While Australian teachers are fighting for the right to use the platform, a New Zealand art and design college has inked a new deal involving Macs for students.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) has reached a deal with Apple's local distributor Renaissance. Under the deal, art and design students will get to use the latest Apple kit. There's 500 Macs on AUT campuses, according to a local report.

Renaissance recently contributed iPods for use on Te Ara Poutama's te reo Maori iPod trial and supported AUT senior lecturer Peter Mellow's nationwide mobile phone learning tool 'studytxt', the report adds.

Representing Apple's distributor, account manager Tim Durrant said: "AUT staff are doing amazing things with Macs, design, iPods, advanced video editing, podcasting, flexible learning, portables - you name it."