42 results for Unclassified, 2011

  • Akoaga : efficacy, agency, achievement and success in the tertiary sector : focus on students and parents from Pasifika communities

    Marat, Deepa; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Latu, Savae; Aumua, Linda; Talakai, Malia; Sun, Kang (2011-01-01)

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    Unitec

    The term akoaga has a pan-Polynesian origin and meaning. In the Samoan language, the term can be broken into two root words, ako and aga. Ako or ato means basket and aga means measurements associated with weaving.

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  • The old North Shore. A heritage walkway: Rahopara Pa to Campbells Bay beach

    Woodruffe, Paul; Henderson, Ian; Corbet, Rob (2011)

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    Unitec

    There are many interesting heritage sites and buildings within what used to be called North Shore City, most of these are protected, documented, valued by the local residents and enjoyed as a destination by visitors. What this exhibition explores are four significant sites that lay just beyond the better known and documented sites of Devonport, Takapuna and Northcote. These sites are situated in Castor Bay and Campbells Bay, and are within easy walking distance from each other. The sites vary in origin from an 17th century Maori settlement, to a 21st century environmental restoration project. All the sites except one have been researched and documented to varying degrees, the one site that was not; Memorial Avenue in Centennial Park, lay neglected by the city authorities for decades until 2009 when the Takapuna Community Board commissioned the everyday collective to undertake a site analysis, this resulted in a heritage classification for the avenue being established within the new management plan for the park. This document puts forward a proposition that links all four sites together as a heritage walkway connecting to the existing NZ Coastal Walkway system that runs along the eastern bays coastline. All these sites contain, or lay adjacent to, valuable architectural or landscape features that contain important stories from the past, stories that share common ground in the rich tapestry of the old north shore.

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  • Overcoming the English language barrier: Perspectives of graduates, following experience of practice-based learning

    Malthus, Caroline; Lu, Hongyan (2011)

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    Unitec

    The aim of this small-scale qualitative research project was to ascertain the strategies developed or used by graduate students to improve their spoken English language during their study experience. We hoped to identify the perceptions of 8 Bachelor of Nursing graduates from a range of ethnic backgrounds as to the inputs and experiences which had most influence on their spoken English language development, as well as the strategies they found most productive. We interviewed a small group of clinical tutors on the same topic, in order to gather their perspectives on the strategies students adopt and the key drivers of these. Clinical tutors provided another window into these experiences, underlining some of the graduates’ insights and adding their own observations on the ways in which BN students of EAL background effectively promote the development of their own language skills. These tutors presented diverse explanations of the ways that students learn to interact with patients, react to feedback, and develop a sense of professional identity as nurses. The study has resulted in a number of significant insights and recommendations that will be informative to Nursing lecturers and students, and lecturers in other disciplines with work placement components. A key observation from this study is the way in which BN graduates emphasise benefit both from the social and interactional aspects of the clinical learning experience, and at the same time show ways in which they autonomously took responsibility for developing their own spoken English language skills. Key achievements to date are the paper published in 2009 and invited presentations to BN staff and students. A paper is about to be submitted to an international journal of communication.

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  • Domestics

    Jotti, Dorina (2011)

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    Unitec

    Highlights • ‘Domestics’ exhibition at Unitec’s Snowwhite Gallery. • Catalogues distributed during the exhibition. • Discussions related to the exhibition theme were a valuable component throughout the time of the exhibition • Interest from other tertiary institutions to exhibit the work. Conclusion Work exhibited and accompanying written material achieved desired dialogues and further encourages ongoing discussions about the role of ‘gendered’ art in contemporary practice.

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  • Breeding biology of laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguinea) in New Zealand

    Perrott, John (2011)

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    Unitec

    In the last year we have identified six nesting areas from which we have collected nest debris and behavioural observations. From this data we have identified all animal remains within the debris. In addition, we identified the New Zealand kookaburra population range margins and distribution. We have tested tracking methods and conducted nest site protection measures at the six breeding sites (e.g., protecting kookaburra nesting sites from possum damage). We have developed and distributed media and public information packs to private land owners north of Auckland and on Kawau Island to gain access to private lands used by kookaburra. To date, we have all the prerequisite information required to apply for additional external research grants and publish one paper on kookaburra nest debris and predation of native species in New Zealand forests.

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  • Modelling and monitoring the Unitec standard house to improve sustainability and indoor environmental quality.

    Tait, Robert (2011)

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    Unitec

    A testing facility has been established on the Unitec campus which allows monitoring of temperatures and humidity levels in a standard 3-bedroom house, operating as a control, to compare with the performance a second house modified with alternative materials or construction techniques. This appears to be very rare for thermal testing, with most experiments being carried out at an elemental level (ie individual materials within a laboratory setting), or in situ on a small section of construction as part of a larger building. A pilot study was completed to ensure that the monitoring process was functioning appropriately, and data collection commenced in December of the first test case, investigating the performance of a high-spec glazing unit to replace standard double-glazing. Initial findings indicate that the high-spec glazing makes a significant improvement in the thermal comfort of the house, which confirms results from laboratory-based materials tests. Monitoring is ongoing, and further analysis will provide more detailed evaluation of the benefits provided by the glazing in terms of year-round temperature performance and any resulting energy savings. In parallel with the physical testing of the house performance, computer simulations have been used to model the theoretical performance, and test the accuracy and ease of use of commonly used environmental modeling software. This part of the project has proven more difficult than expected, and has not yet produced results with the desired accuracy to compare against the monitored data. However, the difficulties experienced have provided an insight into potential problems and improvements that need to be addressed before these systems can be used more widely by practitioners.

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  • A more sustainable hull form

    Wilson, Richard; Chiappini, Cristiana; Flitta, Isaac (2011-01-01)

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    Unitec

    The aim of the project was to find a planing powerboat hull form capable of being pushed through the water more easily than existing hull forms and yet which still maintains, or even improves on practical performance factors such as sea keeping ability, stability, and directional stability. The speed most suited to test our hull shape is in the speed range 25 knots and under, a practical range for the general power boating public. There is some education required to have the power boating public understand the economy advantage of not carrying more power/weight than necessary.

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  • Prevalence of internal parasites of Oligosoma infrapunctatum on Mokoia Island

    Schragen, Sabina; Perrott, John (2011-01-01)

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    Unitec

    One five day trip to Mokoia Island was planned for December 2010 and successfully completed in this research period. We were able to catch 30 skinks and collect two faecal samples. However, because of heavy rain we were not able to collect any blood samples of diagnostic value. We discovered an external parasite which was identified by Allen Heath AgResearch as Neotrombicula sphenodonti . This mite has not previously been described on Oligosoma infrapuncatum and is of interest for herpetologist, entomologists and ecologists nationally and internationally. No eggs of Nematodes were discovered, the methodology for the extraction of nematode eggs from ethanol preserved faeces needs further testing to confirm that we are not seeing false negative results. Reinvestigation of previously taken blood samples revealed that there are some interesting findings which after discussing with Dr Richard Jacob-Hoff, New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM) need further investigation. Again these blood samples taken in 2008 were taken in the rain and are not of diagnostic value. John Perrott and Sabina Schragen presented the research results from 2008-2010 at the biannually conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand. The abstracts are attached and will be published in the New Zealand Journal of Zoology later this year. Please note that the discovery of the mite is not mentioned in the abstract as was found at the time of writing.

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  • Investigation into the psychological and physical effects of participating in a mass “depopulation” operation

    Dale, Arnja (2011-01-01)

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    Unitec

    Worldwide, animal welfare investigations result in the discovery of commercial farming operations where large numbers of animals are suffering requiring quick and humane euthanasia. These events called “depopulation” operations are likely to be a traumatic experience for the personnel involved. In 2008, 13 Animal Welfare Investigation students voluntarily participated in a depopulation operation carried out by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), performing manual euthanasia, involving a mass number of poultry (5000 chickens) conducted to mitigate current and future suffering. Questionnaire evaluation of the psychological and physical effects experienced as a result of participating in this depopulation operation was conducted. The majority of students had an experience where the euthanasia technique used did not effectively kill the chicken (77%). 62% indicated that having leather gloves, a broiler suit and a mask was helpful in detaching themselves from the situation. During the operation the following physical and emotional symptoms were experienced (moderate-extreme); emotionally switched off (77%), anger (62%), sweating (53%), physical pain (53%), disgust (46%), extreme shaking (38%), grief (38%) and had difficulty eating lunch (38%). 69% did not find that the euthanasing of the birds become easier throughout the day. 85% now view chickens differently, however none regretted participating in the operation. The majority (88%) felt that the blame for the mass euthanasia lay with the farmer and that they were “helping the animals”. During the first few days following the operation 62% experienced intrusive memories and flashbacks (moderate-extreme). Some students continued to experience emotional responses 4 months and 12 months post the operation however this was only in one or two cases.

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  • LAB: Research Theatre Company (part two) - Creating a dialogue with the audience

    Ilgenfritz, Pedro (2011)

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    Unitec

    The research project LAB: Research Theatre Company (part two) - Creating a Dialogue with the Audience was designed to investigate the dramaturgical development of the theatre show Alfonsina (and the theme of immigration) through audience feedback. The show was performed in four different places/contexts and selected audience members were invited to reflect and to express their reading/understanding of plot, theatre language, social and political questions and the philosophy of the company. The research revealed that all focus groups perceived the dialectics of the immigration experience and its contradictions in different degrees. Our goal was to see how this conversation with the audience could become a further step towards the development of the story and the technical side of the performance. In conclusion, the project was successful in achieving the desired result. The script of Alfonsina was adjusted several times as a result of the conversations with the audience; the audience was almost a co-creator in a sense that they were active in participating in the process of developing the show.

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  • Digitising the complex form

    Egginton, Zane (2011)

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    Unitec

    The intention of this project was (and still is) to explore the possibilities of using complex and seemingly organic forms in a typical digital workflow for designers, be they Landscape architects, Architects, sculptors or product designers. This includes the capturing, creation, generation, and visualisation of these forms as well as the potentialities and limitations of different techniques. For the ANZASCA conference I collaborated with two other staff members Nikolay Popov who has an interest in cellular automata and Brett Orams who is has an interest in procedural modelling. Together we wrote a very detailed paper that I presented at the conference. I’m currently looking for other conferences to present more detailed studies of certain aspects of this original paper (which was very well received).

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  • Corrective measures: Actual and virtual interactive narrative

    Jowsey, Susan (2011)

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    Unitec

    Within the framework of the project these outcomes have been broadly addressed, however, the projects focus expanded in response to the lived experience of the fellowship at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme. The fellowship at the ISCP in Brooklyn, New York, provided a significant amount of time to devote to both the practice of art production and to the collaborative process. The nature of the artwork shifted in both concept and means of production with the result that the work now has several significant strands occurring simultaneously. These strands are interwoven but also exist as discrete practices - the interactive potential of the photograph, the object and moving image is still under exploration, but has become a key feature in all new proposals, of which currently there are proposals awaiting response in Berlin, Manhattan, Istanbul and Bulgaria. Whilst it is planned to continue to explore the potential of viewer interaction in the work, the integration of object, static image and moving image in a single installations has allowed us to broaden the narrative potential of pieces produced. Alongside the interactive body of work sits the static image, which has developed significantly, the fellowship provided an opportunity to work exclusively within a studio context, the decision not to engage in the American landscape but to situate all the portraiture in a neutral environment was planned from the outset, however, the potential of this decision to allow for image manipulate was not fully understood until approximately 3 months into the fellowship. The use of a black background has enabled digital construction and reassembling to occur, putting in flux the state of relativity occupied by the protagonists being photographed. This freedom from the landscape has two functions, it removes the image from the limitations of site specificity and it removes the impetus to perform, at any given moment the narrative, by this I mean we do not have to predetermine the relationship, rather are constructed in post production. This transformation allows imagery shot at different times to exist in temporal relativity - for example retrospectively shot imagery and contemporary images can exist in the same moment as one. To this end work can be construct work in a non linear manner and is no longer constrained by time and understanding, the narrative is now able to bend and flex in response to shifts in its telling. This mode of working reflects the interactive and iterative ideas already present in the work. The third element that has occurred is also interactive in yet another sense. It involves the addition of elements directly onto or into the surface of the photograph by ripping and stitching the surface of the image. Here found imagery, drawing, old photographs, materials such as wool, clothing, plaster, have been used to disrupt the surface of the portrait. Altering the narrative potential of the image and transforming it into a haptic experience. Each of these developments can be attributed directly to the period of sustained practice able to be achieved by the six month fellowship at the ISCP. Highlights of this time were the Open Days Event at the ISCP which is a four day event with a large Opening to which dignitaries from many different countries are invited. [There are 30 artists at the ISCP at any one time who are drawn from all over the world: Europe, America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand] The Open Days achieved for the first time last year, a listing in the New York Times, What’s On. Around 2000 people attend the open days making it an important time for meeting people and discussing the work. A widely circulated broadsheet is produced with photographs of artists work and a small statement to coincide with this event. Other highlights were being selected for an International peer reviewed Photography Exhibition to be held in Chelsea Manhattan, at the Joy Wai Gallery in the Spring of this year. A full colour A4 sized catalogue has been produced to accompany this exhibition. Work produced at the ISCP was also selected in a juried exhibition in Chicago at the ARC Gallery. [School of the art institute of Chicago] This exhibition was held in February 2011. A major quality assured exhibition showcasing the work produced during the ISCP fellowship will open at the Galleries of Contemporary Art run by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs on the 29th of April 2011. My co-researcher Assoc. Prof Marcus Williams and myself were invited to give talks to the students at the Tisch School New York, Georgia State University and Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons New School New York. We were interviewed by William Pym, Asia Art Pacific Magazines managing editor, for a new web based project the magazine is working on based on artists working abroad for a period of time. To be launched 2011. We participated in a number of artists projects at the ISCP, one of the key features of an international fellowship is the ability to meet and work with artist from all over the world and to maintain a relationship and network with these people. In conclusion the time spent on this fellowship was important in furthering the development of a framework for both the narrative and the integration of multi media into the working process of F4. Further to this I have been accepted to present a paper of at the 6th International Conference on the Arts in Society in May 2011 at the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany. I have just received notification of selection for the Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, an International juried art biennial to be held in September 2011.

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  • A living curricula: Conversations about learning and teaching

    Marshall, Steven (2011-05)

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    Unitec

    Unitec New Zealand’s ‘Living Curricula’ is both an Academic Strategy and an aspiration for a unique institutional culture. The Department of Performing and Screen Arts has developed course curriculum that crosses discipline boundaries and exploits collaborative opportunity to leverage economical solutions to ever-growing sector and system constrains. A living curriculum is defined not as the information content of a program, but rather as the programs’ learning experience (Unitec, 2010). Living curricula learning experiences emphasize the links and application of theory/knowledge and work experience/practice. Knowledge is both applied in practice and drawn from practice. Therefore the process of developing a living curricula involves ‘conversations’ about enquiry, knowledge, practice, learning and teaching approaches which focus on engagement between and among learners, teachers, practitioners, communities, scholars, and with self and texts. Embedded within a ‘living curricula’ is the concept of Ako, a Maori word which means to learn, study, instruct, teach or advise. Ako describes a teaching and learning relationship where the educator is also learning from the student and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective.

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  • Collaborative goal setting and reviewing in music therapy for children with special needs: An action research project to improve practice and measure efficacy

    Piggot-Irvine, Eileen; Molyneaux, Claire; Willis, Marie; Talmage, Alison; Scoones, Russell; Travaglia, Rebecca; Gang, Na-Hyun (2011)

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    Unitec

    The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (Raukatauri) is New Zealand's first music therapy centre delivering music therapy to children and young people with special needs up to the age of 21. There are six New Zealand Registered Music Therapists (NZRMThs) on the clinical team who provide approximately 100 sessions of music therapy per week. The therapists have a variety of training backgrounds, with the common approach being improvisational, client-centred music therapy.

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  • Transnational Student Experience: Educational Spaces Created by Globalization

    Monteiro, Sylila; Sharma, Rashika (2011)

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    Unitec

    It is accepted that education today is continually challenged by the process of economic globalization. Consequently the international knowledge network is constantly affected by developments beyond the control of academic institutions. In response to this increasingly integrated world economy, governments and academic institutes implement policies and programmes of internationalisation. These shifting paradigms driven by technological and societal transformation direct education towards embracing international exchange to enhance the student experience and extend global expertise. International inter-institutional partnerships in education are a common practice globally. Joint ventures termed as transnational education seek to ensure curriculum equivalence. Transnationalism allows a wider range of educational options for students through these partnerships, filling the gaps that exist in the systems of each partner. However the reality is far from ideal. Transnationalism presents potentials and pitfalls which challenge the success of the programmes, as students transition from one learning paradigm to another. This paper explores the partnership between Unitec, New Zealand and an Asian automotive institute and highlights the impediments transnational students encounter with teaching and learning. It also reflects on teaching and learning strategies required to enhance the overseas student learning experience that may be considerably different from that on their home campus.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Governments Agree to Proceed with the Joint Regulatory Agency for Therapeutic Products

    Moore, Jennifer (2011)

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    University of Otago

    In 2011, the Australian and New Zealand governments announced their decision to proceed with a joint scheme for the regulation of therapeutic products such as medicines, medical devices and new medical interventions. Eventually, the joint arrangements will be administered by a single regulatory entity: the Australian and New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA). The rationale for establishing ANZTPA is based on public health and economic principles. This paper explores the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed therapeutic products legislation, which will repeal the Medicines Act (NZ) - the Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill.

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  • Economyths

    Kushner, Saville; Kushner, B (2011)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    The case for economic crisis in the UK - the basis of the austerity programme and the part-dismantling of the Welfare State - is assertion rather than analysis. This is evidence of a hegemonic 'single political narrative' which is little subjected to critical scrutiny or public debate. The casualty is deliberative democracy and the quality of public understanding - essentially, a de-education strategy. This analysis challenges such a hegemony and, through its presentation at conferences, public lectures, publications and broadcasts (cited elsewhere in this submission) makes the case for deliberative contestation over social and economic realities and visions. This is an attempt at public education and to trial a diffusion strategy commensurate with the principles of Democratic Evaluation. The methodological approach is Popperian 'falsification'. Each card has an assertion on its face with a (evidence-based) refutation on its reverse - some cards are pedagogical in keeping with the public education aspect of the presentation.

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  • Editorial to the publication Takahe,

    Allen, Brenda (2011)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    In this editorial for Takahe I outlined the function of the cultural studies section as opposed to the art, fiction and poetry sections, and argued that the distinctions usually drawn between high and low arts should not apply to cultural studies.

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  • Naked Exclusion with Minimum-Share Requirements

    Chen, Zhijun; Shaffer, G (2011)

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    The University of Auckland Library

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  • Introduction of a new stratergy to get Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the existing Materials Accelerator Model

    De Silva Karnika, KG (2011)

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    The University of Auckland Library

    With the implementation efforts on a new networking strategy the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are considered as suitable candidates to fit in to the Materials Accelerator current model. The strategy is to get large companies involved in the program through their supply/ end user chain.

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