Work-Integrated Learning leads to major event experiences

Source: Massey University

Massey alumni and New Zealand Rugby digital content producer Callum Smith interviews Canterbury player Nathan Vella.

Next week, Massey University Bachelor of Sport and Exercise graduate Callum Smith will be the guest speaker at the Beehive in Wellington for the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE) Conference, which promotes Work-Integrated Learning. The conference, which is sponsored by Massey University, will be opened by Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson.

Mr Smith is currently working for New Zealand Rugby as its digital content producer. During his final year at Massey he undertook work placement at the Manawatu Rugby Union as its match enhancement manager for the Manawatu Turbos.

“My experiences were challenging, yet rewarding and I accomplished tasks and pulled off events that I couldn’t have imagined,” he says. “The work environment was great and I received suggestions and help from a number of people.

“I developed my management skills through learning to effectively plan, organise, execute and control enhancement activities, and had the opportunity to develop a large range of contacts through networking with people from inside and outside the sports industry.”

He has already gained extensive mega-event experience, first working on the Masters Games in Auckland in 2017 as a venues assistant, before being employed at New Zealand Rugby as the marketing and ticketing coordinator for the New Zealand Sevens. He also went to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 where he was a transport manager.

Professor Andy Martin, who coordinates Massey’s Sport Event Management and Sport Practicum courses and is the conference manager and board member for NZACE, says, “Callum has developed quite a remarkable event management and marketing CV in a short space of time. He’s a great example of where a Massey degree can take graduates and how the sport practicum provides a significant stepping stone to enhance graduate employability.

“The insights Callum will be able to share will highlight the importance of understanding how to add value through event design and planning, and marketing and communication. His new role also exemplifies the added value that graduates can bring to an organisation, particularly in the rapidly developing areas of digital communication, online marketing and social media,” Professor Martin says.

Massey’s new Sport Development major,within the revised Bachelor of Sport and Exercise, will help prepare students for work in the varied and growing area of sport development by providing knowledge in topics such as sport organisational structure and function, event and facility management and sport coaching, along with sociological, performance and business issues linked to sport.

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Driving force of volcanic super-hazards uncovered

Source: Massey University

Associate Professor Gert Lube.

Massey volcanologists have discovered the driving force behind superheated gas-and-ash clouds from volcanic eruptions, which may help save lives and infrastructure around the globe. 

Endangering 500 million people worldwide, pyroclastic density currents (or pyroclastic flows) are the most common and lethal volcanic threat, causing 50 per cent of fatalities caused  by volcanic activity. During volcanic events, these currents transport hot mixtures of volcanic particles and gas over tens of kilometres, causing damage to infrastructure and loss of life.

One of the issues to studying these phenomena is that they are impossible to measure in real life. Using Massey’s Pyroclastic flow Eruption Large-scale Experiment (PELE) eruption simulator facility, the team were able to synthesize the natural behaviour of volcanic super-hazards and generate these flows as they occur in nature, but on a smaller scale.

Until now, scientists could not find the mechanism responsible for the super-mobility of these flows, and previous models were unable to accurately predict their velocity, runout and spread through hazard models, which put lives and infrastructure at risk. 

Massey University’s Associate Professor Gert Lube says that through their unique experiments, the enigmatic friction-cheating mechanism was found.

“With several tonnes of pumice and gas in motion, our large-scale eruption simulations uncovered the flow enigma that has been baffling researchers for decades. We measured a low-friction air cushion that is self-generated in these flows and perpetuates their motion. We were able to mathematically describe the resulting flow behavior. There is an internal process that counters granular friction, where air lubrication develops under high basal shear when air is locally forced downwards by reversed pressure gradients and displaces particles upward.

“This explains how the currents are able to propagate over slopes, bypass tortuous flow paths, and ignore rough substrates and flat and upsloping terrain, without slowing down.”

“The discovery necessitates a re-evaluation of global hazard mitigation strategies and models that aim to predict the velocity, runout and spreading of these flows. Discovery of this air-lubrication mechanism opens a new path towards reliable predictions of pyroclastic flow motion and the extreme runout potential of these lethal currents, thereby reducing future casualties. It will be used by hazard scientists, as well as decision makers, and is envisaged to lead to major revisions of volcanic hazard forecasts.”

The article, Generation of air lubrication within pyroclastic density currents, was published in Nature Geoscience.

Authors include Massey’s Professor Jim Jones, Dr Luke Fullard, Eric Breard and Joseph Dufek of the University of Oregon, Shane Cronin of University of Auckland and Ting Wang of the University of Otago. Funding includes Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Fund and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund.


EIT graduate Peter embraces his new life

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Peter Whalley has never shied away from accepting new challenges. In reward of his commitment, the passionate long-distance runner is now graduating with a Master of Health Science with Distinction. Shortly after submitting his thesis he decided on a big move to the bottom of the South Island.

Peter grew up in Rotorua as the youngest of four. “Our family was one of the real outdoorsy ones. We loved tramping and camping, and we spent a lot of time at the lake, in the forest, and at the beach.” Both parents were very sporty and introduced their children to all kinds of sports.

Straight out of high school Peter joined the army and completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at Massey University sponsored by the army. He trained as an officer at the New Zealand Officer Cadet School in Waiouru and worked on site as an Operations Officer coordinating medical support for army training exercises and operations.

After the devastating cyclone that hit Fiji in 2016, he was sent there as a Health Liaison Adviser to plan health logistics and to manage environmental health issues that affected the army personnel.   

As life goes however, Peter had fallen in love with a woman from Hawke’s Bay, Erica. He left the army in 2017 to move to Napier and to brush up his skills at EIT. “I thought that studying Health Science would open up new career perspectives.”

Shortly after taking up his studies he started to work part-time as a sports coordinator at Flaxmere College and then as a health and fitness tutor at EIT’s Trades Academy. “My scope was to introduce the students to work in a gym environment. I got a good insight into how challenging teaching is,” says 27-year-old Peter.

He very much enjoyed his year at EIT. “It was easy to establish relationships with our lecturers and to get in contact with fellow students.”

In his thesis, Peter compared the different forms of caffeine supplements – chewing gums, tablets and dissolvable strips – on running performance. “I really enjoyed carrying out the research. All of EIT’s staff were super helpful. I could even use the wine lab for my tests.”

His supervisor, Dr Carl Paton is full of praise for his straight-A-student. “His thesis is an excellent piece of work and I’m confident that it will fly through and get published in an international journal.”

For now however, it’s all about getting settled into his new life. Peter recently accepted a job offer as a health promotion adviser at the Southern District Health Board in Invercargill. The couple found a nice house and was surprised how much cheaper it is to rent compared to Hawke’s Bay.

“We will probably not get a lot of sun down here,” Peter says with a smile on his face, “but there is plenty of outdoor stuff to do. I went for a surf in January, and everyone wore warm wetsuits and boots. That was pretty astonishing.”

“I’m really happy to be in the work-force again and to apply my knowledge in both sports and health science to my new role.” Peter will probably need another set of warm clothes, a warm wetsuit, and a good raincoat. 


2019 graduation season begins

Source: Massey University

2018 graduands parade down Hurstmere Road to the Bruce Mason Centre.

More than 1400 students will graduate next week, marking the end of their study journey and the beginning of Massey University’s graduation events for 2019.

The ceremonies, held at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, start on Tuesday morning, and occur twice daily until the final ceremony on Thursday afternoon. There will also be events to celebrate Pasifika and Māori graduates on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

A total of 1437 students will graduate, including 18 with doctorates and 286 receiving master’s degrees. Graduation ceremonies will also take place in Palmerston North and Wellington next month.

Look out for Massey staff who will be on hand to take photos for social media before and after each ceremony. It’s a great chance to get some more casual photos with family and friends. These photos will be posted on Facebook, for students to share, like and comment on. We encourage Massey staff to engage with this content. It can be a great outlet for congratulating students, wishing them well for their next stage in life and inspiring future students.

Twitter and Instagram users attending graduation day, whether they are graduands, family, friends or staff, are encouraged to share highlights using the hashtag #MasseyGrad.

You can watch a live stream of each ceremony here.

Auckland Graduation Ceremonies 16-18 April 2019

Ceremony One – Tuesday, April 16 at 10.30am

Massey Business School – A

Ceremony Two – Tuesday April 16 at 2.30pm

Massey Business School – B

Ceremony Three – Wednesday, April 17 at 10.30am

College of Sciences

Ceremony Four – Wednesday, April 17 at 2.30pm

College of Creative Arts

College of Health

College of Sciences

New Zealand School of Music

Professional and Continuing Education

Ceremony Five – Thursday, April 18 at 10.30am

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – A

Ceremony Six – Thursday, April 18 at 2.30pm

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – B

Celebration to Honour Pasifika Graduates – Tuesday, April 16 at 6.30pm

Celebration to Honour Māori Graduates – Wednesday, April 17 at 6.30pm


Māori views on European colonisation, through French eyes

Source: University of Canterbury

08 April 2019

A new book published by Canterbury University Press brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori people, and gives compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time from a French perspective.

  • Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844–1846 is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin.

A new book published by Canterbury University Press brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori people, and gives compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time from a French perspective.

Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844–1846 is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin – known to Māori as Perekara or Père Garin – who was sent to run the remote Mangakāhia mission station on the banks of the Wairoa River.

Garin’s diaries are a human-centred record of life in a Māori community – he describes the relationships he formed with Māori men, women and children, including the chiefs who offered him protection while he lived among them, and also with his European neighbours. Garin came dangerously close to the action of the Northern War – he provides vivid accounts of contemporary events, and writes of prominent figures such as Hōne Heke and Kawiti. Father Garin moved to Nelson in 1850 and died there 39 years later. Nelson’s Garin College is named after him.

After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, European colonisation of New Zealand accelerated rapidly. In the 1840s, European settlers, including French missionaries, were spreading out over the country, reaching remote places such as Northland’s Wairoa River. However, the role of the French in New Zealand’s colonisation has been a neglected theme in our written histories, largely because of the challenge of dealing with French language material.

What did Māori think of this encroaching culture? How were the daily lives and thoughts of tangata whenua influenced by European activities and relationships? As a fluent te reo Māori speaker and astute observer Garin offers a fascinating first-hand account of his conversations with the Māori people he met and lived among. The three years of Garin’s diary have been translated into English and annotated by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, making this valuable primary source accessible to historians and general readers.

We came across French missionary Antoine Garin’s diaries many years ago,” Tremewan says. “I discovered some of his writings in Rome and Giselle wrote a biography on him in 2009. All his writing was in French, of course. Over the course of four to five years, we translated his diaries covering 1844-1846 so that English speakers can benefit from these resources.”

Living Among the Northland Māori will be launched on 14 April, the 130th anniversary of Garin’s death, at the University Bookshop, Ilam.

About the authors:

Peter Tremewan is a retired University of Canterbury academic who has written widely about the French in New Zealand and the Pacific in the 19th century. He was awarded the John Dunmore Medal (1991) and JM Sherrard Award in New Zealand History (1992) for his research in this area. His publications include French Akaroa (CUP, 1990, revised 2010). In 2007 the French government made him a Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes académiques.

Giselle Larcombe is a historian whose publications have focused on the French in New Zealand, especially the written records in French of the early French missionaries; her doctoral thesis, completed in 2009 under the tutelage of Dr Peter Tremewan, was on Antoine Garin. She was awarded the John Dunmore Medal (2010) for her contribution to the study of the French in the Pacific.

Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844–1846, Translated and edited by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, published by Canterbury University Press, March 2019, ISBN: 978-1-98-850302-8, RRP $89.99


Networks an asset in new role

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

Waata Shepherd

From humble beginnings milking cows on the family farm at Whangaparoa, former Gisborne District Police Commander Superintendent Waata Shepherd is extending his career in another field. He talks to Marianne Gillingham . . .

Waata Shepherd has been appointed campus manager at EIT Tairāwhiti, replacing Wayne Spence, who retired this month.

Campus director Jan Mogford said he was selected from a strong pool of about 30 applicants, for his strong leadership skills and his background in financial and resource management.

Waata joined EIT in 2018, after retiring from the Police. He was invited to teach EIT’s services career pathway programme, for young people considering a career in the police, emergency or armed services.

The programme was a huge success, with the first repeat of the six-month course this year fully-subscribed, and places rapidly filling for the next intake in July.

Waata saw it as a way of giving something back to what he says has been a fantastic career path, and also an opportunity to work with promising young people. He found it really inspiring and says he will miss the direct contact with students.

But he believes he can contribute even more at a managerial level, using his networks, particularly in the Maori community, to help extend those of EIT.

Of Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahu descent, Waata Shepherd was born and bred at Whangaparoa (Cape Runaway), the fourth youngest in a family of 12 children. He grew up on the family farm, where the family ran dairy cows and grew their own vegetables, fruit and pork and made their own butter. His mother baked their own bread.

At the time Waata did not realise how hard they worked in those days. Waking up at 5am to milk the cows before heading to school, and returning to milk them again after school, plus attending to the many jobs on the farm, was accepted as just normal farming life.

Reflecting now, that sort of work could be considered hard work, all done manually without any of the technological and mechanical advances present today. But hard work stood them all in good stead. All the children went to boarding school, only two with scholarships; the cream cheques from milking the cows paid for the education that his parents valued.

The girls went to Queen Victoria Māori Girls’ School in Parnell and Waata and his brothers went to Hato Petera College on Auckland’s North Shore.

After leaving school Waata joined the Police, rising steadily through the ranks, predominantly in the Criminal Investigation Branch. He started in Rotorua, then was promoted to South Auckland, to Gisborne as a Senior Sergeant in 1992 before being appointed as Area Commander in South Taranaki in 1999. In 2002, he became Area Commander for the Gisborne District.

After leaving Gisborne in 2009, Waata went to Manly, Sydney, to join the Australian Institute of Police Management to deliver leadership programmes for all Australian State Police Services, NZ Police and Police jurisdictions across the Pacific.

He stayed there a year before returning to New Zealand where he was appointed to the rank of Superintendent at Police National Headquarters in Wellington working as the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police working with 21 Police Commissioners across the Pacific with building capacity across their jurisdictions.

After 38 years in the force, Waata says he still misses aspects of the job, especially the camaraderie, but still stays in touch with his many former colleagues.

He likes to keep busy and active, being a self-confessed “gym junkie” when he’s not working or spending time with his family.

Waata and his wife Mereaira have three children and four grandchildren, most of them in Gisborne. He still enjoys going back home to the farm at Whangaparoa, where his sister is principal of Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa.

Thanks to her and his parents’ influence, numerous members of the family, including two of his children and himself, are now involved in the education sector.

Waata takes up his new position early next month, allowing time for the appointment and induction of his replacement.


A large shot of adrenaline inspires EIT tutor

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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EIT Te reo Māori tutor Nadine McKinnon enjoying a rest day at Loch Laird during the Alps2Ocean Challenge

The thought of traversing across the South Island on foot might not be everybody’s idea of a holiday in the wilds, but for EIT Te Reo Māori tutor Nadine McKinnon it was nirvana.

Last year she decided to enter this year’s Alps2Ocean adventure race thinking it would give her a goal to keep up her spirits while overcoming an injury.

Despite the fact that her injuries limited the amount of training she could do Nadine managed to run, walk and shuffle, from the base of Mount Cook to Oamaru, a 323 kilometre journey past lakes, over hills and alongside rivers to the Pacific Ocean.

Along the way she learned a new meaning for team work, as she and her running companions encouraged each other through tough times to the finish line.

Day one was a relatively cruisy 50km to warm into the event, with not many climbs. This was almost disappointing for Nadine, who thrives on climbing steep hill country, but the scenery was spectacular. Nadine’s hip started hurting on the flat parts, which at that stage followed rough gravel roads. That afternoon she found her partner’s compression pants in her 16kg pack which helped her to continue the following day.

Day before start- camp site

Each night when they reached their destination, the volunteers had their tents up and their packs waiting. All they had to do for dinner was add hot water to their meals, in Nadine’s case, dehydrated vegetarian ones which was all she could find in Gisborne.

“Some of the others had bought theirs online and they looked delicious.”

Packing her bag had been one of the greatest challenges. Enough food for eight days, plus two sets of clothes and bedding which all had to weigh under 16 kgs.

The second day was 50km from Lake Pukaki to Lake Middleton. They traversed spectacular scenery around Twizel with some local salmon tasting thrown in. The waters of Lake Middleton were inviting for a swim on arrival to camp.

The next stage, from Lake Middleton to Loch Laird was the longest one, covering 86 km and two mountains, one 836 metres high. But they had two days to do this and Nadine did it in 16 hours, which meant she had a day off.

“We got in around midnight but that gave us the next day to rest, swim and wash our clothes.”

The fifth day was Nadine’s favourite and included some more substantial hill climbs.

The Alps to Ocean crew- Mt Cook airport – Day before race day

“It was amazing,” said Nadine, whose favourite activity is scrambling up hills.

“It’s my happy place, “ she says, grinning.

Having grown up near the Blue Mountains in Australia, and Mt Hikurangi being her home maunga, she always feels more comfortable in the hills and mountains, she says.

The following day Nadine’s Achilles tendon had started to play up and one of her other travelling mates had serious blisters, while two others were also starting to show signs of wear.

“We just cruised along together,” she said.

With another 52 kms under their belts, they only had the final day to cover, which was only 28kms, mostly downhill.

“It was a sprint – everyone just took off.”

On finishing, everyone in her group was exhausted but feeling elated.

For Nadine, the whole event was more about finishing than winning and it was also about team work, supporting and encouraging each other.

“It was really cool watching everybody coming in. The last person was so exhausted we all formed a guard of honour.

“I formed so many bonds with so many people – it was incredible.

“And the race director and volunteers were always there, cheering us on – they were there before we got up and after we finished – they were just amazing,” she said.

“It was the best holiday I have ever had!”

The main thing she got from it was learning how to live in the moment to overcome pain and fear of what lay ahead.

“It’s all about staying in the moment and is a great form of meditation.”

My tent mate- Sarah Grimes .

Included in the race were activities such as abseiling, jet boating and a helicopter ride.

On returning home, her partner Porter competed in the Maunga to Moana Challenge in the Waiapu, which is another event that Nadine would like to have a crack at next year, especially as Hikurangi is her maunga.

Her whole mission is to one day become a mountain guide for her people on Mount Hikurangi.

“I enjoyed studying the kōrero from our maunga whilst training for the event and I want to continue this study to share with others.”


The Gospel of Kindness: Animal welfare and the making of modern America

Source: University of Auckland (2)

Professor Janet M Davis| University of Texas at Austin, USA | 2019 Hood Fellow

Janet M Davis is Distinguished Teaching Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin and is the 2019 Hood Fellow at the University of Auckland. She has written extensively in the areas of United States cultural, social, and environmental history, popular culture, and animal studies.

Her public lecture is drawn from her most recent book, The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America (2016). Published on the 150th anniversary of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this prizewinning book is the first transnational history of animal protection in the United States and internationally. This “original and thought-provoking work” examines the interconnections among humanitarianism, moral reform, and empire. Professor Davis reveals the historical and political significance of animal welfare advocacy and the profound challenges of global animal protection.

Sponsored by the Hood Foundation, the Faculty of Arts and Auckland Museum.

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RoVE consultation period comes to an end

Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Last updated 5 April 2019
Last updated 5 April 2019

The consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals closed on 5 April 2019.
The consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals closed on 5 April 2019.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an event or meeting, complete the online survey or send in a submission.
All submissions are being carefully considered and final recommendations are being developed. These will be presented to Cabinet for decision by mid-2019, after which an announcement is likely to be made. Exact dates are still to be confirmed.
We will continue to keep you informed through this website and the Kōrero Mātauranga website.


Pasifika Director calls for media cultural awareness

Source: Massey University

Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi.

Massey Pasifika Director Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi has welcomed the censure of talkback host Heather du Plessis-Allanfor denigrating comments she made about the Pacific Islands, but says more has to be done to ensure our media is culturally aware. 

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) found Newstalk ZB’s Heather du Plessis-Allan breached broadcasting standards in a radio programme when she made comments referring to Pacific Islanders as leeches. The comment caused widespread condemnation from Pacific peoples. 

Associate Professor Koloamatangi says, while the BSA’s decision is a clear indication that Ms du Plessis-Allan’s views were inflammatory and devalued the reputation of Pasifika people, it also highlights a general lack of understanding in the media of New Zealand’s place in the Pacific and Pacific people’s place within New Zealand. 

“Kiwi journalists should be able to understand our history as a Pacific nation, the role Pacific peoples play here in New Zealand and our relationship with the Pacific Islands but I suspect most have never had any training in this area and therefore report and make comment from a place of ignorance.”

Associate Professor Koloamatangi says news organisations should ensure their staff are given cultural awareness training that goes beyond being able to pronouce the names of Pacific sports stars. 

The BSA has ordered NZME, owner of Newstalk ZB, to broadcast a statement during Wellington Mornings with Heather du Plessis-Allan, summarising the BSA’s decision and to pay $3000 in costs to the Crown.

Note: Associate Professor Malakai Koloamatangi was consulted by the BSA to ensure the broadcast statement to be issued by the broadcaster is appropriate from the perspective of Pasifika cultures.