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$7 Exam Dinners at The Foundry

You can’t hit the books on an empty belly, so fill ‘er up at The Foundry with our $7 Exam Dinners. They’re available from 5pm Monday to Friday until 19 June 2020.

The menu

Wednesday 10 June – Beef stew and mash or veg stew and mash
Thursday 11 June – Stir fry veg and noodles
Friday 12 June – Roast of the day (pork) with apple sauce, potato bake and mixed veg

Monday 15 June – Beef lasagne or veg lasagne
Tuesday 16 June – Nachos
Wednesday 17 June – Fish ‘n’ chips
Thursday 18 June – Pizza (Hawaiian, salami or veg)
Friday 19 June – Roast of the day with seasonal veg

Vegetarian options are available.

Located inside Haere-roa, The Foundry is open 4pm til 10pm Monday to Friday during term time. For news on deals and events, follow us on Facebook.

The Foundry is operated by the team at the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA). 

O la’u gagana, o lo’u fa’asinomaga – Helleniga Arona

O la’u gagana, o lo’u fa’asinomaga.

Being a young woman born and raised in the islands of Samoa, I often hear the saying ‘U’u mau i lau gagana’. To simply translate, it means hold firmly onto your language. A quote well memorised by almost every Samoan, despite their place of birth, or whether or not they are considered full Samoan. Being told to firmly hold onto your language highlighted its significance. I was taught and reminded so frequently that losing my language would be the equivalent of losing my name. It contributes greatly to my identity just as much as my name.

My journey leading us to New Zealand accentuates how vital it was that we held onto our language. I was born and spent the first seven years of my life in Western Samoa, then moved to American Samoa for an additional seven years. This month also marks the seventh year since my family and I migrated to New Zealand. Throughout our entire journey, there were two things we always seemed to take with us everywhere; our surnames and our language. Living amongst a community that envies people who spoke a second language. I quickly developed a sense of gratitude that my parents ensured our firm connection to our roots were strongly maintained. We had the luxury of being born and raised in both islands and migrated here mid-teen-years. This indicated that I lived in the islands of Samoa long enough to experience the struggle in their daily lives. In addition, we attended schools in American Samoa long enough to understand a different system and how the culture varies between the two islands. Then lastly moved to New Zealand, a place that guaranteed us better education and life opportunities. All with our values, culture and language still intact.

Living in Christchurch currently, although allows me less opportunities to speak my first language, it still gives me an extra uniqueness that not many are fortunate to have. Seeing the youth in New Zealand resort to Samoan classes in hopes of learning to speak Samoan fluently, is a perception that strengthened my appreciation of my gagana. Na ‘ou u’u mau i la’u gagana, auā o lo’u fa’asinomaga lea.

Helleniga Arona

Ace your exams – check out these top study tips

Want to ace your exams? Check out these top study tips from your UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam, Equity & Wellbeing Rep Georgie Dibble, and Te Akatoki Rep Tamahou Thoms (Tamahou is also a tutor at Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous studies).

Their tips cover everything from setting up your study space, to figuring out your learning style , to giving yourself a break!