Tāmaki Innovation Campus


MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF CAMPUS


Greg Anson
Associate Professor Greg Anson, Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus

July 2019

Kia ora Colleagues,

It was great to see a very good turnout at the networking event on the last day of classes for Semester 1. Please keep an eye out for additional activities at Tāmaki that are part of this year’s Tāmaki Campus Life Programme. Preparations for the final event on 24 October to celebrate the achievements and history of the Tāmaki Innovation Campus are progressing well. There will be several posters and a continuous slideshow illustrating the history of the campus. Thank you to all who have provided photographs and a reminder that if you have any historical documents or photos associated with the Tāmaki Campus and you are willing to share these (originals will be returned to you if requested) please contact Daniela or Elle who will collect them.

The final semester of teaching at the Tāmaki Campus is fast approaching and preparations for moving to new locations before the end of the year are gaining momentum. The next few months will continue to be busy with the dual challenges of “business as usual” and the preparing to move to a new location. I would like to emphasize that the University and Tāmaki Campus Management is committed to supporting ‘business as usual’ and supporting the many tasks associated with relocation.

Significant achievements continue to be a feature of business as usual at the Tāmaki Campus. We warmly congratulate recent achievers and acknowledge their successes. In Te Kupenga Hauora Māori: Dr Donna Cormack – nearly $1m in Health Research Council funding for her project regarding safe environments for Māori medical practitioners; Sonia Fonua - the Daniel and Olga Archibald Medical Education Research Fund Award. In The National Institute for Health Innovation, Dr Kathryn Bradbury - Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship. Several successes are noted for Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Dr Sandar Tin-Tin - Girdlers’ New Zealand Fellowship; Dennis Hsu and Dr Roshini Peiris-John - the E W Sharman Staff Award for Curriculum Development; Dr Julie Spray - the University of Auckland 2019 Research Excellence Award for the Best Doctoral Theses; Dr Katrina Poppe (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) - 2019 Early Career Research Excellence Award. And last, but certainly not least, Social and Community Health – Growing Up in New Zealand (Professor Susan Morton) was awarded $17.1 million from the recent Wellbeing Budget to support continuation of The University of Auckland's Growing Up in New Zealand study, which tracks 6800 people from 12 weeks before their birth to 21 years of age.

This issue of Tāmaki Update also features two of our PhD students – Sonia Hawkins (Te Kupenga Hauora Māori) who received a Maori Health Research PhD scholarship for her research in the area of racial and ethnical bias among registered nurses; and Julienne Faletau (Pacific Health) who is exploring the use of an mHealth approach among Tongans at risk of pre-diabetes.

Last but not least, the issue highlights Senior Teaching Technology Technician Kevin Taylor, one of Tāmaki’s longest serving staff (1993-2019), and one of the pioneers in the development the campus. Kevin has played a vital role in ensuring that the extensive audio-visual requirements for teaching, research and day-to-day activities at Tāmaki Campus are met. His friendliness and ‘can do’ attitude is very much appreciated by everyone who has worked with him.

Best wishes,

Associate Professor Greg Anson

Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus