Business School in the news

03 April 2013

From human rights violations on board foreign chartered fishing vessels in New Zealand waters to halal, Māori children’s health, retirement and SOE privatisation…Business School experts have made a significant difference to thought leadership in 2012.

“We are very privileged to have some of New Zealand’s top academics here and our expertise makes a tangible difference to the University’s public profile, particularly in Auckland,” Dean Greg Whittred says.

Last year, the Business School had 22 major opinion pieces published, mainly in the New Zealand Herald
and Dominion Post. Issues ranged from Māori water rights and welfare, to oil and gas and SOE partial privatisation. A one-off series of opinion pieces written by academic staff from an initial op-ed by Dean Greg Whittred produced four articles in the New Zealand Herald. Adjunct Professor with the Department of Commercial Law Mai Chen was particularly prolific last year.

The School enjoyed around 30 prime television appearances on news programmes, mainly with One
News and 3 News, but also WorldTV, Breakfast and Good Morning. Topics included the human rights violations of chartered fishing vessel crew members in New Zealand waters, a feature story on Close Up about loyalty cards, Pike River, the economy, New Zealand’s clean green image and bank profit cuts.

Of particular success was Commercial Law Department head Professor Susan Watson’s commentary on ACC and the manslaughter option. She appeared on ABC Foreign Correspondent in a story about our tourism safety record. Management and International Business’ Dr Christina Stringer and PhD student Glenn Simmons, had major success with coverage of their research into human rights abuses on fishing vessels, with the world’s largest business magazine Bloomburg Businessweek running a story in the middle of the year.

More than 180 major print and radio stories featuring academics from the Business School included those focusing on the wage gap, industrial relations, the Marmite shortage, Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, human rights, halal, entrepreneurship, ACC and New Zealand Superannuation. Associate Professor Rhema Vaithianathan (Economics) did well with her work into a mathematical method of predicting child abuse and both the New Normal and Pure Advantage studies – which involved the NZ Energy Centre – achieved excellent coverage.

Sir Owen Glenn added to the profile with several media appearances on topics such as the state of New Zealand and under-achievement in business potential. More than 20 students were profiled in stories around the country.

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