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CREDITS Kari Schmidt

Editor Designer Images

Mark Baxter Dave Strydom, Gavin Ashworth

Rebecca Hohaia, Zehavit Darlington, Sarah-Jane Copeland, Callum Valentine, Gavin Ashworth


Dave Strydom, Scott Muir

Misc Editor Technical Advertising Published by Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association A member of Aotearoa Student Press Association Copyright (C) OPSA 2012

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Hello again to you all! OPSA Orientation 2012 has been a hit so far, even with the terrible weather! Big ups to the Occupational Therapy and Foundation teams that competed in the school challenge, even though it was raining! Also huge congratulations to those of you who competed in the Ltd Amazing Race (check your student emails to find out the winners!). For those of you haven’t been involved yet and want to win some wicked prizes, never fear! There are still some events left. Wed 29th Feb is packed full of fun including the Staff vs. Student Soccer Game and the family and cultural evening. Over the next month OPSA has a tonne of meetings to kick start the year. On the 15th of March we have a meeting for the Maori, International and Pacific Island students on campus so if you identify with any of these cultures, just pop in. The 21st of March is OPSA’s AGM so head on up to Ozone for a free lunch and to vote on our budget and your student Executive Committee. Look out for posters and more information regarding these meetings. It would be great to get your say on the matters that affect you. This is Rebecca Hohaia OPSA President 2012 signing off.

Editorial Dear reader, Welcome to the new issue of Gyro. If you’ve encountered the magazine before you’ll notice we’ve changed our format somewhat. If you love it or hate it (or love/hate anything else), feel free to flick us a letter and let us know ( Dave Strydom (who, along with Andy Weston, has produced INK zine since late last year) has designed our stellar title page for this issue and we’re also busy organising our first gig for the 29th of March at Refuel (which will include bands as well as theatrical poetry and anything else awesome we can think of). If you’re keen for your band to play or you want to be involved (think writing for that issue, designing the poster, etc - note, there are free drinks in it), just flick me an email (again, nz). Finally, we’re busy getting our team together for 2012 and we’d love to have an individual from every department so we really have our finger on the pulse of the OP this year. If you’re keen to get involved, just want to have a chat or you’d like to be added to our mailing list to know about future opportunities (/freebies), you know where to find me. Yours sincerely, Kari Schmidt

Nightmayor for Students


The Dunedin City Council is currently considering a permanent liquor ban in North Dunedin, due to student history of street parties and the occasional couch burning. Essentially this would mean you can’t drink outside your flat or on your way to town. Phil Kerr states the Otago Polytechnic official position - “We support the ban, because we do not think it is in any one’s interests to continue the status quo, which is characterised by significant excessive drinking on our streets. Our overall stance is one of advocating for responsible use of alcohol, and we are particularly concerned about student binge drinking.” Rebecca Hohaia, President of the Otago Polytechnic Students Association takes a somewhat different position, stating “the proposed DCC liquor ban will not only affect the students in North Dunedin, but also the remainder of the community and what I have heard from members of the community so far, they do not agree with the extension of the liquor ban. Mayor David Cull explained to the ODT on the 9th of Feb that “this is not about control, it’s about keeping people safe,” however there are a number of other ways that the North Dunedin area could become safe without having a liquor ban including safe drinking awareness and these alternatives need to be discussed.” Rebecca finishes by expressing OPSA’s interest in knowing “what students and the greater Dunedin residents think of this liquor ban extension proposal... feel free to share your thoughts with us by email at Opsa.” Thousands of students are opposing the ban with a petition against it receiving over 2000 signatures. If you’d like to vocalise your feelings via Gyro just send us a letter at

Recently given a Fulbright… Applications for the US-based Fulbright-Harkness scholarship are currently open. Students will receive $15,000 to study or research in the US for a minimum of six weeks. Applications for 2012 close 5.00pm Monday 2 April.

Transforming Dunedin An Art Symposium, entitled Transforming Dunedin, is being held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from the 2nd to the 3rd of March “to help shape Dunedin’s creative and cultural life.” Transforming Dunedin is aimed at discovering how we can develop Dunedin as the arts centre of New Zealand, to the benefit of our entire community. If you feel you have something to contribute to this event, you can register online at

STUDENT HEALTH CORRECTION In our last issue of Gyro we failed to mention that the Otago Polytechnic has it’s own Student Health Services. It’s in the Student Centre on Harbour Terrace, open 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Use it!

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Women in trade One man’s rubbish Sarah-Jane Copeland another one’s There are a growing number of opportunities and a higher demand for skilled trades-people today, but does treasure this make it any easier for women to be accepted into trade carers? While trolling the internet I stumbled across a website that reviews tradespeople across NZ. This website had a counterpart that highlighted women in trade, which went live in 2006 and was rather popular having over 1,600 reviews (although it has since disappeared). Despite giving the site a good review, even the Minister of Women’s affairs referred to women as a niche market. How can we hope for women to be treated equally in the trade market if even the Minister of Women’s Affairs can’t seem to? Men may be stronger and able to carry heavier loads but on average women have a higher attention to detail and bring a stronger face for customer service. Around half of all Kiwis work in jobs in which 70% of their co-workers are of the same gender as them. And around 11% of all employers employ virtually no women, especially in the trade occupations. In 2006, only 1% of builders, plumbers, electricians, and mechanics were women. Is this actually due to a lack of interest on the woman’s part, or is there pressure from society to think that women cannot take part in these ‘manly’ occupations?

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Zehavit Darlington I often visit the Resource centre at the dump in search of useful treasures. However, recently I haven’t needed to travel so far as those treasures have been finding their way much closer to home, washed with the tide right onto my door step. The Otago Peninsula, home of the Royal Albatross and the Yellow eyed penguin, has become a second home to a whole host of human waste; our shores are saturated with a vast range of things both unnecessary and unpleasant. Some are dangerous to the wild life, others dangerous to the little people who treat these shores as their play ground. There isn’t a clear indication of the origin of this waste, but it seems the amount has increased dramatically over the holiday period, which points a finger to the large tourist vehicles. But as we are not in the finger pointing business, and as one of the people who have escaped the concrete jungle in search of a greener life style, my plea is that we don’t transform lush Artearoa into a dump. Keep your treasures to yourselves thanks.

Student Food Simon Hoffman As the study year starts once again a lot of students will be feeling the financial strain of full time study and will also be attempting to maintain the fine balance between physical and financial starvation. With a small amount of planning ahead, and shopping around for bargains, meals can be a fairly manageable expense. Here are some tips I have found helpful in the past: • Plan out roughly what you are going to eat for the week, i.e quick meals for late work nights, perhaps some nibbles for friends on a Friday. This way you can usually get away with only one trip to the supermarket per week, which I always find to be cheaper. • Note: STICK TO YOUR LIST!! Supermarkets play slow calming music to slow your shop down and make you browse and buy more, fill your ipod up with fast paced music and concentrate on your list!! • Meat is expensive, and with high protein foods like eggs, beans and nuts available, it’s

simply not necessary to eat meat every night. Build up a repertoire of meatless dinners to eat a couple of times a week. • If you have leftovers from one meal but are sick of it, try making something new out of the leftovers. Having a Sunday roast? Extra vegetables can be used for a frittata the next day. • Know what is in your pantry! A tidy pantry stocked with basic long lasting goods is absolutely essential for any regular home cook. Getting a bunch of spices, flour, sugar etc. may seem expensive at the time but if you make sure you use them when planning meals it will save you so much in the long run. • Know roughly how much food you are going to consume!! That discount 10kg bag of potatoes, or huge can of tomatoes may have seemed like a good idea at the time. But how do you feel now it is rotting in the fridge/pantry? Cooking in bulk is great if you plan to freeze portions of feed it to 10 hungry friends, but avoid buying large portions if you have no plan for them.

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Gavin Ashworth Artist Statement of 2012 I want art that doesn’t get precious over its conceptual information or that does not even appear particularly polished. My goal is to create pieces that will flirt with the world of the amateur-artist and the avant-gardist, an art which could easily blur the boundary of both of these socioenvironments. Originally, all I ever wanted to draw were sci-fi & fantasy monsters. I used to love H.R Geiger. I loved that angst, perversion and theatrical outlandishness of his tackybiomechanical paintings. I simply wanted to use drawing so I could float away to a more fantastical realm. I also want to be influenced by Folk art and Art & Crafts, such as woodwork or knitting. I like the devotion to craftsmanship, DIY naivety and antiintellectualism. I feel by using this kind of art I would be diving into my roots of provincial New Zealand, or perhaps even further back to pre-modern Europe? However I still want to be considered a modernist. And I want to make art that will confront and engage with the mind the same way as expressionism, surrealism and abstract art has. My art talks about such subjects as noise, nonsense and mysticism and aims to contemplate issues such modernity, history and social-science.

LTD Amazing Orientation Race notebook winner Jamie Teasdale

The Famous Polytechnic Quiz

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Film Review

Please Hollywood, don’t ruin Oldboy Callum Valentine With David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake set to start raking in box office profits, the emerging genre of the unnecessary remake has once again proven fruitful for Hollywood. Spike Lee is currently developing a remake of the Korean revenge film Oldboy, one of critic-turned-director Chan-wook Park’s most successful films. Yet the original still remains one of the most striking and memorable revenge films of all time, and doesn’t need to become a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ to keep audiences entranced. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone” – so goes the quotation written along the bottom of the solitary painting in the apartment which has become Oh Dae-Su’s home, against his will. For 15 gruelling years, Oh Dae-Su has had nothing but a TV, three meals to mark the passage of his days and a lot of questions. Throughout the short time we spend with Oh Dae-Su in his normal life Park keeps the camera close, careful to not waste an ounce of Chai-Min Sik’s considerable talent. This sense of closeness, which is only developed once Oh Dae-Su sets about his quest to find out who his captor was, gives the film a balance of perspective. There is an element of savoir in the ordeal which the formerly overweight and neglectful Oh Dae-Su is forced to endure. The thriller becomes a puzzle film, as we slowly solve the mystery of the reason why someone chose to ruin Oh Dae-Su’s life. Park playfully explores the range of emotions his trapped protagonist feels upon being released into the world. “I want to eat something alive”, he stutters at the waitress of a nearby restaurant, before devouring a whole live octopus in one of the most gruesome scenes of this visceral film. An inspired score helps to knit together the many moods of Oldboy, which touches the whole gamut of human emotion. Electronic bass is overlaid

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with clarinet and strings, evoking a sophisticated mood. The many twists and revelations are enhanced by a score which perfectly suits the sense of shock which the viewer feels as the true nature of the plot against our protagonist is revealed. Throughout gorgeously rendered action scenes Park lingers on faces, often in close-up. Justifiably rated R18 here in New Zealand, Oldboy is a film which both exerts and requires maturity. But unlike many similarly violent films, Oldboy isn’t about the glorification of violence. What it is about is extremes. How will one desperate man express his pent up rage and aggression? Park demonstrates maturity in his framing, realising that the violence is just a sideshow for the emotion. Oldboy isn’t for delicate souls who would label themselves faint hearted. It deals with extreme adult content both emotionally and physically. Yet its originality, finesses and broad range make it an enduringly interesting film for those tall enough to ride the rollercoaster. The subtitles melt into the background after the first few scenes, and Park’s gorgeous, almost painterly cinematography should not be missed. What it doesn’t need is to be americanised, even by an auteur like Spike Lee.

NOTICES Nominations open for OPSA Executive Committee 8 - 20 March. • Executive Committee Members – up to 12 students • Maori Representatives on the Executive (up to 2) • International Representatives (up to 2) • Pacific Island Representatives (up to 2) See nomination form of page 21. For further information or at the OPSA office.

The staff of Otago Polytechnic would like to welcome all new and returning students.

Class Representative Meeting Thursday 8th March OPSA first Class Representative Meeting Each full-time course or class from each school will be asked to nominate at least two (2) students to represent you during the year. OPSA will give these Reps all the support they need to fulfil this role.

Pacific Island, Maori and International Student Meeting

OPSA Annual General Meeting Wednesday 21st March This meeting adopts the OPSA 2011 Financial Statement and the 2012 OPSA Proposed Budget, elects the 2012 OPSA Executive Committee Members and ratifies the Maori, Pacific Island and International Student Rep appointments. All meetings are held at 12 noon. Venue will be confirmed prior. Further information from nz or at the OPSA office (upstairs in the Manaaki Building on Harbour Tce).

Have a happy and safe 2012, and don’t forget to utilise the wide range of student support services we offer. For more information, check out our website:

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Thursday 15th March To nominate and elect up to two 2012 OPSA Representatives

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Obviously coming to Polytechnic isn’t just about getting an education. It’s a time to meet new people, experiment, be young. And, of course, to make mistakes. That process is important and, although it can be great if you make it so, you’re probably not going to come out of it entirely unscathed.


Have a good feed before you go out and keep eating if you are drinking.

If you are drinking try and alternate each alcoholic beverage with a non alcoholic one, to save on the nasty hangovers.

HOWEVER, that can be a good thing. So long as it isn’t taken too far. Often we’ll take risks because we don’t envision that anything could really go wrong. And mostly they don’t. Usually drinks don’t get spiked, you won’t get attacked, your sexual integrity will remain intact and you will get home safely, eventually. But that’s not guaranteed.

Pace your drinking and know your limit.

Drink out of a bottle and keep your thumb over the top to make sure no surprises get in!

Have money on your phone and cash for a taxi – or better yet leave that taxi money by your front door so you aren’t tempted to spend it on drinks!

None of us are entirely immune from the dangers that are out there. However, there are mechanisms you can use to minimize the risk so that while having the most outrageous, intoxicated nights on the town you won’t kill or grievously harm yourself or someone else in such a way that irreparably compromises your future.

Know whose party you are attending and make sure you have a friend there too.

Let someone know you are going out, and when you are leaving a party or bar (especially if you are going to spend it with a hottie you just met). Tell a friend and text them when you get home.

Don’t walk home alone. Go with a friend or catch a taxi.

In that vein, here are some tips from Family Planning...

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Know your lease. Are parties allowed in your flat? Are there limits on the number of people you are permitted over at a time?

Let your neighbours know you are having a party and keep the noise down (if you’re lucky they might repay the favour next time).

Keep guest numbers to a minimum and know who your visitors are - if you are really worried, have someone you can call if things get out of hand.

Have at least one sober person available to help with your guests at all times.

Supply non-alcoholic beverages and serve food.

Make sure no-one drives home when they are intoxicated and call a taxi for them if necessary - remember there is a zero alcohol driving limit if you are under 20.

If you’re worried about the sex you had when you were drunk/stoned: •

You can take the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) up to 72 hours after unprotected sex

The sooner you take it the better

You can get the ECP from Family Planning, your doctor, emergency clinics and chemists

Get yourself a test for sexually transmissible infections: •

If you’ve had unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral)

Before beginning a new relationship

If a condom broke

As part of a general health check up

If you are pregnant

If you have symptoms or feel something is not right

SEX Drugs and alcohol can affect your decision making and you can do things that you wouldn’t do when sober/straight. So, make your decisions before you party. •

Plan ahead so you stay in control, keep safe and have a good time.

Think about your boundaries and try to stick to them

Be prepared: if you think there’s the slightest chance of hooking up/having casual sex, carry a condom and a sachet of lube

No condom = no go

Both people have to consent (say yes to sex)

Having sex with someone who can’t consent (too drunk or too stoned) is assault and it’s a crime.

If there’s a chance you might be pregnant: •

You can do a pregnancy test at any time of the month

You can buy a test kit from the supermarket or chemist or get a free test at Family Planning.

See a doctor or nurse as soon as you can

Dunedin Family Planning Clinic 45 Hanover Street Phone: (03) 477-5850 If you’re under 22 and a New Zealand Resident your visit is free Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook. com/whatsyourposition for interesting news, events, competitions and more!

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Issue #2  

Liquor Ban, Women in Trade, Student Food, Art Practice and more...