Have heard that VUW not the only university that went to extraordinary lengths to rort the PBRF. Have heard that AUT actually got rid of tenured professors just to boost their PBRF grades, even though the Tertiary Education Commisson issued a bylaw under the Education Act specifically prohibiting such actions.
It seems there have been many academics in NZ whose contracts have been terminated in an effort to boost PBRF grades. One of them has suggested there could be grounds for a class action. I am happy to put those affected in touch with each other, if they contact by e-mail.