Tāmaki Innovation Campus


Greg Anson

October 2018

Dear Colleagues,


The second half of semester two is underway and provides an opportunity to reflect on the developments and accomplishments of the Tāmaki Campus community over recent months.

Shortly after the mid-semester break we learned sadly that Emeritus Professor Ray Meyer (ONZM) had passed away at the age of 87 (Vice-Chancellor’s Update, 11 July 2018). Professor Meyer was the first Head of the Tāmaki Campus and his many contributions to the commercialisation of technology were impressive and long-lasting. Building 740 at Tāmaki was formally named The Ray Meyer Research Centre. The relocation of Engineering included the establishment of The Ray Meyer Research Centre on the Newmarket Campus. The Tāmaki Campus community extends its condolences to Professor Meyer’s family and to his colleagues.

This spring issue of the Tāmaki Update highlights some of the achievements of Tāmaki staff and students. It is exciting to observe the excellent outcomes and successes of our Tāmaki community  in attaining awards and external research funding. Congratulations to all who were awarded Health Research Council funding in the recent round. Tāmaki based researchers secured more than $10 million with the School of Population Health’s Professors Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Ngaire Kerse and Robert Scragg, Dr Gerhard Sundborn, Professor Ralph Maddison and Ms Gayl Humphrey (NIHI) among the successful recipients. Read more about some of these successful projects in this edition of the Tāmaki Update.

Congratulations to our Butland Teaching Award winners: Teri Ko (Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Early Career Excellence in Teaching; Assoc Prof Vili Nosa (Pacific Health - Excellence in Research Supervision); Monique Jonas (Health Systems, Sustained Teaching Excellence); Dr Rhys Jones, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Leadership in Teaching).

There have been many other successes and achievements and I congratulate you all and hopefully you have had an opportunity to celebrate your well-earned rewards. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of professional staff, research students, research assistants and technical staff whose contributions enable many of the successes we celebrate.

Tāmaki Campus welcomes new appointees Holly Teagle and Eric Topol. Holly is Associate Professor in Audiology (SoPH) who joined the Campus from the USA to a joint appointment with Audiology and The Hearing House. Holly is an international expert working with cochlear implant programmes and brings extensive  clinical, research and leadership skills to her new role. Professor Eric Topol, a leading expert in digital medicine and personalised healthcare, has accepted a fractional appointment in the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) headed by Professor Chris Bullen. 

I am sure you will enjoy reading about Tāmaki PhD students, Oscar Cañete who has successfully completed his doctoral study at the School of Psychology (Speech Science) - now working in Denmark; and Daria Erastova who recently joined the School of Biological Sciences and started her doctoral research that looks at the influence of sugar water feeders on the welfare and social structure of New Zealand native birds in urban gardens.

Other articles in this issue include Growing Up in New Zealand’s latest study report summarising the findings from Growing Up’s 72 Month data collection wave; and Psychology’s  Canine Lab who are looking at recruiting dogs to participate in  their research.

We have had another busy and successful Campus Life Programme this year with Networking Events, Professional Staff Morning Teas, Film Evenings and an ‘Eat My Lunch’ Event. Thank you to all who contributed and participated in these events. Please mark the 30th of November in your calendar for the annual Tāmaki Christmas party. Do join us for the last campus Christmas event. Keep a lookout for a notice from Campus Management who once again will be collecting donations for the Glenn Innes Food Bank.


Best wishes,

Associate Professor Greg Anson
Head of Tāmaki Innovation Campus