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University blues, connected ?

Updated Post
Wed, 7 Oct 2015 at 11.17 p.m.

“If you’re in Dunedin, I wouldn’t recommend coming to Otago University on Wednesday” —the online threat now deleted from bulletin board 4chan.

### ODT Online Wed, 7 Oct 2015
Warning to stay alert after uni threat
By Carla Green
Dunedin police are continuing their investigation into an online shooting threat made against the University of Otago. […] Acting Area Commander Inspector Mel Aitken said police would maintain a visible presence in the university area, and a number of contingencies would remain in place. People on the university grounds should remain vigilant and alert, she said, and any suspicious activity should be reported.
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OUSA would be posting the messages on its Facebook page, and the university would also be communicating via social media and the student email network.

[this morning]
### ODT Online Wed, 7 Oct 2015
Students on edge after Uni shooting threat
By Carla Green
Several University of Otago eateries will not open today and the central library computer lab is largely empty as the campus responds to a shooting threat made online. Several students spoke of being on edge on campus this morning after the threat was posted by an anonymous social media user on bulletin board 4chan just before midnight on Monday.
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[yesterday]
### ODT Online Tue, 6 Oct 2015
Shooting threat at Otago University
By Timothy Brown
Specialist police are investigating an online threat to carry out a shooting at University of Otago in Dunedin tomorrow and have moved to reassure the public, saying “appropriate measures” are being taken. Acting Otago coastal area commander Inspector Mel Aitken confirmed late this afternoon that staff from the High Tech Crime Group in Wellington are investigating the anonymous threat.
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### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 13:08, October 7 2015
Wellington’s Victoria University is being evacuated over bomb scare
By Talia Shadwell
Part of Victoria University in Wellington are being evacuated after a note was found claiming three bombs would explode on campus by lunchtime. Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford said a staff member had found the note about 9.30am by the lifts in the Murphy building on the Kelburn campus. It stated that three bombs were hidden somewhere on campus and would go off by midday. The note was short and offered no explanation or motive for the bombing, he said.
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### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 16:51, October 7 2015
Massey University evacuated after threatening note
By Kelsey Wilkie
Massey University has become the third university to receive a threatening message. The campus has evacuated its registry building in Palmerston North after it received a threatening note aimed at staff on Wednesday afternoon. “We have received a note threatening the staff in our Contact Centre on our Manawatu campus and have evacuated everyone from our Registry Building as a precaution,” Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey said. “We are aware there have been threats made against Otago University and Victoria University over the past two days. So far those threats have come to nothing but, at this stage, keeping our students safe is our key priority,” Maharey said.
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Dunedin City not the only council with a code of silence

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‎Sun, ‎24‎ ‎May‎ ‎2015 at ‎2‎:‎43‎ ‎p.m.

A Massey researcher is concerned that some local councils are gagging their elected members and stifling free speech.

Source: Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Purehuroa

Massey University - Catherine Strong 2011-02 (1)Created: 02/12/2014 | Last updated: 16/12/2014
Councils’ conduct codes gag elected members
Dr Catherine Strong from the School Communication, Journalism and Marketing, says there is a disturbing paragraph creeping into some councils’ operating policies.
“It basically prevents elected members talking to the media about anything negative within their council. This includes council decisions, policies and overall reputations,” she says.
The research will be presented at the Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Conference in Christchurch on Thursday, and is a content analysis of codes of conduct of all 67 city and district councils in New Zealand.
While most councils clearly stated that elected members have the right to talk freely to the media (with obvious restrictions around confidential information and employment practices), the research found that 10 councils (15 per cent) restrict elected members giving critical opinion to the media.
This amounts to gagging the elected members – the very people who are representing the community, Dr Strong says. “They are not meant to be spin doctors for the council.” She suspects newly-elected councillors approve the entire 4000 word code of conduct without scrutinising the wording of the small media section within it.
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Dunedin City Council – Standing Orders (PDF, 1018 KB)
12 Aug 2014: The Standing Orders set out rules for the conduct meetings of the Dunedin City Council and includes the Code of Conduct for Elected Members, as adopted at the inaugural Council meeting Oct 2010.

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