Samoan Language Week starts today

Samoan Language Week runs from 29 May until 4 June. Samoan is the third most spoken language in New Zealand and UC currently has around 200 students of Samoan descent. We asked one of our Samoan students, Wilson Uliano, to talk about why the week is important for him.


Talofa Lava,

My name is Wilson Uliano and this week is Samoan Language Week or Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa. The theme is ‘E felelei manu, ae ma’au i o latou ofaga’, meaning ‘birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive’.

Samoan Language Week is a great time for New Zealanders, especially students , to explore the values of Samoan culture and to embrace the language and symbols of Samoa. A great place to start is this education resource. The week is also important for Samoan people to be able to maintain their culture or enhance their current knowledge.

Photo: Wilson (right) with fellow UC Samoan student Viane Makalio at the recent Growing Pasifika Solutions conference in Auckland.
Photo: Wilson (right) with fellow UC Samoan student Viane Makalio at the recent Growing Pasifika Solutions conference in Auckland.

For me, Samoan Language Week is important because it is a chance for non-Samoans to be able to speak the language, embrace the culture, and even experience some amazing Samoan food – for example Chop Suey. Keep an eye on the UC Pacific Development Team and University of Canterbury Samoan Students’ Association (CUSSA) Facebook pages this week for some fun language videos.

People are also able to engage with their aiga or family and for non-Samoans, they are able to learn fa’a Samoa – the Samoan way. Christchurch City Libraries also have some fun family events planned for the week.

For myself, growing up in a full Samoan family is amazing and usually Samoan Language Week is a time for me to be proud of where I come from, be proud of my family and our traditions, and be proud of who I am as a Samoan.

Faafetai Lava

– Wilson Uliano

Presentation of the Crafoord Prize

The University of Canterbury’s only New Zealand Canterbury Distinguished Professor, Roy Kerr has been presented the prestigious Crafoord Prize in Sweden by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Emeritus Professor Kerr retired as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Canterbury in 1993 after 22 years, including a decade as the head of UC’s Mathematics department. At its December 2015 graduation ceremonies, the University conferred a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) on Professor Kerr.

Roy Kerr (centre) and Roger Blandford receiving the Crafoord Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (right) in Stockholm yesterday.
Roy Kerr (centre) and Roger Blandford receiving the Crafoord Prize from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (right) in Stockholm.
.  Roy Kerr and Roger Blandford attend the Symposium in their honour.
 Roy Kerr and Roger Blandford attend the Symposium in their honour.

 

Students win Regional MYOB IT Challenge

Last week we had four student teams pitch and compete for the regional title at the inaugural UC Centre for Entrepreneurship   Regional MYOB IT Challenge. This is the first time this challenge has been extended outside of Auckland and there was considerable engagement from students across UC.

Team Blue pitching
Team Blue pitching

The winning team, Team Blue, was selected last Wednesday at the regional judging round. These students will be flown to Auckland by MYOB to compete against teams from across the country for the national title and a share of the $5000 prize pool.

Team Blue focussed on MYOB’s core clients, who are predominantly small to medium sized enterprises that want to spend more time focusing on running their business and less time running their accounts. Team Blue’s solution was a task management system that clearly sets out what tasks employees have on any given day of the week. The team had a very solid understanding of MYOB and where the company wants to grow.

The students in Team Blue are:

  • Charles More – Master of Business Management
  • Tom Mackintosh – Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chris Green – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

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