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Twin Peaks: an unforgettable weekend away

Ever wanted to star-gaze in a world class dark sky reserve? Go camping in New Zealand’s wild south, or soak in a hot pool under the stars?

Information session
Thursday 22 March, 6.00pm
The Living Room (UBS building)

PhysSoc’s Twin Peaks Trip is all about giving students from UC, regardless of discipline, the chance to experience the magic of the Aoraki MacKenzie Dark Sky Reserve, south of Christchurch. Over three days, students get the chance to experience camping by Lake Tekapo, seeing the breath-taking night sky at Mt John Observatory (with a free hot chocolate from the cafe!), going on a short hike around our highest mountain, Mt Cook, and much more. A highlight from last year was the unforgettable gathering we had around a campfire under the night sky on the shore of Lake Tekapo. The trip is super popular for international students, as it’s a fantastic way to meet and have fun with some awesome new people, all in a environment that offers some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.

For tickets, and more info check out our Facebook event. For spectacular photos from last year’s Twin Peaks check out the photo gallery below.

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Week of the geek round up

We hope you all enjoyed the festivities of Week of the geek. See the gallery of photo highlights below.  

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Wakaroa Pigeon Bay Art Trail – Easter weekend

Easter Weekend, Saturday 31 March – Sunday 1 April
Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm, free admission

Celebrate the life of Wakaroa Pigeon Bay through site-responsive artworks and installations across five sites in Wakaroa Pigeon Bay over Easter Weekend. From the bus shelter at Summit Rd/Pigeon Bay Rd, Knox churchyard, Pigeon Bay Hall, and Pigeon Bay Boating Club to Wakaroa point with support from Annandale.

Based on research towards a Masters in Fine Arts at  University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, this trail provides a space to explore a community story that has developed over generations, and investigates ideas of identity, expressions of heritage and tradition, and relationships to place in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Responding to oral narratives shared by the Bay community over many months and using locally sourced materials such as sunlight, plants, timber and recycled fabric, these works have been co-created with the community of Wakaroa Pigeon Bay and operate as signposts to exchanges, experiences and encounters of place. Tying in with an exhibition by local art makers at Pigeon Bay Hall over the same weekend, this trail invites everyone to relax, explore, participate and share in the story of the Bay.

Accompanying the trail is a public programme of free workshops including storytelling with The Court Theatre, tī kouka cabbage tree leaf ropemaking with Rekindle, edible weeds and tastings with KoruKai, and palm readings with Expressions of Divinity, as well as bands, The Great Depression Blues Band and Swan Sisters, performances by various artists scheduled each day, and a special talk by June Hay presenting 100 years of Pigeon Bay from 1914- 2014 through photographs and stories in Knox Church at 3.00pm on Sunday 1 April.

Bring a picnic, stay for the day! Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou, all welcome!

This trail has been made possible thanks to the wonderful support of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch City Council, Harbour Arts Trust, Duvauchelle School, Pigeon Bay Recreation Reserve, Cake NZ, and the Wakaroa Pigeon Bay community. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

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