was an itinerant exhibition programme initiated by The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space in 2018. The Physics Room partnered with a range of public art galleries across Te Waipounamu including The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, Ashburton Art Gallery, Aigantighe in Timaru and Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore, to create collaborative exhibitions. The project made it possible to draw on shared strengths and resources and embrace the flexibility and urgency that comes from working alongside, and within, other institutions and contexts. Concepts of hosting, being a guest, trade, exchange, reciprocity and manaakitanga were inherent to the series. This discussion will reflect on the process of exchange central to the (Un)conditional series and some lessons learnt from the collaborative exhibition making process.

    Hope Wilson came to Blue Oyster from Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. Prior to this she was Assistant Curator at The Physics Room in Ōtautahi Christchurch where she supported and developed curatorial projects with a collaborative ethos, including working on the (Un)conditional exhibition series. Hope was a member of the editorial team for the first four issues of HAMSTER magazine, has contributed writing to Art New Zealand and is a sub- editor for Tauhere Connections, a journal for emerging museum professionals. Hope has a background in Art History and English (BA Hons) from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Massey University.

     

     

    THURS 13 AUG, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Metiria Turei

    Indigenous Epistemologies and Artistic Imagination – Barcelona: Reflections on the Indigenous contributions to this conference.

    Metiria Turei, supported by the Dunedin School of Art, travelled to present at this conference in Barcelona in 2019 and in this seminar presents her reflections on the contributions to this conference from Indigenous artists from around the globe.

    How may a position of marginality become a space of power in our contemporary world? How do indigenous claims to self-representation and cultural production challenge current Western-hegemonic ways of belonging to and looking at the world? This conference aimed to address the recent inclusion of “indigenous thought” in the global art world by seeking to create links between non-Western knowledges, indigenous epistemologies and the artistic imagination

    Indigenous situated knowledges are increasingly being recognized as an urgent voice in global debates on natural resources, sustainability, heritage, governance, representation, and social justice. Given the current world situation, in which migration, poverty, discrimination and other social forces are compounded by natural disasters and anthropogenic climate change—dismantling any humanist ideals of peace and prosperity—, indigenous epistemologies have become an alternative for re-thinking what Arjun Appadurai has termed an “emancipatory policy” that could address the asymmetries in the distribution of resources, capital, and power in what is now a clearly destabilizing global landscape.

    Metiria Turei (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ati Hau nui a Pāpārangi), a recent graduate from the Dunedin School of Art, is an Indigenous futurist textile artist working and living in Dunedin.

     

     

    THURS 20 AUG  12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    > To be Confirmed

     

     

    THURS 27 AUG, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Octavia Cook

    Hi Vis Camou – hunting the abstract in a figurative forest

    Hi Vis Camou is the title of an exhibition I had last October at McLeavey Gallery. It describes the two lines my work has taken of late: the series of “eyes” and “skin patches”, which walk the line between obvious and undercover, real and fake, valuable and disposable, public and private.

    To wear jewellery (particularly so called “contemporary” jewellery) is to put your private life on display. It could be your true version of yourself or perhaps a trompe l’oeil alter ego – either way, you are inviting the outside world to interact with your body as a vehicle for your jewels. In response, my “eye” pieces return the stare, while the borrowed animal camouflage “skin patches” attempt to distract from the body they cover. Out of their natural figurative context, however, both become somewhat abstracted and ridiculously incapable of doing the job they are meant to do!

    While it sounds like a contradiction “Hi vis camou” is well known to deerstalkers – deer apparently can’t see red and orange wavelengths so a camouflage pattern is enough to break up the shape of a hunter’s body, while fellow hunters (in theory) know not to shoot hi vis …

    Octavia Cook was born in Auckland but now resides in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. In 1999 Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Jewellery from Auckland’s Unitec, and in 2003 she launched her fictitious family jewellery “company”, Cook & Co. Cook has become known for her hand-crafted cameos constructed from precious metals and acrylic. Her wider oeuvre reveals an encyclopedic concern for the fine art of jewellery. To date Cook’s interest in her craft has spanned the traditional forms, settings and materials of jewellery, as well as its packaging, marketing and provenance. Special attention has been reserved for the value and social function of jewels.

    Cook has exhibited her work extensively since 1999. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at Objectspace, City Gallery Wellington, the Suter Art Gallery, the New Dowse, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Fingers, Roslyn Oxley 9 and Peter McLeavey. Cook & Co works are represented in public and private collections including those of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, Dowse Art Museum, Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (UK), Museum of Fine Arts Boston (USA) and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

     

     

    THURS 3 SEP, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Joanna Osborne
    Theopoetic dreaming with Joanna Margaret Paul

    This seminar presents Joanna Margaret Paul’s multidisciplinary arts practice through the lens of an understated visual and poetic spiritual sensibility. I draw upon the artist’s own frames of reference, mapping convergences between an everyday aesthetics and “religious intuition”. Some methodological considerations that pertain to interdisciplinary study will be briefly outlined, and I conclude with a brief reflection on Paul's practice within wider discussions that pertain to the spiritual in art.

     

    Joanna Osborne, PhD, is the current Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. She has an interest in interdisciplinary study within the areas of art history and the histories of religion and theology.

     

     

    THURS 10 SEP, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Peter Cleverley

    fourteen pictures with fourteen words

    Peter states: “I will show photographs of recent paintings being prepared for exhibitions in Dunedin and Christchurch, October 2020, and discuss some of the influences, techniques, concepts and ideas used to bring them about.”

     

    Peter Cleverley was born in Oamaru (1954) and awarded a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Dunedin School of Art in1974. He has travelled the world: Aotearoa, Australia, Indonesia, Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Laos, Polynesia, working at anything that would support his art making. Returning to Aotearoa in 1984 Peter has continued paint and exhibit nationally. He worked as the Exhibitions Officer from 1985 – 1997at the Forrester Public Gallery in Oamaru and Lectured in Painting and Drawing at the Dunedin School of Art from 1998 to 2017.

    His paintings are held in permanent collections of municipal galleries including Te Papa, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Forrester Gallery. Since 2017 he has worked full-time painting at his studio in Kakanui.

     

     

    THURS 17 SEP, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Tim Barlow
    Snake-oil and Carpetbaggers: Can visiting artists be trusted?

     “While contemporary art in particular has a large mountain of suspicion to overcome, most cultural gestures must contend with the growing cultural attitude of paranoia” (Nato Thompson from Seeing Power).

    As Thompson’s quote suggests there can be complex trust issues to deal with when artists create collaborative, community and participatory art projects. In this seminar, I review some of the community art projects I have worked on in relation to negotiating trust and paranoia, as well as turning these obstacles around to create action and a sense of hope.

     

    Tim Barlow graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 1994 with a Dip FA Hons. His sculptural work includes installations, moving image, public art and community-based projects. He works at the intersection of themed attractions, film production, architecture, social justice issues and local resource use. Often there is a fun element to his projects such as with The Public Fountain (2012), an interactive geothermal geyser fountain produced for the Taupo Erupt festival. In 2015, he established the Wainuiomata Water festival a water festival staged during times of water restrictions. He recreated Elbe’s Milk Bar (2015) a Lower Hutt milk bar infamous for creating a moral panic in Aotearoa. More recently with Open Source Water-well (2019), he built a shelter that harvested water from air on Waiheke Island.

    He has also worked as a prop maker and art director in commercial film production in Aotearoa, UK, and globally. In 2017-2018, he worked alongside Weta Workshop as Head of Content for a new themed museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhuhai, China. In 2017, he completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Arts from Massey University in Wellington, NZ.

     

     

    THURS 24 SEP, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Joe Citizen
    He waka eke noa: Creative arts research as partnership practice

    Working in partnership with Wintec’s Māori Achievement Unit, Joe designed, fundraised and project managed the 6.8m tall interactive permanent public art sculpture Tōia Mai, which stands on the banks of the Waikato River at Hamilton’s Ferrybank Reserve. Guided by Waikato-Tainui kaumātua Tame Pokaia and other members of Māori Achievement, this research project saw Wintec students work together from multiple domains in its creation, promotion and storytelling. This two-and-a-half-year journey helped to inform, and was also informed by, Joe’s creative practice-led doctorate in speculative metaphysics at the hyphen in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

     

    Joe Citizen lives in an off-grid hut on the West coast of the Waikato and has been tinkering around and making creative works for most of his life. A collaborative multidisciplinary artist, he has variously been involved with sculpture, performance poetry, mural painting, street theatre, photography, filmmaking, installation work, and immersive interactive works. Although he trained and taught moving image for a number of years, Joe currently works as a lecturer in Hamilton where he teaches across disciplines at Wintec’s School of Media Arts.

  • Tapuae gym Semester 2 hours (July 24 2020)

    Tapaue gym hours 27 July to 26 Sept 2020

    Monday to Friday 6 am to 8 pm

    (please note teaching takes place during the day as well)

    Saturday 9 am to 12 noon

    Please follow all sign in and hygiene instructions when using the gym.
    Kā mihi nui

  • Call for papers: ITP research symposium (July 15 2020)

    Due to Covid-19 and the delay of the ITP Research Symposium, we now have the opportunity to accept more presentations for this symposium at Toi Ohomai in Rotorua on 24/25 September 2020.

    Conference theme: “Kotahitanga: He mahingā tahi – working in partnership to improve outcomes for learners and communities”

    The conference theme encompasses the many, varied and mutually beneficial partnerships that exist between ITPs and our stakeholders and partners that lead to improved outcomes for learners and hāpori (communities), including those yet to be realised with the establishment of NZIST.  

    The conference subthemes are:

    • Co-creating research outcomes with hapu, iwi and hāpori
    • Adaptive systems for enhanced industry and learner outcomes (e.g. employability, internships and work-based learning)
    • Embracing disequilibrium (e.g. innovative models and contributions to our future organisation and partnerships, including alternative ways of measuring learner success)

    Please submit a 250 word abstract and bio BEFORE OR ON Friday 24 July for any of the options below that reflect the conference theme and any of the conference strands. Decisions on proposals will be returned by Friday 31 July.

    To submit an abstract for this symposium, please complete the attached Word document.

    Your abstract will be assessed against the following criteria:

    • Relevance to the conference theme or one of the sub-themes
    • Collaboration/partnership with others demonstrated
    • Applied research that demonstrates valued outcomes to stakeholders

    PRESENTATION OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES

    • A 20 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of question and discussion time. As a guideline, please think about “telling the story” of some aspect of your research, or offering a brief overview of a completed project. Identifying transferable features or strategies will be especially useful for our audience. We welcome people to bring their research partners to co-present with them.
    • Student project snapshots. A 10 minute presentation as part of a rolling group session, for Masters and PhD candidates, especially new presenters, to offer a brief overview of some aspect of their study relevant to the conference themes.
    • Poster. These should be A1; either portrait or landscape style. There will be provision in the programme for a session when delegates can view these and discuss the contents with the authors. Another good opportunity to showcase research completed for higher qualifications.

     

  • DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY SOCIETY TALK: SCHOOL OF ART 150TH (July 11 2020)

    15 JULY, 2020 10:30am — 11:30am, DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY, THE OCTAGON, DUNEDIN.

     

    JIM TOMLIN MNZO Head of School 1976-2000 and BRIDIE LONIE, Head of School, Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic will overview the history of the School. This year celebrates 150 years since the inception of this institution, which has been a valuable asset for our Dunedin community. 

    A free Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society event.

     

     

    Image: The Otago School of Art. Reorganised by Mr R.Hawcridge: The Antique Room.

  • Public Exhibition: TOP ART - touring NCEA Level 3 portfolios (June 12 2020)

    16 - 25 JUNE DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

     

    TOP ART

    Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year.

    Five streams are covered: design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.


    EXHIBITION DATES: June 16 - June 25, 2020

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

     

    To arrange class tours of the exhibition please contact artadmin@op.ac.nz

     

    www.op.ac.nz/art

  • Public Exhibition: Simon Swale - The Way We Live Now  (June 12 2020)

    29 JUNE-2 JULY, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Simon Swale

    The Way We Lived

    Post Graduate Exhibition


    EXHIBITION DATES: 29 JUNE - 2 JULY, 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Friday 26 June, 5 – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

  • OUR OCEANS - Art and Science Exhibition at Forrester Gallery, Oamaru (June 8 2020)
    13 JUNE 2020 to 19 JULY 2020, FORRESTER GALLERY, 9 Thames St, Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand


    This exhibition is an art and science collaboration from the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic and Otago University, in which 29 artists and 20 scientists have collaborated to bring you artworks tackling the complexities of our changing marine environment and exploring our oceans. 


    Our Oceans Exhibition is a touring showcase of works by alumni curated from Art+Oceans 2018 and Art+Water 2019 which opens at the Forrester Gallery on June 13th. 

    Art+Oceans 2018 and Art+Water 2019 were the sixth and seventh projects in the Art and Science Series,  where artists worked with scientists from the University of Otago and beyond, individually or in small groups, to develop artworks which responded to the theme of "oceans" interpreted in a broad context.
  • Public Seminar Online: Jane Venis and Hannah Joynt. Visual and audio interpretations - ‘drawing as a language.’ (June 2 2020)

    THURS 11 JUNE, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Jane Venis and Hannah Joynt

    Visual interpretation of sound and audio interpretation of mark making is a continuing exploration of ‘drawing as a language.’

     

    This presentation is being offered online using the Adobe Connect platform. Below is information and guidelines on accessing these seminars.

    ADOBE CONNECT

    All events are accessed via this Adobe link:

    https://adobeconnect.op.ac.nz/thursdaypostgrad/

    Note: It is advised that it is best to use Chrome or Internet Explorer as your browser (not Firefox) when accessing the Adobe Connect platform.

     

    In September 2019 they took part in the Buinho Creative Hub Residency in Portugal where they further developed their experimental practice. In this seminar they will talk about their residency and how their practice is continuing to develop from that experience. They will also introduce works from their residency shown as part of their recent exhibition at CICA Museum in South Korea.

    Hannah Joynt is a contemporary drawing practitioner who works in a range of media, processes and scales. Her studio practice is concerned with researching notions of ‘drawing as a language.’

    Jane Venis is a musician, performance artist and maker of sculptural musical instruments. Her work is often playful and experimental and engagement with the viewer is critical to her practice.

  • Tapuae gym - reopens Tues 2 June - AL2 protocols (May 29 2020)

    We are pleased to announce that from Tuesday 2 June 2020 Tapuae Gym will be open again for all members.

    Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our AL2 guidelines that are below.  You will need to book in advance the timeslot slot you wish to exercise in as per the available slots.  These are accessible via this link: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=151342&stype=-7&sView=day&sLoc=0

    There are still restricted hours and numbers of people allowed in the gym at any one time.  Once a booking slot is full it will no longer show as available on the link above.

    The key expectations for all members are:

    • Sign in immediately upon entering Tapuae.
    • Bringing two towels one big one for protection and one smaller one for cleaning as per guidelines.
    • The user MUST clean ALL equipment pre and post usage.
    • The water tap is not available so please bring your own filled water bottle.
    • Please be ready to train at the start of your chosen time slot so as to avoid crossover between sessions for social distancing restrictions and ease of contact tracing.
    • You will need to enter through our front gym door but leave via the back door onto Uni Oval #2 ground.
    • Only use the changing rooms for toileting.

    Mon: 6:30am –12pm, 12 - 1pm Boxing class only, 4-7pm

    Tues: 9am – 12pm

    Wed: 6:30am –12pm, 12 - 1pm Boxing class only, 4-7pm

    Thurs: 9am – 12pm

    Fri: 6:30am –12pm, 12 - 1pm Boxing class only

    Sat: 9am -12pm

    TAPUAE’S Covid-19 operational health and safety AL2 guidelines

     

    • Only 10 pairs (PT and client) or members (20 people in total) will be allowed inside the Tapuae space within any one 1 hour training window and additional gym supervisor. This MUST be booked in prior. No walk-ups allowed even for PT and
    • Tapuae’s entrance door permanently open during commencement of training windows therefore no touching of handle
    • Exiting will occur out the back door onto Logan Park #2 field, again door propped open throughout training
    • Self-sign in by PT and Client or member (hand sanitizer pre and post) MUST occur prior to training (AS SOON AS ENTERING TAPUAE).
    • Both student PT and Client or member must be ready to train at the start of their ‘booked’ session with an orderly process of accessing Tapuae as per the 2m distancing
    • No booking, no training for PT/Clients/members.
    • Equipment spaced appropriately around in both Tapuae and Z116.
    • Stretch mats and foam rollers not available for use.
    • Tapuae boxing gloves not available for use.
    • Maintaining 2m distancing rule unless client is already within the PT’s bubble then they can use the 1m spacing rule.
    • PT will use PPE (face mask) if wanting to go inside the 2m rule for a client not already within their personal bubble.
    • No touching/spotting/passing of equipment between two people.
    • Client/member to clean ALL equipment pre and post use.
    • Client/member to bring two towels (1 x bath towel for separating skin from benches and floor, 1 x smaller towel for cleaning of equipment) and 1 x pillow case for safe transportation of towels to and from Tapaue.
    • Filtered water no longer accessible. All person(s) must bring their own water to the session.
    • Changing Rooms only to be used for toileting – no changing of clothing allowed. MUST hand sanitize pre and post toilet use so door handles kept clean. Toilet seat also sanitized pre and post use.
    • Locker spaces not available for use.
    • Clients/members will not be allowed to lift weights that would require any spotting to take place. Stay submaximal and safe.
    • Deep clean of Tapuae, Z116 and changing areas to occur at the end of every day (Mon-Fri) by OP Cleaning contractor.
  • Public Seminar: Michael Greaves - Migrant Objects, Material Intelligences and Conditions of Space (May 18 2020)

    THURS 28 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

    Michael Greaves

    Migrant Objects, Material Intelligences and Conditions of Space

     

    ADOBE CONNECT

    All events are accessed via this Adobe link: https://adobeconnect.op.ac.nz/thursdaypostgrad/

    Note: It is advised that it is best to use Chrome or Internet Explorer as your browser (not Firefox) when accessing the Adobe Connect platform.

     

    The space that painting composes is both a space available for tangible looking and a projection of space that is emerging. It is a kind of space somewhat arranged outside of our conditions of meaning. Taken in isolation, the painted mark relates more to an abstract letterform, occurring on a plane and of that plane simultaneously. During 2019, I worked with an Iranian calligrapher on a project that considered the ways in which the space around calligraphy and its context is essential to the way in which the text is received. This contextual arrangement also occurs frequently in painting, and it is the confluence of these ideas that has become interesting to me in thinking about the nature of painting, and its operations. Beginning from a doodle on a yellow gumboot, my seminar will traverse some of the making questions that have occupied my thoughts in the making of the work associated with the publication from this collaboration, as well as the ways in which this work has now positioned me in thinking about the validity of making paintings that sidestep direct meaning in today’s saturated and didactic image world.

     

    Born in Dunedin, Michael Greaves holds an MFA (with distinction) in Painting from the Otago Polytechnic, awarded in 2017, and a BA in Art History & Theory from the University of Otago. He has a growing exhibition record with work included in two recent shows in Berlin. His research and art are driven by the seemingly contradictory worlds of the maker, the object and the thing. His paintings combine the visual fact and the imaginary proposal of painting in a way that identifies a slippage in our visual sensations.

  • Live fitness classes - Tapuae at Home (May 18 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health

    May 18 - May 24 2020

    Visit the ISEH Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OtagoPolyOISA/  check the events and follow the links or use these links below:

    Boxing - now at 7.30 am! - Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/6149996269?pwd=ZWZiT1VOeGYya2JBbjJLMWdNd1h0QT09

    HIIT bootcamp -now at 7.30 am! - Zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/349079284?pwd=L0RtemhIK01wbnZ3TXgvTnhGQlA4QT09

    Mindfulness stress Meditation Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/471810611

    Qigong ShiBaShi FB live on host page Tai Chi 4 Health Dunedin - Home | Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/taichi4healthdn

    Tapuae at home
    Instagram Instagram live #tapuae_at_home follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

    Zumba 2 pm Zoom link https://https/zoom.us/j/789096971

    Zumba 7 pm Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/920485949

  • Call for Papers: Exercise and Mental Health Symposium (May 15 2020)

    The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic, invites you to submit your abstract for Oral and/or Poster presentation at the online Exercise and Mental Health symposium on 3rd July 2020.

    ABSTRACT THEMES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    ABSTRACT THEMES

    Abstracts must be submitted ONLINE in English according to the following abstract themes.

    1. Exercise and Mental Health research
    2. Exercise and Mental Health practice

    KEY DATES:

    • Abstract Submission Deadline 5 June 2020
    • Author Notification Continuous*
    • Registration open (free online) 5 June 2020
      *Abstracts will be reviewed and announced to authors on a rolling basis until submission deadline

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    To submit abstract, please prepare the following information:

    • Presenting Author’s and Co-authors’ Details.
    • Full First and Family Name(s)
    • Affiliation Details: department, institution / hospital, city, state (if relevant), country, email address.
    • Abstract Title: limited to 25 words.
    • Abstract text: limited to 300 words, including acknowledgements.
    • Abstracts should clearly state: Background and Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions
    • Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word appear the first time.
    • Use generic names of drugs..
    • Abstract Themes: Please indicate if your abstract focus is either “research” or “practice”
    • Tables: A maximum of 3 tables/graphs/images can be included per abstract.
    • Abstract submissions should be sent to Richard.humphrey@op.ac.nz

    GENERAL POLICY

    • Authors can submit up to 2 abstracts
    • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in clear English with accurate grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication online.
    • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline (June 5 2020).

    DISCLOSURE

    Disclosure of financial relationships that the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work presented, should be indicated clearly at the start of the abstract.

    ABSTRACT SELECTION AND PRESENTATION

    Participants interested in presenting an oral or poster presentation are invited to submit an abstract. All abstracts will undergo peer-review by a review committee. The review committee will determine whether abstracts will be accepted as oral or poster presentations with consideration to be given to the author’s preference. Submitting authors will be notified via e-mail on a rolling basis regarding the status of their abstract acceptance.

    Oral video presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, unless prior agreement is negotiated with the review committee. Poster presentations will be available to view during the online symposium. Arrangements to submit completed video presentations will be communicated to authors whose abstracts have been accepted. Accepted videos will be broadcast at scheduled times throughout the symposium and contributing authors are asked to be available to respond to questions online (submitted via text box during the presentation) during their presentation.

    After the symposium, the presentations will be publicly available and contributing presenters will receive a link to the recording of their session. The review committee reserves the right to withdraw a video if the quality is not sufficient or suitable for broadcast.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr Florence Kinnafick

    Florence completed her undergraduate degree, BSc Sport Science and Psychology, at University of Southampton before gaining her MSc in Exercise and Health Science at University of Bristol in 2006. From there, she worked as a research assistant at UCL on the ESRC funded Millennium Cohort Study. She graduated from University of Birmingham in 2013 with a PhD before joining University of Northampton as Lecturer in Exercise Psychology from 2012-2016. She is now a psychology lecturer at Loughborough University.

    Florence is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Florence’s research employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the social contextual and environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour change (long-term persistence, drop out and lapses). More specifically she has investigated who and what is perceived as a source of support for behaviour change. This has included facilitating increased quality of motivation using mobile technology and also investigating the effect of exercise intensity and the physical environment on psychological well-being. She has worked with various population groups including school aged youth, employees and mental health service users.

     

  • Public Seminar: Commercial Galleries and the Construction of a Market for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg (May 11 2020)

    THURS 14 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Professor Federico Freschi

    Commercial Galleries and the Construction of a Market for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg, 1950s-1970s

    Adobe Connect Link
    https://adobeconnect.op.ac.nz/thursdaypostgrad/

     

    At mid-twentieth century Johannesburg was riding the crest of an economic boom and was the powerhouse of an economy that was largely driven by gold well into the 1970s. Indeed, despite increasingly isolationist apartheid policies and economic sanctions, the South African economy expanded rapidly well into the 1970s on the strength of capital-intensive industrial production that developed out of the gold mining industry. For Johannesburg’s cosmopolitan white population cultural wealth grew alongside economic wealth, and found easy expression in the acquisition of art. Consequently, by the early 1960s there were several commercial art galleries participating in what Esmé Berman described in 1972 as “the lively world of galleries and salesrooms”. These galleries promoted the work of contemporary artists, both black and white, and catered to a variety of tastes. At the same time, the 1960s was an era of increasing professionalization in the South African art world, and particularly on the Witwatersrand. Fine Arts curricula at universities began to emphasize both contemporary trends emanating from Europe and the United State (and to a lesser extent, historical African art) as well as introducing aspects of contemporary theory and art criticism. Art publishing also increased, driven partly by the proliferation of new galleries as well as by a younger generation of academics who were eager to assert an intellectual and aesthetic independence for South African contemporary art.

    In this paper, I consider the role of commercial galleries like Gallery 101, Gallery 21, the Egon Guenther Gallery and the Goodman Gallery, amongst others, in the development of a market for contemporary art in Johannesburg from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. I explore the broader academic and critical frameworks for the understanding, appreciation and promotion of contemporary South African art which they were instrumental in creating and show how these continue to inform the South African art market today.

     

    Newly appointed Head of College of Art Design & Architecture and Professor at Otago Polytechnic, Federico Freschi was formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. His research has focused largely on the political iconography of public buildings, with a secondary line of research into the construction of the canon of modern South African art, and more recently how the art market is implicated in this. Recent publications include Troubling Images: The Visual Culture of Afrikaner Nationalism (with Brenda Schmahmann and Lize van Robbroeck, Wits University Press, 2020) and Henri Matisse: Rhythm & Meaning (Standard Bank Gallery, 2016), a catalogue accompanying an exhibition that he co-curated of Matisse’s work, the first on the African continent. He is a former Vice-President of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), a former President of the South African Visual Arts Historians, a member of the advisory committee of Forum Kunst und Markt, and a member of the Committee on Design of the College Art Association (USA).

     

  • Tapuae at Home Online - free exercise classes (May 11 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health

    Live fitness classes

    May 11 - May 17 2020

    Visit ISEH Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/OtagoPolyOISA and check the events and follow the links or use these links below:

    Boxing Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/6149996269?pwd=ZWZiT1VOeGYya2JBbjJLMWdNd1h0QT09

    HIIT bootcamp Zoom link  HIIT Zoom link   

    Mindfulness stress Meditation Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/471810611

    Qigong ShiBaShi FB live on host page Tai Chi 4 Health Dunedin - Home | Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/taichi4healthdn

    Tapuae at home
    Instagram Instagram live #tapuae_at_home follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

    Zumba 2 pm Zoom link https://https/zoom.us/j/789096971

    Zumba 7 pm Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/920485949

  • Call for papers:  Symposium - Changing Patterns in Education in the Creative Arts (May 8 2020)

    Call for papers:  Symposium 

    Changing Patterns in Education in the Creative Arts

    Venue: on-line Saturday July 18 9.00 am-5.30 pm
    Due date for abstracts: Monday June 10.

     

    The Dunedin School of Art celebrates our 150th anniversary in 2020. This Symposium, planned as an on-site celebration, has therefore both moved on-line and turned its attention toward the current situation for all those who teach in the creative sector.

     

    The COVID-19 lockdown took creative arts students and their teachers away from the studio, transforming its practice as no previous change had. Different approaches to delivery were rapidly developed and implemented. What have we learnt going forward? What is at stake in the provision of blended delivery? What do art schools need to retain? Is there a hybrid path forward?

     

    This Call for Papers responds to the developing use of the digital interface in delivery for the creative arts. The COVID-19 scenario will have implications for further delivery as educators and students re-evaluate the ways that they access and experience their learning. Yet many of these moves were already in process.

    Wider concerns inform the selection of topics and should be considered. These include Mātauranga Māori, Pasifika education and dialogues between the local and the global.

     

    Calls are for 15 minute presentations, four per panel, to be followed by a final Q and A session.

     

    Panel 1: STEM or STEAM 

    The idea that art is every child’s right continues, but teacher training in art education has been almost entirely eroded. Yet it assists in the delivery of all curriculum areas, as well as offering its own rewards. How can this be turned around? Are there useful lessons from online delivery that may contribute to embedding art in early education?

     

    Panel 2:  Work-based learning and transferable skills in tertiary education. 

    Research suggests that only approximately 7% of art school graduates focus purely on art-making after graduation. The rest will typically continue an art practice but also work across the spectrum of the workforce. What are the transferable skills that education in the creative arts can deliver and how can these be made evident?   

     

    Panel 3: The robot. Designing for a new world: resilience, sustainability and education in the creative arts 

    How can creative arts educators and curricula sector best incorporate new technologies and models of systems thinking, resilience and sustainability? How has the Covid-19 response contributed to accelerating the uptake of new technologies and modalities of teaching?

     

    Panel 4: Changing models in education in the creative arts

    What do models drawn from Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous thought and new epistemologies offer the creative arts as we continue to value the face-to-face encounter, the studio, the tactile and the haptic in the face of an increasing focus on screen-based encounters?  

     

    DUE DATE FOR abstracts: Monday June 10.

    Please send a 200 word abstract and a 150 word bio to bridie.lonie@op.ac.nz   

     

     

  • ONLINE: Dunedin School of Art Lunchtime Research Seminar Programme Term 2, 2020 (May 5 2020)

    Dunedin School of Art: Lunchtime Research Seminar Programme, Term 2, 2020.

    This programme is being offered online using the Adobe Connect platform. Below is information and guidelines on accessing these seminars.

    ADOBE CONNECT

    All events are accessed via this Adobe link:

    https://adobeconnect.op.ac.nz/thursdaypostgrad/

    Note: It is advised that it is best to use Chrome or Internet Explorer as your browser (not Firefox) when accessing the Adobe Connect platform.

    During seminars please keep your webcam and microphone turned off. You can use the "raise hand" icon when you want to offer a comment or question, and then turn on your mic (and camera if you would like to) to speak, or you can type into the chat box. If you are a Otago Polytechnic staff or student and have any technical problems with joining, or once you have joined the meeting, you can ring the OP IT Helpdesk on: 0800 765 948. Members of the wider art community are asked to refer to their own provider.

     

     

    SCHEDULE OF SEMINARS

    THURS 7 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Tobias Danielmeier

    Sustainable Architecture – hidden complexities of architecture

     

    Making buildings is easy – creating architecture is complex. Using New Zealand’s Solar Decathlon entry as a case study, the seminar discusses the roles and responsibilities architecture can and has to play in the creation of meaningful and lasting structures. The talk reflects on passive and active solar strategies, carbon footprints of materials, mechanical and technological aids, ethical considerations, as well as design values. Thus, the seminar explores opportunities of and barriers to the goal of building sustainably while highlighting the complexity of ecological responsibilities.

     

    Tobias Danielmeier is an Associate Professor at the College of Art, Design and Architecture. His research and professional practice investigate the interface between industrial architecture and spaces for hospitality. His work focuses on how processes and production flows can be improved spatially, how buildings aid and optimise energy and water use, use of solar active and passive strategies, creation of positive and lasting visitor experiences, as well as place and corporate identity expressed through our built environment. Many of his architectural designs have gained national and international awards in the disciplines of architecture, design and engineering. Tobias is member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Green Building Council, Architectural Designers of New Zealand, Bund Deutscher Baumeister, the Designers Institute of New Zealand, the Building Technology Educators’ Society, and Bund Deutscher Önologen. He regularly acts as juror on architecture and heritage competitions and is member of the International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications editorial board.

     

     

    THURS 14 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Professor Federico Freschi

    Commercial Galleries and the Construction of a Market for Contemporary Art in Johannesburg, 1950s-1970s

    At mid-twentieth century Johannesburg was riding the crest of an economic boom and was the powerhouse of an economy that was largely driven by gold well into the 1970s. Indeed, despite increasingly isolationist apartheid policies and economic sanctions, the South African economy expanded rapidly well into the 1970s on the strength of capital-intensive industrial production that developed out of the gold mining industry. For Johannesburg’s cosmopolitan white population cultural wealth grew alongside economic wealth, and found easy expression in the acquisition of art. Consequently, by the early 1960s there were several commercial art galleries participating in what Esmé Berman described in 1972 as “the lively world of galleries and salesrooms”. These galleries promoted the work of contemporary artists, both black and white, and catered to a variety of tastes. At the same time, the 1960s was an era of increasing professionalization in the South African art world, and particularly on the Witwatersrand. Fine Arts curricula at universities began to emphasize both contemporary trends emanating from Europe and the United State (and to a lesser extent, historical African art) as well as introducing aspects of contemporary theory and art criticism. Art publishing also increased, driven partly by the proliferation of new galleries as well as by a younger generation of academics who were eager to assert an intellectual and aesthetic independence for South African contemporary art.

    In this paper, I consider the role of commercial galleries like Gallery 101, Gallery 21, the Egon Guenther Gallery and the Goodman Gallery, amongst others, in the development of a market for contemporary art in Johannesburg from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. I explore the broader academic and critical frameworks for the understanding, appreciation and promotion of contemporary South African art which they were instrumental in creating and show how these continue to inform the South African art market today.

     

    Newly appointed Head of College of Art Design & Architecture and Professor at Otago Polytechnic, Federico Freschi was formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. His research has focused largely on the political iconography of public buildings, with a secondary line of research into the construction of the canon of modern South African art, and more recently how the art market is implicated in this. Recent publications include Troubling Images: The Visual Culture of Afrikaner Nationalism (with Brenda Schmahmann and Lize van Robbroeck, Wits University Press, 2020) and Henri Matisse: Rhythm & Meaning (Standard Bank Gallery, 2016), a catalogue accompanying an exhibition that he co-curated of Matisse’s work, the first on the African continent. He is a former Vice-President of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA), a former President of the South African Visual Arts Historians, a member of the advisory committee of Forum Kunst und Markt, and a member of the Committee on Design of the College Art Association (USA).

     

    THURS 21 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Tim Barlow

    Snake-oil and Carpetbaggers: Can visiting artists be trusted?

     

    “While contemporary art in particular has a large mountain of suspicion to overcome, most cultural gestures must contend with the growing cultural attitude of paranoia” (Nato Thompson from Seeing Power). As Thompson’s quote suggests there can be complex trust issues to deal with when artists create collaborative, community and participatory art projects. In this seminar, I review some of the community art projects I have worked on in relation to negotiating trust and paranoia, as well as turning these obstacles around to create action and a sense of hope.

     

    Tim graduated from the Dunedin School of Art in 1994 with a Dip FA Hons. His sculptural work includes installations, moving image, public art and community-based projects. He works at the intersection of themed attractions, film production, architecture, social justice issues and local resource use. Often there is a fun element to his projects such as with The Public Fountain (2012), an interactive geothermal geyser fountain produced for the Taupo Erupt festival. In 2015, he established the Wainuiomata Water Festival a water festival staged during times of water restrictions. He recreated Elbe’s Milk Bar (2015) a Lower Hutt milk bar infamous for creating a moral panic in Aotearoa. More recently with Open Source Water-well (2019), he built a shelter that harvested water from air on Waiheke Island. He has also worked as a prop maker and art director in commercial film production in Aotearoa, UK, and globally. In 2017-2018, he worked alongside Weta Workshop as Head of Content for a new themed museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhuhai, China. In 2017, he completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Arts from Massey University in Wellington, NZ.

     

     

    THURS 28 MAY, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

    .

    Michael Greaves

    Migrant Objects, Material Intelligences and Conditions of Space

     

    The space that painting composes is both a space available for tangible looking and a projection of space that is emerging. It is a kind of space somewhat arranged outside of our conditions of meaning. Taken in isolation, the painted mark relates more to an abstract letterform, occurring on a plane and of that plane simultaneously. During 2019, I worked with an Iranian calligrapher on a project that considered the ways in which the space around calligraphy and its context is essential to the way in which the text is received. This contextual arrangement also occurs frequently in painting, and it is the confluence of these ideas that has become interesting to me in thinking about the nature of painting, and its operations. Beginning from a doodle on a yellow gumboot, my seminar will traverse some of the making questions that have occupied my thoughts in the making of the work associated with the publication from this collaboration, as well as the ways in which this work has now positioned me in thinking about the validity of making paintings that sidestep direct meaning in today’s saturated and didactic image world.

     

    Born in Dunedin, Michael Greaves holds an MFA (with distinction) in Painting from the Otago Polytechnic, awarded in 2017, and a BA in Art History & Theory from the University of Otago. He has a growing exhibition record with work included in two recent shows in Berlin. His research and art are driven by the seemingly contradictory worlds of the maker, the object and the thing. His paintings combine the visual fact and the imaginary proposal of painting in a way that identifies a slippage in our visual sensations.

     

     

    THURS 4 JUNE, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Riccardo Lucignani

    The Challenges of a Landscape Project: Forte Michelangelo

     

    In describing the challenges that arose during a large scale landscape project around a historical site, this seminar will demonstrate the importance of balancing the principles of heritage architecture with the competing uses of a public/commercial space. Forte Michelangelo, is one of the most prestigious monuments on the Lazio coast. It is situated in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, on the site of the ancient Roman port. Construction began on the fort in 1508 during the papacy of Pope Julius II, under the supervision, firstly, of Bramante, then Giuliano Leno and Antonio da Sangallo, and finally Michelangelo, who completed the structure with the keep in 1535. From the beginning of the 20th century up to the date of the project in 2013, the Fort and its location underwent countless changes due to multiple demands on the site and, most significantly, a devastating bombardment during World War II. At the start of the project the site was run-down, with the ground-line of the fort buried three meters deep in some places.

    The brief from the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Anzio e Fiumicino was to restore the lustre of the fort and its surrounding area, which now overlooks a quay for mega yachts. The resulting urban redevelopment project (2013–2015) reconnected the town of Civitavecchia with its own port, and made the castle the centrepiece. Forte Michelangelo is now the unifying keystone after years of urban decay.

    The project grew from the idea of restoring dignity to the fort and the surrounding area. This was achieved by uncovering the base of the building, modifying access, creating a pedestrian park, and water surfaces that referenced the sea border from the 1500s. The ground plan outlined the old port pier, which existed until the early 1900s. A gate was constructed that could be completely lowered into the ground when not needed to demarcate the boundary between the port and the city. To realise the project, a series of problems had to be solved, including lowering the gate to an area that was below sea level, uncovering the base of the fort without damaging the building’s stone and laying the appropriate pipes and cables for a working port in a site rich in archaeological remains. There was also the discovery of unexploded World War II bombs, requiring the complete redesign for the plans for the front of the fort.

     

    Riccardo Lucignani is an architect, interior designer and project manager with wide ranging experience in the construction,renovation and interior design of private homes, gardens, shops, offices, hotels and yachts in Italy (including Rome, Milan, Florence as well as Civitavecchia where he was a founding partner of “21PL Architetti s.r.l.” and “21 PL architetti associati) and Tunisia. A career highlight has been the landscaping project around the historic Forte Michelangelo for the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, internationally recognised with the City Brand & Tourism Landscape Award.

     

    THURS 11 JUNE, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, ONLINE

     

    Jane Venis and Hannah Joynt

    Visual interpretation of sound and audio interpretation of mark making is a continuing exploration of ‘drawing as a language.’

     

     In September 2019 they took part in the Buinho Creative Hub Residency in Portugal where they further developed their experimental practice. In this seminar they will talk about their residency and how their practice is continuing to develop from that experience. They will also introduce works from their residency shown as part of their recent exhibition at CICA Museum in South Korea.

    Hannah Joynt is a contemporary drawing practitioner who works in a range of media, processes and scales. Her studio practice is concerned with researching notions of ‘drawing as a language.’

    Jane Venis is a musician, performance artist and maker of sculptural musical instruments. Her work is often playful and experimental and engagement with the viewer is critical to her practice.

     

  • Live fitness classes - April 27 - May 3 2020 (April 24 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health

    Tapuae at Home Initiative

    ISEH Facebook check the events and follow the links or use these links below:

    Boxing Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/6149996269?pwd=ZWZiT1VOeGYya2JBbjJLMWdNd1h0QT09

    HIIT bootcamp Zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/349079284  

    Mindfulness stress Meditation Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/471810611  

    Qigong ShiBaShi FB live on host page Tai Chi 4 Health Dunedin - Home | Facebook

    Tapuae at home Instagram Instagram live #tapuae_at_home follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

    Zumba 2 pm Zoom link http://https/zoom.us/j/789096971

    Zumba 7 pm Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/920485949

     

  • Free - Live fitness classes - April 20 - April 26 (April 17 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health - Live fitness classes - April 20 - April 26 2020

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Saturday

    Sunday

    8:00 - 8:30 am Boxing 20 min HIIT Bootcamp Boxing 20 min HIIT Bootcamp Boxing    
    10:30-11:00 am   Qigong ShiBaShi    Qigong ShiBaShi       
    12:15-12:45 pm Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home    
    2:30-3:00 pm Zumba   Zumba        
    3.00 - 3.30 pm         Mindful Stress Meditation    
    7:00-8:00 pm   Zumba   Zumba      
    Links for live classes will be posted on:

    ISEH Facebook check the events page and follow the links

    Boxing Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/6149996269?  pwd=ZWZiT1VOeGYya2JBbjJLMWdNd1h0QT09

    HIIT bootcamp Zoom link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/349079284 

    Mindfulness stress Meditation Zoom link  https://zoom.us/j/471810611

    Qigong ShiBaShi FB live on host page  Tai Chi 4 Health Dunedin - Home | Facebook

    Tapuae at home Instagram Instagram live #tapuae_at_home follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

    Zumba 2 pm Zoom link  http://https/zoom.us/j/789096971

    Zumba 7 pm Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/920485949

     

  • Student Loan support package announced (April 15 2020)

    On Tuesday 14 April, the Government announced it will spend more than $130 million on a student support package to help financially embattled students dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Education Minister, Chris Hipkins said "We are announcing a domestic tertiary student package to:  

    • help cover extra costs, by increasing the student loan amount available for course-related costs for full-time domestic students from $1,000 to $2,000 (on a temporary basis); 
    • continue support payments for students unable to study online for up to 8 weeks; 
    • make technical changes to ensure that: 
      • where students receive partial tuition fee refunds in 2020 because their course has been discontinued due to COVID-19, this will not affect their future entitlement to student loans 
      • where students are unable to complete a course of study in 2020 due to COVID-19, this will not affect their entitlement to Fees Free tertiary study.

    This package means students who cannot access their courses online will continue to receive their student loan payments as normal throughout the four-week lockdown period, and for up to four weeks afterwards. This flexibility is already available for student living allowances.

    These measures...will provide an immediate response to the financial impact COVID-19 is having on tertiary students. It will support students to stay engaged in their education." 

    Who is this package for?

    • This package applies to full-time, domestic students studying at a Polytechnic, a University or a Private Training Establishment this year whether you are enrolled already or are planning to enrol. 
    • Where students were full-time but will be reduced to part-time (as a result of Otago Polytechnic's change to a later end date), StudyLink can update the student's allowance/loan to make sure they remain entitled.
    • This will only apply to students who were already full-time or approved Limited full-time status. Anyone already ineligible due to being part-time won't now become eligible.  

    When is this available?

    Domestic students who are enrolled in full-time tertiary study can access this support from Wednesday 15 April

    What do students have to do to apply for support? 

    Information will be available from StudyLink and the Ministry of Education (under Advice for Tertiary Students)

    Do students have to extend their allowance or loan? 

    No. You will be able to opt out if you do not want to increase your loan. 

    How do students seek urgent assistance? 

    If students need assistance with urgent or unexpected costs, they can phone the StudyLink Contact Centre on 0800 889 900 between 8.00am-5.00pm or visit this webpage.

    In addition, they can also get in touch with StudyLink by submitting an email here.

     

    > For more background information, read Education Minister Chris Hipkins announcement here. 

  • Tapuae at Home and Online - free classes for all (April 6 2020)

    Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health - Live fitness classes - April 6 - April 12 2020

      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    8:00 - 8:30 am   20 min HIIT Bootcamp Boxing 20 min HIIT Bootcamp Boxing    
    10:30-11:00 am   Qigong ShiBaShi    Qigong ShiBaShi       
    12:15-12:45 pm Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home Tapuae at home    
    2:00 - 2:30 pm       Mindful Stress Meditation      
    2:30-3:00 pm Zumba   Zumba        
    7:00-8:00 pm   Zumba   Zumba      


    Links for live classes will be posted on:
    ISEH Facebook check the events and follow the links
    Zumba 2 pm - Zoom link - http://https/zoom.us/j/789096971
    Zumba 7 pm - Zoom link -  https://zoom.us/j/920485949
    HIIT bootcamp -  Zoom link - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/349079284
    Qigong ShiBaShi - FB live on host page -  facebook.com/taichi4healthdn/
    Mindulness stress Meditation - Zoom link - check the event for the link - will be updated soon
    Boxing - info to come
    Tapuae at home Instagram Instagram live @tapuae_at_home - follow the page and join in for live exercise classes

  • Computer specifications for learners (March 24 2020)

    Unfortunately we don't have laptops or computers to loan out to our learners, but we can provide some advice for students who are able to purchase a device. Our ISS team members have set out their hardware specification recommendations by programme below - and beneath that is a table that links through to laptops and devices that meet these recommendations. 

    Top tips from our ISS team 

    • Do go for Windows 10 Home or Pro, don't buy a "Windows 10 S" mode device
    • Do go for Dual or Quad Core, don't buy a Celeron based device
    • Do ensure there is 8GB or more of RAM
    • Do go for 256GB SSD (solid state disk or larger, don't buy a 1TB Hard Drive (HD) model in 2020
    • Do make sure there is a webcam
    • If you can, look in the $900+ range, as anything less may be a little slow 

     

    Programme-specific recommendations

    College School Minimum Hardware Specification
    College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Dunedin School of Art (ARTA) Entry or Mid
    College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Design (DADM) Entry or Mid
    College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Food Design Institute (FDIA) Entry or Mid
    College of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) Business (SABA) Entry or Mid
    Auckland International Campus (AIC) Auckland International Campus (AICA) High
    Capable NZ (CAP) CapableNZ (CAPA) Entry or Mid
    College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing (BTHD) Entry or Mid
    College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDPA) Entry or Mid
    College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Foundation Learning (FOLA) Entry or Mid
    College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) English Language Center (ELCA) Entry or Mid
    College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing (CDP) Tertiary Education & Mata a Ao Maori (TEMM) Entry or Mid
    Central Otago (COT) Central Otago Admin (COTA) Entry or Mid
    Central Otago (COT) Central Secondary Tertiary (CSTI) Entry or Mid
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Construction (CONS) Entry or Mid
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Carpentry (CARP) Entry or Mid
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Engineering Technologies (ETEC) High**
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Engineering Trades (ETRA) Entry or Mid
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Information Technology (ICTA) High
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Veterinary Nursing (VETN) Entry or Mid
    College of Engineering, Construction and Living Sciences (ECL) Natural Resources (NATR) Entry or Mid
    College of Health (HLT) Nursing (NURA) Entry or Mid
    College of Health (HLT) Occupational Therapy (OCCA) Entry or Mid
    College of Health (HLT) Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) Entry or Mid
    College of Health (HLT) Midwifery (MIDA) Entry or Mid

    ** Bachelor of Architectural Studies specific 

    Where Entry or Mid is an option, If you can afford a Mid level device this would be recommended

     

    Specifications for each level

    Entry Level Options Mid Level Options Higher Level Options

    Acer Swift 3 SF314-41-R2GU 14" Laptop

     

    Dell Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 14" Laptop

     

    HP Pavilion 14-ce3065TX 14" laptop

     

    HP Notebook 14s-dk0059au 14" Laptop

     

    Lenovo Ideapad S540-14IML Laptop

     

    Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML 14" 2-in-1 Laptop

     

    HP Pavilion 15-cw1001ax 15.6" Laptop

     

    Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 14" Laptop

     


    Inspiron 15 7000 Laptop

    MacBook Air

     

    MacBook Pro

    MacBook Pro

     

       

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus G GA502DU R7-3750H GTX 1660 Ti 120Hz Gaming Laptop

     

     

    Note: If you use soildworks, having a device with integrated graphics is not recommended. 

  • ANNOUNCEMENT (March 24 2020)

    EFFECTIVE TODAY - MONDAY 23 MARCH

    The Dunedin School of Art  welcomes the new measures to combat the COVID-19 virus and keep us all safe. Dunedin School of Art is closing its doors to students from 5PM tonight, Tuesday 24 March, so it is important that students collect what they need from their studios today. However, we will be in touch through email and on-line platforms. You must make sure that you have forwarded your  op. email to your personal email, or that you use your op email, as messages for students will come through this address.

    We recognize the challenge it offers  a studio-based school and will be working on developing on-line resources that recognize the significance of the arts knowledge you have chosen to study.  Remember, the work that you make represents and engages with our changing world and its values. There are many artworks that deal with this kind of situation, both chilling and supportive, dystopic and utopian,  so feel free to engage in a new strand of research.

    We will be in frequent contact, but will use the op student emails, so again, please if you are a student make sure you can get your op emails to find out what you need to know, and also check our website.

     

    Further information can be found on the op website:   

     

    Nga Manaakitanga

    Bridie Lonie

    Head of  School

    Dunedin School of Art

  • Tertiary Open Day postponed (March 20 2020)

    Due to the uncertainty surround the global COVID-19 situation, and following on from the Government’s decision to cancel all events with more than 100 attendees, we regret to announce that the Tertiary Open Day event scheduled for May 3 and 4 has been postponed.  

    Tertiary Open Day is a key event for Otago Polytechnic and we enjoy welcoming our potential students and their whanau on to our campus to experience what we have to offer. We are working to determine a new date later in the year.  

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this postponement. However, the health and safety of our community must be our top priority. If you have booked your travel, please reach out to the travel providers directly to make changes. 

  • Public Exhibition: Karin Johansson Visiting Artist in Residence (March 16 2020)

    17 and 19 MARCH, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY, Riego Street (off Albany St), DUNEDIN

     

    Karin Johansson

    Observation from a Distance

    Visiting Artist in Residence


    EXHIBITION DATES: Tuesday 17 & Thursday 19 March, 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING:  (NOW CANCELLED)

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

     

     

    Karin Johansson, born 1964, lives and works in Gothenburg. She attended HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, where she earned her MFA degree in 1994. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in many international galleries and locations, such as Ornamentum Gallery (Hudson/NY), Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen), Hannah Gallery (Barcelona), OONA Galerie (Berlin) and Atelier Lachaert d`Hanis  (Tielrode), and has also participated in numerous group shows. Her work is features in several private and public collections. She is the recipient of a number of major grants and awards, among them the five-year working grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, which she has received twice. She is one of the founding members of Hnoss Gallery/Initiative in Gothenburg, and was between 2007-2019 Professor of Jewellery Art at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University.

  • Ardijah giving back the aroha (March 12 2020)

    Ardijah Rakete understands the power of looking inwards. 

    Among around 800 students who will graduate from Otago Polytechnic tomorrow, Friday 13 March, Ardijah will receive a New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3). 

    She regards the qualification as another step on a path that involves powerful, life-changing processes of honest self-reflectionIn short, by helping herself, she feels better equipped to help others. 

    A collaborative programme between Arai Te UruKokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic, the New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3) is aimed at those who wish to work with Māori and whānau in a whānau-centred approach that supports wellbeing.  

    Ardijah has enjoyed the combination of classroom and hands-on learning in which facilitators have mixed korero, presentations, visuals and other interactive approachesincluding understanding the key dimensions of hauorawhich encompasses physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. 

    Because of my own depression and anxiety, and having grown up in a gang environment, I want to help others who have been going through a rough time.  

    “People who have been through that life need to see there is life outside of that and that they, too, can flourish in an environment like Otago Polytechnic, which has all this amazing support.  

    I heard about the Whānau Ora programme and was really interested in it. It is very holistic and expands on some of the areas I’ve been learning while studying other programmes at Otago Polytechnic. 

    Ardijah, who has completed the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (level 4) and has recently started the Level-5 programme, says these programmes also offer a broader view of what constitutes health. 

    All her studies dovetail into her five-year vision to open a gym with her brother, Te Ani. 

    “All of this feeds back into what makes you feel good. And if you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to help others feel better about their situation.” 

    This philosophy also flows into a new-found role for Ardijah, who has joined an innovative Māori mentoring programme at Otago Polytechnic that aims to smooth the transition into tertiary study. 

    As a Taukana (senior student), she and others are paired with a Teina (first year student)Although she only met her Teina recently, Ardijah says they clicked straight away. 

    “We went to Megazone recently. I looked around throom and could see that everyone was a good match. 

    When I was first asked to be a Tuakana, I thought, ‘Oh, will I be up for it?’. But then I realized all the great support I have had from others has put me in this position to help others. 

    “It’s also good to let people know about the great people at Te Punaka Ōwheo. If you need anything, you can just come and talk to the team there. They are amazing. 

    “I’m just giving back some of that aroha.” 

    Read more about the New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora

  • Tom Voyce, Artist in Residence Exhibition in Dunedin (March 12 2020)

    Works from Tom Voyce, Artist Residency in 2018, will be on Exhibition at The Artist's Room Fine Art Gallery, Dunedin,  opening 14th March.

    Tom Voyce was a Dunedin School of Art, Artist in Residence, in the painting department from 21 September – 19 October 2018.

    Tom Voyce is a 28 year old artist and art teacher currently based in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. Trained in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in Wales, Tom gained his bachelor’s degree in 2011- specialising in drawing and painting. He completed a Master’s degree shortly afterwards allowing him to refine his practice while working and teaching at HE level. This also included a visit to China in 2014 where he taught life drawing.Tom is an artist whose work sits firmly within a vast art historical tradition. Heavily influenced by 20th Century American abstraction, his work treads a tightrope between figuration and abstraction and takes particular inspiration from the work of Richard Diebenkorn.

     

    Tom has written about his work and time in Dunedin in Scope: Art and Design, #18.

    https://www.thescopes.org/art-and-design-18/in-transit-searching-for-a-sense-of-place/

     

    (Images - painting Tom Voyce, High Street, Dunedin (2018), oil on board, 40 x 27cm )

     

  • Call for Exhibits - Critical Making: Contemporary Fashion Practices (March 11 2020)

    This is a revised Call for Exhibition and accompanying Presentations, with new closing date for submissions 20 May 2020.

    Please note, due the disruption occurring globally, we have made the difficult decision to alter the call for this symposium exhibition to be for digital submissions of physical work. We are disappointed that we cannot have a physical exhibition but happy that we have the means to provide an online space for the widest scope of fashion practitioners to present their works to each other and to the world for inspiration and critical discussions.

    The curation panel hopes to attract a broad range of proposals that reflect the creative diversity of the contemporary material fashion practice community. We welcome proposals from all types of fashion practitioners, whether traditional or experimental, and whether design students, or emerging or established fashion practitioners.

    All selected exhibitors must have the ability to submit still images of their work, and to record a short (2 - 5 minute) presentation on their mobile phones.

    Key dates:

    • 20 April: Submissions Open
    • 20 May: Submissions Close
    • 25 - 31 May: Exhibition curation panel reviews proposals
    • 5 June: Applicants notified of panel's decisions
    • 19 June: Successful exhibitors to submit all images and video to idawards@op.ac.nz via links through a file sharing service such as a link using ‘You Send It’, ‘We Transfer’ or ‘Hightail’ or similar service designed to share large files.
    • July: Exhibition becomes live. Symposium exhibition schedule commences, 2 minute presentations from each exhibitor about the work presented, including Q&A via a comments thread. Our aim is to facilitate live presentations. 

    Submissions

    Submit the following as a single PDF document, named in the following format:  surname_first name_Fashion2020.pdf to idawards@op.ac.nz

    PDF documents should be no more than 8 pages. Please remember to clearly communicate your critical material fashion practices in your proposal

    • 300-500 word written abstract which outlines the thinking behind your work
    • Photographs of the work to be exhibited
    • Up to 3 photographs of examples of your previous work
    • A one page CV with bio that explains your fashion background and experience. Please include links to your instagram and website if applicable

    All proposals must be submitted by the closing deadline: 20 May 2020.

    Any proposals submitted after this time will not be considered.

    Following Critical Making: Contemporary Fashion Practices, selected submissions will be highlighted in a journal article

    Critical Making: Contemporary Fashion Practices curatorial panel and convenors: – idawards@op.ac.nz

    2020 Curatorial panel –

    • Dr Margo Barton
    • Dr Jane Malthus
    • Moira White

    Thank you to the Otago Polytechnic research office, Otago Museum and iD Dunedin for their support.

     

  • Public Seminar: A Brief History of Fire by Emma Smith (March 7 2020)

    THURS 12 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    A Brief History of Fire

    Emma Smith

     

    Broadly speaking Emma Smith's work negotiates the post industrial militarization of culture, the looming certainty of the mechanised accident, notions of displacement, reparation and debt, institutional restructures and failures in the (predominantly) painted form. In collaboration with William Bardebes animated worlds of late capitalist industrial redundancy and dispossession are mapped. Smith's writing negotiates the thorny situation of the individual (and the artist) in these precarious states.

    Emma Smith was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1975. Smith has an MFA from Elam University of Auckland, 2005. She has exhibited in extensively in New Zealand and in London. Smith is currently Contemporary Arts Discipline Lead and Senior Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.

  • Masters graduate shortlisted for Octagon public artwork (March 4 2020)

    Congratulations to Kristin O'Sullivan Peren for being shortlisted as a candidate to put forward a proposal for a $65,000 artwork for Dunedin's Octagon.

    Kristin is a multi-media artist who has exhibited locally and internationally in public spaces. Recent large-scale exhibitions have integrated a unique process pioneered by O'Sullivan Peren using LED lighting and cast resin.

    The shortlisted candidates are: 

    Ayesha Green (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungungu; Dunedin; Blue Oyster Winter artist-in residence 2018); Kristin Peren (Bannockburn; Otago School of Art graduate); Tracey Tawhiao (Ngāi te Rangi, Whakatōhea, Tūwharetoa; Auckland; University of Otago graduate); and John Ward Knox (Dunedin, 2015 Frances Hodgkins Fellow).

    The selected artists will submit a detail proposal by April 9 for consideration by the public art selection panel with an opportunity for public feedback.

     

    Image: installation view from "Free Beauties" exhibition 2014 by Kristin O’Sullivan Peren - Free Beauties ( Epoxy resin outer case, light Emitting Diodes L.E.D strands, galvanized metal. A ‘computer visual’ program 8 minute loop Co division Language Control Processor, Atmel and 12 Volt system) pulsating light is based on a algorithm drawn from sources that include collated data from a variety of references, a Addison’s Critique of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, , kowhai specimens pressed into papers and a constructed Solander Box residing at Te Papa. .

  • Tony Brown provides insights for OSTC learners (March 3 2020)

    Learners involved in the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College received invaluable insights from one of rugby’s leading lights last week. 

    Tony Brown, assistant coach of the Highlanders Super Rugby franchise, spoke to 17 students enrolled in the Sport Exercise and Health programme, providing range of coaching insights and advice and life lessons. 

    The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College is an active partnership between Otago Polytechnic and all Otago secondary schools. It provides a range of learning experiences that enable senior secondary students to have a taste of learning at Otago Polytechnic and working in a trade environment.  

    “A group of Year-13 students come each week to study Sport Exercise and Health,” Otago Polytechnic lecturer Jo Morrison explains.  

    Our first module is Coaching. So having Tony comin as a guest speaker to chat to our learners about his journey as a coach was an amazing experience. 

    “It’s not every day that you get the Highlanders and Japan assistant coach come in and talk to you.” 

    Read more about the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College 

     

  • Public Seminar: Symbol and instrument with Roderick Bamford (February 27 2020)

    THURS 5 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Symbol and instrument : Making ethics in the age of data.

    Roderick Bamford

     

    How do we validate ‘making ethics’ in a time of digital mediation? What are the truths of data? Rod Bamford’s talk responds to these questions through personal research narratives, framed by the idea of ‘ecologies of production’. These hybrid practice scenarios, in addition to expressing individual ideas, are concerned with a broader agency, addressing contemporary matters through a work’s symbolic and instrumental potential.

    The examples illustrate particular challenges relevant to contemporary practice under 3 loose headings : craft and the ethics of authorship, interaction, and interference, and foreground a discussion of the potential of hermeneutical aesthetics to critique ethical value in practices that engage individuals and community through instrumental and symbolic considerations. Projects include the Digital Bamboo collaboration in Indonesia, Trans-dimensional Printing for Sonic Loop and the Norman Lindsay vase restoration, 3d clay printing for GL21 Japanese recycled ceramics, and UK research extending the capacity and potential of digitally Printed Ceramic Surface.

     

    Rod Bamford is an artist and educator working at the intersections of art, craft and design, with a particular ceramics focus. Since studying at Sydney’s National Art School, his practice has developed through exhibitions, residencies, commercial design and academic projects. Rod's work is widely represented in major collections. He has held roles heading departments at the National Art School and as director of Cone Nine Design studios before joining UNSW Art & Design in 2016, where he began researching the impacts of emerging digital strategies for production and sustainability, developed the Post Graduate Future Making course stream, and taught courses across those interests. In 2017 Rod held a 12 month post heading the Ceramics and Glass Programme at the Royal College of Art in London, where he continued to teach and research digital making strategies and their effect on ‘artefactual’ dialogues, the psychosocial connections we have with material objects. He has most recently been working at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University, Canberra, leading the Ceramics Workshop.

  • No major surprises in Bill, but funding remains issue (February 21 2020)

    A new system for New Zealand’s ITP and ITO sector will take effect on 1 April, following the third reading of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill on 19 February. 

    On 1 April, Otago Polytechnic will become a subsidiary of what is currently known as the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), but whose final name is currently being considered. 

    “The legislation that has been passed offers no real surprises,” Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Phil Ker says 

    “It has taken on board some of the feedback and concerns expressed by Otago Polytechnic, other ITPs and ITOs, although has ignored submissions to allow for high performing subsidiaries to continue as of right. 

    “However, we prepared ourselves for the worst so, from our perspective, it is business as usual. 

    “The Tertiary Education Commission, effectively the architects of the sector reform envisaged by Education Minister Chris Hipkins, have signalled that the process of change, from 1 April until the end of 2022, will be ‘evolutionary not revolutionary’. 

    “We welcome this staged approach,” Mr Ker says, “although we hope for early moves to integrate apprenticeships and industry training into the operations of NZIST.” 

    “The legislation does not affect or change the decisions that Otago Polytechnic have made. As a leading ITP, we will continue to flourish and to be the best institution we can be -- even if as a subsidiary. 

    “Otago Polytechnic will continue to retain its name, operational and academic autonomy until, we believe, 31 December 2022. 

    “We have much to contribute to the new system. We pride ourselves on our innovative approaches; we are well-regarded for our nimble responses to industry and sector demands; and we will continue to promote strong collaborative relationships with a broad range of community, national and international stakeholders. 

    “However, now that the legislation has passed and the NZIST is to become a reality from 1 April, we urge the Minister to address urgently the crisis of funding of the Polytechnic providers. 

    “The Minister has identified sector funding as one of the key tenets of his reform. He has acknowledged a woefully inadequate funding system that has been failing New Zealand for at least a decade. Yet it appears this will not be addressed for another two years. 

    “That is unacceptable, to say the least” 

    “We sincerely hope the Minister will ensure that Government invests in the sector by addressing long-standing problems with the system as whole. 

    “For example: the lack of training and development for staff and management; the inadequacy of investment in curriculum for workplace learning; and the significant under-resourcing of services for learners across the ITP and ITO sectors. 

    “New Zealand has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an outstandingworld-class vocational education system. It remains to be seen if Government will seize the opportunity and invest accordingly, or simply arrange the deck chairs on a different deck.” 

  • Call for Papers Scope (Art & Design) 2020 General Art & Design Issue (February 19 2020)

    scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design)

    Scope (Art & Design) is seeking papers for its 2020 issue.

    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.

    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. 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 jane.venis@op.ac.nz or scope.editorial@op.ac.nz. For further information or any questions about possible submissions please contact Jane Venis or Pam McKinlay at the above email addresses.

    Submissions are open now. Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020.

     

    Image credit : Barbara Graf, Artist in Residence 2019. See flickr gallery for more of Barbara's work.

  • Public Exhibition: Simon Swale - The Way We Live Now (February 19 2020)

    Simon Swale

    The Way We Live Now

    Post Graduate Exhibition


    EXHIBITION DATES: 24 - 26 March, 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Tuesday 24 March, 5 – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

  • Public Exhibition: Angela Fisk - Ceramics, value and identity. (February 19 2020)

    Angela Fisk

    Purposed Peculiarities: Ceramics, value and identity.

     

    EXHIBITION DATES: 2-5 March, 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Tuesday March 3rd, 5pm – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

  • Public Exhibition: Emily Gordon - Seen, Unseen (February 19 2020)

    Emily Gordon

    Seen, Unseen

    Post Graduate Exhibition

     

    EXHIBITION DATES: 9 - 11 + 13 March, 2020, (closed on 12 March)

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Tuesday 10 March, 5 – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

  • Otago Polytechnic partners with Tinwald Farm to offer real-world learning (February 18 2020)

    Don’t fence them in . . . Otago Polytechnic has partnered with Central Otago’s Tinwald Farm to deliver practical, hands-on experiences for Agriculture learners. 

    Otago Polytechnic’s “High Country Farming” programme, delivered out of our Central Campus in Cromwell, offers two Level 3 Certificates in Agriculture: Farming Systems; and Vehicles, Machinery, Infrastructure.  

    However, we recognise that farming courses cannot be effectively delivered solely in a classroom. Hence we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tinwald Farm, a 744 ha property located between Cromwell and Wanaka. 

    Rising from the banks of the Clutha up to the foothills of the Mt Pisa Range, the farm runs a combination of sheep and beef; in addition, 20 hectares of Pinot Noir have been established. 

    Our 2020 student intake will spend more than half of their time at Tinwald Farm, where they will be engaged in everyday farm tasks that enable them to not only meet academic requirements but, more importantly, gain the experiences and knowledge that will allow them to step into employment at the end of the year. 

    “We are focused on increasing the opportunities for ‘land-based learning’,” says Kelly Gay, Head of College, Central Campus.  

    “This means developing relationships with a number of farms and stations within the local farming community. It is vital to programme effectiveness as well as to student engagement and success.  

    “Tinwald Farm, and its staff, offer students plenty of scope and opportunities with livestock, technology and practices that are at the leading edge of where the agriculture industry is heading. 

    “The farm provides the students with a unique learning experience.  Tinwald Farm has a willingness to explore new practices. This includes good stewardship of land and resources, as well as looking at new or different breeds that not only increase farm productivity but also improve product quality beyond the gate.” 

    Tinwald Farm owners Amanda and Adrian Currie are excited by the opportunity to share their philosophy of producing natural high-quality food using the latest technology and tools, while keeping traditional values at their core of their operations 

    “Agriculture, like many industries, is facing many challenges,” Amanda says 

    “The production of high-quality food is as important as it ever was, but equally important is the protection of the environment. Our industry will face increasing challenges over the coming years. We believe we must do our part to explore and address these concerns.” 

    As employers we know how important it is to be able to attract and retain people into our industry.  

    “We’re interested in showing students how farming is changing and responding to the issues that we all face. The future for farming will demand innovation,” Amanda says 

    “We also want to contribute to our local community. 

    “For us, working with Otago Polytechnic to provide a practical and positive on-farm learning experience for students, is a perfect fit.  

    “We hope that the learning experiences students obtain at Tinwald Farm will be positive ones and will help them to pursue a fulfilling career. 

    Read more about our Farming programmes 

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

  • Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Programme: Term 1 2020 (February 17 2020)

    Dunedin School of Art Lunchtime Research Seminar

    Term ONE 2020
    THURSDAYS, 12.00 – 1.00 PM,
    P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

     

    In light of the announcement of COVID-19 now being present in Dunedin, the Research Seminar Programme which runs on Thursday lunchtimes during the semester is postponed until further notice.

     

    THURS 27 FEB, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Material Fabulations

    Nicolas Cheng and Beatrice Brovia

     

    Conversation Piece, a collaborative practice initiated in 2011 by Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng, is a hands-on study on interconnectedness and interdependency: a reflection on making together with/through conversation, misunderstanding and friction, and a dialogic space where the notion of self-reliance is challenged. This talk will focus on questions and ideas that have become central to our collaborative practice. From the notion of anthropogenic sublime, to understanding complex material flows and how an extractive logic has profoundly shaped our world, the talk is an ongoing reflection on the intimate, enfolding boundaries that connect materials, objects and people.

    Beatrice Brovia (IT/SE) and Nicolas Cheng (HK/SE) are jewellery artists, researchers and cross-disciplinary makers based in Stockholm, Sweden. Beatrice received a BSc in Interior Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, and a MFA in Jewellery and Corpus from Konstfack in 2009; since 2013 she has been working as lecturer with focus on jewellery at Ädellab, Konstfack, where she currently is serving as head of the Bachelor Program. Nicolas graduated with a BA from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006, and shortly after he was artist in residence at Fabrica Research Centre of Benetton Group in Treviso, Italy. In 2010, he earned his MFA in Jewellery and Corpus from Konstfack. In 2019, he obtained his PhD from the University of Gothenburg.

     

     

    THURS 5 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Symbol and instrument : Making ethics in the age of data.

    Roderick Bamford

     

    How do we validate ‘making ethics’ in a time of digital mediation? What are the truths of data? Rod Bamford’s talk responds to these questions through personal research narratives, framed by the idea of ‘ecologies of production’. These hybrid practice scenarios, in addition to expressing individual ideas, are concerned with a broader agency, addressing contemporary matters through a work’s symbolic and instrumental potential.

    The examples illustrate particular challenges relevant to contemporary practice under 3 loose headings : craft and the ethics of authorship, interaction, and interference, and foreground a discussion of the potential of hermeneutical aesthetics to critique ethical value in practices that engage individuals and community through instrumental and symbolic considerations. Projects include the Digital Bamboo collaboration in Indonesia, Trans-dimensional Printing for Sonic Loop and the Norman Lindsay vase restoration, 3d clay printing for GL21 Japanese recycled ceramics, and UK research extending the capacity and potential of digitally Printed Ceramic Surface.

     

    Rod Bamford is an artist and educator working at the intersections of art, craft and design, with a particular ceramics focus. Since studying at Sydney’s National Art School, his practice has developed through exhibitions, residencies, commercial design and academic projects. Rod's work is widely represented in major collections. He has held roles heading departments at the National Art School and as director of Cone Nine Design studios before joining UNSW Art & Design in 2016, where he began researching the impacts of emerging digital strategies for production and sustainability, developed the Post Graduate Future Making course stream, and taught courses across those interests. In 2017 Rod held a 12 month post heading the Ceramics and Glass Programme at the Royal College of Art in London, where he continued to teach and research digital making strategies and their effect on ‘artefactual’ dialogues, the psychosocial connections we have with material objects. He has most recently been working at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University, Canberra, leading the Ceramics Workshop.

     

    THURS 12 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    A Brief History of Fire

    Emma Smith

     

    Broadly speaking Emma Smith's work negotiates the post industrial militarization of culture, the looming certainty of the mechanised accident, notions of displacement, reparation and debt, institutional restructures and failures in the (predominantly) painted form. In collaboration with William Bardebes animated worlds of late capitalist industrial redundancy and dispossession are mapped. Smith's writing negotiates the thorny situation of the individual (and the artist) in these precarious states.

    Emma Smith was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1975. Smith has an MFA from Elam University of Auckland, 2005. She has exhibited in extensively in New Zealand and in London. Smith is currently Contemporary Arts Discipline Lead and Senior Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.

     

     

    THURS 19 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Sonic Recipes from a Public Kitchen

    Juliana España Keller

     

    Juliana creates sonic performance field work through a Public Kitchen. A Public Kitchen is formed by recreating the private and domestic space of a kitchen to a public space. The kitchen table is a platform for exploring variations in sound behaviour of experimental noise from kitchen tools as the motherboard. She seeks to reposition the kitchen tool by exploring its displacement and functionality using electronic and manual manipulation with music hardware to investigate the movement and sensory behaviour of sonic power by dismantling the tools of the modernized kitchen inventory. Juliana seeks to negotiate a woman’s place in art institutions and to value a woman’s place in society inclusive of trans women, genderqueer women, and nonbinary people in this discourse. Her research is linked to how geographic places are experienced, emphasizing a feminist materialist politic of connection in a posthuman world.

     

    Dr. Juliana España Keller takes a lead in producing multi/trans/interdisciplinary works to a listening public addressing all bodies as forms of noise and disruption in the way in which language and communication is made noisy. Her critical writing has been published in the Journal of Feminist New Materialisms, Switzerland, and her “Public Kitchen” works have been exhibited in exhibition spaces across the globe and in public venues in Melbourne and Hobart. She completed her practice led PhD doctoral research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in October 2019.

     

     

    THURS 26 MARCH, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Meaningful wandering

    Renee Ugazio

     

    This lecture will introduce Renée Ugazio’s practice led research as she navigates the potentials and perils of mobilising jewellery practice. Jewellery is often thought of as a practice fixed to a specific location - the jeweller’s bench, relegated to the studio. In this lecture Renée will discuss how through exploring jewellery beyond the bench and off the body the hidden potential of practice might be revealed.

     

    Renée Ugazio is a Melbourne based visual artist and scholar who works between craft and spatial practice. Renée’s inter- disciplinary research is conducted across craft history, art and architectural theory. This manifests in practice through a redefinition of jewellery as a set of actions, intentions and traces freed from the manufacture of objects. By doing this Renée’s practice is reimagined and deployed into alternate sites and situations to explore temporality, experience and material engagement. Renée’s interests lie in how the actions and traces of her craft ‘out of context’ might generate a renewed and attentive experience of place. To amplify this Renée’s work exploits techniques from jewellery, photography, print, performance and broader spatial practices.

    Renée has participated in numerous exhibitions in artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and public venues across Australia. She has also exhibited internationally in America, Europe, and Taiwan. However, Renée also exploits opportunities to undertake unauthorised projects in public space all over the world. Renée Ugazio hold a PhD from RMIT University and is currently a lecturer at RMIT University and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

     

     

    THURS 2 APRIL, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Observations from a Distance

    Karin Johansson

     

    The main focus of my seminar will be on my own artistic work and its development, preferably last year's projects and issues. If possible I would also like to include experience and impressions from my residency time in Dunedin.

     

    Curiosity as a driving force, and the power of imagination. Abstractions of places and memories.

    In a constant dialogue with ideas, body and materials. To let go, follow and trust.

    See limitations as an asset, not an obstacle. Follow gravity, look for balance.

    Observe rather than analyze.

    On a journey, in the middle of something.

     

    Karin Johansson, born 1964, lives and works in Gothenburg. She attended HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, where she earned her MFA degree in 1994. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows in many international galleries and locations, such as Ornamentum Gallery (Hudson/NY), Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen), Hannah Gallery (Barcelona), OONA Galerie (Berlin) and Atelier Lachaert d`Hanis (Tielrode), and has also participated in numerous group shows. Her work is features in several private and public collections. She is the recipient of a number of major grants and awards, among them the five-year working grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, which she has received twice. She is one of the founding members of Hnoss Gallery/Initiative in Gothenburg, and was between 2007-2019 Professor of Jewellery Art at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University.

     

     

    THURS 9 APRIL, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

    Migrant Objects, Material Intelligences and Conditions of Space

    Michael Greaves

     

    The space that painting composes is both a space available for tangible looking and a projection of space that is emerging. It is a kind of space somewhat arranged outside of our conditions of meaning. Taken in isolation, the painted mark relates more to an abstract letterform, occurring on a plane and of that plane simultaneously. During 2019, I worked with an Iranian calligrapher on a project that considered the ways in which the space around calligraphy and its context is essential to the way in which the text is received. This contextual arrangement also occurs frequently in painting, and it is the confluence of these ideas that has become interesting to me in thinking about the nature of painting, and its operations. Beginning from a doodle on a yellow gumboot, my seminar will traverse some of the making questions that have occupied my thoughts in the making of the work associated with the publication from this collaboration, as well as the ways in which this work has now positioned me in thinking about the validity of making paintings that sidestep direct meaning in today’s saturated and didactic image world.

     

    Michael Greaves is a Senior Lecturer in Painting at the Dunedin School of Art. Born in Dunedin he holds an MFA (with distinction) in Painting from the DSA (2017), and a BA in Art History & Theory from the University of Otago. He has a growing exhibition record with work included in two recent shows in Berlin. His research and art are driven by the seemingly contradictory worlds of the maker, the object and the thing. His paintings combine the visual fact and the imaginary proposal of painting in a way that identifies a slippage in our visual sensations.

  • Artist accepted for Vermont residency (February 12 2020)

    Dunedin artist Arati Kushwaha can’t wait to take up a prestigious month-long residency in the United States in March. 

    She has been accepted for the 2020 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, United States.  

    “I am super-excited by this opportunity to familiarise myself with the US art scene and cultural environment and meeting so many artists and writers.” 

    As well as having her accommodation, meals and travel expenses covered (CHECK) thanks to the generous support of the Jan Warburton Charitable Trust, Kushwaha will have be joined by more than 50 artists and writers from the United States and around the world and attend a range of lectures. 

    The March 1 to March 27 residency and ends March 27, 2020.  

    Arati, who was born in Maharashtra, India, completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Art at Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin School of Art in 2015, then returned to complete a Master of Visual Art (2018), majoring in sculpture. 

    Last year, she was accepted as the 2019 Artist in Residence with KulturKontakt Austria. She beat 800 international applicants for the prestigious three-month placement. 

    “I think any residency works well if there is some active collaboration, that the artist feels something has happened or changed, knowledge is gained. Place and people, too, have a certain impact,” Arati says.  

    “More importantly, the Vermont Studio Centre residency will give me time and space to develop my artistic practice.  I contextualize my practice by looking around at current exhibitions. Researching artist works will inform my research strategies and group show participation will enable my work to stand in contrast with others.” 

    On finishing the residency, Arati will return to Dunedin, where she will continue to focus on gender equity and education. 

    “Gender, identity, sexuality, femininity, self-induced abortion and destruction have been persistent themes throughout my life.  

    “Collectively, in all human societies, women’s sexuality has often been portrayed as something scary, weird, threatening and terrifyingly abject, more monster than human.”  

    Read more about our art programmes 

  • Call for Papers Scope Art & Design 2020 - Animals at the Edge (February 12 2020)

    This special issue of Scope Art & Design responds to the theme - Animals at the Edge which seeks to examine some of the complicated ideas surrounding both the production of animal imagery within postmodern art practices and contemporary understandings of working with animals. We invite contributions that examine the conditions of ethical responsibility, representations of animals, and anthropomorphism and why it is more important than ever to think with animals. What does the term thinking with animals mean in relation to factory farming, the anthropomorphism of Disney, the curation of animal collections in museums and galleries  and conservation efforts to save local indigenous species, climate crisis, habitat loss and extinction rates?  Contact Michele Beevors <Michele.Beevors@op.ac.nz> the issue editor for more information. Contributions must be recieved by 30 April 2020. Guidelines for contributors can be found here  https://www.thescopes.org/contributors

  • Call for papers: Scope (Workbased Learning) (February 11 2020)

    We invite submissions for Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Workbased Learning), a new title and a peer-reviewed publication of Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Chief editor: Dr Jo Kirkwood

    Editorial team: Dr Martin Benedict Andrew, Dr Malcolm Macpherson, Dr Henk Roodt

    The editors of the 2020 issue of Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Workbased Learning encourage and will favour contributions that reflect the themes of:

    • Innovation/creativity in professional practice; and
    • Professional practice in the age of disruption. 

    Closing date for submissions: April 30 2020

    For submissions and more information contact Jo Kirkwood or Beth Stephenson (editorial assistant) at postgrad@capablenz.co.nz

    FORMATS
    Formats include: articles; essays; original research; practice and project reviews, book reviews and other formats specific to relevant issues. The maximum word length for feature articles is 4,000 words, with other formats at a shorter length. Please ask editors for more guidance on word limits for your submission.

    SUBMISSIONS
    Submissions should be sent in hardcopy and electronic format by 30 April for review and potential inclusion in the annual issue to the editors of each issue. Please consult the information for contributors below and the hardcopy or online versions of the previous issues for examples. Peer review feedback will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval subject to the timeline for print production. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the editors. Opinions published are those of the authors and not necessarily subscribed to by the editors, or the institution.

    INFORMATION FOR CONTRIBUTORS
    Submissions should engage with contemporary practices in ways which may contribute to critical debate and new understandings. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the APA 7th edition referencing style are expected (Chicago endnotes referencing style for Art & Design). For more information, please refer to the APA Manual of Style; and consult previous issues for examples. 

    A short biography of no more than 50 words; as well as title; details concerning institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number) should be provided on a cover sheet, with all such information withheld from the body of the submission.

    IMAGES
    For final print publication purposes images should be sent as separate tif of jpg, with resolution equivalent to at least 300 dpi, by email or electronic transfer. Indicate in the article the approximate placement of images with <<figure 1>> Maximum image print area is 130mm wide x 180mm deep All image files should be labelled with the author’s name and numbered in the order in which the images appear in the document e.g. “smith1.tif”. “smith2.tif” etc. The author should supply a list of full captions. All images must be accompanied by reproduction permission.

    Provision of high resolution images is a prerequisite for images to be considered for possible publication. Publication of images is at the editors' discretion depending on availability of space and budget considerations. Image quality is also taken into consideration when making these decisions. Copies of written copyright permissions should also be included with all images for work that is not the author's.

    ABOUT US
    For peer review and editorial advice and comment, the editors of each journal rely on a range of appropriate reviewers, but in the first instance on members of their Editorial Boards. 

    For further information please see the colophon for each separate issue. www.thescopes.org

    AUTHOR CHECKLIST FOR SUBMISSIONS

    • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
    • Supply all author details, including institution, current address and contact email on a separate file
    • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) and the submission file is saved as a .doc or .docx file.
    • Brief author bio including institutional affiliation
    • Indicate the nominated, submitting, contact author by including their present address
    • Indicate the type of article (e.g. Article, Case Study)
    • Quoted material is used with written permission and clearly identified in the manuscript
    • Use the APA 7th ed. style of referencing, with endnotes (Chicago endnotes for Art & Design) please check with editor for preferred referencing style. Please see previous issues for examples.
    • Numeric data are given in SI units
    • Prepared tables, figures and their captions- all illustrations, figures, and tables placeholders are within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
    • Images are provided as .tif, .jpg or .eps files and are at least 300dpi.  Image files are labelled with the contributor's name and number in the order which they should appear (ex: smith1, smith2) and sent as individual attachments.
    • Written reproduction permission has been obtained for all images. A supporting page of information detailing authorship, full title, origin and permission for all images is supplied.
  • Public Seminar: Nicolas Cheng and Beatrice Brovia - Artists in Residence (February 11 2020)

    THURS 27 FEB, 12.00 – 1.00 PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST, DUNEDIN

     

    Material Fabulations by Nicolas Cheng and Beatrice Brovia

     

    Conversation Piece, a collaborative practice initiated in 2011 by Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng, is a hands-on study on interconnectedness and interdependency: a reflection on making together with/through conversation, misunderstanding and friction, and a dialogic space where the notion of self-reliance is challenged. This talk will focus on questions and ideas that have become central to our collaborative practice. From the notion of anthropogenic sublime, to understanding complex material flows and how an extractive logic has profoundly shaped our world, the talk is an ongoing reflection on the intimate, enfolding boundaries that connect materials, objects and people.

     

    Beatrice Brovia (IT/SE) and Nicolas Cheng (HK/SE) are jewellery artists, researchers and cross-disciplinary makers based in Stockholm, Sweden. Beatrice received a BSc in Interior Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, and a MFA in Jewellery and Corpus from Konstfack in 2009; since 2013 she has been working as lecturer with focus on jewellery at Ädellab, Konstfack, where she currently is serving as head of the Bachelor Program. Nicolas graduated with a BA from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006, and shortly after he was artist in residence at Fabrica Research Centre of Benetton Group in Treviso, Italy. In 2010, he earned his MFA in Jewellery and Corpus from Konstfack. In 2019, he obtained his PhD from the University of Gothenburg.

     

    Read more about Beatrice and Nicolas on the Artist in Residence page.

  • Sport, Exercise and Health staff walk the talk (February 10 2020)

    More than 15 staff from Otago Polytechnic’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health have jumped at the chance to compete at this year’s Masters Games. 

    “Many of our staff members have backgrounds of competing in sporting disciplines at a high level and, if not, they enjoy exercise and living healthy, active lifestyles,” says Hayden Croft, Head of Sport, Exercise and Health, Otago Polytechnic. 

    “Therefore, when the idea of participating in the Masters Games was raised, everybody was keen. 

    “We have treated the Masters Games as a workplace wellbeing initiative, similar to what we educate our students about. 

    “It’s about walking the talk, so to speak,” Hayden says. 

    "We really want to be role models to our students, and the wider community, around healthy active lifestyles."

    Recent highlights have included former elite athletes such as Brendon Timmins (rugby), Jo Morrison (nee Steed-netball), and Markham Brown-basketball) getting back on court.

    Hayden says it was also heartening to see new staff members, including Phil Handcock (ice hockey) and Codi Ramsey (running), continuing their involvement in sports they are passionate about.  

    “There are also a number of staff, including myself, who are just happy to be participating, even if we are not medal winners."   

    Read more about our Sport, Exercise and Health programmes 

  • Junctures call for papers 2020 theme Water (February 7 2020)

    Call for papers Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue 2020, issue 21 : water
    Expressions of interest open now. Final deadline for papers: 30 April, 2020 Editors: junctures@op.ac.nz

    Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement
    marc.doesburg@op.ac.nz
    Ron Bull, Tumuaki Whakaako
    ron.bull@op.ac.nz

    Online journal at junctures.org

    Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue invites submissions on the theme “water.”
    Water is more than a precious commodity that requires careful management to maintain its quality, quantity and accessibility. We are all charged with its preservation and protection for the benefit and survival of ourselves and all living beings we share this planet with. The world’s freshwater resources are increasingly the subject of conflict between parties with vested interests and those advocating for biodiversity and protection of shrinking habitats.


    Water is core to life and has deep-time cultural and spiritual values. In 2017, Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River catchment, was recognised in New Zealand law as a living being possessing all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.
    E rere kau mai te Awa nui, Mai i te Kāhui Maunga ki Tangaroa, Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au. (The Great River flows, From the Mountains to the Sea, I am the River and the River is me.) - Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui. In the same year the Uttarakhand High Court in India ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, sacred in the Hindu religion, have the same legal rights as a person.


    Lowered standards in catchment management for short-term gains increasingly exacerbate scarcity of potable water. Statistics from World Water Week, 2019, illustrate the extent of this: just four countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goals for everyone to have access to sanitation and safe drinking water by 2030; 845 million people still need access to drinking water to meet 2030 UN goals; 2 billion people lack drinkable water at home. In addition, climate change, attributed to global warming, is intensifying flooding in low-lying areas and triggering mass migrations as people lose their homes to the rivers or the rising seas.


    Junctures invites submissions from authors on the impacts of land use and resource consumption on water quality, and on various forms of stewardship and kaitiakitanga for our waters, both fresh and marine, now and in the future, whether from the hard sciences, humanities, visual, social sciences, law, education or medicine. Junctures encourages discussion across boundaries, whether these are disciplinary, geographic, cultural, social or economic. This allows us to highlight the resonances and disturbances of dialogue. With New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Junctures seeks to address the matters which concern us all as we negotiate the contemporary environment. We accept commentaries and interventions that sit outside academia

    Image credit: "arbyreed", used under Creative Commons licence Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  • Call for Papers: Scope (Learning and Teaching) (February 4 2020)

    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Learning and Teaching)  – hereafter Scope (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 a wider international community.

    The 2020 issue (#9) has an open theme; we are particularly interested in pieces which deal to the challenges, concepts and critical thinking around programmes, people and pedagogy that inform contemporary understandings of Learning and Teaching.

    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 Chief Editor: Oonagh McGirr c/o Su Bolland, Editorial Assistant by 30 June 2020.

    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 2020
    • 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

    Text

    • 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.

    Images

    • 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 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”.

     

  • Exhibition: Angela Fisk - Purposed Peculiarities (January 31 2020)

    Angela Fisk

    Purposed Peculiarities: Ceramics, value and identity.

     

    EXHIBITION DATES: 2-5 March, 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Tuesday March 3rd, 5pm – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

  • Exhibition: Get Staffed! (again), 10 - 21 February, 2020 (January 31 2020)

    Dunedin School of Art Staff Exhibition 2020 

    Get Staffed! (again)

     

    EXHIBITION DATES: 10 - 21 February, 2020

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

     

  • Vet Nursing degree a South Island first (January 30 2020)

     

    For the first time, students can obtain a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing while being based in the South Island, thanks to a partnership between Otago Polytechnic and the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT).

    This means students who have completed a New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) will be able to extend their study to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing with the support of Otago Polytechnic staff and resources. While the programme will be delivered by Otago Polytechnic and EIT staff working collaboratively, students will graduate with an EIT degree.

    The programme – the third year and final year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing – will be delivered online with block courses in both the North and the South Islands. The block courses will be offered in Napier in the North, and Dunedin in the South, subject to sufficient numbers of students.

    “We’re delighted to partner with EIT to provide more options for South Islanders, and for all previous graduates of Otago Polytechnic who wish to continue their relationship with us as they complete their veterinary nursing degree,” says Francesca Brown, Head of Programmes at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing.

  • Artist in Residence: Karin Johansson | 5 February – 10 April 2020 (January 28 2020)

     

    We will welcome our first 2020 Dunedin School of Art, Artist in Residence on the 5th of February.

    Contemporary jeweller, Karin Johansson is one of the founding members of Hnoss Gallery/Initiative in Gothenburg, and was between 2007-2019 Professor of Jewellery Art at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University, Sweden. 

    Karin Johansson is visiting on a Dunedin School of Art Residency. This autonomous residency supports artists contributing to the Dunedin School of Art’s wider community and receives a funding contribution from the Fred Staub Open Art Fund. 

     

  • Ceramics Exhibition: Debbie Fleming - Heavy Luggage (January 23 2020)

    Debbie Fleming 

    Heavy Luggage

     

    EXHIBITION DATES: 24 - 27 February 2020

    EXHIBITION OPENING: Monday 24 February, 5 – 7pm

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

    GALLERY HOURS: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

  • 2020 plinth artwork: ‘Four Daves’ (January 23 2020)

    Every year the Otago Polytechnic showcases student artwork on the plinths in the quad between The Hub and Manaaki. This provides graduates from the Dunedin School of Art with the opportunity to showcase their work in a public setting.

    This year the work of Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate Richard Budd, Four Daves, will be showcased.

    Dave is a character created by Richard to encourage people to think about cultural norms around masculinity.

    “Characters from shows such as He-Man, Conan, Dumb and Dumber, Smokey and the Bandits and many more encouraged the formation of masculinity and what was expected of boys as they became men. However, none of these gave images of men showing sympathy, vulnerability or emotional intelligence,” Richard says. “Dave draws from 80s and 90s television ideals of masculinity to recreate and break down the lofty concepts of the ‘perfect’ man and associated stereotypes, where boys are branded as already formed men. Dave is shaped to emulate men while standing at the height of a child, which is the age where boys are indoctrinated into masculine culture. The work examines these ill-fitting stereotypes and their inability to be entirely blank.”

    Dave was part of the SITE 2019 graduating students' exhibition. New, weather-proof iterations of Dave are being created for the plinths. Richard said he took inspiration from the polytechnic when choosing the materials.

    “The Polytech began and still is, a place for people to get started in a trade or various other hands-on skills. From as far back as 1895 skills such as cookery, Chemistry, Typewriting and dressmaking [were taught], however these skills, while important and useful, do not lend well to materials that are suited to long periods of outdoor exposure. So instead I will focus primarily on the trade aspects of what the Otago Polytechnic has to offer.”

    The new iterations of Dave will be crafted from concrete, wood, metal and fibreglass, and will be installed in late February.

    Find out more about the Daves.

  • Train the Trainer learners from Chile (January 22 2020)

    The Central Campus has recently hosted 4 ‘Train the Trainer’ learners from Chile. 

    The learners were teachers from Agriculture Schools in Chile. They were here to learn about Otago Polytechnic’s teaching practices, the NQF, understanding how we integrate Latin American students into the Central Campus and how we manage them in the workplace with paid internships. 

    The group were leaders from their respective schools, and came from schools near to Santiago in the middle of Chile, to Orsono in the South. 

    The teachers began their programme at the same time as the summer school Latin American students (32), starting on the 25th November. During the 4 week programme, the teachers were involved in a range of activities to experience what life is like for an international student beginning with the Central Campus, this included:

    • English with the Latin students
    • Field trips to high tech rural properties from organic vineyards to high country merino wool farming
    • Experiencing robotic milking,
    • Attending a Mihi,
    • Going to the local primary school for an English class for the Latin students with the year 3 students (they were buddied up and had to speak English with the children)
    • Participating in a Tech and sustainability programme
    • Visiting the interns in the workplace
    • Experiencing what it is like to be an international student at Otago Polytechnic
    • Participating in an English in the catering kitchens
    • Learning about New Zealand’s education system and in particular the NQF. 

    Overall the teachers were overwhelmed with their experience in Otago. It was a very emotional time for them when they left! A highlight was living in a homestay with our staff. The feedback from the teachers was outstanding, and certainly shows us that there is large potential for growth in the train the trainer area.

  • Introducing: Federico Freschi - Head of the College of Art, Design and Architecture (January 22 2020)

    We warmly welcome Federico Freschi as newly appointed Head of College of Art, Design and Architecture, at Otago Polytechnic. Federico moved from Johannesburg last year and has been settling into the new role. Find out what his first impressions and goals for the College are in the Q&A below.

    Q: What are your impressions of OP so far?
    A: Otago Polytechnic has been very open and welcoming. To come into a mihi whakatau was quite moving actually. People have been very helpful, supportive … and apologetic about the weather!

    I’ve been getting to know the people in the programmes, and I’m very impressed with the quality of work that students are doing. It’s really excellent, and that’s a testament to the staff. There’s a real understanding of the importance of instilling a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the students’ work.

    Coming from Johannesburg where there are six million people and it takes at least 40 minutes to get anywhere, Dunedin is a small place – but it punches above its weight. In particular, it has a commitment to and interest in arts and culture that makes it feel a lot bigger than it is.

     

    Q: What attracted you to the role?
    A: The College consists of the Dunedin School of Art, the School of Design (which includes Architecture and the Food Design Institute) and the Business School. Having the Business School included in the College is one of the things that attracted me to the job. There’s a lot of interest in business schools around the world in design thinking and how you apply it to a business environment. Design and creative disciplines are fundamentally about the human experience – thinking through concepts and iterations to come up with a working solution – and those skills are increasingly understood as necessary in the business world.

    I could have stayed in my previous role for another decade or so and then retired, but I wanted to fundamentally challenge myself. There’s a real opportunity to create something new and interesting through the College. I would like to build on the substantial strengths of this institution and its programmes.

    Alongside that, I was attracted to New Zealand because the social and political issues in South Africa are intense. I’ve always been very committed to being part of the solution, but the society is increasingly under pressure. There are so many seemingly intractable social, political and economic problems, and you start to question your own ability to resolve any of them.

     

    Q: What challenges will you face as you establish a new College?
    A: In my previous environment I was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, and it was always a big challenge to try and break through the silos of the various disciplines. So, I hope to find ways for colleagues here to talk to one another.

    The Heads of Schools and I are the Leadership Team for the College, but I’m also establishing a College Advisory Team which will include team and programme leaders. The aim of this is to enable colleagues to talk to each other across their individual disciplines and to find possibilities for productive collaboration. We are also having a college-wide conversation in December – bringing everyone into one room where we will discuss strategic imperatives and what we want to achieve.

    We also need to respond proactively to the reforms. That requires immediate thinking about the vocational programmes, how responsive they are, how they’re meeting the needs of industry sectors, and how we can harness our considerable strengths to come up with future-fit solutions.

     

    Q: What opportunities can you see in your role?
    A: Technologies such as VR and robotics are changing tertiary education as we know it, and we want to stay ahead of that curve – while retaining and leveraging the essentially human attributes of creativity and critical thinking. Dunedin’s now got a strategic drive to be a centre of digital excellence, so there are enormous opportunities.

    We are training students for the so-called fourth industrial revolution, preparing them critically for that world, and preparing them to be global citizens. In the context of global geo-politics, climate change, patterns of migration and questions of national identity, young people need to be encouraged to engage in ways that are critical and informed.

    The fact that it is the Dunedin School of Art’s 150th anniversary next year is an enormously important opportunity for OP and the city to make visible the importance of the creative disciplines and the role they have played – and continue to play – in shaping the city.

     

    Q: What’s your educational background?
    A: My undergraduate qualification was a fine arts degree majoring in photography and print making. I then did a PhD in art history, looking at the political iconography of public buildings, what I call ‘the politics of ornament’. My current research is looking at the construction of the canon of modern art, how certain types of artworks and artists get canonised in every generation, and the role of the art market in this.

     

    Q: Did you bring anyone to New Zealand with you?
    A: I moved here with my partner Neil and our three cats – Claude (a red point Siamese), Mistress Mao (a black Oriental) and Nonsense (an Abyssinian-cross tabby). Getting the cats here was a very expensive, six-month process, but we weren’t going to leave them behind!

  • Water: Call for papers (December 19 2019)

    Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue invites submissions on the theme “water.” Water is more than a precious commodity that requires careful management to maintain its quality, quantity and accessibility. We are all charged with its preservation and protection for the benefit and survival of ourselves and all living beings we share this planet with. The world’s freshwater resources are increasingly the subject of conflict between parties with vested interests and those advocating for biodiversity and protection of shrinking habitats.

    Water is the core to life and has deep-time cultural and spiritual values. In 2017, Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River catchment, was recognised in New Zealand law as a living being possessing all the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person.

    E rere kau mai te Awa nui, Mai i te Kāhui Maunga ki Tangaroa, Ko au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au. (The Great River flows, From the Mountains to the Sea, I am the River and the River is me.) - Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui

    In the same year the Uttarakhand High Court in India ruled that the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, sacred in the Hindu religion, have the same legal rights as a person.

    Lowered standards in catchment management for short-term gains increasingly exacerbate scarcity of potable water. Statistics from World Water Week, 2019, illustrate the extent of this: just four countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goals for everyone to have access to sanitation and safe drinking water by 2030; 845 million people still need access to drinking water to meet 2030 UN goals; 2 billion people lack drinkable water at home. In addition, climate change, attributed to global warming, is intensifying flooding in low-lying areas and triggering mass migrations as people lose their homes to the rivers or the rising seas.

    Junctures invites submissions from authors on the impacts of land use and resource consumption on water quality, and on various forms of stewardship and kaitiakitanga for our waters, both fresh and marine, now and in the future, whether from the hard sciences, humanities, visual, social sciences, law, education or medicine. Junctures encourages discussion across boundaries, whether these are disciplinary, geographic, cultural, social or economic. This allows us to highlight the resonances and disturbances of dialogue. With New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Junctures seeks to address the matters which concern us all as we negotiate the contemporary environment. We accept commentaries and interventions that sit outside academia.

    Call for Papers: Junctures: The Journal of Thematic Dialogue.

    Expressions of interest open now.

    Final deadline for papers: 30 April, 2020

    Word limit: 4000 words feature articles, please also enquire about our other formats.


    Editors: junctures@op.ac.nz
    Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement
    Ron Bull, Tumuaki Whakaako 
    Online journal at junctures.org

     

    Image credit: "arbyreed", used under Creative Commons licence Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

  • Partnerships improving outcomes: Call for Papers (February 13 2020)

    CALL FOR PAPERS EXTENDED

    Ngā mihi nui ki ā tātou hoamahi!

    Greetings to all our ITP colleagues and associates!

    We invite you to submit an abstract for the next national ITP Research Symposium, Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 April 2020, at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology's  Mokoia campus in Rotorua.

    Conference theme: “Kotahitanga: He mahingā tahi – working in partnership to improve outcomes for learners and communities”

    The conference theme encompasses the many, varied and mutually beneficial partnerships that exist between ITPs and our stakeholders and partners that lead to improved outcomes for learners and hāpori (communities), including those yet to be realised with the establishment of NZIST.  

    The conference subthemes are:

    • Co-creating research outcomes with hapu, iwi and hāpori
    • Adaptive systems for enhanced industry and learner outcomes (e.g. employability, internships and work-based learning)
    • Embracing disequilibrium (e.g. innovative models and contributions to our future organisation and partnerships, including alternative ways of measuring learner success)

    Please submit a 250 word abstract and bio by 19 February 2020 for any of the options below that reflect the conference theme and any of the conference strands.

    Decisions on proposals will be returned by 27 February 2020.

    To submit an abstract for this symposium, please fill in the online form here

    Your abstract will be assessed against the following criteria:

    • Relevance to the conference theme or one of the sub-themes
    • Collaboration/partnership with others demonstrated
    • Applied research that demonstrates valued outcomes to stakeholders

    PRESENTATION OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES

    • Presentation: A 20 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of question and discussion time. As a guideline, please think about “telling the story” of some aspect of your research, or offering a brief overview of a completed project. Identifying transferable features or strategies will be especially useful for our audience. We welcome people to bring their research partners to co-present with them.
    • Student project snapshots. A 10 minute presentation as part of a rolling group session, for Masters and PhD candidates, especially new presenters, to offer a brief overview of some aspect of their study relevant to the conference themes.
    • Workshop: A 60 minute interactive workshop on practical research topics or tools. This session could be used to introduce a new resource or software, demonstrate an interview technique or develop a collaborative project.
    • Poster: These should be A1; either portrait or landscape style. There will be provision in the programme for a session when delegates can view these and discuss the contents with the authors. Another good opportunity to showcase research completed for higher qualifications.
    • Exhibits: Individual or small collections of creative research outputs. There will be provision in the programme for sessions when delegates can view these and discuss the work with the artists.

    REFEREED PROCEEDINGS (Online)

    Papers of approximately 3000 words (excluding references) can be submitted in support of any of the above presentation formats. These are due 8th May, 2020; Author guidelines will be available in early 2020.

    Papers will be peer-reviewed, and reviewers’ recommendations will be returned by end of May, 2020. Publication will likely be the end of June, 2020.

    If you would like further information about the refereed proceedings, please contact Cath Fraser.

     

  • REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN Symposium: Mapping the Anthropocene in ¯Otepoti/Dunedin (August 25 2020)

    Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti/Dunedin: climate change, community and research in the creative arts

    SYMPOSIUM: Saturday 26 September – Sunday 27 September 2020
    EXHIBITION: 28 September  ̶̶  2 October 2020 
    EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday 26 September, 4.30  ̶̶  6.30PM ALL WELCOME 
    WHERE: Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic | Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Riego Street, Dunedin Ōtepoti
    HOW: Symposium registrations now open https://artsymposium.op.ac.nz/

    The Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti /Dunedin symposium brings together mana whenua, artists, designers and architects, scientists and speakers from the environmental humanities to present a picture of where we are as we learn to live with and act in the changing environment some call the Anthropocene. The term refers to the human-induced changes to our world’s systems. The hui is nested within an exhibition at the Dunedin School of Art, Te Maru Pūmanawa | College of Creative Practice and Enterprise. The hui also reflects Dunedin School of Art’s 150th anniversary and its role within the cultural life of Ōtepoti /Dunedin.    

    Today’s world is troubling and confusing. Together we are entangled in an increasingly complex world that challenges our knowledge and our feelings. Artworks can help us to negotiate this complexity as they offer an alternative space to contemplate the global and the local, the self and the wider, collective world shared by human and non-human alike that is so increasingly affected by our actions.   

    The hui takes place over Saturday and Sunday, with a celebration of the exhibitions on Saturday evening. 

    The programme is offered on-line and on-site and our information will be updated as COVID-19 Levels and scenarios change. Bookings are essential.

    For further information please contact Bridie Lonie (Head of School, Dunedin School of Art) or Pam McKinlay (Symposium Liaison) or 027 473 9127, artsymposium@op.ac.nz

    Please see website at link for keynote speakers and programme.
    Full programme or presentations will be updated online shortly. 

    REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN ONLINE

    This conference is presented by the Dunedin School of Art and Te Maru Pūmanawa | College of Creative Practice and Enterprise in association with the 150th anniversary of the Dunedin School of Art and its roles in the histories of the wider creative arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

     

    (image: NASA satellite photo of Otago Peninsula and Otago Harbour.)

     

  • New partnership to combat skills shortage in tech industries (December 18 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic and Auckland-based education provider Mission Ready HQ have joined forces to bring short, innovative, tech career study programmes to a wider audience, in a bid to help address the growing skills shortage in the tech industry.

    Branded as Tech Career Accelerators, the 14-week programmes have been designed industry professionals as a way to fast-track people into tech careers.

    “Studying for three years before getting into a tech job won’t address the skills gap,” says Mission Ready HQ Director, Diana Sharma. “To keep New Zealand’s tech industry competitive on the international stage, we’re providing a smarter pathway to develop our tech workforce for the future, now.”

    Students of the programmes work directly with tech employers including Spark, Centrality, Fusion Networks, Crunch and Vyne Digital. They gain experience, industry connections, networking and referrals – and, most importantly, a career launching pad.

    While the programmes are delivered by Mission Ready HQ, Otago Polytechnic is coming on board as an academic partner through its NZQA-approved micro-credentialing service, EduBits.

    “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Mission Ready HQ to bring these exciting, highly-effective programmes to a wider audience,” says Otago Polytechnic’s Director: Employability, Andy Kilsby.

    Otago Polytechnic is seeking NZQA-accreditation for these programmes so that graduates can receive a nationally-recognised qualification. The NZQA awards it is applying for are a Certificate in Technology Product Development, a Certificate in Digital Technology Product Solutions, and a Certificate in Applied Digital Technology Product Solutions.

    The programmes would still be delivered by Mission Ready HQ, but accredited through EduBits.

    “EduBits’ micro-credentials are designed to recognise industry-led programmes that provide relevant, work-ready skills – making it the perfect fit for our Tech Career Accelerators,” says Diana Sharma.

  • New artwork at Te P¯a Tauira entrance by Scott Eady (December 10 2019)

    A new sculpture graces the entranceway to Te P¯a Tauira (The Student Village). 

    Created by Scott Eady, Senior Lecturer (College of Art, Design and Architecture), the artwork, Matou Ahau (We Me), represents the learner journey that is at once both individual and part of a community. 

    Scott says the artwork went through a lengthy development process.

    “Thinking about one’s practice as being formed and informed by others. I made a drawing where the words ME and WE were repeated hundreds of times,” he says.

    “On top of the entrance bulkhead the words NAU MAI HAERE MAI will illuminate from pounamu green coloured neon which at night time will illuminate the stainless steel forms.

    “The pairing of M¯aori with English words an honouring of Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural Treaty of Waitangi partnership. The use of these words came from a discussion with Simon Kaan.

    “Also present in the work is the notion of education as a journey – "ara honohono" – the concept presented by Otakou Runaka representative Tahu Potiki in consultation with Professor Emeritus Khyla Russell.

    “As people pass between the words either entering or exiting Te Pa Tauira, an image of self is reflected for just a moment on both the words ME and WE simultaneously.

    "At Otago Polytechnic students and staff are on both an individual learning journey and part of a greater learning community.”

    Edward Ellison, Philip Cullen, Scott Eady and Bridie Lonie spoke at the event. The artwork was sponsored by Otago Polytechnic, Naylor Love and Logic Group. 

  • Portage Ceramic Awards - Merit for Kylie Matheson (December 10 2019)

    Congratulations to Kylie Matheson - Merit Award in the 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards.

    Congratulations to all the other finalists and also to Blue Black who also received a Merit Award. See the link for the 19 finalists, whose work appears in the exhibition. https://www.teuru.org.nz/…/cal…/portage-ceramic-awards-2019/

    The Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition offers an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in New Zealand. Established in 2001, the awards are the country’s best-known showcase of current directions in the field, as well as future possibilities.

  • Student Design Awards Winner: Fashion & Textiles Section of the ECC (December 10 2019)

    Congratulations to Susan Richardson, Graduate Diploma - Textiles who won the Fashion & Textiles Section of the ECC Student Design Awards in Wellington.

    (image: Susan Richardson, Molyneux Rediscovered, 2019, embroidered found object in response to lichen and the industrial past of Port Molyneux)

    Congratulations also to Hope Duncan who received a Highly Commended Award for Careful Where you Tread, a hand-tufted woollen rug.

    The top designs were shortlisted from entries received from tertiary students throughout New Zealand, in the annual edition of this design competition run by The Friends of the Dowse, People’s Choice Award.

    Since 1986 The Friends of The Dowse have offered their support to New Zealand tertiary students through an Award scheme designed to encourage innovation and creativity specifically in the areas of design and craft. The annual ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards are open to all students who are currently enrolled to study in 2019 or who have completed their studies in 2018. 

  • SITE 2019 / Dunedin School of Art Final Year Students' Exhibition (December 9 2019)

    SITE 2019 / Dunedin School of Art Final Year Exhibition 

    Each year, Dunedin School of Art opens its doors to the public to showcase works by our emerging artists. An unmissable contemporary art experience, at SITE you can converse with the artists, purchase an original work of art, or just admire the collection of paintings, prints, photography, jewellery, electronic arts, ceramics and sculptures on display.

     

    We invite you to click on the link to see the flickr gallery from this year's exhibition

    which was held 23-28 NOV, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN.

     

    (image: Elaine Mitchell)

  • No lounging around for Product Design students (December 6 2019)

    Developing furniture for a range of purposes, Otago Polytechnic Product Design students have been working closely with local company Otago Furniture, which has been designing and manufacturing high-quality products in Dunedin since 1868.

    Otago Polytechnic’s recent end-of year Student Showcase included a range of examples of  Product Design students’ focus on both the client and the end-user – or, in the case of chairs and couches, one might say the user’s end.

    Recently, that client has comprised Otago Furniture.

    A company with a rich history, Otago Furniture has successfully navigated more than 150 years of change, constantly evolving and adapting to meet the needs of its customers and society. It currently employs 24 expert craftspeople, and utilises state-of-the-art equipment.

    Product Design Lecturer Tim Armstrong says Otago Polytechnic’s programme enables students to gain a deep understanding of what is involved in identifying new product opportunities within a company.

    “The students develop concepts to address these opportunities, and communicate their process clearly and professionally to their client.

    “They learn about what it takes to develop and manufacture products in New Zealand, and the opportunities and considerations this presents. They design and prototype compelling products within these boundaries.

    “They also keep a record of the time spent in each phase, considering hourly work rates, invoicing and other elements of professional practice.”

    Getting the elderly outdoors

    Ruth Venediger has designed a chair with the specific intent of encouraging elderly people to spend more time outside.

    “Users are taken through a custom-fitting process to personalise aspects of ergonomics and comfort specific to their needs,” Ruth says.

    “It utilises computer-controlled manufacturing processes, and is designed to maximise material efficiencies and produce minimal waste.”

    An Ottoman for the younger set . . .

    Brianna Markham has designed a piece of furniture to be used by primary school children.

    “The form and functional aspects of my design – the Oval Ottoman – consider social activities, storage for materials and resources, and ease of movement and re-configuration,” she explains.

    “The current educational trend of flexible learning spaces underpins the design direction, in that the new furniture must be able to be used in multiple ways. Students can choose how and where they work within a classroom throughout the day, as this encourages both group and independent activities.”

    . . . and an Ottoman for elsewhere

    Matt T’eo’s inspiration for an Ottoman chair to be used indoors (lounges, libraries, restaurants, etc) comes from Pacifika culture.

    “There are many types of Ottoman chairs with unique shapes, colours and materials. Most are in the shape of circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, pentagons, ovals or diamonds.

    “This chair came from Pacific Island patterns or designs. The design I chose is called a ‘spearhead’, which symbolizes war, strength and family.”

    Furniture for the new-born

    Another second-year student, Zoe Morehu has designed “The Kahu Nest”, which is aimed at families with new-born babies.

    “A strong bond between parents and babies in the early years has lifelong benefits for everyone,” Zoe explains. “The main priority is to support all whanau in welcoming a baby in a safe and loving way.

    “The Kahu Nest can be used as both a bassinet and a co-sleeper. The adjustable height of the stand makes it suitable for a different range of bed heights and the flat-pack design makes it easy to transport and assemble.

    “Parents are gifted The Kahu Nest for the first six months of their baby’s life. This system design is inclusive and accessible to all parents to use in their own domestic environments.”

    A chair for the older generation

    Second-year student Toni Linington’s starting point for her project was to research chair design in relation to the needs of the older person and those undergoing rehabilitation due to injury, illness or disability.

    “New Zealand’s aging population is growing fast,” Toni says. “It is estimated that between 2011 to 2021 the elderly population is projected to grow by about 200,000.

    “My aim was to design a chair that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional, with customisable features that address the common needs associated with age as well as specific health and mobility issues, increasing not only support and comfort but also promoting independence and well-being for the user.

    “I have focused on an individual leg support that can be adjusted to raise the leg to different heights, providing comfort and supporting pressure areas in order to avoid further injury.

    “The leg support can be easily moved out of the way so as not to restrict movement when moving from a sitting to standing position, unlike some traditional recliner chairs which require both legs to be raised, and when in the sitting position stop the feet moving backwards when rising which, restricts rather than aiding mobility.”

    Read more about our Product Design programme

     

     

     

  • Career Advisors Seminar (December 6 2019)

    In November, the Liaison Team hosted 10 Career Advisors from lower South Island secondary schools at the Dunedin Campus. The Career Advisors had a great experience learning about what programmes we offer at OP, what those programmes entail, our links to local industry and graduate outcomes.

    This is an important event so they can now pass on their understanding of OP to their students.

    The opening morning started beautifully with Te Punaka Ōwheo guiding the group through Tinana Whakaoriori (a cleansing exercise). This led into updates about RoVE and Campus Developments and highlighting the roles within Student Success. The rest of the event comprised of information sessions, tours of our facilities, and off-site visits including Forsyth Barr Stadium, Runaway Play and the new Heavy Automotive facility at Kaikorai Valley.

    Over 60 OP staff, graduates and students presented to the delegates. Many others were involved behind the scenes ensuring we showcased a lot of what OP has to offer. A constant theme from our teaching staff was how important the role of support services are with Student Success and Te Punaka Ōwheo mentioned a number of times.

    The Career Advisors often spoke about how obvious it is that our staff are passionate about where we work and what we do. Our values really shone through and what I saw during the three days made me immensely proud to work at OP.

  • Otago Polytechnic Heavy Automotive programmes benefit from Port Otago donation (December 3 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Heavy Automotive Engineering students are set to enter a new chapter of learning thanks to the generosity of Port Otago.

    Having celebrated the opening of its new Heavy Automotive Engineering facility in Donald St, Kaikorai Valley, earlier in the year, Otago Polytechnic will tomorrow (Friday 29 November) receive four massive diesel engines previously used in Port Otago “straddle carriers”, as well as a Clark 55 loader.

    The donation was instigated by Matt Eves, Port Otago Maintenance Manager, and was a result of a visit to the port by Otago Polytechnic automotive staff, who highlighted the innovative Kaikorai Valley facility, which provides a range of Heavy Automotive programmes aimed at meeting the demands of industry.

    “Port Otago saw this as a great opportunity to support the training programme and encourage those participating to consider a career with our team here at Port,” Matt says.

    Otago Polytechnic Automotive Engineering lecturer Rob Roderique says numerous learning opportunities will result from the donation of the machinery.

    “We explained to Port Otago what we are doing in our heavy vehicle programme and they offered assistance to Otago Polytechnic.

    “Training purposes will range from diesel component diagnoses, repairing transmissions, axles, hydraulics, servicing and maintenance, disassembly and reassembly, as well as learning various engine systems.”

    Read the Otago Daily Times article

    Read more about our Automotive programmes

     

     

  • Otago Polytechnic hosts New Zealand’s first open education symposium (December 3 2019)

    New Zealand’s very first symposium on open education will be held at Otago Polytechnic this week.

    Organised by the Otago Polytechnic-affiliated Centre for Open Education Practice (coep.nz), the symposium at the Sargood Centre (5-6 December) will focus on “social justice through open education” and will feature a range of presentations and working groups.

    A highlight will be the “National Planning Sprint”, a workshop aimed at accelerating the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) in New Zealand in response to a unanimous recommendation by member states at the recent 40th UNESCO General Conference.

    Open Educational Resources comprise learning, teaching and research material in any format and medium that resides in the Public Domain, or that has been released under a copyright open license permitting no-cost access, reuse, repurpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

    “The implementation of OER-based initiatives could lay the firm foundation for a much-needed new and sustainable business model for national education systems at all levels,” Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Phil Ker says.

    Headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, the Centre for Open Education Practice is a game-changer for higher education in New Zealand, ensuring greater access to free resources for learners and developing capabilities of educators at all levels.

    Dr Wayne Mackintosh, New Zealand’s UNESCO Chair in OER, says all education materials developed using taxpayer funding should be released under an open copyright license – “for the benefit of all New Zealanders”.

    Read more about the 2019 Open Education Symposium

  • OPAIC讲师将蜂蜜业务扩展到中国 (December 3 2017)

    OPAIC讲师杰伊·霍拉尼(Jay Hourani)最近应邀作为新西兰贸易代表团的一员出访中国成都和西安。

    杰伊是OPAIC的应用管理专业兼职讲师。他同时还是新西兰优质蜂蜜供应商THE GOOD HONEY CO公司的拥有者。在这里阅读有关他出访的所有信息。

    OPAIC讲师杰伊·霍拉尼(Jay Hourani)最近应邀作为新西兰贸易代表团的一员出访中国成都和西安。

    杰伊是OPAIC的应用管理专业兼职讲师。他同时还是新西兰优质蜂蜜供应商THE GOOD HONEY CO公司的拥有者。

    中新商业论坛是建立在新西兰总理Jacinda Ardern今年4月对中国的首次国事访问的基础上的。中新年贸易额超过300亿新元,经贸合作前景不可限量。来自中新两国的企业家,行业代表以及政府官员通过论坛进行了商务磋商和交流学习。

    杰伊此次访问的亮点还包括成都的熊猫研究基地和西安的兵马俑博物馆。成都是汉密尔顿的姊妹城市,代表团还参观了成都汉密尔顿卢森堡幼稚园和西安教育城,其中包括西安交通大学附属的杭天中学。杰伊在古典装修风格餐馆中享受了传统四川麻辣火锅的餐体验,让他对快速发展的成都和成都消费者有了更深刻的了解。

    奥塔哥理工学院的讲师具有各种行业背景,可以为学生提供深入的行业见解并引导学生尝试当前最佳的行业实践模式。 

  • 应用管理专业的老师们和中国同行的交流 (December 3 2017)

    OPAIC应用管理专业的老师Lydia Harrell和Dani Mao 10月中旬在中国的两次国际教育会议上进行了演讲和交流。

    她们的“将可转移技能嵌入中国职业教育课程的一种模式”的科研成果获邀在青岛举行的第七届中新职业教育与培训示范研讨会上演讲。研讨会展示了新西兰和中国教育部之间共同承诺的合作发展职业教育,并展示交流两国职业教育的最佳实践。

    她们的主题还被邀请将在10月17日至21日中国北京举行的2019年中国国际教育与博览会年会(CACIE)上发言。

    她们的演讲强调了将可转移技能嵌入中国的职业教育课程的迫切需求,并强调了当前的工作培训政策广泛关注技术技能,软技能培训存在空白的问题。

    她们俩提出了一种在课程设计,教学和授课方法以及评估模式等领域将可转移技能整合到中国职业教育中的模型。该模型采用一种嵌入式方法,把可转移技能整合到常规课程教学中。她们的演讲涵盖了可用于实践的结合专业课程教学,强化学生可转移技能的框架。

  • Graduate address: Olha Viazenko (November 29 2019)

    Student speaker Olha Viazenko told our international graduates to think of themselves as new Kiwis, at yesterday’s graduation ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall.

    Olha studied law and journalism back home in Ukraine and has worked as an investigative reporter.

    She arrived on campus in October last year to study the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management and made a huge impact on students and staff with her intelligence, open-mindedness, and patience.

    Olha told graduates she left her country, job, and position in society to travel 18,000km to New Zealand and start a new life from the very beginning.

    It was wonderful to be a student again. At OPAIC she’d had the opportunity to meet nice people from all over the world.

    “Different cultures, accents, views and opinions helped me to see the world in a different way – to feel its depth and diversity,” she said.

    She thanked her teachers for their time, effort, patience, and skills. She also thanked her family and friends who supported her. Her husband, daughter, and mum had all helped her succeed in her study and get where she is today.

    She urged graduates to be confident and determined in making the next step.

    “We all made the first step to our brilliant future and now we are graduating.”

    She told them not to feel like immigrants but new Kiwis.

    “I respect and recognise New Zealand values and I believe that combination of the experience that we have had before and our knowledge we have gained here will help us to become respectful experts in the fields we have chosen,” she said.

    “Congratulations to all of us new Kiwis. Let’s make the next step in our journey to be our best selves and lead our best lives.”

  • Celebrating success at biggest ceremony to date (November 29 2019)

    More than 300 graduates crossed the stage at OPAIC’s biggest ceremony to date at the Auckland Town Hall yesterday.

    Guest speaker Guy Howard-Willis told graduates about the many challenges he’s faced and how those challenges set him off in new directions.

    Guy has founded many start-up businesses. One of his most successful is outdoor adventure store Torpedo7.

    “Life won’t be what you expect, or what you plan, at least that’s been my experience,” he said.

    Guy had planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the military, but he failed the entrance exams for military cadet school, the navy and the air force.

    It taught him that “failure is not fatal” and showed him not to be afraid of doing something new.

    He had a serious motorbike accident as a teenager and was in hospital for two and a half months.

    A girl he’d met once before came to visit every day and they ended up getting married.

     “Not all bad things that happen are going to end up that way. It’s only if you make it that way.”

    When Guy came to New Zealand in 1975, he worked in a caravan factory. It was a good job, but he was made redundant.

    “That was the push for me to start to get into business.”

    He started selling designer furniture and soon had his own factory. Things were going well until a fire destroyed his warehouse.

    Financially there was no way through, but the challenge set him off in a different direction. He ended up in a better manufacturing plant with a retail store, which he eventually sold to start an e-commerce sports business with his son.

    He said all those challenges helped him become more courageous and find the inner strength he needed.

    “It helped me develop a courageous mind in solving problems and it always set me off in a different direction.”

    Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Council Kathy Grant also addressed graduates, congratulating them for grasping the opportunities the institution provided.

    “I want to acknowledge your courage and bravery in choosing to travel half-way around the world from countries such as India, China, Nepal and the Philippines to study here.”

    “You have demonstrated that you are adventurers, achievers and doers. You are also this polytechnic’s success stories and will become ambassadors for this campus in New Zealand, in your country of origin, and elsewhere.”

    Check out the photos here.

  • Otago Polytechnic Architectural Studies students receive DCC awards (November 28 2019)

    Four Otago Polytechnic Architectural Studies students have received Dunedin City Council Emerging Architecture Awards.

    The awards were presented during the official opening of “detail”, the title of Otago Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies Graduate Exhibition 2019, at O Block, Anzac Ave, on Friday 22 November.

    As part of their coursework this year, Freyja Munro, Leon Frommann, Georgia Wilkinson and Chunhui (Lance) Wang responded to a DCC brief to design two recycling hubs for Dunedin’s tertiary quarter.

    Dunedin’s student area has a higher density of residency, which means students have more recycling than fits into their recycling bins. To support the existing recycling collection service, the DCC plans to trial two new recycling hubs in the area from late March 2020.

    One hub is located next to the University of Otago’s Marsh Study Centre on Castle St; the other on the corner of St David St and Forth St, near Otago Polytechnic.

    The initiative follows the successful trial of two recycling hubs in the central business district, one on Moray Pl at the bottom of View St, and the other under the Jetty St bridge on Vogel St.

    The final designs were chosen by a panel comprising Otago Polytechnic, local architecture firm .everyday and DCC staff (from Ara Toi and Waste and Environmental Solutions) and the contractor, Ahika Consulting.

    Design criteria included: the hubs being complementary to the area, user-friendly, imaginative and attractive; they also needed to be easily accessible, stimulate positive waste minimisation and recycling messaging, as well as incorporate a community noticeboard for educational information.

    Leigh McKenzie, DCC Waste Minimisation Officer says it was great to see the students’ fresh ideas.

    “The concept was for students to design something for the tertiary area as part of their architecture studies. The students thought outside the box when approaching the brief and came up with some innovative ideas which were used as the basis for the final design.”

    For their winning concept designs, each of the students receive $500 towards their course fees.

    Director of .everyday and Otago Polytechnic Lecturer in Architectural Studies, Campbell McNeill says the projects also enabled the students to explore beyond obvious notions of sustainability.

    “For example, we dove into the concept of ‘regenerative development’, a process which helped guide the students to understand layers of social, ecological and economic contexts of the two sites and the wider city. A selection of the students’ ideas are proving happily persistent through the design and build process.

    “The process shows that understanding a project’s unique socio-ecological context can produce architecture that goes beyond a static design object and positively effect a greater ecosystem.”

    Caption: Otago Polytechnic Architectural Studies learners (from left) Frejya Munro, Georgia Wilkinson, Leon Frommann and Chunhui Wang (Lance) receive their awards from DCC Waste Minimisation Officer Leigh McKenzie.

    Read more about our Bachelor of Architectural Studies programme

  • Students help out at Walking Stars event (November 25 2019)

    OPAIC's students and staff volunteered their time to help the Cancer Society with its Walking Stars event on the weekend. 

    Walking Stars is a night-time walking half marathon which brings people together to raise funds to support local people living with cancer. It takes place at the Auckland Domain and more than 4,000 people take part.

    Fourteen of our students and two of our staff members helped out in the lead up to the event and on the Saturday night. 

    They put packs together for attendees last Wednesday, and assisted at the pack pickup on Friday. On Saturday, the team helped with parking, sold tee-shirts, communicated with participants, and controlled crowds in line for the information desk and merchandise. 

    Congratulations to everyone who got behind this great cause. 

     

  • Greater connectedness in Cromwell (November 19 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus has moved its nursery operations from Cromwell to the Bannockburn Road site, where they join fruit production, viticulture and turf programmes.

    The shift expands the campus’ nursery business, which has enjoyed a steady growth in sales each year.

    The new location will allow for better visibility, access for customers and enable students to learn in a state-of-the-art facility.

    The move will allow for more complimentary teaching, too.

    For example, aspects of the Otago Brew School’s operations can be incorporated into horticulture: the brewing waste can be turned into compost; and CO2 from the brewing process can be introduced into greenhouses to grow plants faster.

    The glass, metal and concrete from the old glasshouse at the Cromwell site will be recycled.

  • Art Lecturer David Green to take part in art and science collaboration with Track Zero project (November 19 2019)

    Congratulations to Dunedin School of Art lecturer, David Green, on being invited to take part in the What if Climate Change was Purple? art and science initiative.

    What if Climate Change was Purple? is an exciting collaborative project by Track Zero: Art Inspiring Climate Action that brings together a diverse group of selected artists & scientists into an environment that allows them to share their knowledge and to research ideas to create powerful new art works that inspire climate action.

    Running until May 2021, the project is delivered with support from both Victoria University of Wellington and Professor James Renwick, using part of the money he received as recipient of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize 2018, and the University.

    What if Climate Change was Purple? aims to inspire New Zealanders to find imaginative solutions and change behaviour now to help the world limit climate warming to 1.5C degrees. Acting together – we can make a big difference.

  • Connecting for Success (November 15 2019)

    Students received great advice on how to build their connections in New Zealand from six industry guests at last night’s BizTech Meetup: Connect for Success event.

    Ariff Khalid from Environmental Resources Limited told attendees there were people all around them with their own personalities, skills, and life experiences to share.

    “The main thing that you need to understand is that you are not on this earth alone.”

    He encouraged them to connect and engage with others outside of their usual circles.

    Personal development coach Ciao Chen said people should know themselves and what they want to achieve when networking

    “What’s your strength, what’s your weakness, what are your core values?”

    She encouraged them to join professional bodies and associations in line with their study.

    Andrey Polyakov from Woodlore advised students to get to know their lecturers, get the most from their studies, and attend workshops and talks.

    They should also learn the intonations of the English language and pay attention to body language.

    Maria Pooley from Sunwave Company said students should talk to people and keep connecting.

    She said first impressions are important and people should be well prepared and positive.

    Most importantly, when networking, they should offer opportunities to others and not just look at what they can gain.

    Shailan Patel from MYOB gave tips about how to prepare for networking events. Students should research the speakers and think about what they want to ask them.

    They might also think about targets or goals for the night, such as who they wanted to talk to, and plan some icebreakers.

    Special guest entrepreneur and TV personality Iyia Liu talked about how she built up her successful businesses.

    She said she took every opportunity that came her way when she was starting out, including interning and working for free. She's glad she did because you never know which person you'll meet through which opportunity.

    She advised students to attend networking events, join Facebook groups, and put themselves in situations where they can connect.

    Check out the photos here. See what others learned from the event here.

  • Otago Polytechnic hosts leading Chinese educators (November 14 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic is this week hosting senior leaders from 10 leading Chinese vocational education institutions, illustrating the range of innovative and inspirational ways in which teaching and learning is delivered.

    The delegates are in New Zealand for two weeks to learn about our vocational education system and upgrade their knowledge and skills as part of the New Zealand China Vocational Education and Training Model Programme.

    Following a week-long visit to Wintec last week, the delegates have moved their focus to Otago Polytechnic, where they have been meeting programme and service leaders to learn about our innovations in education, such as EduBits microcredentials, our iamcapable learner capability programme, and Capable NZ’s model of recognition of prior learning.

    “Otago Polytechnic is honoured to host the Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) delegation from China,” Chief Executive Phil Ker says. 

    “New Zealand’s vocational education system is highly regarded by the Chinese.

    “We already have strong partnerships with a range of respected Chinese education providers, and this visit provides another opportunity to learn from each other and build relationships.”

    The Chinese leaders are interested in the ways in which Otago Polytechnic adapts to meet the needs of industry and the wider community. They are also interested in understanding how they might enhance their students’ critical and creative thinking to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship in China.

    This is the third year VELT delegates have visited New Zealand.

    The Vocational Education Leadership Programme (VELT) is sponsored and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and Education New Zealand.

    “Otago Polytechnic’s collaboration with ENZ and Wintec and our interaction with the Chinese visitors reflects our commitment to diversifying markets and developing innovative products and services in international education,” Ker says.

    Mike Waddell, Director External Relations, adds: “The Chinese delegation’s visit to Otago Polytechnic this week also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy, which includes a range of creative, cultural, educational, and business opportunities through Dunedin’s long-standing connection with cities in China.”

  • Management lecturers share knowledge in China (November 13 2019)

    Lydia Harrell and Dani Mao from the OPAIC Applied Management Team presented at two conferences in China in mid-October.

    Their abstract, titled ‘A model for integrating transferable skills into the Chinese Vocational Education Curriculum’ was selected to be presented at the 7th Sino NZ Vocational Education and Training Model Symposium held in Qingdao Technical College, Qingdao City on October 14 and 15.

    The Symposium demonstrates the shared commitment between the New Zealand and the Chinese Ministries of Education, and showcases best practice in the delivery of vocational teaching.

    Their presentation was also selected among the few to be presented at the 2019 China Annual Conference for International Education & Expo (CACIE) held in Beijing, China from October 17 to 21.

    Their presentation emphasised the urgent need to integrate transferable skills into the vocational education curriculum of China, highlighting the gaps in the current workplace training policy which has an extensive focus on technical skills.

    The pair proposed a model for integrating transferable skills in Chinese vocational education in areas such as curriculum design, teaching & delivery methods, and modes of assessment.

    The proposed model takes an integrated approach where transferable skills will be integrated into regular coursework. The presentation covered frameworks which can be used to teach and develop skills explicitly along with the core discipline.

  • OPAIC lecturer takes honey business to China (November 12 2019)

    OPAIC lecturer Jay Hourani was invited to a NZ Trade Mission in Chengdu and Xi’an in China recently to represent his company as part of a New Zealand trade delegation.

    Jay is a sessional management lecturer here at OPAIC. He is also the owner of THE GOOD HONEY CO., a premium New Zealand Honey Supplier.

    The “Opening Doors to the West” business forum was built on the success of New Zealand's inaugural state visit by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker to Beijing in April 2019. China-New Zealand trade is valued at over $30 billion.

    The delegates included other New Zealand businesses, industry representatives and local Chengdu and Xi’an officials. They exchanged valuable trade-related networking and learning opportunities between the countries.

    The highlights of the visit for Jay included the Panda Research Park in Chengdu and Terracotta Army museum in Xi'an.

    The delegation group also visited the sister city of Hamilton, Chengdu Hamilton Luxelakes Kindergarten School and Xi'an's Education City which included the Hang Tiang High School Affiliated with Jiaotong University.

    While Jay enjoyed the traditional Sichuanese Spicy Hot Pot dining experience in a traditional theatre setting, he received a deeper understanding of the Chengdu consumer from a fast-growing city. 

    Otago Polytechnic lecturers have various industry backgrounds which provides students with deeper industry insights on best practices and business models in action.

     

    Some of the other NZ Business Delegates at the fourm were:

    Lewis Road Creamery Ltd

    Pic's Peanut Butter

    Zespri

    Emerald Foods

    Moa Beer

    Cloud Ocean Waters

    Kengsington Swan

    NZ Maori Tourism

    O Tu Wines Ltd

    Sunlife Nutrition

     

    Other NZ Delegates were from:

    New Zealand Trade Enterprise

    New Zealand China Trade Association

    Tourism New Zealand

    Asia New Zealand Foundation

    Employers and Manufacturers Association

    ExportNZ

    Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

    Auckland Airport

    Business NZ

     

    Jay was also interviewed and appeared on Chinese TV in China and in New Zealand:

    From New Zealand to China: E-commerce

    https://www.facebook.com/chinamatters/videos/2351637371767533/

     

    From New Zealand to China: Music and Culture

    https://www.facebook.com/chinamatters/videos/597345514424508/

     

    Photo: Hang Tian School at Education City – Xi'an.

  • Japan study experience 'amazing' (November 8 2019)

    “Be prepared to be challenged.”

    Those are key words of advice from Georgia Baird, an Otago Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Management student who recently returned from a five-month study scholarship in Japan.

    Georgia was among a group of four Otago Polytechnic students who received a Prime Minister’s Scholarship to Asia, the quartet attending Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto over its spring semester.

    “The experience at Ritsumeikan University was great,” says Georgia, who was joined by fellow Otago Polytechnic students Luke van der Vliet, Jessica Banks and Emily Dixon-Pawson.

    “The professors were from all over the world, including Japan, Hungary, Germany and New Zealand. There was also a ‘Beyond Borders Plaza’, which was like an international common room.

    “I studied International Relations on the Kinugasa campus, completing papers on International Law, International Organisations, Media and Society, Social Development, Global Environmental Issues, Japanese Culture and Japanese Society.”

    Georgia, who is about to complete her third and final year of the Bachelor of Applied Management, says the International Relations programme broadened both her education and general knowledge.

    “Most of our study was in an Asian context, too, so I learnt a lot about the Asian market and economy.

    “The experience also built on my people skills. I learnt to interact with people from not only Japan but all over the world, as I lived in a dormitory with 200 international students.”

    Although Georgia says the cultural differences took some time to getting used, she adapted and grew in confidence.

    “I developed a greater degree of independence when travelling by myself. The extra travel I was able to do was definitely a highlight. My parents also visited and we were able to travel all around Japan together.”

    Marc Doesburg, Director Global Engagement, says the relationship with Ritsumeikan University 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.

    “Through participation in the PMSA programme, the students will have gone some way to achieving global citizenship: the knowledge, skills and capabilities they acquire increase their ability to live, work and learn globally.

    “This directly aligns to the goals in the Education New Zealand International Strategy. At a personal level, the students have had ample opportunity to build lifelong friendships and networks.”

    Georgia agrees:

    “A highlight of the Prime Minister’s scholarship were the friendships I made with people all over the world.

    “It was amazing to meet so many people and I feel it enabled me to develop a greater understanding of so many different cultures.”

    Another member of the Otago Polytechnic contingent, Luke van der Vliet says meeting new people from all around the world helped give him an insight into different cultures, which in turn helped form new friendships.

    “The experience in Japan also helped you mature very fast.

    “We had to learn to budget, pay rent, do health insurance, pay bills, cook, as well as adapt to the new environment –  in terms of language and culture for what is acceptable and what is not,” Luke reflects.

    “I definitely gained in confidence. I was pushed out of my comfort zone almost every single day.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Movember on campus (November 1 2019)

    We launched Movember on campus today. Movember is all about changing the face of health. It aims to tackle cancers, mental health and suicide.

    Movember takes place each November. People can get involved in a number of ways, including growing a moustache or running or walking 60 kilometres over the month and collecting funds.

    Our Leadership in Action students will be organising a variety of events throughout the month to raise awareness of the cause as well as funds. Keep an eye on our social media channels to learn more. Read more about Movember here: https://nz.movember.com/

  • Connecting with the Cancer Society (November 1 2019)

    OPAIC staff visited the Cancer Society yesterday to establish a partnership with the not-for-profit organisation and discuss opportunities for our students to volunteer there. 

    Head of Department Student Success & Employability Annemarie Meijnen, Placement Coordinator Anastasia Timoshkina, and Student Representative Ishant Ghulyani met with Manager Volunteering Sudha Bhana and Coordinator Volunteering Gretchen Wade.

    OPAIC encourages its students to volunteer in the community and is always looking for opportunities to help them do so. 

    Later this month, the Cancer Society will hold a Walking Stars event. This night-time walking half marathon will bring people together to raise vital funds in support of local people living with cancer.

    The Cancer Society needs volunteers to help with preparation of the event and also on the night. If any of our students are interested in helping out they can contact anastasiat@op.ac.nz or ishantg@op.ac.nz.

    Now that we've established this relationship with the Cancer Society, we hope to place some of our graduate diploma students there for their internships in the near future.

  • Otago Polytechnic welcomes Centre of Digital Excellence announcement (October 30 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic welcomes the announcement that Dunedin will host the New Zealand Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE).

    A national hub that will support the development of a $1 billion video game industry over the next decade, CODE will be backed by $10 million from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund. This will be invested into several initiatives designed to develop the games industry and create new economic growth and sustainable employment opportunities.

    Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker: “Our goal is to produce graduates that can step into the industry with immediately applicable skills. Therefore, designing fit-for-purpose vocational courses will play a pivotal role in the success of CODE.

    “The Government’s decision is a major endorsement of the city’s ability to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s growing digital economy – and, as a leading tertiary education provider, Otago Polytechnic has a significant role to play.

    “Creative thinkers, people who possess not only hard skills but much sought-after soft skills, are crucial to the development of this sector,” Ker says.

    “Otago Polytechnic focuses strongly on capabilities such as communication and collaboration. Thus our graduates are highly valued by digital companies such as Runaway and Weta.”

    Otago Polytechnic enables students to work in agile, project-based teams in Dunedin, combining coding (our Bachelor of Information Technology students) with modelling, world-building and game narratives (Bachelor of Design-Communication).

    “We welcome the chance to contribute even more to our city’s growing creative economy,” Ker says.

    “Also, our EduBits micro-credentialing programme offers a highly flexible mechanism for meeting immediate workforce development needs.”

  • Diwali on Campus (October 29 2019)

    It was great to see so many students and staff at our Diwali celebration on campus on Friday. We hope you all enjoyed the event. You can check out the photos here.

  • Success Story: Abida Manzoor (October 22 2019)

    Abida Manzoor faced a big cultural change when she moved to New Zealand to study, but with the help of OPAIC’s team of staff she’s excelling here.

    Abida says students sometimes struggle when they first arrive because they come from different cultures with different methods of education.

    She had difficulty with her first assessment, then took feedback from her lecturers around what they expected from her.

    “That was the major turning point for me. As soon as I understood the lecturers’ expectations, I think it’s gone good for me ever since.”

    One major difference in the style of study here is that programmes are very practical.

    “You basically have to learn to think practically. And that’s the good part about this course, because when you go out in the industry, you know what you have to do.”

    It's very important for students to understand how requirements in New Zealand might differ from those back home, says Abida.

    “You have to take initiative and try to understand the expectations of your lecturers and what the course is about.”

    “If you give it 100 percent and you know what is expected of you, you will always succeed.”

    Abida says her lecturers are always ready to give feedback when she asks. She’s also benefited from the Learning Support Team on Level 8, which provides group workshops and one-on-one peer tutoring. 

    Additionally, the Student Success Team makes students feel very comfortable when they first arrive in New Zealand – organising trips and events to help them get acquainted with the place. She enjoys the social activities they organise and says it’s important for students to get out and make friends rather than focusing only on study.

    Abida works hard to balance her study with a part-time job and hobbies. She has a fashion blog and she’s written an e-book.

    She already holds an MBA and undertook the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management because she liked the up-to-date subjects on offer such as digital marketing and information systems.

    Next, she has her sights set on Harvard, having lived and worked in the United States in the past.

    “I’ve always followed my dreams, always followed my goals. I think hard work is the key to everything. If you believe in your dreams and you work hard you can always reach where you want to reach. So, I would want to be a Harvard PhD one day.”

    Abida loves New Zealand and would like to return here to start her own business.

    “I come from a very small place. It’s not even on Google maps, so it’s a very small place but I’ve always believed in my dreams and I believe that I can do something on my own.”

  • Careful where you tread (October 22 2019)

    People's Choice award voting is open until November 2nd, 2019.

    Congratulations to Hope Duncan for making the finalists of the fifth ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards.

    Hope Duncan | Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic | Careful Where You Tread!
    Hope's entry Careful Where You Tread! is a hand-tufted woollen rug, replicating a wolf skin but made in that of a sheep’s.

    The top designs have been shortlisted from entries received from tertiary students throughout New Zealand, in the annual edition of this design competition run by The Friends of the Dowse, People’s Choice Award.

    How to vote for Hope - click on an entry to view it and make your decision. You can choose only one design to vote for.

    The winning designer receives a cash prize, so support these designers of the future by spreading the word and voting.

    In addition five lucky voters will receive a free 1-year subscription to Urbis magazine. That could be you!

    Voting closes on November 2nd, 2019.

    Since 1986 The Friends of The Dowse have offered their support to New Zealand tertiary students through an Award scheme designed to encourage innovation and creativity specifically in the areas of design and craft. The annual ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards are open to all students who are currently enrolled to study in 2019 or who have completed their studies in 2018. 

  • Block 5 Orientation underway (October 17 2019)

    We’ve got more than 115 new faces on campus this week.

    Academic Director, Professor Leoni Schmidt, welcomed our new students, during a day of Orientation talks and activities yesterday.

    She said they had courageously come from all over the world to Auckland, New Zealand.

    “We welcome you here and we celebrate your bravery and your courage.”

    Living in New Zealand was probably somewhat different to what they were used to, she said.

    “That is a fantastic thing because you have come to experience a new place, a new country, a new land, new people, new languages.”

    OPAIC was like a mini United Nations, where even the staff came from all over the world.

    “That is why you are all so welcome here, because each and every one of you will bring something unique to this place.”

    Leoni invited the students to become part of the campus in every possible way. She said they should work hard inside the classroom and out and get to know people from other countries.

    “Because this is such a unique opportunity.”

    Learning Support Advisor Katy Lockwood took the students through academic expectations, covering attendance, assessments, English language ability, engagement and attitude, workload, self-study, academic integrity and group work.

    Student Counsellor Sunjin Heo then talked to students about how she could help them with any issues they might face from cultural difficulties to stress.

    She would listen to any stories they wished to tell in a non-judgement, respectful and confidential environment, she said.

    Yesterday, students also heard short talks from a range of external guests including Auckland Transport, the NZ AIDS Foundation, Citizens Advice Bureau, Student Card, Les Mills, 2 Degrees, and Conservation Volunteers NZ.

    Orientation activities continues today with introductions to academic programmes, and an employability afternoon.

    Check out all of the photos over on Facebook.

  • Inaugural brewing scholarship recipients announced (October 15 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic, in conjunction with Capable NZ and Otago Brew School, has announced the first two recipients of brewing scholarships.

    Cameron Burgess, of Southpaw Brewing Company Ltd (New Brighton, Christchurch), has been awarded a scholarship to study the New Zealand Diploma in Brewing (Level 6)  and will start the six-month programme in November.

    Jesse Foley, of Altitude Brewing, Queenstown, has been awarded the scholarship for the New Zealand Certificate in Brewing (Level 5), and recently started his studies.

    The scholarships are aimed at those who have gained significant experience, knowledge and skills through their work within the New Zealand brewing industry, but do not have a formal qualification that recognises this.

    Cameron says the scholarship means a lot to him.

    “I have always valued education very highly. With my young family and my business, without this course and scholarship I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to finish my brewing study.”

    Jesse says the scholarship will enable him to scale another rung on the brewing ladder.

    “I have a chance to have a career in an industry that I enjoy.  It's very hands-on, physical work, which I find gives me a feeling of daily fulfilment. 

    “Brewing also allows for continuous experimentation, designing beers for changing seasons and palates.”

    Otago Polytechnic’s unique range of brewing qualifications have been designed to meet industry needs as well as offer a learning experience that fits with learners’ lifestyle.

    Otago Brew School is Otago Polytechnic’s newly established Cromwell-based school and is now delivering the first New Zealand brewing qualifications in conjunction with Capable NZ.

    Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic, enables people to have the knowledge, skills and learning gained through their career, measured against an NZQA-endorsed qualification, to gain a qualification through their workplace.

    Read about our Brewing programmes

    Read about our Brewing scholarships

     

  • Boosting confidence with local experience (October 9 2019)

    Management student Samuel Alonso has come away from his MediaWorks placement confident about his professional future in New Zealand.

    Sam says he was so keen to get into the New Zealand workforce that he approached OPAIC’s Corporate Relations Team soon after he began his qualification.

    “It is very important to get local experience,” he says.

    The Corporate Relations Team helped him line up a placement at MediaWorks, where he has been interning as a finance assistant for the past six months.

     “I feel more confident about the Kiwi work culture and I feel that I am building up my English skills. In general, I feel more prepared for my next professional experience.”

    Sam already had expertise in finance, having worked as a finance manager for hotels in Malta.

    During his placement he learned about the kiwi culture, media relations, and the complex internal processes of large companies. His poster project proposing a transformation of the Casual Wages Process at MediaWorks won first prize at this year’s OPAIC research Showcase.

    Sam will soon begin another internship at private air travel company Inflite Charters Limited. It’s a fast-growing company and he hopes there might be opportunities for him there beyond his internship.

    Sam expects to have a good professional experience in New Zealand once his post-study work visa comes through.

    “I can feel the difference between when I just started and now. I feel more confident about my future.”

    Students should start thinking from both an academic and a professional point of view early on in their study, he says.

    He advises students just starting on the placement journey to form good working relationships and be respectful, positive, and kind.

    “You have to be enthusiastic and proactive.”

    He says it’s important to understand that both the academic experience and the work experience here could have benefits into the future.

    “All these classmates and all these co-workers are going to be part of your network.”

    Hear Sam speak about his placement over on our YouTube channel.

  • Student safety and wellbeing paramount at Otago Polytechnic (September 27 2019)

    Otago Polytechnic regards the safety and wellbeing of all its students as paramount.

    Otago Polytechnic, in conjunction with Campus Living Villages (CLV), has a broad range of systems and processes in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the student residents (of which there are currently 226) at regards Te Pā Tauira – Otago Polytechnic Student Village.

    As well as a fulltime Village Manager, there are three other staff, including a Community Manager, Evening Duty Manager and Customer Services Administrator. In addition, there are six Residential Assistants (RA) (one RA per each floor, with one extra RA as “cover”).

    “We actively encourage a culture of caring at Te Pā Tauira,” Philip Cullen, Deputy Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic, says.

    “We have range of proactive measures to keep students safe. We have active channels to document any concerns around students and residents. Our student support team, our lecturers and our counsellors pass on any concerns they have around health, demeanour and behaviour.

    “For example, a student’s regular absence from class would be passed on to the Village Manager and/or the Community Manager to follow up.

    “Currently, residents are required to have at least one face-to-face meeting a month with a staff member or Residential Assistant. This provides a forum for students to relay any concerns and allows us to closely monitor student wellbeing.

    “We are currently looking at changing the frequency of these meetings to fortnightly, but need to balance this pastoral care with respect for residents’ privacy.

    “Any residents experiencing difficulties are encouraged to meet with the village manager.

    “The Village Manager and Community Manager also maintain an active spreadsheet that documents any concerns.

    “Te Pā Tauira is also directly adjacent to student health and counselling services and these experts interact closely with Te Pā staff.

    “We believe the layout of Te Pā Tauira is vital to the wellbeing and interaction of residents, too.

    “For example, the main office is positioned next to the main entrance and main ground-floor common room, meaning there is regular and close interaction between staff and residents.

    “This proximity also enables staff to observe, supervise and advise residents.

    “In addition, the Village Manager, Community Manager and Evening Duty Manager have regular dialogue and interaction with residents, checking with students and helping with any concerns or issues.

    “Cleaning staff are also required to report any concerns, including reporting evidence of activity – and inactivity – that might signal something is amiss.

    “Weekly rubbish days require residents to place their rubbish bags outside their doors. Also, fortnightly hygiene checks of apartments and studios – but not bedrooms or dormitory bedroom areas – provide another means by which any concerns may be highlighted.

    “We have a good relationship with Campus Living Villages, which has developed appropriately strong guidelines and procedures.

    “We also have an annual resident survey, during which we ask for feedback and suggestions and we act accordingly.”

  • New World staff set to graduate from Whitestone Cheese Affineur Academy (September 23 2019)

    Now, here’s a recipe for success.

    Mix the innovation of Otago Polytechnic’s EduBits micro-credentials with the expertise of award-winning Oamaru company Whitestone Cheese.

    Add the desire of an employer to upskill staff.

    The result: a New World delicatessen crew raring to pass on their new-found cheese knowledge to customers.

    This week, deli staff members at New World’s Long Bay supermarket on Auckland’s North Shore will be among the first in-work learners to graduate from the Whitestone Cheese Co. Affineur Academy.

    An EduBits-based online micro-learning and assessment experience aimed at upskilling hospitality workers and cheese enthusiasts, the Affineur Academy is the result of extensive collaboration between Otago Polytechnic and Whitestone.

    Otago Polytechnic’s is New Zealand’s leading provider of accessible work-based skills assessments via its ever-growing and varied suite of EduBits. “Basic Affineur Skills” is one of 120 micro-credentials.

    The first in a suite of cheese-related EduBits to be rolled out, “Basic Affineur Skills” provides a rich introduction to cheese, covering cheese-related history, natural processes, facts, flavour matchings, handling techniques and ideas, and includes exclusive access to a video tutorial by celebrated New Zealand chef Josh Emett on how to design and prepare the perfect cheese board.

    Having achieved the Basic Affineur Skills EduBit, the New World Long Bay deli staff members are now able to share their cheese knowledge and handling skills with customers and clients.

    New World Long Bay supermarket co-owner Marcus Te Brake says this is of great value to not only his staff but to his business as a whole.

    “There is value in my deli staff being able to converse with customers on the subject of cheese. It presents upselling opportunities. As a business owner, this additional knowledge provides a marketplace edge. It contributes to the overall ‘customer experience’ and adds credibility to our fresh foods offerings.

    “It has also resulted in an increase in general engagement from the respective team members. They are definitely more confident.”

    Marcus says EduBits’ “bite-sized” method of professional development enables employees to upskill while in-work, which make them stand out from other professional development options.

    “They are highly approachable.”

    Whitestone Cheese Managing Director Simon Berry, who took the idea for the Affineur Academy to Otago Polytechnic cookery senior lecturer Chris Smith after "spotting a gap in the market", says some of his own staff are about to graduate with the Basic Affineur Skills EduBit.

    “This is about walking the talk. It’s a matter of credibility.

    “For example, Whitestone’s National Sales & Trade Marketing Manager, Franco Sessa, has just been awarded his Basic Affineur Skills EduBit,” Simon says.

    “Franco now has a digital credential proving this knowledge. In fact, it’s part of his email signature. This is powerful messaging for Whitestone, both as a brand and as an employer.

    “We are developing the market so people who handle cheese have a greater understanding – they can go on to provide consumers, in both home and restaurant environments, a greater cheese experience.”

    Chris Smith says the Affineur Academy EduBit is empowering at both an individual and industry level.

    “Being a chef, I guess one of the really curious things about making a cheese board is nobody really knows what to do. We just kind of cut up a few cheeses, put them on a plate with a selection of nuts and crackers and whatever else. It’s always pretty basic.

    “We’re trying to do is raise the profile and knowledge around cheese, which thus enhances others’ experience,” Chris explains.

    “In short, it’s about getting the people who handle cheese – for example, deli staff or chefs – to know more about the product and what to match it with, and to relay that knowledge to the customer.”

    Read more about the Basic Affineur Skills EduBit, which is recognised as equivalent to 5 Credits on the NZQF at Level 4 and has been awarded by Otago Polytechnic, an NZQA-accredited Category One provider.

    Read more about EduBits, New Zealand’s premier micro-credentialing service.

    Caption: New World Long Bay staff members Eleanor McKibbon (left) and Maia Wood and Whitestone Cheese Co. National Sales & Trade Marketing Manager, Franco Sessa, celebrate receiving their Basic Affineur Skills EduBit at a ceremony in Auckland.

    Photo credit: Brendon O'Hagan

     

  • Volunteering at the Auckland City Mission (September 23 2019)

    A group of students and staff spent four hours volunteering at the Auckland City Mission on Friday.

    The group prepared food, served lunch to more than 120 people, and washed the dishes.

    Placement Coordinator, Anastasia Timoshkina, said the students treated the guests as friends. 

    "In general, it was amazing experience. All the students felt that they contributed to the society somehow and they would love to repeat this experience."

    It's the second time our students have volunteered at the Auckland City Mission. We'll return with another group at the end of November.

  • Hockey Scholarship recipients announced (September 16 2019)

    Congratulations to Abby Lennon and Taylor Duffy, recipients of the inaugural Otago Polytechnic and Otago Hockey Scholarship.

    Originally from Gore, Abby will begin studying for a Bachelor of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic in 2020, while Taylor will study Occupational Therapy.

    The scholarships cover a maximum of three years study, depending on the specific programme, and will take effect from the beginning of 2020.

    The scholarships are performance-based: recipients must meet the entry criteria for their programme of study and are required to pass 70% of their programme each year; they are also required to consistently perform at a high (representative) sporting level.

    “Sports scholarships like these allow hockey to present the option of study to young up-and-coming athletes from around Otago and New Zealand,” says Megan Gibbons, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Learner Experience, Otago Polytechnic.

    “This has to be good for both our local and regional sport and the education providers in the city.”

    Abby, who played for the Rangi Ruru 1st XI, went on to be a key member of a successful Canterbury Under-18 regional team, a member of the Canterbury Cats National League squad, and was selected in the New Zealand Under-18 programme in 2018.

    Taylor has played for the Southern Under-18 and Under-21 teams as well as the title-winning Momona Hockey Club after being a stalwart of the successful St Hilda's 1st XI.

    Otago Hockey General Manager Andy McLean says the initiative is exciting news for young hockey players throughout New Zealand.

    “Dunedin is a fantastic place to combine tertiary education and sporting ambition.

    “The hockey turf is adjacent to Otago Polytechnic’s Student Village, Te Pā Tauira, and Otago Polytechnic’s campus is just across the road. And High Performance Sport New Zealand is just around the corner at the stadium. It is pretty special,” McLean says.

    Read about all our Scholarships

  • Success Story: Dmitrii Golyshev (September 16 2019)

    Dmitrii Golyshev was struck by the friendly and relaxed nature of New Zealanders when he made the move here from Moscow.

    He and his family had been thinking about moving overseas for a few years before he attended a seminar about overseas educational services in 2017.

    He met OPAIC’s marketing manager for Russia there and they spoke about life in New Zealand.

    “Despite never being in New Zealand before I felt that this could be a comfortable place for my family,” said Dmitrii.

    He and his family decided to first visit New Zealand as tourists. They found they loved the country and they took the opportunity to discuss study options available at OPAIC.  

    As soon as they returned home to Russia, they began preparing for the move.

    Moving to New Zealand was like coming to another planet but he and his wife loved the country and the relaxed nature of the people.

    “People here are really, really open-minded and friendly to other people.”

    When they first arrived, their landlord helped them with their grocery shopping until they got a car and helped with other things too.

    Dmitrii says another great feature of New Zealand is that you are always near a beach.

    He also likes smaller cities outside of Auckland. He’s travelled around the North Island with his family – going to Napier, Tauranga, Rotorua, Wellington and Taupo.

    “You have a lot of beautiful places here. A lot of beautiful spots - nature. You feel like you are part of this nature.”

    Dmitrii’s family now lives in central Auckland, where he says there are many opportunities to socialise and meet people. They can walk anywhere they need to go in 10 to 15 minutes.

    Dmitrii has just finished his Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management. He says studying was more challenging than he expected, particularly because he was studying in a new language and it had been many years since he’d completed his last qualification.

    Educational methods were also different in New Zealand. Students were encouraged to express their points of view and think critically, which he says is important.

    On top of study, Dmitrii got involved in extracurricular activities at OPAIC. He was a student ambassador and took part in volunteering activities.

    Back home Dmitrii has worked in senior roles in marketing, advertising and media. Now that he’s finished his study, he hopes to find work in one of those industries in New Zealand.

  • Otago Polytechnic receives international award for OERu course (September 12 2019)

    An online course developed by Otago Polytechnic for the OERu international network headquartered in Dunedin has won the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Award for Excellence in Distance Education Materials.

    The “Learning in a Digital Age” course won the Open Educational Resources (OER) category and was announced at the ninth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 11 September 2019.

    The Pan-Commonwealth Forum is a triennial gathering organised by COL for the 53 member states of the Commonwealth, to increase the capacity of developing nations to meet the demand for access to quality education and training.

    This year’s forum, co-hosted by the UK’s Open University, a founding partner of the Open Educational Resources universitas (OERu), has attracted over 600 delegates from more than 60 countries.

    The Excellence in Distance Education Awards are a highlight of the forum, recognising institutional achievement and excellence in open distance education. 

    “OER-enabled online courses, which learners can study for free, provide unprecedented access to educational opportunities around the world,” says Dr Wayne Mackintosh, New Zealand’s UNESCO Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. 

    “We are proud that OERu’s rigorous planning and commitment to the design of innovative and high quality OER courses has been recognised through this award by an intergovernmental organisation of COL’s stature.”

    Ms Andy Brown, Head of Academic Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, accepted the award on behalf of the OERu international network. The “Learning in a Digital Age” course is recognised for academic credit towards the Certificate of Higher Education in Business conferred by the University, and is the OERu’s first UK-based qualification gained exclusively through OER online courses. 

    Headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, the OERu is an exemplar of sustainable philanthropy by promoting the creation and unrestricted re-use of free educational resources. 

    Recently, Otago Polytechnic approved “Learning in a Digital Age” for inclusion as an elective course in some of its own degree programmes. In this way, Otago Polytechnic learners will benefit directly from the OERu’s international development work, while having the unique opportunity to interact with learners across five continents.

    The OERu is committed to utilising open education approaches to support learning for development. This year, the OERu has established an Outreach Partnership Programme whereby qualifying institutions in the developing world can join this international network for free, and assist in promoting uptake of the ‘Learning in a Digital Age’ micro-courses for learners. The August 2019 cohort offering of the course enrolled 800 learners from 66 different countries, with 70% of participants residing in developing countries. 

    “The OERu's core mission is to widen access to more affordable education with pathways to achieve credible credentials, especially for learners currently excluded from the privilege of a tertiary education,” says Emeritus Professor Jim Taylor, member of the OER Foundation Board and Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

    “Many educators believe in expanding affordable access to higher education, but what may be difficult for institutions to deliver individually becomes possible through active participation in the OERu international innovation partnership."

    About COL

    The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) was created by Commonwealth Heads of Government in 1987, to promote the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources, and technologies. Hosted by the Government of Canada, COL is the world’s only intergovernmental organisation solely concerned with the promotion and development of distance education and open learning.

    About OERu

    Following an international open meeting with funding support from UNESCO, the Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) was established in 2011 to facilitate access to open online courses for learners around the world.

    A growing international network of socially motivated institutions contributes to the creation of OERu courses and provides affordable opportunities for learners to gain academic credit towards recognised qualifications. Operational costs for shared OERu infrastructure are funded through membership in the OER Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2009 by Otago Polytechnic. Surplus revenue is invested into charitable activities for the benefit of the network. OERu partners donate OERu course content for free, but may charge a small fee to learners for assessment and credentialing services.

  • Fashion meets sustainability (August 30 2019)

    New Zealand Fashion Week has provided our business students with the perfect opportunity to get out of the classroom and put principles of sustainability into practice.

    Students in our Implementing Sustainable Practice course visited Auckland Central City Library yesterday, where they learned how to use vintage sewing machines to work with repurposed materials.

    The sewing workshops are part of the library’s New Zealand Fashion Week events.

    Business lecturer, Sanjay Sharma, said the visit allowed students to explore the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental, and social. It was also a good lesson in how to reduce consumption.

  • Industry guest for Construction students (August 29 2019)

    Our Construction students had the opportunity to hear from an experienced industry guest yesterday. 

    Red Zhou is a quantity surveyor who has been working at Hawkins since 2006.

    Yesterday he delivered a workshop to quantity surveying students from a number of different cohorts. The topic of the workshop was Estimating and Measurement: work-based examples and challenges of a junior quantity surveyor.

    The challenges discussed included conditions of the tender requirement, reading drawings and specifications, and teamwork and collaboration.

    Ways to overcome those challenges included communicating, asking questions, and time management.

    Construction Lecturer, LipWah Ho, said the session was a great opportunity for students to connect to the industry. It allowed them to relate what they’d learned in the classroom to the real world.

    Students enjoyed the workshop citing good and helpful insights into Red’s experience as a junior quantity surveyor working his way up to a senior quantity surveyor position.

    Lip said students also found the advice given by Red helpful in terms of choosing a quantity surveying career path based on one’s strengths.

    “Last but not least, students now feel more confident to take on the challenges of the future.”

  • Employer priorities (August 27 2019)

    Preliminary findings from our Learner Capability Framework (LCF) research project are now available.

    In 2018 51 staff interviewed 163 employers to find out which learner capabilities employers most wanted in their new employees. Initial analysis of the recorded interviews identified the top 10 learner capabilities that were prioritised by employers in each industry sector, from a list of 25 capabilities developed from earlier research. Transcription of the interviews is under way now, so that deeper analysis can be undertaken.

    On 26 and 27 March we shared the preliminary results from the interviews with our staff, especially those who had conducted the interviews. They were keen to see the results and to include these in programme reviews and curriculum planning. 

    We have developed the LCF Employer Priorities Index booklet for dissemination to staff and to employers and stakeholders interviewed. This will also be shared with the implementation team for inclusion in their online tool and for further use for curriculum development. The booklet provides context and an introduction to the development of the LCF, the capabilities index to inform curriculum development, and an indicative barometer of what each sector considers are important capabilities in their employees.

    Preliminary findings were reported to tertiary educators in other institutions at a national symposium on 15/16 April, to participating employers on 15 May, and to other organisations on 22 May, at an event hosted by the Otago Southland Employers Association. Research in 2019 was undertaken with assistance from Ako Aotearoa's National Project Fund.

    Read the Employer Priorities Index here.

    May 2019

  • Analysis of Employer Interviews (August 27 2019)

    We've now completed the detailed analysis of the employer interviews about Learner Capabilities.

    During the Phase One research, during 2018, detailed notes and recordings were taken during the employer interviews. These identified both the 10 most desirable capabilities that related to the research clusters, and also a wealth of information relating to the different nuances associated with this phase of the study and the workplace. With funding from Ako Aotearoa, in 2019 we have transcribed and analysed the long-form interview, extrapolating further nuanced information from each employer’s interview that gives colour to their choices for the 10 most desirable capabilities. It also provides other interpretations of the ideas of capabilities in the workplace, and for graduates. The findings will inform the research team going forward and the implementation team around the mapping of the tool into the classroom.

    You can read about the results sector by sector in our Employer Transcript Analysis, presenting the summary analyses of interview transcripts for 15 areas. The priorities mentioned above can be recognised in these analyses but more information is also made available. For example, the employer/stakeholder views on complexities around capabilities, and impressions of the Learner Capability Framework as a whole. It also canvases their experiences of Otago Polytechnic graduates, ideas about the online tool for tracking evidence of capabilities, and reflections of Otago Polytechnic education for capabilities and competencies. Salient comments by employers/stakeholders are included.

    The Employer Transcript Analysis is available online here.

    We have also made available the toolkit of resources that we used for this stage of the research.

    August 2019

  • Success Story: Akshay Varasadiya (August 20 2019)

    Akshay Varasadiya never considered coming to New Zealand before his friend recommended OPAIC.

    “He told me Otago Polytechnic is one of the best in Auckland city, so you should apply at this college,” Akshay says.

    After researching the polytechnic and getting feedback from past students, Akshay decided to sign up.

    The move to New Zealand was his first overseas trip. He’s glad he selected New Zealand and feels proud of the country when he discusses it with friends studying in the USA, Australia and Canada.

    “Compared to that, New Zealand is the best, for study, culture, atmosphere, for everything.”

    He says New Zealand is all about unity and diversity. He can meet all kinds of people and get global exposure here. 

    Akshay says the best parts about studying at OPAIC were the lectures, the friendly culture, and the personal attention he received. During the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, he learned about business, and marketing as well as IT. 

    Now that he’s finished his diploma he’s started his own company, called SmartBrainz, with a former professor. He says he's putting everything he learned at at the polytechnic into practice in his work.

    Akshay is the project manager for the company which specialises in website development, application development (android and IOS), software development, search engine optimisation, digital marketing, and all kinds of graphic services.

    It’s only been going a few months but has already has several clients. One business they work with is a cosmetic salon where Akshay completed an internship during his time at OPAIC.

    Akshay managed to secure some additional clients during a recent Showcase on campus, which brought students, staff and industry partners together to share research.

    Read more about the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.

  • Central Campus students win medals at national culinary competition (August 14 2019)

    A team from Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus has won gold and silver medals in the Kitchen and Front of House sections of the prestigious annual Nestlé Toque d’Or student culinary competition.

    Culinary students Charlie Burton and Edson Sy proved to be strong competitors in the kitchen, claiming a silver for their three-course menu comprising Akaroa salmon pave, followed by oven-roasted New Zealand beef sirloin and chocolate finger crunch bar.

    Pitted against competitors from around New Zealand, the students were required to create a three-course menu at the competition.

    The pressure was on throughout the three-hour live kitchen cook-off, as the team battled the clock and the scrutiny of top industry judges. Any errors made by competitors during the event resulted in lost points.

    Competing teams were marked against WorldChefs International Judging Standards, which included food preparation, presentation, taste and service.

    Harmanish Kaur Rangi won a gold medal, impressing patrons with her front-of-house service skill-set in a simulated restaurant at NZMA in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

    In addition, Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus won the Moffat Innovation Award. An integral part of the competition, it requires teams to use a Nestlé Professional product outside of its intended application.

    This year was the 29th anniversary of Nestlé Toque d’Or, which is New Zealand’s longest running and most prestigious student cookery and restaurant service event. Held in 17 other countries around the world, it has launched the careers of many world-famous chefs.

    Photo caption: Otago Polytechnic Central Campus Culinary students Charlie Burton (left) and Edson Sy cook up a storm at the prestigious annual Nestlé Toque d’Or competition at NZMA, Auckland.

    Read more about our Hospitality programme

     

  • Welcoming our new students (August 8 2019)

    Our newest students are learning about everything OPAIC has to offer at this week’s Orientation.

    We’re welcoming students from countries including Russia, Nepal, China, Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Thailand and Vietnam for Study Block 4.

    ICT and Facilities Manager Sonny Teio began yesterday’s Orientation activities with a traditional Māori introduction, or Mihi.

    He talked about how his parents had come to New Zealand to achieve their dream of providing a better life for their children. Sonny says he got educated at Otago Polytechnic and is now living an amazing life because of the sacrifices his parents made.

    Sonny said he knew the students arriving this week had also come with a dream or a vision, and the OPAIC team would do its very best to help them succeed.

    Executive Director: Academic Alex McKegg then welcomed the students to Tāmaki Makaurau.

    “What I know about all of you is that you are brave and adventurous. You’ve left your homes and families and everything that was comfortable, and you’ve come to New Zealand to take up the challenges of studying in a new country.”

    She encouraged them to bring that adventurous spirit to their studies. She said our experiential learning and teaching approach might be different to what they were used to - they would have the opportunity to develop their capabilities as well as their technical knowledge. They would also have the chance to engage with industry, develop their employability skills, and socialise with other students.

    Student Success Manager Annemarie Meijnen told students they had made a great choice in coming to OPAIC.

    “We’ve got outstanding academic staff and dedicated teams of service professionals here to support you at every step of your learning journey.”

    Yesterday’s activities also included a Maori Cultural Performance, presentations, quizzes, games, and a campus tour.

    Orientation continues today with programme introductions from department heads, and an Emloyability afternoon.

    Check out our Orientation photos over on Facebook.

  • Promoting employability thinking (August 7 2019)

    OPAIC staff are getting familiar with the latest research around graduate employability through a series of interactive workshops.

    Senior Researcher: Learner Capability Implementation, Dr Behnam Soltani, is leading five sessions with each OPAIC team. Each session focuses on a separate theme. Those themes are cultural capital, social capital, psychological capital, identity capital, and human capital.

    The sessions are based on research findings from interviews with 50 New Zealand employers around graduate employability. They cover theoretical frameworks, extracts from employer narratives, and practical implications for teaching and learning. The workshops are designed to promote employability thinking among staff and students.

  • Success Story: Farjana Rahman (August 6 2019)

    Interning at The Peace Foundation was an eye-opener for Farjana Rahman, who now knows what she wants to do in her career.

    Farjana recently finished the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management at OPAIC. She spent time interning at The Peace Foundation as part of her course. The organisation offers programmes, services and resources that help establish and maintain peaceful relationships. Those resources are used in schools, homes and communities, in New Zealand and overseas.

    Farjana has always had an interest in the not for profit sector and has previously worked as a teacher. She came to New Zealand because she wanted to test her capabilities in an international environment and prove herself.

    The Corporate Relations Team at OPAIC took her interests into account when they helped her to secure her internship.

    Farjana interned as a data base officer, updating school information in The Peace Foundation’s database and looking for gaps in communication between the Foundation and the schools.

    She says it was a great learning opportunity for her.

    Her vision has become clear since completing her internship and diploma and her dream has become bigger.

    “My focus is on serving and developing the education sector and making a difference in students’ lives.”

    She says she's seen great examples of how to do that from the teachers who helped her throughout her course.

    “The strategies they are implementing and the ways they teach are amazing.”

    They taught her all the relevant theory, as well as how to implement that theory in the business world and she enjoyed that study approach.

    “I really like the way they put all the knowledge into practice. That’s quite important for us.”

    Farjana says she also got a lot of help from student support services at OPAIC.

    “The way they empower students is amazing. They really find the potential in the students. I really appreciate the way they found out my potential.”

  • VE Reforms: media wrap-up (July 17 2019)

    The Otago Daily Times is again providing extensive coverage and support of Otago Polytechnic in the face of the Government’s proposal to reform the vocational education sector. Here’s a summary of media articles in the past week:

    In a strongly worded piece on 13 July, Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker urged the coalition Government to respect some fundamental truths.

    Read more


    On 19 July, the ODT noted in an editorial: “The Government, including Dunedin North MP David Clark, can talk all it likes about local committees or advisory boards and the need for flexibility to meet local needs. But the reality is a centralised model will over time degrade and destroy the vitality, flexibility, innovation and local commitment vital to the southern polytechnics.”

    Read more


    An excellent long-form feature article by Bruce Munro in the Weekend Mix magazine on 20 July examined the track record of centralisation, highlighted what is at risk and provided clear examples of Otago Polytechnic’s benefits to the community. 

    Read more


    A proposed expansion of the Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus is an example of ''the future of vocational education''.

    Read more


    Otago Polytechnic’s "ecosystem" is under threat, Ray O’Brien says in an opinion piece on 15 July.

    Read more


    Thursdays are Otago Polytechnic academic Caroline's McCaw's favourite day of the week. 

    Read more


    A new digital tool, called i am capable, has been developed to help Otago Polytechnic students identify and develop their transferable skills.

    Read more


    Otago Polytechnic has been bucking the trend when it comes to declining numbers of men enrolling in the past decade

    Read more


    Unlocking information on different iwi and hapu will hopefully help New Zealanders with Maori heritage strengthen their identity, says Otago Polytechnic IT student Kane Dunn, recipient of a Matawaka Scholarship.

    Read more

  • Health education through games (July 18 2019)

    Computer games can help young people learn how to look after their health.

    One of New Zealand's health problems is the increasing number of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes, which may be related to an increasing prevalence of obesity. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and/or when the pancreas gland stops producing enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that promotes the uptake of glucose from the blood into cells so that it can be metabolised (broken down) and used by the body as an energy source. 

    Dr Nilufar Baghaei, Head of Information Technology department at our Auckland International Campus, led a team to design and develop mobile games to help children learn about type 2 diabetes. Starting with the open source version of Mario, they modified it so that Mario has diabetes. While Mario runs and jumps over obstacles to rescue the princess, he also has to watch his blood sugar. The character needs to make decisions about food options that present themselves, eg a chocolate bar versus an apple. The game shows children the difference between these foods on the character's energy levels, which increase quickly and then go down quickly if the chocolate is chosen for example.

    The game is a tool to educate young people about type 2 diabetes to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle and prevent the development of diabetes. Nilufar is currently working with a team at the University of Auckland, led by Dr Ralph Maddison, and Middlemore Hospital on a clinical trial which has Health Research Council funding 2017-2019. The clinical trial will test the changes in knowledge of diabetes which the game can achieve. This research project paves the way for the systematic design and development of full-fledged computer games dedicated to diabetes education in the future.

  • Success Story: Fabianna Cinelli Maroni (July 16 2019)

    Recent graduate Fabianna Cinelli got great work experience interning at a top hotel chain in Auckland, during her time at OPAIC.

    Now she’s moved to Wellington to start her career in New Zealand.

    She came to New Zealand because her partner wanted to start a new life here. Since arriving, Fabianna’s fallen in love with the country, its culture, and the lifestyle.

     “I chose OPAIC because I believe it is a solid, well known and recognised institution where I could learn and have support to develop myself and my career.”

    Fabianna says she was keen to find an internship while she studied, and didn’t mind if it was paid or not.

    Fabianna previously completed a bachelor’s degree in communication and psychology in Brazil and has experience working in human resources.

    But she knew she had to take things a step at a time since she was starting a new life in a new country and speaking a different language.

    “The main goal was to learn and understand the work environment in New Zealand.”

    She also wanted to create networking opportunities, develop herself as a professional, do some team work, and gain knowledge of New Zealand law.

    Last but not least, she wanted to gain confidence in a new environment with a new language.

    Fabianna says she had the support of the Corporate Relations and Employability staff at OPAIC. They helped her find her internship at one of the biggest hotel chains in the world.

     “As soon my internship came to an end, I got a job offer and I’m about to start my career in NZ.”

    Fabianna will be working in human resources in Wellington.

    Read more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management.

  • Incorporating culture into teaching (July 18 2019)

    Information Technology lecturer Dr Suhaimi (Hymie) Latif brought his cultural background into his Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, which he recently completed through Capable NZ.

    His Model of Practice was based on three Islamic concepts called Ta’lim, Tarbiyah and Ta’dib.

    Ta’lim refers to the transmission of knowledge, Tarbiyah to human development, and Ta’dib to ethics and discipline.

    Hymie says the three processes are interrelated and the holistic three-process model now guides his unique identity as an educator. 

    During his qualification, Hymie reflected on his personal history and professional growth from an industry professional to an academic lecturer.

    He says he’s grateful to the CapableNZ facilitator Jeremy Taylor, and assessors David McMaster and Heather Carpenter for their inspiring comments and feedback.

    “David surprised me with his excellent pronunciation of a few Arabic terms presented in my portfolio.  Heather’s experience in assessment design is truly inspirational.”

    “Terima Kasih (Thank you) to my facilitator Jeremy Taylor for his guidance and comments throughout my journey.”

  • Creating learner-centred environments (July 17 2019)

    Principal lecturer Dr Indrapriya (Indra) Kularatne undertook the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of tertiary education, which he could apply in his day-to-day teaching.

    He says he’s learned about concepts and theories of teaching. He now knows more about designing interesting teaching sessions, creating learner-centred class environments and developing effective assessments.

    Indra has started applying a number of new approaches in his teaching since completing the qualification.

    These include using online Ed-tech tools in classroom activities. He also uses well-designed group work activities enabling students to engage in academic work equitably and share their knowledge with the group members.

    Indra says he’s been working hard to create a warm, welcoming, learner-centred and friendly classroom environment.

    Indra completed the programme by distance study through the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus.

    “Studying while working was a challenge. I used my professional development block effectively to complete most of my course work.”

    He says the course was led and facilitated by a team of highly experienced teaching staff who provided excellent support. He especially thanked Dr Bronwyn Hegarty for her guidance and support throughout the course.

  • Addressing the diverse needs of learners (July 15 2019)

    All of our teaching staff are experts in their fields, with academic and industry experience. Recently, many have been working to upskill themselves by completing the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education through Otago Polytechnic.

    This week we’ll introduce you to three staff members who have recently completed the diploma and outline how the experience has shaped the way they teach.

    Construction Lecturer Dr Don Samarasinghe says the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education taught him about effective learning and teaching strategies.

    He learned to design and deliver an inclusive curriculum to address the diverse needs of learners.

    Additionally, he can now construct and implement effective assessment practices for assessing learner progress and achievement.

     “Through this qualification, I am now confident to deliver better quality service to my students and OPAIC.”

    Don says he has transformed into a class facilitator who is far different from who he was before completing the GDTE.

    “I think now my presence in the class is warm and relaxed, allowing students to feel comfortable, which encourages them to be active participants in the lesson.”

    He believes that making students feel comfortable, safe and included promotes learning. Don says he acknowledges each student and they, in turn, support his teaching.

    “I use experiential learning activities integrated into my teaching style to bring high levels of student engagement.”

    Don gives his students opportunities to ask questions and get clarity.

    “I have become a person who regularly reflects on thoughtful feedback received from the students.”

    He’s learned about employing reflective processes to improve his practices and respond to relevant trends within the tertiary education context.

    “I believe that reflection supports sustainable education. My vision in my teaching career is to become an example of an educator who is knowledge-driven, research-active, creative, personable and supportive.”

  • Otago Polytechnic celebrates Distinguished Alumni Awards (May 23 2019)

    A broad range of passionate graduates were recognised at Otago Polytechnic’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

    The awards ceremony, held at Manaaki on Friday 17 May, featured nine nominees, including award-winning, internationally recognised artist Michel Tuffery, Olympic and Commonwealth Games triathlete Tony Dodds, and Black Ferns rugby player Phillipa (Pip) Love.

    Otago Community Hospice Chief Executive Ginny Green was also honoured, along with fellow public health executives Heather Casey (Director of Nursing – Mental Health and Addictions, Southern District Health Board) and Kaye Cheetham (Director of Allied Health, SDHB).

    Previous winners of Distinguished Alumni Awards include visionary McDonald’s franchise owner Justin Stonelake, and New Zealand sports representatives Kelly Brazier (Rugby Sevens), Holly Robinson (Javelin), and DJ Forbes (Rugby Sevens).

    Otago Polytechnic’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients:

    Heather Casey, Diploma in Nursing (1992), Director of Nursing – Mental Health and Addictions, Southern District Health Board

    Kaye Cheetham, Diploma in Occupational Therapy (1993), Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice (2003), Director of Allied Health, Southern District Health Board

    Tony Dodds, Diploma in Sporting Performance (2006), Triathlete

    Ginny Green, Diploma in Nursing (1991), Chief Executive Officer, Otago Community Hospice

    Phillipa (Pip) Love, Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning (Level 7) (2013), Strength and Conditioning Coach, Rugby Player

    Lorraine Ritchie, Diploma in Nursing (1987), Nurse Consultant, SDHB (part time), Professional Practice Fellow, University of Otago

    Michel Tuffery, Diploma in Fine Arts (Hons) majoring in printmaking (1988), Master of Fine Arts (Honorary) (2014), Artist, Tuffery Art Management

    Mike Waddell, NZ Certificate in Engineering (1983), Advanced Trade Certificate (Fitting and Turning) (1974), Director External Relations, Communications and Marketing, Otago Polytechnic

    Thomas Wynne, Bachelor of Social Services (Counselling) (2018), Media Advisor to the Cook Islands Prime Minister

     

  • Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund grant (March 13 2019)

    We are very pleased to announce that our Learner Capability research project has been awarded funding from Ako Aotearoa for 2019/20.

    This grant will enable us to build on the work already undertaken in 2018, when 50 staff members  interviewed more than 160 employers and stakeholders in a range of professions and industries. We have summarised the interviews to pinpoint employers’ prioritisation of the learner capabilities that graduates need to enhance their employability. The interviews are also currently being transcribed and analysed for further, rich information about how we can improve our curriculae.

    Phase 2 this year will involve gathering information from our alumni about their experiences as graduates in the workplace and Phase 3 this year will focus on workplace observations to determine how capabilties play out in real world scenarios. This phase will tell us more about which capabilities will enhance the employability of graduates. Further phases are planned for 2020.

    The object is to deliver and implement a learner capability framework that enables learners to develop and evidence transferable capabilities that will set them up for success in employment.

  • Congratulations to our graduates (December 14 2018)

    A record 740 people are graduating in person from Otago Polytechnic today.

    More than 320 graduands took the stage for the first of two graduation ceremonies at the Dunedin Town Hall at 12.30pm, the qualifications including Information Technology, Nursing, Physical Activity, Health, Wellness and Sport, as well as business degrees earned through Capable New Zealand.

    Another 413 people graduated in person in the second ceremony at 3.30pm, qualifications including those gained through Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland campus, the Dunedin School of Art, as well as Design, Tourism, Early Childhood, and Social Services.

    Guest speakers at the ceremonies were former international netballer Jodie Brown and Tahu Potiki.

    A total of 840 people graduated in absentia, bringing the total to 1580, eclipsing Otago Polytechnic’s 2017 December graduate record of 1463.

    Watch the Otago Daily Times graduation parade video

    Check out our pre-parade photos

    Read graduate Kathy Howard’s inspiring story

  • Otago Polytechnic receives excellence award (November 1 2018)

    Otago Polytechnic has been presented with a prestigious organisational excellence award — the Baldrige-affiliated Performance Excellence Study Award (PESA).

    Errol Slyfield, Chief Executive of Business Excellence NZ, formally presented the award to Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker at a ceremony at the Hub on Wednesday October 31.

    Also present was PESA evaluator Steven Garlick, who congratulated Otago Polytechnic on being 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 journey towards PESA recognition was initiated more than a decade ago by Phil Ker, who had a vision to develop and embed a culture committed to continuous improvement. 

    “I’m exceptionally proud to receive this award on behalf of Otago Polytechnic today,” Phil said at the ceremony.

    “The award recognises the robust and lengthy process we went through to develop a world-class institution, always seeking to do better.

    “Quality is never about instant gratification – it is about digging in for the long term, and our staff have done this.”

    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 award-winning application was Otago Polytechnic’s fourth attempt, the institution having made 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.”

     

     

  • Ngā Kete unveiled (October 14 2018)

    The blessing and unveiling of our new sculpture, Ngā Kete, was held on Monday 15 October.

    View the photo gallery on Facebook. 

    Watch a video from the event.

    Created by award-winning artist and Dunedin School of Art distinguished alumnus Michel Tuffery (MNZM), the 2.5m sandcast bronze was selected after an extensive process involving more than eight proposals.

    Ngā Kete, which is positioned near the entrance to The Hub at our Dunedin Campus, serves as a reminder that those who enter Otago Polytechnic fill their kete with knowledge.

    Following a conch-horn welcome from Pesamino Tili, and a mihi and karakia led by Matapura Ellison, Phil Ker, Michel Tuffery, and Dunedin City Councillor Marie Laufiso all spoke.

    The event also included St Hilda's and John McGlashan Kapa Haka, John McGlashan pipers, and Le Apatonga and Koko Tuffery (Michel's daughter), who danced the ura pa'u. The music, song, dance and performance was a cross cultural ‘tour de force’, and an inspiration to all those who were present.

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

    The sculpture has been designed to function as a sundial within the courtyard. At night, up-lighting will enhance Ngā Kete’s woven textures.

    There is a stone from Rarotonga buried under the sculpture and the stone on the top is from Rakiura/Stewart Island – placed there by the artist.

    Ngā Kete is the first in a range of art works destined to create dialogue, intrigue and learning at our Dunedin campus. Our Art on Campus plan aims to enhance our cultural presence in Dunedin and continue to build the strong reputation of the Dunedin School of Art.

  • Staff forum video: Campus development (September 10 2018)

    If you missed the staff forum about our campus development plans, you can watch the video below. 

    There were a few technical glitches during the forum, but it's worth bearing with the video to learn more about our building plans and how the hospital rebuild will impact OP. 

    Watch the video here.

    Our next staff forum will be held on Friday 19 October. Jo Brady, DCE People, Performance and Development, will go through our Work Environment Survey (WES) results. 
    View the event listing here.

    View the building shading graphics here.

  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (September 5 2018)

    Kia ora whanau, and welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week! 

    To celebrate, we're sharing a rerenga korero mō te rā (phrase of the day) every day of the week, and we've got some great activities happening throughout the week too. At lunchtimes during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori we will be creating a Manu Aute (kite), and you're welcome to join and play some interactive games that incorporate Te Reo and Māori concepts. 

     

    Monday 10 September 

    Rerenga korero mō te rā (Phrase of the Day) 

    Kei te pēhea koe? – How are you?

    Not sure how to pronounce it? Check out the video here

    Event

    Wairua Puhou performance
    A kapahaka performance by students from Otago Girls High School and Otago Boys High School.
    12noon in The Hub. 

    Tuesday 11 September

    Rerenga korero mō te rā (Phrase of the Day) 

    Kei hea ā Ron? – Where is Ron?

    Not sure how to pronounce it? Check out the video here.

    Event

    Māori Language Revitalisation
    With Dr Gianna Leoni
    12noon in G106

     

    Wednesday 12 September 

    Rerenga korero mō te rā (Phrase of the Day) 

    He aha te wā? – What is the time?

     

    Thursday 13 September 

    Rerenga korero mō te rā (Phrase of the Day) 

    He aha tõ ikoa/ingoa? – What is your name?

     

    Friday 14 September 

    Rerenga korero mō te rā (Phrase of the Day) 

    Nō hea koe? – Where are you from?