Otago Polytechnic effective leadership

### ODT Online Thu, 12 Mar 2015
Polytech Efts continue to rise
By Timothy Brown
Otago Polytechnic believes student numbers will continue to climb for the fourth year. The polytechnic has budgeted for 4561 equivalent full-time students (Efts) this year, almost 7% up from last year’s final tally of 4269 Efts. […] The ongoing period of student number growth at the polytechnic comes as numbers are dropping at the University of Otago.
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Positive messaging! Community Learning! Industry responsive!

Otago Polytechnic Published on May 12, 2014
Study in Dunedin, New Zealand | Otago Polytechnic

█ For more information about studying at Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin Campus visit http://www.op.ac.nz/dunedin

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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19 responses to “Otago Polytechnic effective leadership

  1. Elizabeth

    Other campus learning options with Otago Polytechnic:

    Otago Polytechnic Published on Nov 23, 2014
    Central | Where Knowledge meets Nature

    █ For information about studying at Otago Polytechnic’s Central Otago Campus visit http://www.central.op.ac.nz

    Otago Polytechnic Published on Feb 12, 2014
    Auckland International Campus

    █ For information about studying at Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus visit http://www.op.ac.nz/auckland

  2. Peter

    I see in today’s ODT international student numbers are up 15 percent this year compared to the two previous years. Not sure what 12 month period it is…..presumably per university year. I seem to have seen recently that Otago’s international numbers are down. I imagine the Uni will need to look hard at why this is so. Perceptions, graduate experiences transmitted back to places like China and India?

  3. Calvin Oaten

    “Otago Polytechnic international students are up 15 percent this year compared to the two previous years.” This is ODT reporting at its best. The questions are: 15 percent of what, 10, 100, 1,000? What campus, Dunedin, Auckland, or both? Without those very simple details the whole story is just meaningless BS. This is the sort of ‘clap trap’ that constantly gets fed to us, and we are supposed to be impressed. Come on ODT, let’s see some investigative journalism just for once. That way the folk might start to believe what is written.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz March 13, 2015 – 7:14pm
    Otago Polytechnic graduation first of the year
    More than 350 students have graduated in person from Otago Polytechnic.

  5. Elizabeth

    Up to 10 of the building school’s 48 full time staff positions could be axed.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 17 Aug 2015
    Polytech cutbacks a ‘mistake’
    By Carla Green
    Otago Polytechnic is making a mistake by planning cuts to its building school as a construction boom is projected to begin, the Tertiary Education Union says. Polytechnic executives held a staff meeting on July 31 to announce proposed cuts to its architecture, building and engineering school after enrolment was forecast to drop by 53 (8.6%) equivalent full time students (Efts) this year.
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  6. Hype O'Thermia

    Good thinking, never train anyone till they’re needed. OK so maybe that means it’s too late to employ NZers so we have to import builders, anaesthetists and so on… but it’s better than educating our own young people at frightful expense. Isn’t it?

  7. Elizabeth

    Phil Ker is normally more thinking than this but the [budget] pressure must be on him. No excuse for selling out, though. He needs to RETHINK.

  8. Calvin Oaten

    It could be that the demographics are the main pointer. Rolls are dropping across the board. If we took the overseas students (in all disciplines) out of the equation rolls might be a disaster. The warnings are there in the census tallies for Dunedin, if one just wanted to look. We’ve seen the downsizing of primary schools, and the high schools fighting for roll numbers, logic follows that the tertiary institutions would be next. Someone should tell the DCC as well.

    • Elizabeth

      For example, Otago Polytechnic tends to supply the best NZCD students to the New Zealand market – this, in particular, is not wise to dice and slice.

  9. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 12 Sep 2015
    Polytech to shed seven staff
    By Carla Green
    Seven full-time staff are expected to lose their jobs at Otago Polytechnic’s architecture, building and engineering school by the end of the year.
    Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker said the cuts were expected to be finalised over the next five to six weeks. Six of the positions cut would be academic, and one in management.
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    ### ODT Online Sat, 12 Sep 2015
    Numbers needed to keep staff: Ker
    By Rhys Chamberlain
    Redundancies are likely if enrolments “are not on track for a February start” when Otago Polytechnic takes over courses offered at Aoraki Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus. A proposal to take over the troubled campus was announced on Thursday. Otago Polytechnic chief executive officer Phil Ker yesterday confirmed courses would continue only with a minimum of 16 enrolments, but said higher enrolments in some courses could balance out lower numbers in others.
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  10. Elizabeth

    Congratulations Otago Polytechnic for Smart Thinking

    Otago Polytechnic indicates interest in hosting hospital at their Veterinary Nursing facility.

    Fri, 8 Apr 2016
    ODT: Wildlife hospital proposed for Dunedin
    Some of the South Island’s greatest wildlife conservation minds have flocked to Dunedin to discuss how a wildlife hospital might be established in the city. The initiative is the brainchild of New Zealand Veterinarian Association’s Wildlife Society president and former Wellington Zoo veterinary sciences manager Lisa Argilla, who hopes to eliminate the need to send critically injured or endangered wildlife to the North Island for expert treatment.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      It feels really good to be able to congratulate an institution and people, in silenced-mode Dunedin, for smarts, gumption and spurred on by admirable motivation to do their best for critters in need.

  11. Simon

    The museum reserve would be the ideal site for a wildlife hospital. More wildlife in that area, than anywhere else in Dunedin.

  12. Gurglars

    What about Castle St, there’s a lot of wild life in that region.

  13. Elizabeth

    An outcrop of mangy tomcat at Pitt St in the early evening of Friday.

    I was leaving home bound for NW (I’m having an honest conversation with their operations manager via email on the national rollout of the RED programme for plastics recycling…. irony follows!), noticed a party growing across the street at 6 Pitt. As I passed my neighbour’s ute in his off-street park I heard a female voice faintly – at first I didn’t click to where it was coming from so I stopped, thought I better check it out in case she was unwell or injured whatever like the last one I ambulanced from 11 Pitt.

    Silly me, must be getting old.
    When I entered the next car park and looked behind the ute here was a young little lightweight chap in a baseball cap taking what looked like a 14-year-old from the rear, on the bonnet of the ute. I stopped, got their attention, and slowly said in a raised voice this is private property and you should leave now. Awkward! They didn’t want to or couldn’t quit. LOL. I said NOW. I live on the property he muttered, I said I live here, it is mine (hoping he wasn’t referring to the girl….). NOW. Once clothes righted, they ran off. Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite shelve it, small detail…. lol no condom. She looked way younger than a first year, pretty sure she was under age.

    Continued on feeling quite angry at their stupid lack of safety. And her risk taking. Like so many others. Hushed mating calls, animations and STDs.

  14. Elizabeth

    The Chinese Government has approved an annual intake of 120 students. The first 60 students start this September, the intake will increase to 90 next year and reach 120 in 2018. The first Chinese students will come to Dunedin under the programme in July-August 2019.

    Mon, 30 May 2016
    ODT: Polytech launches degree in Chin
    The Otago Polytechnic has broken new ground by launching an engineering technology degree in China, which will eventually bring up to 120 Chinese students to Dunedin each year. The bachelor of engineering technology (mechanical engineering) initiative marks a big step forward for Otago Polytechnic. Project implementation manager John Findlay confirmed this was the first programme involving the polytechnic which was jointly taught in China, and approved by the Chinese Government. The qualification will be delivered in partnership with Dalian Ocean University in Lianing province, in northeast China.


    Bachelor of Engineering Technology
    Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering.

  15. Elizabeth

    “No steel or concrete in the entire building. It’s all timber.” –Sam Cadden

    ● Materials: Cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural building panels made from wood elements glued together in layers; making the facility 20% lighter than if concrete or steel was used.
    ● Architect: Mason & Wales Architects
    ● Main contractor: Naylor Love Construction
    ● Forecast: Completion before January 31, 2018.

    Sat, 29 Oct 2016
    ODT: $20m student housing complex work starts
    A drill rig began working in Dunedin yesterday in a more than $20 million project to build a wooden  accommodation complex to house Otago Polytechnic students. Logic Group project manager Sam Cadden said the ground had been stabilised on a section of Union St to build the 231-bedroom complex. […] The Otago Polytechnic Student Village would include single dormitory rooms, studios and four-bedroom apartments. All meals would be provided for dormitory residents. Cont/

    All conceptual renders by Mason & Wales Architects:


  16. Elizabeth

    At Facebook:


    Sat, 8 Apr 2017
    ODT: $60m for polytech upgrade
    By Vaughan Elder
    Otago Polytechnic is preparing for a $60 million overhaul of its campus set to begin next year. If approved by the polytechnic council, its “campus development plan” would involve constructing two or three significant new buildings and upgrading existing buildings to the same standard. […] Some of the growth the plan would allow for was already “in the bag” after it made agreements with institutions in China and Japan resulting in about 250 foreign students coming to study at the polytechnic in both 2019 and 2020. The new and overhauled buildings would be purpose-built for today’s style of learning, matching the standard set by its student hub,  which was completed last year. Cont/

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