Category Archives: Health and safety

Safety in the New Zealand outdoors

Mid-term break is an awesome time of year to head out into the New Zealand outdoors and experience gorgeous scenery and adventure. 

The Department of Conservation website (DoC) is one of the best places to start planning your trip with awesome ideas of where to go. Click here>

SAFETY – Make sure you spend some time planning your adventure – whether it’s a hike for the day or longer. New Zealand conditions are different from anywhere else in the world.  The weather especially can change quite suddenly, which can then change the conditions of the environment around you.

Whether you’re heading out for a day walk or a longer adventure, make sure you tell a trusted contact where you are going and when you will be back, and that they understand that if you are late they should contact New Zealand Police. Do not expect to have cellphone coverage in some rural or mountain areas.

Know before you go

Five things to do before you go>

DoC has also compiled other links and resources on safety and planning your trip, so you can have the best possible adventure out there. Click here>

Old von Haast – Demolition update

Hard demolition of the old Von Haast building will commence the first week of March and continue through to the end of April. It is expected that noise will peak in mid-March and mid-April with the removal of the foundation slabs and the back filling of these spaces.

A protective walkway is being built between the demolition site, the School of Biological Sciences and the Central Lecture Theatres. Please note that during this demolition phase the pathways around the demolition may change due to temporary closures and/or spotters may be put in place. Please obey any signage or instructions given by the spotters. These are in place to keep everyone safe.

0800… what’s the UC Security phone number?

Find out in this video!

Along with other essential health and safety stuff like what to do in an emergency, who to report hazards to and what to do if you or a mate is injured.