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Relevant Research - February 2023

We invite you to see the exhibition Ka Mua Ka Muri: Walking Backwards into the Future, at Otago Museum until 14 May 2023. This exhibition explores the people, the place, the history and the future of Otago Polytechnic. We have taught generations of New Zealanders, and we continue to provide a launching pad for careers, skills, and hobbies. 

Ka Mua Ka Muri: Walking Backwards into the Future is full of hands-on interactive experiences, including a pop-up arcade, a sculpture station, and a selfie station where visitors can use props to create Instagramable backgrounds. It includes work by some of our students, like Stefan Savage-Mason and Suzanne Voice, which you can read about in this issue of our e-magazine.

Scott Klenner
Tumuaki Rakahau - Director Research
ISSN 2624-084X


Sculpture station by Suzanne Voice

Busy minds and hands

by Lesley Brook

Whether at the museum or taking something home to work with, learning is enhanced when children are engaged.

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The right hook

by Megan Kitching

How can you find the best fishhook on the market?

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Hard fill, construction site

Problem-solving on site

by Lesley Brook

Rapid promotion may mean construction site managers don't have enough experience.

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Hayden Croft (far right) and the Silver Ferns

An inside view of performance analysis within the Silver Ferns

by Hauora Research

Hayden Croft – Otago Polytechnic, Te Pūkenga: In world-first research, a multi-year, in-situ study will show how the Silver Ferns netball team incorporates performance analysis in training and competition, and the impact this has on players’ wellbeing.

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A learning environment

by Nicolas Sharp

Architecture student Nicolas Sharp casts a vision for a replacement outdoor education facility for his high school.

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Students at Auckland International Campus, Otago Polytechnic

Demonstrating capabilities

by Lesley Brook

Students are not always aware of the wide range of competencies they are developing.

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Te Punaka Owheo

Treating with te Tiriti in mind

by Lesley Brook

To improve health outcomes for Maori, health services should be culturally responsive. Kia whakapiki i ngā putanga hauora, me mahi tika ā-ahurea ngā ratonga hauora.

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Anne, in aged care in rural Victoria

Carers who care

by Lesley Brook

Emotional intelligence has a positive impact on job performance and job satisfaction for aged care staff.

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Returning to play

by Lesley Brook

Players are subject to pressures to return to play after injury.

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