The mid-semester break is around the corner – make the most of it

Mid-semester break is around the corner! Here are some tips on making the most of it.  

  • Mid-semester break is a great chance to spend some time on your studies. Make time to finish an assignment early, plan ahead or get your head around a tricky concept you haven’t quite mastered. Karawhuia! Give it heaps!
  • If you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed with assignments or want to get ahead before exams, check out the resources on offer at the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre. They cover everything from understanding essay questions to referencing and lab reports to tips for giving a talk. Also keep an eye out for workshops and seminars coming up in Term 2.
  • Most importantly it’s all about balance – me whakatā, take some time for yourself, recharge, rest, hang out with mates and do a few things you really enjoy. And remember to celebrate everything you’ve achieved so far.

Alert Level 1: stay at home if you’re sick

While it is great that New Zealand is in control of the COVID-19 situation, we are still in the middle of flu season and need to be proactive by taking safety precautions. If you or your peers are displaying flu or cold like symptoms, it’s essential that you stay at home.

By staying at home, you are not only looking after yourself but the wider UC community.  If you are displaying visible flu/cold like symptoms while in your lectures, you may be asked to leave. This is to ensure the safety of not only yourself, your lecturer and your mates.

We are lucky to be able to attend lectures on campus, so let’s work together to stay in this position and play our part to prevent the spread of any viruses.

If you are displaying any of these cold/flu symptoms stay home and call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453):

  • a cough
  • a high temperature of at least 38ᵒC
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell

If you’re feeling worried about keeping up with the content, make the most of the resources that are available to you:

  • Lecture recordings on Echo 360
  • LEARN announcements
  • Lecturer office hours (once you are better)

Get involved this Fairtrade Fortnight

Welcome to Fairtrade Fortnight: two weeks of celebrating and learning all about fair trade, ethical supply chains and how we as consumers can support a more just and equal trade system for producers all around the world.

There may be actions in your daily routine that you don’t think twice about, like putting on a t-shirt or sipping a morning cup of coffee. However, if you take a closer look at these threads or ask yourself where the coffee beans are coming from, you’ll find stories (both good and bad) behind these everyday products we consume.

By purchasing products that are certified through Fairtrade or the World Fair Trade Organisation, you’re standing with millions of farmers, producers and workers around the world and empowering communities by tackling poverty, gender inequality and poor working conditions.

So what happens when I purchase something labelled as Fairtrade?

To buy a Fairtrade product means you are a part of one of the largest movements for change. Fairtrade certification can help lift a farmer or worker out of poverty, give a child an education, and grow a community or a business. Fairtrade is a tool for creating change.

How does it work?

  • The Fairtrade Minimum Price: Protects small-scale farmers against falling prices by ensuring a fixed minimum price for producers. This is particularly important for communities working in volatile industries like coffee and cocoa farming. Many sectors often force a farmer to sell below the cost of production, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and inequality.
  • The Fairtrade Premium: Is a fixed additional amount of money that provides farmers and workers with the capacity to invest in improving the quality of their businesses and communities.

Check out this video below of a coffee co-operative in Papua New Guinea, Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative. The money they receive from HOAC through the Fairtrade Premium is used to invest in access to clean drinking water, roofing irons, pulping machines, and most importantly: classrooms for their children.

How can I get involved?

Come and participate in UC Sustainability’s events over the next two weeks, and get behind the fair trade movement with us!

Fairtrade and the SDGs Film Night

Learn about and delve into the connection between fair trade and the UN Sustainable Development Goals at our film night next week! Plus, free pizza and Fairtrade chocolate provided. See the Facebook event here.

Clothes Swap Party

Learn about the impact that the fast fashion industry has on our people and our planet at our Clothes Swap Party! Donate your good quality clothes you no longer wear and come away with some ‘new’ second hand threads, for free. BYO cup and sip on a Fairtrade coffee as you browse. See the Facebook event for all the details and how to participate here.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. If you’d like some more information on our Fair Trade University, see our website.

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