Thinking Green: UCSA a Finalist in The Hospitality NZ Awards

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The UCSA has been named a finalist in the Hospitality NZ Awards for ‘Best Environmental/Sustainable Business’. The category recognises venues with a commitment to sustainable performance, who are implementing new initiatives and bringing staff and customers along on the journey.

Over the years, the organisation has been on a path to reduce its environmental impact, from the construction of Haere-roa to its hospitality services that span corporate conferences to the Ka Ora, Ka Ako | Healthy School Lunches Programme.

In 2021, the UCSA diverted more than 35,000kg of waste from landfill to date, increasing the organisation’s average waste diverted from landfill to 74%. This is up from 39.6% in 2020!

Please support the UCSA by voting for them in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ category here>

Winners will be announced at the Hospitality Awards for Excellence in Auckland on 9 September 2021.

Quick facts:

  • The compost generated from the UCSA’s Edmonton Kitchen is utilised by local Canterbury farmers, replacing the need for synthetic fertilisers due to the high nutrient value of the compost. The carbon saving emission of this programme is approx. 5.28 tonne per month, or the equivalent of 13 cars being taken off the road.
  • 5,782 native plants were planted around Haere-roa between late-2019 and early-2020 in collaboration with the Christchurch City Council’s waterways partnership. This has helped improve the ecological health, indigenous biodiversity and the amenity value of our local urban waterways.
  • Haere-roa is heated by a ground-source heat pump.
  • New outlets ‘Oishii’ sushi and ‘Otto’ pizza sell items by the piece. Oishii’s menu was designed as a ‘pick-your-own’ sushi bar to eliminate the need for plastic packaging, while ‘Otto’ uses only compostable packaging.

Do you know the Code?

The UC community is a close-knit group of people committed to creating a campus culture of understanding, inclusiveness and caring. Ākonga Tū, Ākonga Ora.

The Student Code of Conduct is a key document that reflects our values. When you enrolled at UC you would have agreed to comply with UC’s regulations and policies, including the Student Code of Conduct.

Get to know the Code

Your time at UC is an opportunity to not only gain academic knowledge and skills, but to live independently, meet new people and get involved in new experiences that help you grow both professionally and personally.

As a student, you’ll try new things, make mistakes and learn from them, but you still have a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe and not bring UC into disrepute. 

If you haven’t already, take a look at Know the Code which sets out your rights and responsibilities and aligns with the Student Code of Conduct. It highlights the partnership between UC and students to provide a safe learning, living and working environment.

It’s all about knowing your responsibilities, keeping yourself safe and looking out for your mates and the UC community. 


Raise a concern

You can voice a concern, complaint, grievance, or appeal a decision, without fear of disadvantage. Your discussions will be confidential and no action will be taken without your consent. See more information about raising a concern.

You can report any form of harassment or bullying by making a formal complaint or reporting it anonymously online using Report It. Complaints are kept on file and used to build a picture of the culture on campus and to inform initiatives.


Support services on campus

Support services are here to help you if you would like support or someone to talk to. Read about support at UC.

More information about the Student Code of Conduct is available here

Can you spot an unhealthy relationship? (3 min read)

There is a line in the Netflix show, BoJack Horseman, that I find useful when thinking about relationships, “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags”. I like this quote because it sums up why it’s so important to be able to identify and name behaviours in relationships that may be unhealthy – or healthy.

Unhealthy Behaviours

In unhealthy relationships, one person has power and control. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know if your relationship is healthy. Here are a few signs that will hopefully help you take off your rose-coloured glasses and spot those red flags.

  • Possessiveness and jealousy.
  • Reading your messages and wanting the passwords to your social media.
  • Isolating you from your friends and family.
  • Threatening harm to you or themselves.
  • Threatening your whānau, friends, pets, or property.
  • Yelling or breaking things when they’re angry.
  • Telling you how to behave.
  • Putting you down and belittling you.
  • Making you feel responsible for their actions or that it’s your job to keep them happy.
  • You think that being with them is better than being on your own. Or you think you can change them.
  • You feel embarrassed when you hang out in public.
  • Your gut is telling you that the relationship is unhealthy.

Healthy Behaviours

A healthy relationship doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and no one is healthy all the time. And they don’t look the same for everyone because people have different needs. Those needs may change over time or depend on the people in the relationship.

However, there are behaviours you should work towards to help your relationship flourish.

  • Open communication. You can be honest without fearing how the other person will respond.
  • The relationship feels balanced, and everyone puts in effort to make it successful.
  • Fun!
  • You have space to be independent outside of the relationship.
  • You take responsibility for your actions.
  • Healthy ways to resolve conflict. Occasional disagreements and arguments are OK. What matters is how you approach that conflict. Honesty and respect are key.
  • The relationship moves at a comfortable pace.
  • You respect each other’s boundaries.
  • You are a team. You work together and support each other.

Storm Gardner
Student Advisor
Atawhai Akonga | Student Care Team

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