104 results for Report, 2006

  • Excavations at the Oashore Whaling Station: (M37/162) Banks Peninsula January–February 2004

    Smith, Ian; Prickett, Nigel (2006)

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    University of Otago

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  • New Zealand in the 21st century: A consumer lifestyles study

    Evans, Sian; Lawson, Rob; Todd, Sarah (2006)

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    University of Otago

    The 2005/6 consumer lifestyles segmentation study is the fifth major survey of this type carried out by the Consumer Research Group at the University of Otago since 1979. As with previous iterations, the 2005/6 study of New Zealand consumers is intended to provide marketers and advertisers, as well as other interested observers of New Zealand society, with an insight into the psychographic patterns and behavioural trends of consumers. The survey has now established itself as one of the major studies that offers insights into New Zealand society and the changes that are taking place within the context of political and technological forces that are altering the shape of life across the globe. The Consumer Research Group is based within the University of Otago’s Department of Marketing, and this iteration of the study was jointly sponsored and funded by Loyalty NZ and NZ Post, together with funding from the University of Otago Research Grants Committee. Questionnaires comprising more than 500 individual questions were sent out to 10,000 New Zealanders in November 2005, with an effective response rate of 36% obtained. The design of the project is grounded in that of previous studies. The first of these was carried out in 1979 jointly with Heylen Research. After a period of ten years it was repeated in 1989 and, since 1995, it has been conducted at regular five yearly intervals. Throughout this time the survey has been updated to take account of new trends that have emerged in society, especially those based on technological innovations which affect our domestic, social and working lives. Innovations in this phase also include new measures designed to assess satisfaction with quality of life in New Zealand, as well as social desirability, (a personality trait that can affect responses), pet ownership and questions on commuting to work.

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  • Understanding Approaches to Sheep/Beef Production in New Zealand: Report on First Qualitative Interviews of ARGOS Sheep/Beef Participants

    Hunt, Lesley; Rosin, Chris; Read, Marion; Fairweather, John; Campbell, Hugh (2006)

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    University of Otago

    Sheep/beef farmers comprise a diverse group of individuals with a variety of perspectives on and approaches to sustainable production. This diversity is the product of a broad range of social, cultural, economic, and ecological influences and experiences. It is also possible, however, for commonalities to emerge among the farmers based on their (possibly) shared experiences with similar social and environmental contexts in New Zealand's pastoral agriculture industry. One of the goals of the ARGOS programme is to determine if the adoption of a particular management system (in this case the different panels – Organic, Integrated or Conventional) is influenced to any degree by the social characteristics of farmers. Towards this end, a suite of social methods or approaches (including semistructured interviews, quantitative surveys, participant observation, and interactive activities) have been proposed as means to study the social lives of participants and to draw out any relations between these and management practices – especially those that impact on sustainability. This report documents the first in a series of qualitative interviews with participants in the sheep/beef sector of the ARGOS programme.

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  • Understanding kiwifruit management using causal mapping

    Fairweather, John; Hunt, Lesley; Rosin, Chris; Campbell, Hugh; Benge, Jayson; Watts, Michael (2006)

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    University of Otago

    Causal mapping was used to document how the 36 participating kiwifruit orchardists described and explained the management of their orchards. This approach asks the participants to identify the factors which are important to the management and performance of their orchards and to link these on a map. An aggregated or group map was produced from each of the individual orchardist maps. Data from the group map were used to characterise the overall orchard system as well as each of the three management systems being studied. A predominant finding is the degree of similarity in the maps of growers from across all three panels. Despite these overall findings, there were still differences operating between the three panels of growers. The overall group map reflects a production orientation and that the kiwifruit system is perceived as more of a management system rather than an environmental one. Organic orchardists produced a group map having the most distinctive qualities but they also shared a small number of distinctive characteristics with Gold orchardists. Both used more connections and more double arrows compared to Green. We conclude that the evidence supports the claim that at the aggregate level of the 36 kiwifruit orchardists the orchard system is not overly complex but at the level of each individual orchardist it is complex. Further, orchardists do not show a high level of holistic thinking about their orchard.

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  • New Zealand Farmers and Wetlands

    Campbell, Hugh; Rosin, Chris; Fairweather, John; McLeod, Carmen; Cook, Andrew (2006)

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    University of Otago

    This research focuses on how New Zealand farmers approach the management of wetlands and waterways on their farms, and was funded by a Fish & Game New Zealand Research Scholarship, in association with the Agriculture Research Group On Sustainability (ARGOS). The goal of the research was to explore farmers' perceptions of wetlands and waterways on their land and to discover what barriers may impact upon their strategies to protect or develop these areas. As little social research is available in this area, this study sought to gather enough data to provide an overview of farming management practices with regard to wetlands and waterways, and to establish some useful parameters for future research in this area. The research in this report incorporates the results from a section of questions about wetlands and waterways sent out to random samples of farmers in all main sectors of primary production as part of a larger quantitative survey looking at sustainability on farms. This report also includes results from qualitative research based on tape-recorded interviews with 36 sheep/beef farmers and 19 dairy farmers.

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  • Second annual New Zealand computer crime and security survey

    Quinn, K J Spike (2006)

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    University of Otago

    The New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey is conducted by the Security Research Group (SRG) of the University of Otago, in partnership with the Government Communications Security Bureau, Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP), New Zealand Police and the Computer Security Institute (CSI). This 2006 survey is the second annual survey. It is based on the US CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, the longest running continuous survey in the information security field and commonly known as a leading source of statistics related to computer crime and security. The 2006 survey results are based on the responses of 113 computer security practitioners in New Zealand (NZ) manufacturing, governmental, financial and medical organisations, and tertiary education providers regarding the 2005 calendar year. All monetary figures are in NZ$, roughly equivalent to US$0.7 at time of publication. It is probable that the lowered response rate to the 2006 survey was due to conducting it in parallel with the 2007 survey in one twelve-month period. This was necessary to bring publication dates in line with the US (CSI/FBI) and Australian Computer Crime and Security surveys with work on the 2007 survey report already underway. Issues considered this survey are: - Types and prevalence of security technologies in use - Types, cost of, and response to security incidents - Budgeting issues: percentage of IT budget spent on security, outsourcing of security function, incident insurance, security investment per employee, cost-benefit metrics in security planning - Popularity of common workstation operating systems (OS) - Security audits and security awareness training - Information security training, qualifications and certification - IT standards, policies and procedures.

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  • Psychosocial Needs Assessment of Communities Affected by the Conflicts in the Districts of Pidie, Biereuen, and Aceh Utara

    Good, BJ; Good, M-JD; Grayman, Jesse Hession; Lakoma, M (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    Between December 2005 and February 2006, a team of researchers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Department of Social Medicine from Harvard Medical School, carried out a Psychosocial Needs Assessment (PNA) in three high conflict districts on the northeast coast of the province of Aceh (N.A.D.), with financial support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and an IOM contract with Harvard Medical School. The basic goal of the assessment was to evaluate the psychosocial and mental health needs in communities which have been deeply affected by the years of conflict between armed forces of the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement(G.A.M.),given the cessation of violence following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of August 15, 2005. This report focuses on current psychosocial and mental health needs in high conflict areas of Pidie, Bireuen, and Aceh Utara and deliberately refrains from identifying groups or individuals instrumental in the violence visited upon these communities.

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  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting in New Zealand

    Griffiths, Kerry; Lindesay, J (2006-10-03)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    In 2002 the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) signaled in his "Creating Our Future" report, the emergence of "Triple Bottom Line" (environmental, social and economic) reporting in New Zealand: "Other options include the business sector adopting models such as Triple Bottom Line (TBL) reporting and the Natural Step that raise awareness about sustainable ways of doing business." (p17) Since that time TBL reporting has continued to develop in New Zealand in both the public and private sector albeit in a variety of forms and under a variety of names - including Sustainable Development Reporting, Corporate Responsibility Reporting, Sustainability Reporting. This paper provides an update on TBL Reporting in New Zealand since 2002 and covers: - the international context - the state of reporting in New Zealand - the value of reporting - concluding comments While the paper provides a brief commentary on TBL reporting by public sector agencies, the focus of the paper is on reporting by the business sector (including CRIs and state owned enterprises). This paper does not attempt to provide a critical and thorough analysis on the extent to which corporate sustainability reporting contributes to sustainable development per se, although some comment is made on that subject.

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  • Equity Audit of Public Heallth Resource Allocation for National Heart Foundation of New Zealand

    Bhargava, Anuj; Crampton, P; Matheson, A (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Behavioural characteristic of Japanese teachers desired by learners

    Kobayashi, A; Nuibe, Y; Kondo, Reiko; Lane, J; MacInnes, M (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Co-production Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua

    Ngaha, Arapera; Kawharu, M (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This report examines co-production principles as they apply in the health and education activities of Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua. It is Te Runanga’s view that they have engaged in co-production with the Crown. This is best demonstrated in the health and education examples. Their experiences indicate not only what works, but also what needs further investment.

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  • Public Health Workforce Development in Problem Gambling: Literature Review.

    Shepherd, Robin-Marie; Dyall, L; Perese, L; Rossen, F; Tse, S; Campbell, L; Docherty, C; Raeburn, J (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    Problem gambling is a new area of specialisation for many in the wider public health workforce both in New Zealand and internationally. This review aims to assess what is now a public health approach to gambling in New Zealand. This review will start with a brief historical account of gambling in New Zealand leading up to a public health approach.

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  • Evaluation of the Tokelau Draft Science Curriculum (External review)

    Salter, David (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    School science throughout the world during the 1960s and 70s was concerned primarily with preparing students for careers in science. However as a large majority of students had no aspiration to be scientists, the emphasis of school science changed during the 1980s towards a science education that would provide students with the knowledge and skills that would enable them to live productive and fulfilling lives in a world that was becoming more technologically advanced. During the 1990’s the notion of ‘Science for all’ developed as the goal of school science, whereby all students would gain a level of science literacy that could allow them to engage in informed debate about socio-scientific issues and to solve problems in a critical and logical manner. ...

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  • Framework to strengthen the capacity of the National Heart Foundation to tackle Inequalities

    Bhargava, Anuj; Bullen, Christopher (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    The purpose of this report is to present a structured approach to tackling inequalities in cardiovascular health in New Zealand.

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  • Best health outcomes for Maori: Practice implications

    Bacal, Kira; Jansen, P (2006-10)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This resource booklet is designed to assist branch advisory bodies and doctors in meeting cultural competence requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA), and to address the health inequalities affecting Mäori. The booklet will complement the Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council)’s Statement on best practices when providing care to Mäori patients and their whänau, and Statement on cultural ompetence. The goal of this booklet is to help doctors to achieve greater awareness of the cultural diversity and the place of Mäori in New Zealand, and to assist in incorporating cultural competence for Mäori into continuing education activities, recertification and practice activities such as medical audits.

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  • On Cournot Equilibria in Electricity Transmission Networks.

    Downward, A; Zakeri, Golbon; Philpott, Andy (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    We consider electricity pool markets in radial electricity transmission networks in which the lines have no transmission losses, but have transmission capacities. At each node there is a strategic generator submitting generation quantities to the pool. Prices are determined by a linear competitive fringe at each node. We derive necessary and sufficient conditions on the line capacities that ensure that the unconstrained one-shot Cournot equilibrium remains an equilibrium in the constrained network. These conditions are characterized by a convex polyhedral set.

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  • Interactive Decision Support in Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning

    Ehrgott, Matthias; Winz, Ines (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This paper proposes the use of an interactive decision support system to guide the treatment planning process for external beam radiation therapy. Based on multicriteria optimisation our research treatment planning software Carina calculates efficient (also called Pareto optimal) treatment plans. These are stored in a database and accessed for evaluation by the treatment planner. The interactive component consists of navigation among the precalculated plans using free search, fine search and exact search as well as sensitivity analysis, which extracts dose dependence information for all structures from the plan database. As a result, plan quality is improved by finding advantageous trade-offs in competing treatment plans, trial-and-error is avoided, and effectiveness of treatment planning is increased.

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  • Identifying the Principal Axes of a Birefringent Material by Polarisation Classification

    Unsworth, Charles; Lesurf, J (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    A novel use of a 'Rotary Polariser Quasi-Optical System' to locate the principal axes of a birifringent material is presented. It will be demonstrated that by examination of the ellipticity of the beam, one can determine the orientation of such principle axes and hence optimize the performance of Faraday Rotators.

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  • Observation of frequency dependent Faraday angle resonance in ferrites & new ellipticity characterisation of freespace Faraday rotators at mm-wavelength

    Unsworth, Charles; Lesurf, James (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This article, reports ‘Frequency Dependent Faraday Angle Resonance’ in a magnetic sample at millimetric frequencies for the first time using a fully automated rotary polariser quasi-optical system. This serves to compliment the original work performed by Raum at Terahertz frequencies in the Frequency independent region of a magnetic material. In addition, it is shown how the same instrument can be used further classify the performance of a Freespace Faraday Rotators, by the introduction of a new ‘ellipticity’ parameter measurement. This serves to identify what physical mechanism is responsible for the isolation that occurs across the device’s operating region, hence, providing a further insight into the operation of the device.

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  • An Automated Oscillator Tuning System for Gunn Oscillator Characterisation at MM-Wavelengths

    Unsworth, Charles; Lesurf, James (2006)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    This article presents an ‘Automated Oscillator Tuning System’ (AOTS) that together with mechanical motorized fixtures can be used to automatically adjust the frequency and backshort tuners of a coaxial cavity, resonant cap mm-wave oscillator via a computer program. Here we demonstrate how the AOTS can be used to quickly and accurately characterise a coaxial cavity, resonant cap mm-wave oscillator with frequency increments of 100MHz. The oscillator characterisation took 10 minutes with the AOTS as compared to 1hr+ minutes if performed manually and with larger frequency increments. By writing an appropriate computer control program, the AOTS can be adapted to many types of application. Thus, the AOTS has the potential to be versatile with wide functionality.

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