Otago Polytechnic

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Graham Burgess
Learning Leader - CARPENTRY grahamb@op.ac.nz


Brian Turner
Lecturer - CARPENTRY BTurner@op.ac.nz

  Matt Thompson
Senior Lecturer - CARPENTRY mthompson@op.ac.nz

Matt started his building career in 1990. He enrolled in the pre-trade carpentry course the same course he currently teaches. After Matt completed an apprenticeship, he worked in Dunedin as a builder before going overseas. He later returned to Dunedin and began teaching Carpentry at Otago Polytechnic in 2004. Matt is now a Senior Lecturer and is passionate about the building industry and getting people ready to work in it.

Publications and Research

Mann, S., Allen, E., Ker, G., Byars, R., Thompson, M., Jenkins, H (2014) Mobile devices to increase student engagement in constructivist tertiary vocational education during #NPF14LMD ASCILITE Conference, Dunedin, November. http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/posters/

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  Kevin Dunbar
Lecturer - CARPENTRY KevinD@op.ac.nz

Kevin has enjoyed working at the Otago Polytechnic over the last four years. He started as a Technician before progressing to lecturer in January 2010. Kevin has thirty years industry experience and knowledge to pass on. He obtained his teaching certificate in 2011 and lectures in carpentry. He likes working in this interesting and vibrant industry and enjoys getting students skilled and ready for work.

  Alan Fraser
Lecturer - CARPENTRY AFraser@op.ac.nz

Alan has worked in the building industry for twenty-five years, mostly in the residential sector. For the last eight years he has been a self-employed builder in Dunedin. Alan started as a carpentry lecturer at Otago Polytechnic in November 2012. He teaches the pre-carpentry course to students working towards gaining a carpentry apprenticeship. His teaching involves a mix of theory and practical work, culminating in the construction of a 3-4 bedroom house.

  David Finnie
Lecturer - CONSTRUCTION dfinnie@op.ac.nz

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

Publications and Research

Finnie, F. (2015) What's it really worth? NZ Construction News (21) April-May, 2015

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Bill Morrison
Lecturer - ARCH DRAUGHTING billyboy@op.ac.nz

  David Wade
SSenior Lecturer - ARCH DRAUGHTING dwade@op.ac.nz

David has fourteen years industry experience in various aspects of the draughting and computing industries. He was a part time CAD lecturer at Otago Polytechnic for ten years before becoming full time in 2005. He lectures across, and is the co-programme manager for, Architectural Draughting, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying programmes. He mainly teaches Computer Aided Draughting across the three years of the Architectural Draughting programme.


Jamie Todd
Technician - Carpentry jtodd@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Derrick Goodall
Lecturer - Carpentry dgoodall@op.ac.nz

Craig McAuliffe
Contractor - ADQSM craigm@op.ac.nz

Peter McDonald
Contractor - ADQSM peterm@op.ac.nz