Category Archives: Community notice

Driving safely in New Zealand

Heading out on the road over mid-term break? New to New Zealand? Welcome.

This country is renowned for its diverse and beautiful scenery, wonderful locations and fantastic people.

One of the best ways to experience and absorb the sights and sounds of this land is by driving. However New Zealand roads may be very different to those you may be used to driving on.

The New Zealand Police and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) are committed to ensuring all road users safely enjoy the driving experience.

Visiting drivers eligible to drive in New Zealand must have a current and valid overseas driver licence or international driving permit. If you’re here for more than 12 months, you’ll need to gain a New Zealand driver licence. 

Have a safe journey.

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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Thursdays in Black relaunch – 22 March

Being safe on campus, in public or in your home is everyone’s right, regardless of your: * race * ethnicity * sexuality * gender identity * class * disability (visible or not) * religious affiliation * political views, and even the way you choose to dress. 

Thursdays in Black is a National student/whānau movement that works towards a world free of rape and violence. #TIB campaigns for campuses to be safe for everyone.

The UCSA has teamed up with the UC Thursdays in Black Society for the 2018 relaunch barbecue. Head down to C-Block lawn from 11.00am on Thursday 22 March for a free sausage, a few tunes and a special  guest speaker.

Come for a chat, with the people dressed in BLACK. They will happily provide information about the campaign and how you can get involved. We want to hear what you want, and give you information about all the  support services available on campus and in the Christchurch area.

Make sure you wear BLACK and come along to be a part of positive change on campus.