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Employer:Otago Polytechnic

My name is Kim Thomas and I have learned how to edit wikieducator thanks to Otago Polytechnic's dedication to Open Learning Resources. Leigh Blackall,was a huge inspiration and mentor in my journey to use wiki to develop units and store resources related to horticulture units we teach in Dunedin and Cromwell.These units may be offered by distance ,in face to face classes or a blend of both. A blend of both is best in my hortykim opinion.

Here is my Blog . I had been using Blip.TV to store video blogs and for reasons still not clear to me Blip removed all my content?

Related Work History

  • 2013-present:Supervisor of staff for the maintenance of the Living Campus and campus grounds
  • 2011-present:Lecturer Foundation Studies in Trades,Otago Polytechnic
  • 2000-present:Lecturer Natural Resources,Otago Polytechnic
  • 2008-present:Teaching and Research Assistant Department of Natural Resources, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
  • 2008-present:Manage Permaculture Garden and Wormfarm for Living Campus.
  • 2007-present:Lecturer,Occupational Therapy,Otago Polytechnic,Dunedin
  • 2009-2017:Health and Safety Adviser for ABE/now ECL,Otago Polytechnic,Dunedin
  • 2000 – 2008: Lecturer and Technician, Department of Natural Resources, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
  • 1999 – 96: Sessional Lecturer, Practical Instructor and Technical Officer, Department of Horticulture and Environmental Science, Swinburne University of Technology TAFE, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999 – 96: Nursery and Floriculture Assistant, Department of Horticulture and Environmental Science, Swinburne University of Technology TAFE, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999 – 91: Owner/Operator, Cornucopia Gardens, Garden maintenance and design, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1996 – 91: Sales Assistant, Plants in Print, Horticultural Bookstore, Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1998 – 96: Tissue Culture Lab Assistant, Vitrotec Plant Laboratories, Melbourne, Australia

Services to Industry & Education

  • 2016 - present Nomination for National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA),
  • 2016 - present Developed Living Campus Self Guided Tour.
  • 2015 - present: Acknowledgement of fifteen years service at Otago Polytechnic
  • 2014 - present:June 2014 Wikieducator User Page Expo Award
  • 2014 - present Sustainability Steering Group
  • 2011 - 2010:Otago Polytechnic Award for Inspiring Leadership for 2010 awarded Feb. 2011.
  • 2010 - present: Acknowledgement of ten years service at Otago Polytechnic
  • 2008 - present: Orokonui Education Stakeholders Advisory Committee
  • 2004 - present: Co-coordinater of Hort Talks with Dunedin Botanic Gardens
  • 2003 – present: Health & Safety Representative, School of Natural Resources
  • 2003 – present: Horticulture PEAC committee member
  • 2001 – 2010: Committee Member, Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
  • 2000 – present: Harassment Prevention Contact, School of Natural Resources

Professional Development and Education


  • OSEA Health and Safety Forum
  • Organics Working Group Waste Minimisation Workshop


  • Created Teaching Portfolio for National Teaching Excellence Award(General)
  • Study journey Riverton Food Forest


  • Fruit Tree Grafting workshop with Habitate Nursery
  • Study Journey to Melbourne to investigate CERES


  • Comprehensive First Aid Red Cross July 2015


  • How do students become self-directed learners? Short Course October 2014
  • Creating and sustaining a positive learning environment Short Course October 2014


  • Comprehensive First Aid Red Cross May 2013
  • Engaging Challenging Learners Workshp 2013


  • Approved Handler Certificate-Expires 2016


  • Stage 3 Health and Safety Representatives Course


  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching(ongoing)
  • Diploma in Horticulture(ongoing)
  • Comprehensive First Aid/CPRL2/Red Cross Feb 2010
  • Fire Evacuation Training OPUS May 2010


  • Stage 2 Health and Safety Representatives Course
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching(Gaining Foundation Skills for Learning and Teaching & Learner Centred Learning)


  • Stage 1 Health and Safety Representatives Course
  • Motorcycle Learners License
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching(ongoing)


  • WikiEducator Learners License


  • Treaty of Waitangi
  • Using digital cameras and manipulating images


  • Workplace First Aid
  • Approved Handler Certificate-Expires 2011


  • Health & Safety Representatives Training,
  • Otago Southland Employers Association


  • Diploma in Horticulture, Level One (first year completed), School of Natural Resources, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.
  • Chainsaw Operation, Maintenance & Code of practice
  • Fire Warden Training, NZ Fire Service


  • Workplace First Aid
  • Growsafe Certificate, safe handling and application of agrichemicals


  • Foundation Skills in Teaching, Otago Polytechnic


  • Workplace Training (Category 1) Eastern TAFE, Melbourne


  • Small Business Planning and Operation, State Training Board of Victoria, Australia


  • Advanced Certificate in Horticulture, Victorian College of Agriculture & Horticulture, Burnley, Australia.
  • Workplace First Aid

Services to the Community

  • Fire In Ice Outrigger Canoe Club-Executive Committee 2012-present
  • Fire In Ice Outrigger Canoe Club-President 2010-2012
  • Fire In Ice Outrigger Canoe Club – General Member since 2000, Executive Committee 5 years, competitive member to national level
  • Co – ordinate activities for IDEAS (Intellectual Disability Services)
  • Identify and co-ordinate community projects, providing not for profit organizations with work that would otherwise not be done, providing students with valuable work experience and plant sales from Nursery eg Globe theatre, Wesley House
  • Represented Natural Resources for the Otakou marae make-over and in general respond to any duties that assist with the daily operations of Otago Polytechnic and in particular the horticulture department

Achievements & Initiatives

  • Acknowledgement of contributions to Health and Safety gift voucher/nice letter-Andy Westgate-March 2018
  • Recipient of staff excellence award in sustainability (and development grant) February 2017 Staff Meeting.
  • Recipient of staff excellence award (and development grant) February 2011 Staff Meeting.
  • Certificate of Appreciation-Excellence in Leadership(2009)
  • Public Speaker - Confident public speaker for Hort Talk series and kindred gardening groups
  • Short Course Coordinator - Created and developed short courses; sourcing tutors, developing programmes, promotion and co-ordination.
  • Created substantial opportunities for all programmes and Short Courses at the Otago Polytechnic. Develop and maintain a working relationship with local media. Co-ordination of advertising features and publicity opportunities.
  • Maintain promotional materials and contribute to promotion of horticulture training
  • Publicity (Eg: Co- ordinate advertising features)
  • Marketing (Eg: Co-ordinate education expos)
  • Age on the Go (organize activities as requested)
  • Otago Polytechnic Charity House Auction (co-ordinate temporary landscaping project for open home as requested by Mike Waddel)
  • Provide plant displays and gardening advise as requested
  • Created and publicize monthly and special event plant sales