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Building awareness around food waste

Jack Whittam

ELDP students Jack Whittam, Katy Byrne and Ailine Kei.

12,856 tonnes. It’s not only the weight of the Eiffel Tower, or even the amount of weight you feel like you’ve put on since the Hot Wok started doing daily $2 rice, it’s also the amount of bread thrown away every year in New Zealand!

In fact, bread is the number one food thrown away in New Zealand, making up 10.5% of all food that is wasted. As a part of a national food waste awareness campaign, in conjunction with Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand and Christchurch City Council, a bunch of keen UC students built a pyramid out of 2,283 loaves of bread, representing how many loaves are wasted in New Zealand every hour.

As members of the Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP), a group of us were able to volunteer at the event, preparing the pyramid for construction and feeding curious students passing by with a ‘meal in a mug’ – a super simple sweet treat that minimises food waste, and maximises easy cooking, convenience and taste!

The ELDP has a great focus on teaching leadership skills to students through community volunteering opportunities, and our contribution to this event punctuated the last of seven service projects the Emerging Leaders cohort has undertaken this year.

Other voluntary service projects have included sorting food relief packages at the Christchurch City Mission, walking rescue husky dogs for Husky Rescue New Zealand, maintaining public spaces for Gap Filler and providing free academic tutoring to high school students.

The student’s enthusiastic contribution toward these events reflects the passion these students have shown to make a real difference in their community.

Written by Jack Whittam ELDP student

Spring GradFest

171018 GradFest

Spring GradFest is 30 October – 3 November, with many sessions to help you on the thesis journey. There are also new sessions on statistics, field work, and proofreading, plus social events that you won’t want to miss!

Wherever you’re at in your postgraduate studies, there will be something helpful to you. For example, every time I finish writing for the day, I use a tip I learned from a previous GradFest session: write down your thoughts so you know where to start up again the next day. It can be as simple as creating a few bullet points of ideas. Or you might list some sources you know you need to check out from the library. You’d be surprised how often you forget your train of thought if you close the document without doing this! This is just one of the useful tips about thesis writing from GradFest that help make my thesis journey a little easier.

If you’re planning on publishing, GradFest can also help prepare you for the process. You’ll learn about peer review, open access, and authorship issues, which all came in handy when I began publishing articles. Knowing what to expect made the process less stressful, and I had a better idea of which questions to ask along the way. The presenters have been through the process before and have great advice – take the opportunity to learn from them so you’ll be ready.

Visit the Spring GradFest webpage to see which sessions and events are waiting for you this spring.

-Kara, international PhD student at UC

End of lectures Coffee Party

Coffe party UCSA

The Coffee Party is a free, all ages, alcohol free event for UC students brought to you by UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team and the UCSA Events team. It is a chance to relax and enjoy that end of lectures feeling.

Friday 20 October, 11am – 2pm
C Block Lawn (Undercroft if it is raining)

There will be free coffee/tea/hot chocolate, cakes, BBQ, giveaways and Husky cuddles.  As well as music, giant games and stalls such as Bounce NZ, Lifeline, UC Health Centre and UC Chaplaincy.

Come along. relax on the lawn listening to soothing music and just chill coz lectures are finally over!!