Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Stop bullying – get ready for Pink Shirt Day

Speak up – stand together – stop bullying

On Friday 26 May 2017 we, along with all New Zealanders, are being asked to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and stand together to take action against bullying.

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

New Zealanders, and all in our UC community, can show support by wearing pink and organising activities within their school/university, workplaces and communities to celebrate diversity, promote positive relationships and raise awareness and understanding of bullying.

Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

Last year more than 300 schools, workplaces, community groups and well known New Zealanders participated in the campaign, making it the largest since 2009 when Pink Shirt Day was first launched in New Zealand.


Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.

NZ Music Month at UC Library


UC Library are proud to present two special lunchtime music performances inside the Education Library to celebrate NZ Music Month.

On Tuesday 16 May we are hosting jazz pianist extraordinaire, Darren Pickering.

Darren has taught in schools in London and Cairo as well as performed internationally at jazz festivals in Cyprus and Lebanon. He is a regular performer at jazz festivals throughout NZ, including the upcoming New Zealand Jazz Festival this May where he will play with Oval Office, the Symposium Big Band and in a duo setting with vocalist Kate Taylor.

Darren’s keyboard, piano playing and compositions also feature on numerous studio albums across many genres – the latest albums he plays on include the recent releases by both Shapeshifter and Pacific Heights. We are incredibly lucky to have Darren playing solo piano live in the library ahead of his NZ Jazz Festival performances.

On Monday 22nd May we are hosting singer/songwriter, composer and musician, the multi-talented and very lovely Alice Tanner.

Alice is a professional singer performing around NZ. She performs in many groups, including cover bands, jazz bands, duos, original bands and also solo.

Alice studied at CPIT Jazz School and has a Bachelor of Musical Arts majoring in Jazz Vocals. A classical background in both cello and piano means she is a well-rounded musician with a breadth of knowledge in different styles and genres. Alice will be performing a mixture of covers, originals and jazz standards for her performance in the library.

Both performances are free, so bring your lunch and come along for some live music in the library, this NZ Music Month.

Darren Pickering: Tuesday 16 May, 12.15pm – 12.55pm.
Alice Tanner: Monday 22nd May, 12.15pm – 12.55pm.
Te Puna Ako – Education Library, Dovedale.

Police videos encourage sexual assault victims to come forward

Police hope a series of videos they have developed about reporting sexual assault will help victims to come forward. We’ll be regularly linking to this series throughout 2017.

The videos take a step-by-step look at what happens when a person reports a sexual assault to Police.

“It takes courage to come forward, to tell us what has happened,” says Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson, National Crime Manager.

These videos show what’s actually involved in the reporting process.

There are ten videos in total, six covering the reporting process and four that focus on consent, myths about sexual violence and some of the reasons why people don’t report sexual assaults to Police.