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EXCITE 2014 student showcase #OtagoPolytechnic

EXCITE 2014 student showcase [Otago Polytechnic]

Excite 2014 – a series of innovative and creative student showcases. From Art, Fashion and Design to IT, Business, Engineering and Culinary Arts – there’s an event to satisfy everyone! Take the opportunity to view and even purchase a range of exceptional student work.

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FUTURE ENGINEERS SHOWCASE
Enjoy an evening listening and chatting to Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering students as they showcase their end-of-year projects, and address real-world engineering challenges.
This is also a wonderful opportunity for those in the industry to meet prospective employees!

Presentations
Mechanical Engineering: Motor cycle carrier, paint tin lid remover, trash compactor
Civil Engineering: Tower base of a wind farm generator and designing a haulage road for a wind farm

Tuesday 11 November, 5pm-7:30pm
L Block, Otago Polytechnic
Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Open to the public
Light refreshments provided.

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TRADEable Skills
AUTOMOTIVE AND ENGINEERING TRADES SHOWCASE

Enjoy an evening chatting and listening to Automotive and Mechanical Engineering students as they showcase their end-of-year projects. Tutors will host interactive demonstrations in welding, automotive, fabrication and machining, and built-from-scratch grass karts will be on display!
For those already in the industry, preview state-of-the-art automotive and mechanical equipment, and see how this leading-edge technology is used to train students.
For those who enjoy getting their hands dirty – this is an event not to be missed!

Wednesday 12 November, 4pm-7:30pm
A Block, Otago Polytechnic
St David Street, Dunedin
Open to the public
Light refreshments provided.

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College of Enterprise and Development
IT AND BUSINESS SHOWCASE

The students solve real business problems for real clients in innovative and creative ways, harnessing the latest technological advancements. The College of Enterprise and Development Showcase celebrates these remarkable achievements!
In their third year of study, Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Applied Management students work on industry projects, combining their skills to demonstrate competence, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship. This interactive event is not to be missed!

College of Enterprise and Development: IT and Business Showcase
Thursday 13 November, 5.30pm
Gallery 1877, Otago Museum

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FEATURE
FOOD DESIGN INSTITUTE

Thursday 20 November, time TBC
Tickets on Sale 3 November
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DEBRIEF

COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Communication designers tell stories in creative and compelling ways. They ask questions, devise concepts and test design strategies through experimentation and prototype development.
On show in the DEBRIEF exhibition is an impressive range of promotional material, animation, illustration and graphic design work, communicating both personal convictions and client needs. Interesting, innovative and visually dynamic, 2014 graduates ensure that each project is graphically enticing.
Presenting third year students’ final works as they prepare to embark on their creative careers.

INTERIORS
Interiors designers create innovative and efficient solutions that respond to contemporary spatial and environmental needs. These solutions require a multidisciplinary approach in uniting fields such as architecture, product design and fashion to meet the spatial needs of clients.
This exciting exhibition showcases the diverse nature of interior design by celebrating and highlighting the hard work, passion and invention of 2014 graduates.

PRODUCT DESIGN
Enhancing and improving people’s experiences and environments is the ultimate aim of product designers. The students are strong independent thinkers who have a positive influence on the world through design. This exhibition features innovative approaches to designing everyday objects — a showcase of the only Product Design bachelor degree in the South Island.
For a taste of the possibilities presented by this dynamic industry, come along and experience their work in the DEBRIEF exhibition.

YEAR 1 AND 2 DESIGN
This varied and vibrant showcase offers a treat for the senses. Surprising, clever and insightful objects feature in this overview of design disciplines at Otago Polytechnic. These thoughtful creations are the result of first and second year School of Design students’ work. The four disciplines presented are Communication, Fashion, Interiors and Product Design.

DEBRIEF exhibition opening times
Friday 21 November, 10am-6pm
Saturday 22 November, 10am-6pm
Sunday 23 November, 10am-2pm
96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building), Dunedin

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Collections 14 Fashion Show
FASHION DESIGN

In Collections 14, fledgling fashion designers showcase their latest collections in an exciting and inspirational display of talent and creativity. The emphasis of this annual event is third-year graduate collections, which demonstrate the designers’ individual directions. These are accompanied by stand-out looks created by students in their first two years of study and our Graduate Diploma of Design students.
Shanghai University of Engineering Science / IFA Paris will also show a selection of collections from eight of their designers, as part of the Shanghai Dunedin Sister City Fashion Communication Project.
The public will have the opportunity to view fashion students’ work up close as part of our School of Design exhibition, DEBRIEF.

Friday 21 November, doors open at 7.00pm, seated by 8:15pm
96 Anzac Avenue (former Unipol building), Dunedin
Tickets: $45 per head – purchase from Dash Tickets

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SITE 2014
DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART

With much delight, Dunedin School of Art opens its doors to the public for the annual SITE exhibition. Spanning the entire area of the School, SITE transforms the working environment of a contemporary art school into a gallery for five days. Art lovers will be engaged and inspired by a varied range of unique artworks in this celebrated end-of-year exhibition, and works will be available for purchase.
Whether you have a penchant for painting, print, photography, jewellery, electronic art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles or printmaking – all disciplines are represented. Prepare to be impressed by the talents of this next generation of artists.

Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Monday 24 November – Thursday 27 November, 12noon-4pm
Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street

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Charity House Auction
CARPENTRY

If you’re looking for a brand-new home for your section – look no further!
It’s the eighth year Otago Polytechnic carpentry students have built a house to be auctioned for charity. It’s fully fitted and furnished with products and labour donated by over 20 generous local companies.
The four-bedroom home, complete with en suite and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom, is light, spacious and tastefully appointed. Funds raised at the auction will go to the nationally coordinated fundraising effort, United Way, which distributes the proceeds to charities throughout Otago.

Auction
Saturday 22 November, 12 noon
School of Architecture, Building and Engineering (L Block) at ‘The Barn’, Anzac Avenue

Open Homes
Thursdays from 23 October -20 November, 5-5:30pm
Sundays from 26 October – 16 November, 1pm-2pm
School of Architecture, Building and Engineering (L Block), Anzac Avenue

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Plant Sale
NATURAL RESOURCES

In celebration of spring and with summer just around the corner, it’s time to exercise those green fingers! Visit the permaculture garden and do some plant shopping along the way. There’s a special market for purchase of plants proudly grown by horticulture students.

Saturday 22 November, 10am
Permaculture Garden
L Block, 100 Anzac Avenue

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Surface
CREATIVE STUDIES

Experience a wide and exciting range of works in various media across the fields of design and visual art. Students have enjoyed a year of experimentation in different subject areas. Studio papers provide a range of choices including animation, web design, illustration, interior design, painting, illustration and original sound works.
This year’s exhibited works include a variety of digital, drawing, and design projects.
Surface stands testament to the students’ extensive learning during this one year Certificate in Creative Studies programme. Students enrol with varied abilities and experience in design and art, contributing to a rich diversity of work.

Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 November, 10am-4pm
Friday 28 November, 10am-12noon
3rd Floor, H Block, Otago Polytechnic
Corner Forth Street and Union Street East

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Idealog: Paul Callaghan’s business plan for New Zealand

### idealog.co.nz 22 Sept 2011 @ 4:13 pm
‘Never fear knowledge’ – Paul Callaghan talks sci-tech and entrepreneurial genius
By Esther Goh
Professor Sir Paul Callaghan has written a business plan for New Zealand – and it doesn’t include winning the World Cup.

“Never fear knowledge,” he told an audience of 1500 at the Wellington Town Hall last Wednesday. “If you have a business plan like the one I’m talking about you are not interested in digging up our national parks and resources at the expense of all we hold dear.”

The Victoria University Professor and New Zealander of the Year spoke at the Inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture about creating a more prosperous country through science and technology. Callaghan said New Zealand currently has one of the lowest rates of investment in research and development in the OECD, crippling our ability to achieve prosperity.
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Vice-Chancellor pronounces on stadium

But first he runs down Carisbrook…
He closes by calling those opposing the stadium “vitriolic”.
Mr Skegg, were you bought off too – what a socially irresponsible message to graduates and citizens alike.

### University of Otago Magazine, Issue 23: June 2009 (page 5)
Vice-Chancellor’s Comment
By David Skegg

For nearly three years, Dunedin has been torn apart by controversy about whether to replace Carisbrook with a multi-purpose covered stadium next to the University campus on Anzac Avenue. While some people with long memories feel an atavistic sense of loyalty for Carisbrook, anyone who has used the place recently knows that it has become embarrassingly outdated. Even to retain the present low level of use would have required an upgrade costing ratepayers tens of millions of dollars. The proposed new stadium offers many exciting opportunities, but the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Regional Council first had to decide whether such a community facility was affordable.

That decision has now been taken, and excavations have started to prepare for construction of a stadium that should be ready before the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The stadium will have many uses beyond rugby, or even other sporting events. Consider, for example, the opportunity for large concerts in a fully enclosed venue that will take New Zealand’s fickle weather out of the equation–with over 20,000 young people living nearby. This new campus stadium will be unique in New Zealand and, after Melbourne’s Telstra stadium, the second largest in the southern hemisphere.

The University will be a key partner in this development, constructing its own buildings as part of the stadium complex. The buildings will open on to an urban space to be known as the University Plaza. Our buildings will provide the campus centre for student fitness, health and recreation, as well as educational and research facilities. This plan replaces an earlier proposal for a large multi-purpose building to be squeezed into the existing campus, to provide accommodation urgently needed under our Critical Space Plan.

The new buildings and the public plaza should form a busy and attractive campus hub. The decision to build the stadium, however, carries a greater significance than any enhancements to our Dunedin campus. Successful research universities are virtually always based in, or near to, vibrant cities with strong economic activity. In the face of determined and vitriolic opposition, our political leaders have confirmed their ambition for the future of Dunedin as a vibrant university city.
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