Creyke Road works block Engineering Road entrance

Fulton Hogan are about to undertake works on Creyke Road that will span an entire manhole length and block right turns into and out of Engineering Road. The map above shows the location of traffic management in place.

The works will be set up sometime today – Wednesday 23 September and should only take four to five hours but could possibly roll over into Thursday.

Please use alternative routes into campus during this time, and if you have any concerns, contact Tom Belworthy of Fulton Hogan on 027 534 2527.

UC sporting legends – Rugby stars!

A sport that has seen a significant amount of success over the years at UC is rugby. As at the beginning of 2014, the UC rugby football club has seen 25 All Blacks come up through their ranks. Jock Hobbs is a name which many current students may not know of, however the former All Blacks captain once attended UC. Hobbs played 21 tests for the AB’s between 1983-86 and following his involvement the NZRFU, led New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2011 rugby world cup. In the same year, Hobbs was named the Herald’s New Zealander of the year.

Although there has been many great players through the club to date, several coaches and administrators associated with UC have played a significant role in New Zealand rugby over the years. After a brief stint playing for the All Blacks during the 1928 South African tour, Brigadier JT Burrows, a fellow UC student, took up the role of head coach and selector of the Canterbury team in 1932. He was also the manager and coach for the All Blacks during their 1937 test series against South Africa. His historical and memorable military past has made him well-known in New Zealand today. Graham Henry is another UC graduate that students may not be aware of. Henry graduated in 1970 with a teachers college diploma.

One of UC rugby’s most memorable athletes and administrators was Cecil Albert (Ces) Blazey. Blazey studied part-time at UC towards a Bachelor of Commerce in the late 1920s. Following on from this, he became the chairman and head spokesman for the NZRFU during the controversial 1981 Springbok tour. Blazey had excellent knowledge of the constitution, rules and laws of the game of rugby and would always use this to base his arguments. He sat on the board for the International Rugby Football Board’s Laws Committee from 1972-1986 and was chairman from 1972-1978. Not only this, Blazey also served for 24 years on the New Zealand Olympic Commonwealth Games Association council and played a significant role in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974. He was described as ‘one of the most outstanding sports administrators New Zealand has ever seen’ and was inducted into the New Zealand sports hall of fame in 1990.


Climate Change Workshop: Ideas Beyond Targets

Date: Friday 2 October , 12-9pm
Location: DC03, Dovedale Village

Climate Change Workshop: Ideas Beyond Targets is part of a series of brainstorm project workshops which will be held around the world in advance of the COP21 Meeting – 21st United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) – in Paris, France in December 2015. COP is where 195 countries meet to review implementation plans to reduce emission rates.

This workshop is not about climate change targets or political actions. The workshop objective is to brainstorm and formulate ideas for engineering improvements in existing systems. The problem is reduction of fossil fuel use by 80%. The workshop will begin by presenting the Transition Engineering and Management Strategy that has helped engineers in many different fields develop projects that trigger change and emergence of the post-fossil systems.

Several example projects will be briefly presented. Participants will be organized into interest groups, and each group will brainstorm and work through their own Transition Project and present their brainstorm concept. You will be inspired by what you can do in a couple of hours if you are focusing on the ideas beyond targets and you have a process to guide your imagination and communication.

Up to 50 participants (engineering students and young professional engineers) can register for this FREE event.

For  more information and to register, visit