Category Archives: Community notice

Fair Trade Celebration – 8 August

We’re so proud and excited that the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ has recognised UC as a Fair Trade University that we want to celebrate with you.

Between 12pm and 1pm on 8 August, we invite all staff and students to join us in the Undercroft to witness the presentation of our certificate, enjoy music, stalls and, of course, to taste samples of Fair Trade coffee, hot chocolate, tea and chocolate.

You can also see the draw of the SnapChat competiton for Fair Trade goodies the UCSA will run closer to the event. You can find out more about Fair Trade at UC here.

Sweet, free things to do in Christchurch

If you’re new to Christchurch or you have been worrying about spending $ this is the best way to explore the city…for free.

Gap Filler and All Right? have teamed up to create a parking meter with a difference in Cathedral Square.

The Open City parking meter issues tickets displaying inner-city adventures that celebrate the undervalued, sweet, free things to do in Christchurch. Adventures like a perfect branch to swing on in the Botanic Gardens, checking out a quirky bit of street art, or playing a giant arcade game.

These little secrets and over 50 more have so far been suggested by locals and visitors on the Open City website. As well as being a great, free family activity for the holidays, Open City is also perfect for the many people who have recently relocated to the inner city for work. Each Open City adventure aligns with one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing – connect, take notice, give, be active and keep learning – actions scientifically-proven to improve wellbeing.

To add your favourite free thing to do in Christchurch to the meter go to www.opencity.org.nz 

Start of works on von Haast building

On 24 July the University will hand the von Haast building over to Dominion Constructors Ltd for demolition, and erection of hoardings around the site will begin.

There has been a change to the programme that was advised late last year. Demolition will now proceed from the southern to the northern end. This is to enable the contractors to gain access to the  foundations at the south end of the building as soon as possible to enable early installation of the timber frame.

There will inevitably be noisy works during the demolition phase that may impact in different ways upon staff and students in the vicinity, however we are working with the contractors to ensure these impacts cause as little disruption and inconvenience as possible. We have produced a timeline of demolition and construction activities to indicate what can be expected, and when. During exam periods, we will work closely with the exam teams and the main contractor to ensure noise is reduced.

As demolition proceeds, dust will be managed on site with water as required, however it is unavoidable that some noise and vibration will be felt by those in the immediate area.

As the works move through the demolition phase into construction of the new building, there will also be changes to pedestrian routes around the site in three stages. These can be viewed on-line here, but rest assured that north-south access will be maintained at all times throughout the project.

This represents an exciting milestone for the University as we begin work on the central building that will draw together all the elements of our magnificent new Science precinct. A process that began with construction of the new Biological Sciences building pre-earthquake, followed by refurbishment of the old Zoology building and culminating most recently, with construction of the soon-to-be completed RRSIC building at the centre of campus.

When this new Stage 2 building is completed, more than $300 million will have been invested in the precinct from University funds, Crown Capital contribution and insurance settlements, and we look forward to producing many future scientists of the same calibre as those UC has produced in the past.

You can find more details of the new building here.