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Cyber Smart Week 18 – 24 October 2021

Cyber Smart Week is a national awareness campaign, bringing attention to all the little things each of us can do to increase our cyber resilience and protect ourselves from cyber security threats.

Are you still leaving your digital security door wide open?

So many people are hacked every day and it can happen to you – don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Start moving in the right direction now. Here are two great links to get your started:

Top tips to protect your cyber security:

Keep yourself updated.
One of the most vulnerable and common channels for attack is outdated software. Cyber criminals have millions of infected machines that continually scan the internet looking for vulnerable devices to attack.

They use holes in software, operating systems and communications, to push their way through the cracks and try to execute code, and once they have a foothold, they can cause a huge amount of damage. Find out how to best look after your devices here>

Something smells phishy
Can you imagine the headache you’d have if a hacker got access to your social media, banking, dating, or email login details? But these aren’t things you’d voluntarily hand over, right?

Before opening an email you weren’t expecting to receive, consider these questions.

  • Is the spelling and grammar in the message correct?
  • Does the link and the text match (hover your mouse over the link and you’ll see where it really goes).
  • Does the email urge you to take immediate action?
  • Does the email address of the sender look reasonable given the content of the email?
  • Look at the salutation (does it say ‘Dear Customer’)?
  • Look at the signature, a lack of details or how you can contact the company suggests phishing.
  • Are you even expecting an email from that sender?
  • Is the message asking you to do something unusual? (e.g., buy iTunes cards).

Here’s some top tips to spotting a phishing scam>

If in doubt, talk to ITS. Here’s how to report a cybersecurity incident:

To learn more about Cyber Security here at UC, reach out to our Cyber Programme team>

Super Saturday: get vaccinated

With summer just 8 weeks away, we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now. This will ensure everyone can get two doses and enjoy everything a classic Kiwi summer has to offer.

Here’s the bottom line – the more of us that are fully vaccinated, the more protection we’ll have against Covid-19 and the more freedom we’ll have as we work our way back to reopening the country safely.

We all have a role to play in getting our friends, whānau and communities vaccinated – this is why we’re joining the Canterbury District Health Board in asking you in supporting our national day of action this Saturday 16 October – Super Saturday.

Māori and Pasifika Covid-19 vaccination centres

Tēna koutou katoa, talofa lava, malo e lelei, ni sa bula vinaka, namaste, kia orana, taloha ni, Ia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, ‘alii, Malo ni, halo olaketa, mauri, aloha mai e and warm Pacific greetings.

It is extremely important that everyone in New Zealand does their best to get vaccinated. This is especially true for our Māori and Pacific communities to do this to help protect our families, friends and communities. 

• The vaccine is free
• The vaccine is available to
everyone aged 12 and over
• You need two doses of the
vaccine, at least three weeks
apart, to have the best
protection against COVID-19

There are a number of places to get vaccinated in Christchurch:

Etu Pasifika 
Call 0800 388 434 to book

Tangata Atumotu Trust
Call ​0800 727 434 to book 

Christchurch arena drive through vaccination clinic
book online at

Drive into the Christchurch Arena car park, in your vehicle, from the Wrights Road entrance.

For your and our safety, walk-ins are not permitted.

People being vaccinated must be seated next to a window and their full arm/shoulder must be accessible through the window. 

Everyone in the car getting a vaccination must have a booking.

For all other clinics call
0800 28 29 26 or book online at

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. If there are some delays getting through, please be patient.

Let’s all do our bit to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

We got this!

Meitaki Maata, Ia manuia, vinaka, fakaaue, tangkiu, fa’afetai lava, ke manuia te aho, malo ‘aupito, fakafetai lasi, mahalo, kāti ake rā

Te Waka Pākākano.