Small Group Training, the extra push you need?

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Did Term One come and go in a blur, and then you realised you’d only been to the gym twice?   Do you need some extra motivation and accountability, but can’t afford to pay for personal training?  Here’s where Small Group Training (SGT) can help.  Read to the bottom and find out how you can get a $10 discount on your next SGT enrolment!

Why do small group training?  Hear what two of our students have to say!

“SGT courses are a great way of adding something new into your workout routine, and I definitely find that working out in a group pushes me further than solo workouts do.  The best part is seeing how much progress you’ve made by the end of the course”

Nina, 5th Year Biochemistry student (MSc)

“The best thing about SGT is coming home at 7.30am to your flatmates waking up knowing that you have finished your workout for the day”

Kiri, 3rd Year in Natural Resource Engineering

How does it work?

  • You’ll turn up for your sessions each week with the same group of people. Often there’ll be elements of partner work or team games, so your group needs you to turn up!
  • Term 2 courses run for 5 weeks (they’re normally 6 weeks).
  • Sessions are held in various locations – the RecCentre, Kirkwood Village and outdoors.

How do I sign up and how much does it cost?

  • Browse our Small Group Training webpages and check out the options available
  • You can sign up at reception or over the phone   – remember, you pay for all sessions up front, no refunds if you don’t turn up!
  • We encourage you to look around and find the best location, activity and price to suit your budget (although we can say that we do keep our prices below market rate!)
  • Need a little extra incentive? The first 10 people to email asking for a $10 discount voucher will get one. Simple. It will be valid for use, one time only, in 2017!

Yours in health & fitness,
UC RecCentre Team


How to: Use the Macmillan Brown Library

Have you ever searched the Library catalogue and found the only available copy of the exact thing you need says “Library use only –ask at Service Desk”? What did you do? Catalogue recordWe know that it can be a bit confusing since we do things a bit differently to the other Libraries on campus as well as being a bit out of the way for many students, so here are some top-tips and FYIs to make visiting and using the Macmillan Brown Library (MB) as stress-free as possible.

1. Firstly, when it says “- ask at Service Desk” you can make a request online, it just means that you will need to come to the desk at MB to collect the book – we don’t have a self issue machine.  If you request it through the catalogue we will have it ready and waiting for you when you come in.

2. If you are searching from within the Library we have some rather old-fashioned ‘Item Request Cards’ which you can complete with details of what you need and bring it up to the desk where we will retrieve the item on the spot. The important information to write down is the Call Number so we can locate it for you quickly.

3. There is no time limit on how long you can use an item. If you haven’t finished and you need to get to class or we are closing for the day, just let us know and we will keep it aside for as long as you need.

4. Only a fraction of MB’s collections are on the open shelves in the Aotearoa Room and only around half those are lending copies. You can easily identify which books can be taken out from the Library by this red motif:Red motif

5. Most items are stored safely in the closed stacks until needed. We also take care of and provide access to the University’s Archives, Art and Rare Books and other Special Collections. As UC students you are entitled to use any of these in support of your studies, talk to one of our specialist staff to arrange access or go through Kā Kohika for Art and Archives.

6. When an item is added to the collection at MB we mean to keep it FOREVER, and FOREVER is a really long time. So we do have good reason to be strict on the no food or drink policy (water in sipper bottles is fine). Some items in the collection are very old and fragile so occasionally we might ask you to take extra special care by wearing gloves or cradling the book on a pillow. It is because of these practices that we have the amazing heritage collections we do.

7. Finally, please don’t be shy! We’re the only Library where you will have to talk to an actual person to borrow books but we’re all pretty friendly over here so come and have a chat. Remember library staff and resources are here to support you, feel free to ask – you might be surprised at how much we can help!



UC PGSA Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Bfast

Around 400 New Zealand women under the age of 44 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Breast Cancer is much more treatable if detected early, with around 85% of women alive five years after diagnosis. This is why it is so important to raise awareness in young New Zealand women.

The UC PGSA is proud to host one of many Pink Ribbon Breakfasts this May, in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

The idea of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast is that anyone can host one, and anyone can help to make a difference. By hosting a breakfast, we’re asking our members to support our fundraising page and those who attend will be raising awareness for the foundation and be a part of some great discussions about Breast Cancer Awareness.

The UC PGSA Pink Ribbon Breakfast event will be held on Friday the 12th May from 8am-10am in the Undercroft 101 Seminar Room. Look out for our guest speaker and live acoustic music. Tickets are $7 and will be available from May 1st. From each ticket, $5 will go towards a donation for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and $2 will help us cover the cost of food.

For further information and tickets, check out our Facebook event page or our website.

We look forward to our members, staff, and other students getting involved with this event. It’s for such a great cause, and even if you’re not a morning person, any small donation on our page would be greatly appreciated.