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It’s all fun and games with the Canterbury College Survey

Choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones around Christmas can be a task fraught with many challenges, turning even the most aggressive Christmas lover into a Grinch. Always popular for children are toys that are educational but fun. Many cute and educational toys are often themed around the popular culture of the day, such as Paw Patrol or Peppa Pig. Pictured here are some educational toys from the Canterbury College Collection which strongly reflect the aesthetic sensibility of their time.

Image 2: Detail of Children’s puzzles and games: CCS0150 – 005. Item is in the care UC’s College of Education

Puzzles featuring domestic images, a black and white domino set, and a set of wooden geometric blocks make up this collection, which are thought to have been used by either the Psychology or the Education Departments. The toys could have been used to assess children’s hand-eye coordination, simple motor skills or balancing. Generally, these tests might be aimed at very young age groups and would require that the child look for patterns or identify like shapes as a form of early mathematical learning.

Detail of Children’s puzzles and games: CCS0150 – 007. Item is in the care UC’s College of Education

The geometric blocks above are part of an educational game known as a tangram which originated in China. Children would look at a simple picture and try to recreate it using the shapes, or could just create an image of their own. The booklets which accompany the toys include instructions on how to perform these tests.

Detail of Children’s puzzles and games: CCS0150 – 006. Item is in the care UC’s College of Education

Treasures like this are slowly making their way out of departments and being lost to the University, taking their stories with them. Please contact us if you know of any items that you think might fit the criteria for the new stage of the Canterbury College survey project, or which illuminate the history of UC in any way. We would love to capture their stories before it’s too late.

Detail of Children’s puzzles and games: CCS0150 – 004. Item is in the care UC’s College of Education

Have a very Happy Holiday season from your grateful Collection Technicians Meredith and Kieran. We look forward to hearing from you all in the New Year.

Find out more about the Canterbury College Collection online here>

Contact the Canterbury College Survey Team here>  


Securing your UC email access – modern authentication

Over the weekend we applied extra cyber strengthening to our email system to protect the University from cyber-criminals. This was a risk-based decision, to protect the University from a major cyber incident.

As of Friday 3 December, only secure modern authentication can be used to access UC emails.

What does this mean for me?  

Depending on the method you use to access your emails, you might have lost access as a result of the added protection.  For example, you might have noticed that access to calendar and mail from other applications e.g., your device inbuilt mail app, has stopped working.

If this applies to you, please download the Microsoft Outlook app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android) to send and receive emails from your student UC email account.

You can also get your email through Outlook web access .

Please note: UC does not support other mail clients on mobile devices. 

What is modern authentication? 

Modern authentication enables applications to support sign-in features likec which provides more secure methods to keep your information protected.

Modern authentication is valuable in protecting UC’s online resources and data against ongoing attempts by hackers.

Why do we need this?  

Phishing and credential harvesting remains the most reported incident category by CertNZ. There is an increased frequency of cyber-attacks, and the University is constantly assessing the risk to UC and applying necessary controls to improve security and keep our information safe.  In this instance, secure authentication methods.

Where can I get more help?  

If you need help, you can call the IT Service Desk on 03 369 5000 or 0508 824 843 or go to the ground floor in  Matariki  between 10am –4pm,  Monday to Friday.

Our UC cyber security page contains helpful tips and tricks, and guidance on how to spot a  scam.

Please keep vigilant, and if you do ever spot anything suspicious make sure you tell us straight away.


Rudo Tagwireyi
Director of Cyber Security and Risk

UC’s ongoing response to Covid-19

Whether your break has begun or you’re on campus for summer school, I hope summer has been off to a great start for you. For those of you in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, I hope you have been taking care of yourself over this challenging time and enjoy a sense of freedom from tomorrow.

The Covid-19 Traffic Light System was implemented across Aotearoa New Zealand at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December, with the South Island entering the Orange setting.

UC’s Covid-19 Information page has been updated to include information on what the new Traffic Light System means at the University. The intention is for our campus to remain open at every traffic light setting, while maintaining overall safety and wellbeing, allowing us to retain our connection to one another as a community. For the University to effectively navigate all Covid-19 traffic light requirements, we strongly encourage all students and staff to be fully vaccinated.

From the outset of the pandemic, the University of Canterbury has been thorough in following Government guidance and will continue to do so as we enter the new Traffic Light System which states that, in the Red setting, all tertiary staff, students and visitors can enter campus only if they carry a vaccination pass. We encourage you to read and familiarise yourself with the guidelines, here>

Vaccination requirements at UC
The existing Government Health Order has already informed our approach for students and staff working in the Health and Education sectors to ensure they are vaccinated to meet those sector requirements. In addition to the Government-mandated roles, it is likely that there will be higher risk roles and activities on campus that will require proof of vaccination.

Information on Vaccine Pass requirements at UC Rec & Sport and at cafes on campus is available here.

For us to run things safely, all staff, students, attendees, workers, and visitors attending UC events are required to show their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival. Read more about this here>

Consistent with UC’s commitment to safety within all campus settings, we are supporting our four student accommodation partners in establishing vaccination requirements for all Hall residents and staff. Find more information here.

The current travel restrictions applicable to students at UC will remain in place for the rest of the year. See the Covid-19 Information page for additional information on the guiding principles for 2022 UC student travel.

Postgraduate students
If you intend to engage in-person with a company or organisation outside the University (e.g., meetings or collecting data) as part of your research, you will need to follow vaccine mandates for that company or organisation. If you are unable to meet their requirements, please ensure you have a plan ‘B’ in place to continue your research.

Please consult with your supervisor if you need to use plan ‘B’. More information about this is on the Covid-19 Information page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Thank you for your compassion and kindness this year; we’re all in this together. Wishing you all a relaxing summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back on campus next year.

​Paul O’Flaherty
Kaihautū Matua, Te Ratonga Mana Ākonga
Acting Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications