Tongan Language Week, 3-9 September

170901 Halaevalu Tatu
Halaevalu Tatu far right

Growing up as a Tongan in New Zealand, it was difficult trying to learn both cultures at the same time. What I still struggle with to this day is trying to learn the Tongan language, because I only hear it been spoken at home, church, or Tongan functions. Whereas, I hear the English language spoken everywhere. I may not be as fluent in Tongan, but I love being Tongan, and I am not embarrassed to embrace my culture with pride and dignity, wherever I go.

Having the opportunity to go back home earlier this year, after 17 years, made me realise how different life is in Tonga and how thankful I am for everything I have here in Christchurch. Being surrounded by Tongan people was an amazing atmosphere to be in because I was in a country full of freedom, I didn’t feel different, and I loved hearing everyone speak Tongan. But, most importantly, I was able to learn more about my Tongan culture, heritage, and the language.

I am thankful for the different opportunities and services the UC Pacific Development Team provide for the Pasifika students because it shows how considerate and caring they are towards Pacific people. We, Pacific Islanders are viewed differently in this multi-cultural country, and having Pacific language weeks acknowledges the different Pacific Island languages and how significant our Pacific culture is in New Zealand.

As a proud Tongan who was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tongan language week allows me to embrace and acknowledge my identity, culture, and language in this multi-cultural society. MATE MA’A TONGA!

Written by Halaevalu Tatu

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UCSA ‘Staff of the Year’ finalists announced

The Staff of the Year Award 2017 nomination/voting ended last Friday at 5pm. Thank you to everyone who nominated/voted.  UCSA had a record number of participants in this year’s voting – a total of 1,197.

The top nominees of each category are (in alphabetical order):

Lecturer of the Year – Arts:

  • Associate Professor Peter Field
  • Dr Masayoshi Ogino
  • Karen Saunders
  • Professor Alex Tan
  • Dr Kevin Watson

Lecturer of the Year – Business & Law:

  • Dr Steve Agnew
  • Dr Herb de Vries
  • Dr John Hopkins

Lecturer of the Year – Education:

  • Tracy Clelland
  • Heather Lindsay
  • Associate Professor Brigid McNeill

Lecturer of the Year – Engineering:

  • Dr Sid Becker
  • Professor Charles Fleischmann
  • Associate Professor Michael Hayes

Lecturer of the Year – Science:

  • Dr Richard Lobb
  • Dr Pieter Pelser
  • Professor Ian Shaw

Supervisor of the Year:

  • Professor Angus Macfarlane (Education)
  • Dr Tammy Steeves (Biological Sciences)
  • Dr Kevin Watson (Linguistics)

Administrator of the Year:

  • Sarah Brown (Fine Arts)
  • Heather Couch (Business & Law)
  • Maria Hellstrom (Linguistics, English Language, Media & Communications)

Technical Staff of the Year:

  • Garry Cotton (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Chris Grimshaw (Geological Sciences)
  • Julian Murphy (Mechanical Engineering)

Superstar of the Year:

  • Liz Ackerley (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Roisin Bennett (Māori Development Team)
  • Heather Couch (Business & Law)
  • Simon Dorset (Law)
  • Jane Hall (Student Experience)
  • Dr Valerie Sotardi (Education)

Great Character of the Year Award:

  • Dr Steve Agnew (Business & Law)
  • Dr Herb de Vries (Business & Law)
  • Jean Kim (Education)
  • Karen Saunders (Arts)

Make Your Own Award (Titles of awards will be revealed on the night):

  • Dr Steve Agnew (Business & Law)
  • Te Hurinui Clarke (Education)
  • Associate Professor Travis Horton (Geological Sciences)
  • Associate Professor Brigid McNeill (Education)

Join the UC Rescue team

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Did you know UC has a trained rescue squad on campus?
Do you want to learn skills to deal with emergency situations?
Do you want to gain additional NZQA credits while studying at UC?

Join the UC Rescue team, learn new skills and meet new people with similar interests. The team meets every Tuesday from 16:00 – 18:00.

By joining the team you’ll be part of a structured training programme that can lead to additional qualifications that will boost your CV.

The training we provide can lead to:

  • USAR Awareness Orange Card
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Coordinated Incident Management (C.I.M.s level 2 and 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Emergency Response (Level 2)

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For recruitment and general enquiries relating to University of Canterbury Community Rescue, contact:

Ken McEwen
Manger – UC Security
Rescue Manager

Phone: DDI 03 369 3776