The presentation ceremony for the Tuanz Interactive Awards on November 1 turned into a rallying cry to save the Wanganui Community Polytechnic’s computer graphics programme.
It seemed almost every award-winning team in the digital multimedia contest had at least one member who had studied or tutored in the programme. But the intended merger with or takeover of Wanganui and other polytechnics by Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (Ucol), will give it the wrong kind of academic venue, argues Hazel Gamic, academic co-ordinator for the course. "Ucol is a vocational provider; it doesn't teach to [master's] level," she says. The staff are in favour of tightening an existing association with Waikato University.
Gamic kept leaping onto the stage at the awards night, to the consternation of presenter Tuanz chair Judy Speight, and exhorting the audience to protest to ministers responsible for education, and to donate money to save the school. She appeared to have much support from the audience.
The sixth Tuanz Awards ceremony covered an ever larger range of multimedia categories, with recognition going to:
- Education: Auckland University’s Virtual Shopping Mall, developed in association with the University of Melbourne.
- Training: the Advanced Certificate of Internet Marketing online tutoring system, from online training provider MarketingGuide.com.
- Marketing communications and promotional: Aim Proximity for Air New Zealand’s Virtual NPC.
- Art and experimental: “My Playground” by Wanganui Polytech student Law Chin Thye.
- Recreation and leisure: Morse Media’s nzmusic.com.
- Information and reference: Shift for the Tourism NZ website.
- B2B: the CubikSurvey remuneration website, a global online salary survey
- B2C: TheWeb and DNA Design, for the Telecom NZ site.
- Community and Not for Profit: Shift for the Urge/Whakamanawa site, a web venue for young people, aimed at enhancing their health and well-being.
- Mobile internet: TelstraSaturn direct sales CD-ROM.
- Craft: Find The Lady from Clicksuite, a storytelling CD-ROM for advertising agency Leo Burnett.
A final overall award from among the category finalists was put to a vote by the audience on the night. This was won by Law Chin Thye’s “My Playground”.