Category Archives: Education

In search of a rational debate about water

[This article was originally published by Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative in the Autumn 2018 issue of Ground Effect. ]  In recent years, the debates about water rights and water pollution in New Zealand have become increasingly torrid. Most New Zealanders have … Continue reading

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Partnering with China

This last week I have been in Beijing at the NZ –China Council Forum. Led by Minister Steven Joyce and co-chaired by Sir Don McKinnon, it has been all about building partnerships. There were about fifty New Zealanders there, including … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Canterbury: is a merger the solution?

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 22 June 2014] Last week I wrote how Lincoln University is facing hard times, and is shedding lecturing staff in core areas of land-based education. I suggested … Continue reading

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Lincoln University drives into the rough

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 15 June 2014] Lincoln University is New Zealand’s land-based university, with a special focus on agriculture and related industries. In recent years, the University has been facing … Continue reading

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Education for Agribusiness

[This post was first published in the NZ Sunday Star Times on 2 March 2014 under the title “Agribusiness calls for a holistic approach”.] Last week I wrote about how agribusiness was fundamentally different to other forms of business. I … Continue reading

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Socio-economic conditions determine educational under-achievement

This post is a joint contribution by Keith and Annette Woodford. Annette is a specialist teacher in Reading Recovery. The big message from the recently released results of national education standards is that low socio-economic conditions and educational under-achievement go hand … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Kansas

 Coming from New Zealand, it has been a fascinating experience to spend a week in Kansas, in America’s Midwest.  Kansas is a big state geographically, right in the centre of the USA, but has only 2.5 million people. The economy … Continue reading

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