Category Archives: Helping the community

Amazing people doing great things locally, nationally and internationally and opportunities for students to volunteer and get involved with community projects.

Fair Trade spreads across campus

We supprt Fair TradeGreat news! Café 101 and Reboot have joined the Fair Trade journey, meaning that anywhere on campus you choose to have your coffee or hot chocolate now, you’ll be helping to ensure workers in developing countries are receiving basic humanitarian services. Think – good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children. All those things we just take for granted.

Join the 2018 SVA Exec

Jane Goodall visits Christchurch and gives a presentation at a Sumner school to school children and talks with members of the SVA Student Volunteer Army, 30.6.17 Photography by Paul Daly.

Jane Goodall speaking with members of the SVA Student Volunteer Army on her visit to Christchurch.

In 2015, in my third year at UC, I joined the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) Exec team as a Platoon Leader. I’ve now been on the Exec for 3 years and am currently Vice President of the Club.

Being part of the SVA Exec has been a highlight of my time at UC. As an Exec team of 25 with over 2000 volunteer members, we are the largest club on campus. There are so many awesome opportunities I’ve been able to take part in through my involvement with the SVA.

I’ve learnt different skills through each of the positions I’ve held on the Exec – like organising events, taking accurate meeting minutes and overseeing the operation of the Club. The SVA offers a variety of ways to develop your skills and leadership experience, with leadership seminars, paid trips to conferences such as Festival for the Future and Aspiring Leaders Forum and free courses such as first aid and media training. Other highlights of my time on the Exec have been meeting HRH Prince Harry and hosting a talk with Dr Jane Goodall. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get outside the ‘Ilam bubble’ and work in different parts of the city, meeting members of the Christchurch community – who are always incredibly appreciative of the work we do.

Most importantly, over the last three years I’ve got to meet and work alongside an awesome team of people. Together we’ve worked on projects that have been fun and rewarding for students but also made a real impact in the community.

I’d highly recommend applying for the SVA Executive team for 2018. The process is easy – all you need is a short CV and cover letter outlining the position you are applying for and why. Applications close Friday 1 September – don’t miss out!

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Written by Isabelle Smith, Student Volunteer Army – Vice President

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