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Uni Pharmacy is open daily

Did you know that the Uni Pharmacy is open daily for all your Pharmaceutical, Gift and Postal needs. You can even post parcels from the pharmacy up to 5kg thorugh NZ Post.

The pharmacy is open Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm and Friday 9am-5.30pm.

Keep an eye on the Uni Pharmacy Facebook page for any updates.

Three outstanding Māori and Pasifika UC trainee teachers honoured

Congrats to three of our UC trainee teachers who have been awarded a Kupe award.

This  prestigious scholarship aims to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education.

Alongside the funding each recipient also receives taonga keepsakes in the form of a stylised paddle ‘hoe’ or waka / vaka / va’a as a permanent recognition of their achievements.

These were presented by Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe at a special ceremony at Parliament in Wellington.

Check out these impressive bios:

Chloe Cull, MA Art History, BA Hons Art History, Christchurch, University of Canterbury 

Kāi Tahu, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki

Kupe Scholar, Māori High Achiever

Chloe Cull comes from an arts background, having previously held curatorial positions at Wellington’s Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, and at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. She holds a First Class honours degree and a master’s degree with distinction in art history from Victoria University. Her thesis is titled Mana wahine/mana Māori/mana toi: Māori women’s art within a kaupapa Māori art history 1980 – 1989. Following in the footsteps of her parents and grandmother, Chloe is currently studying towards a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at the University of Canterbury. She is excited about this new challenge, and the opportunity to support the aspirations of tamariki and whānau.


Courtney Joblin, BA (English/Media), Christchurch, University of Canterbury

Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāpuhi

Kupe Scholar, Māori High Achiever

With an arts degree, majoring english and media already completed, Courtney Joblin, of Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāpuhi iwi is now studying towards a graduate diploma in teaching and learning at the University of Canterbury. Courtney, aged 22, has a love of languages, having studied French and te reo Māori. She has a passion for bringing together her love for languages and culture to help give confidence to learners. Courtney is a tuakana at university, enabling her to support first year Māori students in English studies.


Misikuki Pepa, BCOM BSci, Christchurch, Canterbury University


Kupe Scholar, Pasifika High Achiever

Misikuki Pepa knows firsthand what it’s like to overcome the odds to achieve academic success in high school and university. An exceptionally talented student, Misikuki, who has previously taught piano and guitar, is the first member in his family to graduate from university. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science majoring in mathematics and science; he also holds a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in economics and finance.

Misikuki credits great physics and mathematics teachers at high school as having a huge impact on his learning in the sciences, especially physics. Their enthusiasm for the subject, how they engaged their students and their interest in a student’s educational success left a deep impression on Misikuki. It gave him a desire to teach.

His goal is to teach physics because he saw from personal experience, often being the only Samoan student in his classes, that Pasifika students are underrepresented in physics, mathematics and science. He would like to help raise the numbers of Pasifika student enjoying and succeeding in science and mathematics. He would like to see whanau models of learning adopted in schools to help students feel safe and comfortable.

Originally from Lower Hutt, where he attended Catholic boys school St Bernard’s College, Misikuki suffered a head injury that impacted his life. But with sheer determination helped by the support of people around it, it didn’t stop him achieving academic success. At high school, he was awarded first prize in Economics in his Year 13, the Industry Mathematics Award, and the NZIP Experimental Physics Award.  He’s now studying towards a University of Canterbury graduate diploma of teaching and learning for secondary school teaching.

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Security on campus

The University provides a comprehensive security service, but security concerns all of us.  Here’s two things you can do right now.

1. Start by programming this number into your phone. Security 0800 number put it in your phone

2. Locate the Security office and Help Points.The University’s Security Services is located at 114 Ilam Road. There are Help Points around campus that look like those in the pictures below. At night they show a blue light at the top.

Campus Help Points

Security Officers patrol the campus 24hrs, seven days a week and provide assistance and support for Students and Staff.

Things to remember

  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Travel with a friend when ever possible
  • Always use well illuminated walkways and recommended walking routes at night.
  • Report any unusual behavior to security even the smallest incident.
  • Ensure that all vehicles are locked when parked.
  • If you are uncomfortable at any time, call the security office (6888) and ask for assistance, it is just good sense to do so.
  • Identify and use Help Points.


Plus there’s more

All Security staff are trained in First Aid and the use of the University’s Defibrillator in case of cardiac arrest.

Officers patrol on foot, on Segway personal transporters, on mountain bikes and by vehicle so expect to see them anywhere at any time.

UC Security Officers are approachable and knowledgeable about the campus. If you are lost or need assistance, please ask one of them for help.

Report any suspicious behaviour on campus to Security, no matter how minor it may appear. Vigilance and prompt reporting helps prevent incidents and it might be you or a close friend that you are saving from an unpleasant situation. Advice and help is also available-from the Student Health Service.