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ISSUE # 12 -  T H E FU N ISS U E  -


OFFICE SERVICES & SHOP OPSA OFFERS A RANGE OF HANDY OFFICE AND RELATED SERVICES Cheap Phone-cards, Cheap DCC Rubbish Bags, Lamination, Binding, Fax, Colour printing and Photocopying, Cheap CDs & DVDs, Stamps & Mail-collection, Diaries, Wall-planners & pens, Budgeting & Tenancy advice, ISIC travel card validation, Free Pool, OP exam compliant Calculators, and more... THE OPSA OFFICE IS A GOOD PLACE TO FIND OUT ABOUT ADVOCACY, MEDIATION, AND OTHER HELP. THE OPSA OFFICE CAN BE FOUND UPSTAIRS IN THE MANAAKI BUILDING ON HARBOUR TCE. •

  Mondays to Thursdays: 9am - 5pm •   Fridays: 9am - 3pm OPSA also provides free student telephones, microwaves and water-filters on OP’s various campuses.

GOT 99 PROBLEMS? LANDLORDS PLAGIARISM MARKING & GRADES COMPLAINTS ACADEMIC APPEALS TEACHERS

CALL OPSA ON THE

STUDENT HOTLINE 03 477 6974


GYRO Editor Contents

Dave Strydom.

OPSA Page ›pg 4-5

FAST FORWARD ›pg 6

NEWS IN BRIEF ›pg 8-9

AUDACIOUS CHALLENGE WINNERS

This is the penultimate issue of Gyro for 2013.

›pg 10-11

And it’s almost time to look back on the year.

THINGS TO DO IN WELLINGTON

Gyro recently entered a few categories at the

›pg 12

ASPA (Aotearoa Student Press Association)

KERRON JOHNSON

Awards. Although we didn’t win any awards

›pg 13

the judges comments on some of our

FOUR ANSWERS REALLY QUICKLY

entries we’re very positive and encouraging.

›pg 15

With Metro Editor Simon Wilson noting:

PUZZLE TIME

“working with minimal resources, this is an

›pg 16-17

impressive publication.” We would never have

COLUMNS

received such positive feedback if it wasn’t

›pg 18-19

for the hard working contributors behind the scenes of each issue. From the writers

Published by OPSA. Copyright (C) OPSA 2013. A member of ASPA. www.gyro.org.nz - fb.com/GyroExtra

Set in

and photographers and artists to the people who helps brainstorm ideas and produce the magazine. These, and other kind words are all because of you - so a HUGE THANK YOU!!!

Bell MT, Trade Gothic Condensed, Univers.

Advertising gyro@opsa.org.nz

Editor Dave Strydom. gyro@opsa.org.nz

Technical Editor

Rebecca, OPSA president, and I decided we would theme this issue the “fun” issue. Stopping short of dipping each issue into a pot of glitter and glue we’ve got some interactive puzzles, connect the dots, sudoku and our very own crossword puzzle (thanks Mark).

Mark Baxter. mark.baxter@op.ac.nz

I’ve added more circles than usual because

Head Designer

circles are fun. I also briefly interrupted some

Dave Strydom. @designdavenz

student who were studying with a few quick

THANK YOU

questions, watched an inspiring first game by

Stacey, Mark, Kayrn, Hannah, Stephen, Mark, Lesley, Philip, Monique, Hemiama, Sheree

the Breakers and new import Kerron Johnson.

Gyro Magazine reserves the right to edit all content for reasons of style and clarity.

Till next time peace, D


PRESIDENTS COLUMN

Rebecca Swindells. Hi all, welcome back from your break if you were lucky enough to have one. I guess you will be wondering by now what is happening in OPSA land at present. Our little elves are busy preparing handbook diaries, wall planners, pens, bags, orientation and FREEBIES for 2014! We have also been busy organising a Recreation Centre Survey that is online and will be waiting for you in your student email once you have read this sentence! Get involved as you could win some awesome prizes including phone cards, t-shirts and grocery vouchers! In other big news, it looks like we may be shifting! OPSA offices may be relocating in the very near future, more information about this in the next issue of Gyro. So I decided that we needed to have a “fun” issue, when talking with editor Dave. Not sure what fun means, or how it has been/will be interpreted in this issue, but have a read, hopefully a laugh and some fun. To finish off, a joke told to me by my 6 year old niece and 7 year old nephew, (let’s hope it puts a smile on your dial) Knock Knock Who’s there? Oink Oink Oink Oink who? Make up your mind are you a pig or an owl?! See you all next issue, OPSA Prez signing off !

OPSA NOTICES email gyro@opsa.org.nz WORLD FOOD DAY EVENT !!! Come along and try some healthy nutritious alternatives including handmade fruit chips! Get your photo taken in our Fruit Photo-booth and be into win some delicious Apple crumble for your flat! Wed 16th October 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Otago Polytechnic main QUAD

LIVING IN A BAD FLAT? If you’re getting a bum deal from ruth­less landlords, OPSA has an advocacy service that may be able to help you resolve any issues. Call us on 477-6974

ACCOMMODA­T ION RESOURCES Visit opsa.org.nz/ accommodation to find flats, how to deal with problems, free flat rating scheme, and more resources!

DUNEDIN FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTIST REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN! This is your opportunity to be part of a high profile festival programme!

We are an openaccess festival for emerging artists. You only have to register in time. Deadline for artist registrations: 31 October 2013 The Dunedin festival takes place in March. Get in touch with us about your ideas for the festival! Email us at: register.fringe@ gmail.com or call us: 477-3350.

FUTURE WOMEN SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN UNITEC / Australian Women’s Weekly Scholarship applications close 31 December 2013 contact Carol Fraser at Unitec for more info cfraser@unitec.ac.nz

NEED HELP WITH FILLING OUT YOUR 2014 ON-LINE APPLICATION??? Studylink are here to help you. Two sessions per day starting at 12 – 1pm & 3.30 4.30pm in F Block This week: Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th October. Next week: Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October. Please register by at the OPSA Office.


OPSA ELECTION RESULTS

CONTACT

The face of OPSA for 2014

OPSA

Over 100 OP students voted in

to cast a vote for the candidate or for

the OPSA 2014 Elections. The

no-confidence against the candidate.

two candidates Rebecca (currently

The voting results concluded with

president) and Stephen (currently

116 votes in total.

temporary vice president) managed

The results place Rebecca as OPSA

to gather adiquate support in their

President for 2014 (her 3rd and final

campaigns. Even though each

year) and Stephen moves up from

candidate stood unapposed students

general exec to vice president for

were granted their democratic right

2014 (his first year as vp).

STUDENT HOTLINE

477 6974 •

OFFICE

>>> 

VOTING RESULTS 

<< <

A total of 116 votes were talled. Here are the results of those votes.

UPSTAIRS

Manaaki Building -  (M Block)  Harbour Tce

POSTAL PO Box 5381,

PRESIDENT REBECCA

VICE-PRESIDENT STEPHEN

Dunedin, 9058

• EXEC CONTACT PRESIDENT

Rebecca Swindells president @opsa.org.nz

VICE PRESIDENT Stephen Hohaia

VOTE FOR CANDIDATE NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE

vp @opsa.org.nz


FAST FORWARD >>>  Fast track through some facts & current news  >>>

>>> CAMPUS

>>> NATIONAL

Otago Polytechnic School of Design fashion graduate

The High Court in Christchurch has today ruled

Soohee Moon has received international acclaim by

that Education Minister Hekia Parata’s decision to

having her work featured in the latest issue of Vogue

close Phillipstown School is unlawful, because the

Italia. She

featured as one of 200 up-en-coming

consultation process failed to meet the requirements

fashion designers as part of their emerging designers

of the Education Act. The ruling comes as great news

edition.

to the students and parents of the small community.

>>> SPORT

>>> INTERNATIONAL

The Otago Polytechnic sponsored Otago Volts topped

A mobile app released by the Central Election

their group at the T20 Champions League after

Commission of Azerbajan released the 2013 election

beating South African team the Lions. Both teams

results a day before the election. The app showed

managed to score 167 runs when Otago managed

longtime president Illham Aliyev had won with

to win the battle for boundaries in their super over.

72 percent of the vote. The developers claim the

Needing 14 runs for victory the Lions fell short and

information was from a previous election and was a

only managed 10.

complete mistake. President Aliyev went on to win the

DESIGN GRADUATE IN VOGUE ITALIA.

OTAGO VOLTS INTO THE SEMI-FINALS.

>>> LOCAL

NEW CYCLE LINE AT BUSY INTERSECTION. Work to make the deadly intersection of Stuart Street and State Highway 1 safer has received the confidence of the NZ Transport Agency. The new intersection includes a new footpath, traffic island to separate lanes and a dedicated cycle symbol as part of the traffic light system. Other upgrades around town include widening the lanes in North Dunedin. The wider lanes now stretch all the way long the State Highway 1 through town.

SPRING TO ARRIVE IN NOVEMBER Fine spells and anticyclones bringing warm weather are expected to hit Dunedin come November. The next few weeks are expected to bring westerly winds, rain and frosty nights. The seasonal climate outlook for the last quarter of 2013 is expected to be warmer than usual.

PHILLIPSTOWN CLOSURE UNLAWFUL.

APPLICATION PREDICTS THE FUTURE.

election with 84 percent of the vote.

WORST DROUGHT IN A DECADE. Namibia is facing one of the worst droughts in decades. Not since the 1960s has the region gone this long without good rainfall. With nearly half the population suffering from moderate to serious levels of food insecurity and increased risks of disease and water born illness. In May the president Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency and has requested 33.7 million in international support to feed the people of Namibia.

OECD REPORT CALLS FOR CARBON TAX. A new OECD report is calling for a coherent and consistent pricing approach to carbon as the best way to achieve zero carbon emissions. The International Monetary Fund echoed the call for a carbon tax and also stressed the importance of removing fossil fuel subsidies. New Zealand currently provides subsidies for exploration of fossil fuel mining of 17 million.


NEED A RIDE TO THE AIRPORT? OPSA IS WORKING WITH OUSA TO SUSS YOU $12 STUDENT SHUTTLES.

>>> WHERE <<< GARDENS NEW WORLD OR THE UNIVERSITY ARCHWAY. >>>  WHEN <<< 8 TIMES A DAY UNTIL 11TH NOVEMBER 2013.

ALL TRIPS COST JUST $12. SEE WWW.STUDENTSHUTTLES.CO.NZ FOR MORE INFO.


DC RE-ELECTED AS MAYOR

GREET THE ALL BLACKS

Around a third of the registered population

The All Black squad arrives in Dunedin this

turned out to cast their votes in the Dunedin local

Tuesday and fans are encouraged to meet them

body elections. Current mayor Dave Cull won the

at Dunedin International Airport as they arrive.

election by a landslide 18 446 votes, nearly more

The airport is offering free parking for the day

than all the other candidates together. The results

to fans willing to make the trip out to Momona.

saw his closest competitor, Hilary Calvert with 6

It has been a decade since a Bledisloe Cup match

429, with just over a third of his own total. Here

was held in Dunedin. There are still a limited

are more of the actual figures.

number of tickets available for the match this Saturday. It will be the first time Australia play

DUNEDIN MAYORAL VOTES DAVE CULL  18446 HILARY CALVERT  6429 LEE VANDERVIS  5841 ANDREW WHILEY  2946 AARON HAWKINS  2900 PETE GEORGE  779 OLIVIER LEQUEX  503 KEVIN DWYER  217 STEVE MCGREGOR 178

at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

ALL BLACKS GAME WHERE: FORSYTH BARR STADIUM WHEN: 19TH OCTOBER @ 7:35PM TICKETS FROM TICKET DIRECT

ALL BLACKS ARRIVE WHERE: DUNEDIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHEN: TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER TIME: 10:45AM


OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Throughout the month of October you will

opportunity for any organisation to participate in

notice an abundance of pink across our city.

building awareness and raising funds for the fight

Not only in Dunedin and across New Zealand

against breast cancer.

but internationally the fight against cancer

To organise your own event, make a donation

has adapted the colour pink for the month of

or get involved by volunteering visit the New

October. Breast cancer is the most common

Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation website on

form of cancer to affect women in New Zealand.

www.nzbcf.org.nz

Every year around 2750 women and 20 men are diagnosed with the disease.

The site includes useful information, tips on early awareness, advice on getting check ups

One socially responsible way of getting involved

and inspirational stories of triumph. If you are

is by hosting your own ‘PINK FOR A DAY’ at

unsure of your status or would like to book a

work, home or school. Where everyone dresses

mammogram talk to your local health

up in pink for a day. This platform is a great

care professional.

NUMBER OF NEW BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSES EVERYDAY IN NZ

7

PERCENTAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO AREN’T FULLY AWARE OF THE SIGNS

60

NUMBER OF YEARLY DEATHS FROM BREAST CANCER IN NZ

650


“IT’S PRETTY UNREAL” LAST YEAR THREE OTAGO POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS IDENTIFIED THE POTENTIAL TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT ALMOST EVERY STUDENT CAN RELATE TO IN THEIR STUDIES: ACCESS TO PERSONALISED STUDENT SUPPORT FACILITIES. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THEIR SOLUTION WOULD WIN THE ANNUAL AUDACIOUS STUDENT BUSINESS START UP COMPETITION.


A

mobile application linking tertiary

access to study and personal support services.

students with study and career

Miss Costello went on to say that: “the

support services has one the top prize

big picture is to help as many people as

in this years Audacious Business Challenge.

we can because study can be hard.” The

Student Support is the he brain child of three

research suggested that many people were

Otago Polytechnic students: Karyn Costello,

finding tertiary study too difficult and that

Hannah Carey and Stephen Surge.

personalised access to these services would help

The idea began last year when Hannah and

many students make the most of their studies.

Karyn teamed up in a software engineering class. This year Stephen joined their team as

The team found the Audacious challenge

part of their 3rd year Information Technology

very useful. Commenting on the competition

class. The team entered their idea into the

as a whole the team found that they were

annual Audacious program, starting with the

always clear on knowing what to do next. The

idea development stage in the first semester.

competition stages were good and the feedback

Speaking with Gyro, Kayrn said: “ Although

to useful. “If you’ve got an idea it’s a good

it’s a 3rd year project, [we’ve] treated it as

way to move forward with it.” Miss Costello

a business” adding that this approach really

added that there was ongoing support for their

helped the team understand what we’re trying

business. “It’s not only about your idea but

to do with the software.

what you can do afterwards” The competition received 137 entries into the

Simply known as Student Support, the mobile

first stage of the competition, of which the

application helps students plan their time and

judges awarded the top 40 ideas with a share

shows them where to get the help they need

of $10 000. The competition continues in

when they need it most. The software uses

the second semester. Developed concepts are

real time data, tailored to each user, to help

detailed in a business plan and summarised in a

students directly access support facilities on

60 second pitch. The teams are put to the test

the go. The ultimate aim is to get students the

by judges in a Dragons’ Den-style session. For

support they need before it comes an issue.

the first time the public had the opportunity

Otago has fantastic student support services

to help with the judging process by filling out

shared by both the University and the

voting criteria online.

Polytechnic. Services range from counciling and career services to the aid provided by the

When asked about their own description of

learning services. However, recent research

their application the team responded with “Our

highlighted issues around accessing these

solution is a centralised place for students to

services. Some of these issues include finding

access support information and management

the services, knowing what services are

tools with ease, and the security of knowing its

available, which services are right for you and

accessible anywhere, anytime.”

managing access to these services.

A functional version of the software, in

The system, designed as a framework to be

development for Android, could become

hosted by any institution, works with non-

available within the next 9-10 months for

generic real time data across a private and

Otago Polytechnic and 18 months for the

secure network to bring the user safe and free

University of Otago.


SHORT NIGHT CLASSES AVAILABLE FROM OTAGO POLYTECHNIC Ever wanted to dabble in the arts but couldn’t

I now feel confident using all of the manual

commit to a full time course? OP Night Classes

functions – so if like many of my class mates

might just do the trick.

you own a Digital SLR but still leave it in auto, I

This is not an ad for the Polytechnic, but a good

suggest you join a class and make the most of its

customer experience I want to share with Gyro

capabilities.

readers. Class sizes are usually between 8-15 people, but my I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, experimenting

class is small, there’s just 6 of us, a nice number

with composition and design, so when I saw that

that allows us to get to know each other and gain

I could take an 8 week class at the Polytechnic for

the most from our teacher. Classes are part theory,

just $150 (Studylink Course Related Costs can

part hands-on, and are open to discussion and

cover it) I jumped on in.

contribution from everyone, so it feels less like school and more like a social camera club.

Classes are held Mondays from 6-8pm at the Art

 

School and after just two sessions I’ve learnt

Other night classes at the Art School include:

more than I ever knew about ISO (the measure

Ceramics, Print Making, Life Drawing and

of a digital camera’s sensor’s sensitivity to light),

Jewellery. All classes run for 8 weeks during

Aperture (the size of the opening in the lens when

school terms, next intake will begin next year, and

a picture is taken) and Shutter Speeds (the amount

cost $150.00 excluding materials. Email art night

of time that the shutter is open), the three most

class@op.ac.nz for more information.

important functions on my camera.


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FUN THINGS TO TRY IN WELLINGTON Words & Photography By Stacey Gambell

>>> EAT & DRINK Sweet Mother’s Kitchen - Home-style American food at the Mount Vic end of Courtenay Place. Enjoy a peanut butter shake, a burrito or some curly fries. Get in early as it’s no secret this place is good! Scopa - The only place to buy a Hot Chocolate in the capital; thick, creamy and a perfect accompaniment when exploring the city at night. I doubt you’ve ever tried anything the same. >>> SHOP Space Suit - David Bain jerseys, dungarees, & velvet dresses, just a sample of what you will find at this quirky fashion store on Cuba. Styles are either imported international vintage or new and on trend. ALC (A Lost Cause) - Locally owned and operated clothing label also on Cuba St, producing graphic t-shirts and hoodies with Wellington’s tattoo culture influence. Good As Gold - Premier fashion and street-wear boutique home to top quality brands from New

Zealand and overseas including Cheap Monday, Karen Walker, WESC, & Stolen Girlfriends Club. They can be found in their über cool store on Victoria Street. >>> VIEW Kirkcaldie & Stains - The famous Christmas Shop, located on the second floor of the Kirks department store on Lambton Quay. Here you will find gorgeous Christmas displays and decorations of every shape, colour and size. Bring out your inner child! Street Art - Wellington is famous for its street art, and it’s not hard to find some amazing works just by walking around the city. Some of my favourite pieces can be found on and around the Cuba Street-Ghuznee Street-Taranaki Street area, including Young Gifted and Broke by BMD on Wigan Street. The Harbour at night - Walk down to Lambton Harbour after dark and you will see another side of this beautiful city. The lights across the water are just stunning, and the whole waterfront is so inviting.


F.A.R.Q

F OUR A NS W E RS RE A LLY QUI C KLY Gyro hit the streets around campus to ask 4 random people 4 really quick questions.

PHILIP OUTDOOR MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP Name your favourite city in New Zealand? Dunedin What is the last program you watched on TV? Pulp Fiction Do you sing in the shower? No How many keys on your key ring? 12

MONIQUE COMMERCE Name your favourite city in New Zealand? Wanaka. What is the last program you watched on TV? X Factor Do you sing in the shower? No How many keys on your key ring? 2

HEMAIMA EARLY CHILDHOOD Name your favourite city in New Zealand? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any one What is the last program you watched on TV? Shortland Street Do you sing in the shower? No How many keys on your key ring? 2

SHEREE APPLIED SPORTS SCIENCE Name your favourite city in New Zealand? Auckland What is the last program you watched on TV? Coronation Street Do you sing in the shower? Yes How many keys on your key ring? 5


ACROSS 1. The Exotic Oriental dance is better know as _ dancing. 4. Complete the lyric: I can feel it coming in the _ tonight. 7. Who did Chuck Norris fight in The Way of the Dragon? 10. If I want to explore The Two Breasts and go riding on The Fat Buttock which country would I be in? 12. Who never said “Beam me up Scotty”? 13. What is the name of the steepest street in the world?

DOWN 2. Which kiwi musician recently hit number 1 on the US billboard? 3. What does ffs stand for? 5. Which central European country has three Clits? 6. Jeremey _ is the arrogant yet amusing presenter for Top Gear. 8. What is the name of New Zealand’s only castle? 9. Kiwi Bill Gallagher invented the electric what? 11. Who is Doctor Who’s most famous salt and pepper shaped adversary?


OH LORDE(Y) By staff

TOP 10 NZ TRACKS ON YOUTUBE Mt Eden Dubstep ‘Still Alive’

New Zealand artists continue to make a big splash on the

39,669,322

international music scene. The latest successes include Kimbra’s guest appearance on Goyte’s song “Somebody That I Use To Know” and Lorde reaching number 1 on the US billboard. Lorde joins an ever expanding group of

Lorde ‘Royals’ 30,943,261

popular artists to achieve international success. Names wihich include the likes of Split Endz, Crowded House,

Kimbra ‘Settle Down’

OMC, Bic Runga, Ladyhawke, The Naked and Famous,

29,715,594

Fat Freddy’s Drop and Flight of the Conchords. Singer and song writer Lorde or Ella Yelich-O’Connor was born on the North Shore, Auckland on the 7th of November 1996. She was first noticed at a talent show

The Naked & Famous ‘Young Blood’ 26,636,800

held at her school when she was 12. Lorde was signed to Universal when she was 13 and a year later started

Kimbra ‘Cameo Lover’

working with their song writers. Earlier in September of

15,594,853

2013 Lorde and her “ghost” co-writer Joel Little (Lead for Goodnight Nurse, writer for Kids of 88) where shortlisted for the 2013 Silver Scroll Awards in the writing of original music for NZ pop music for “Royals”. A single tearing at

Crowded House ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ 12,805,349

the perceived happiness found in luxury and consumer snobbery. Lorde’s single “Royals”debuted at number one the New Zealand Top 40 where it stayed for 3 weeks. The single

The Naked & Famous ‘Punching In A Dream’ 10,337,696

is currently at the top of the US billboards and has sold enough singles in 14 weeks to go platinum 3 times. Lorde

Princess Chelsea ‘Cigarette Duet’

is the first New Zealander to reach the top of the US

9,654,406

Billboard Hot 100. Not too bad for a single she worte in half an hour. She has just released her debut studio album Pure Heroine.

Savage ‘Swing’ 6,075,704

With this in mind Gyro decided to get a better idea of how New Zealand music is being enjoyed by using view counts

Brooke Fraser ‘Something In The Water’

on YouTube videos - completely unscientific and inacurate

5,988,948

as it may seen the results are still interesting. We chose to combine the counts for the original and live/karaoke versions. Here’s the top 10 we found.

*the view counts are correct at the time of writing.


DCC: ON A KNIFE EDGE A FORCE FOR GOOD By Mark

The Scarfie Army

It’s hard to say if our new City Council is a step to the

On the 15th of September 14 hardy souls took part

right or left. With seven new members some think it has a

cleaning around Polytechnic. OPSA put on a great BBQ

progressive majority (depending on Mike Lord, who is part

lunch for participants so cheers OPSA.

of the centrist Greater Dunedin team). Others claim that it’s conservative / right-wing majority to the point asset

On September 25th the Ozone Café was transformed into

sales look a possibility.

a duck numbering conveyor belt production. 21 students

Right-wing ideologue, Hilary Calvert – who was such a

came along and numbered ducks for a child cancer fund

liability ACT moved her down their list effectively removing

raising event. All 1500 ducks were quickly numbered.

her from parliament – leads the charge on the right. Many

Once again Rebecca Swindells lead by example-

though she was simply too loony for Dunedin to elect, but

numbering, unwrapping and checking duck bottoms!

all that advertising must have done the trick. Hiliary’s right-wing camp is backed by fellow libertarian

Over 6 weeks Foundation students built benches for

Vandervis, and new faces John Bezett and Andrew

Quarantine Island and on Sept 26th they had a trip there

Whiley who look like your standard business-first priority

to install them. They look magnificent and will be well

conservative types. Long time candidate, first time winner

used by visitors to the island.

Doug Hall is likely to be in this camp.

October 10- 12 collectors made up of staff and students

On the left the once feisty student-friendly Teresa

collected around campus for Breast Cancer.

Stevenson was voted off the island seemingly almost without a fight.

UPCOMING PROJECTS THIS MONTH:

However, several left-leaning Councilors were returned,

October 23 - Automotive students will service charitable

plus the addition of ever sensible Neville Peat, and grumpy

organizations’ cars for free.

ex-school teacher Benson-Pope (both former local body councilors), and Green’s candidate Aaron Hawkins were

October 31 - Maori pre-trade horticulture day at Dunedin

giving a solid body to the progressive left-leaning side.

Environment Trust.

Whatever the final balance, gladiatorial amusement looks almost certain with Cull’s right-wing detractors Calvert

If you’ve got an idea for a project contact Darlene on

and Vandervis’ ability to open their mouths and say what

Darlene.thomson@op.ac.nz

they think. And there will certainly be some “dynamic” between

I am especially keen for you to talk to your tutors/ class reps

those overt righties and the experienced Benson-Pope

to confirm a volunteer day for next year. With your input

and Richard Thompson, the always polite and sensible but

choose a date and let me know what type of project you’d

firm Peat, not to mention the fiery young Hawkins, who

like – inside/outside, physical/mental, what sort of cause

are all competent speakers. Fun times ahead.

you would like to support. If you can timetable it now the quality of the project will be so much better. Remember if

Email: gyro@opsa.org.nz with comments

it’s for a full day lunch is supplied. All participants receive a certificate which you can add to your CV.


››› TH E G YR O O C T O B E R EV E N TS G UI D E ‹ ‹ ‹

OPEN MIC/DECKS NIGHT, ReFuel, 8.30pm, all welcome & all gear provided.

TUE Queens Got Talent OPEN MIC, Queens 8pm, FREE Casual YOGA, 6-8pm, OUSA Recreation, $5

WED

16th

23rd

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

STADIUM MARKET, Forsyth Barr Stadium, 10am until 2pm.

DARTS & PING PONG, Queens, 8pm

OTAGO FARMERS MARKET, Railway station, 8am until 12 noon.

Casual YOGA, 6-8pm, OUSA Recreation, $5

GALA DAY, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, 9-4pm IRISH BEAT DANCE & MUSIC, Toitu Otago Early Settlers Museum, 1pm, Free

18th

           >>>| 18 Oct REPUBLIC OF ROCK Tour (Aussie) & Needless Cane (metal), Crown Hotel, 9pm, $10 TREMBLING, NEEDLESS CANE (metal), Crown Hotel, $10

AMPATHON 2013, ReFuel, doors open 7.30pm, All Ages, Free MOUNTAINEATER, Sammys, 8pm, $10 WEARABLE COMPUTERS (talk), DPAG, 3pm, Free

17th

25th

26th

27th

20th

PERTUITY, DIVINE PREDITION, PANDEMONIC, ABSTRACT SURVIVAL (metal), Crown Hotel KITTENTANK (indie), Queens, 9pm, $10

PERMANCE Queens, 9pm, $5 DUST &guests (metal), Crown Hotel, $5 DUNEDIN BIG CRUISE 2013, meet Anderson Bay Road at midnight

24th

19th ALEXEY MEDVEDEV (acoustic), Toitu Otago Early Settlers Museum, 5.30pm, gold coin

EASTERN SPRING TOUR (alt/country/ acoustic), Palto (2 Birch St), 8pm, $25 pre OUSA RECREATION CENTRE CLOSES for renovations

JOSEPHINE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Toitu Museum, 10am4pm, Free DAVID LYNCH FEST – Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (film), DPAG, 2.30pm, Free

LATIN NIGHT, Embassy Nightclub & Karaoke, FREE

FESTIVALS, GIGS, EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, TOURNAMENTS, PLAYS, LECTURES, & MORE – THE ULTIMATE ANSWER TO “GOD I’M BORED!”

MON Casual YOGA, 6-8pm, OUSA Recreation, $5

TALL TALES AND TANGOS Peter and the Wolf as narrated by Anton Oliver along with the NZSO. Dunedin Town Hall, 6:30pm, various prices $30-57

22nd

IF YOU’RE IRISH COME INTO THE PALOUR (trad/folk), Mosgiel Coronation Hall, 11am, $30

15th

11 Oct |<< HAIRSPRAY (musical), Regent Theatre, $42 student $2 FITNESS CLASSES AT UNIPOL During exam during exams, 25+ classes to choose from each week www.unipol. co.nz (Fitness For Fun) until SAT 9th November

EVENT OF THE WEEK

THR 17th - SAT 26th

MACBETH MACBETH MACBETH (play), Globe Theatre (104 London St.), $10 (opening night special), $20

*Macbeth is being played by a former Gyro contributor, Miguel Nitis

Note booking fees and random elephant taxes may apply to above prices. Want your shin-dig promoted here? mark.baxter@op.ac.nz


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