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Will Elsa be the Top NZ Office Dog?

Elsa – the University of Canterbury (UC) Liaison team office dog – has entered the Top Office Dog competition run by Frog Recruitment on Instagram.

170913 Elsa1Entries close today, with the judges decision expected on 18 September. You can see her entry here – she already has more than 100 likes.

Elsa is a 7 year old re-homed greyhound, who was adopted  through Hounds4Homes by UC’s Manager Future Students, Denise Hall.

On her first day at work, she ate a member of the team’s lunch and hid under the desk, but 18 months down the track she has progressed to become a chilled-out member of the team, who relaxes in her office bed for much of the day, but always joins the team for morning and afternoon tea breaks.

She also wanders round the office periodically during the day, visiting different staff at their desks to enjoy a stress-reducing pat. Highlights of her office career include wearing her official mascot jacket at Orientation Day, when she helps welcome new students, as well as contributing to the general health and wellbeing of UC staff and students. #nztopdog #ucnow

Elsa and members of the Liaison team at 2017 Orientation
Elsa and members of the Liaison team at 2017 Orientation
Elsa helps new Promotional Activities Co-ordinator Mel Ward settle in to the team
Elsa helps new Promotional Activities Co-ordinator Mel Ward settle in to the team

Summer school at UC

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Want to get ahead in your studies? Beat the rush and see what’s on offer in UC’s Summer School. You can enrol now for a November start and from 3 October you can also enrol for courses starting in January.

There are almost 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses available, ranging from Antarctic studies to engineering and from Chinese to statistics.

Summer study is a great way to shorten the duration of your degree, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving you enough time to make the most of the long summer days.


2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards Update

Nominations for the New Zealander of the Year awards are already coming in.

  • 41 people have been nominated for the 2018 New Zealander of the Year title.
  • There has been a surge in nominations for former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei since her resignation.
  • Other nominated New Zealanders for 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year include:
    • Peter Burling – Team New Zealand helmsman
    • Mark Dunajtschik – Wellington Children’s Hospital benefactor
    • Nicky Hager – author
    • Heather Henare – Skylight CEO and former CEO of Women’s Refuge New Zealand
    • Mike King – mental health advocate
    • Nigel Latta – psychologist and author
    • Jono Pryor – television and radio personality

After nominations close on 18 September 2017, a judging panel – comprising representatives of awards patrons, presenters, sponsors, community leaders and independent experts – will evaluate the nominations. The shortlist of 10 candidates to be considered for the New Zealander of the Year Award will be announced in December.

Other Categories
Nominations are also being sought for exceptional New Zealanders in the following categories:

  • University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year (15-30 years)
  • Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year (60 years and over)
  • Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year
  • Sanitarium New Zealand Innovator of the Year
  • Mitre10 New Zealand Community of the Year

More information on the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards is at