Category Archives: Student contributors

Blogs written by UC students.

Lecturer promoting te reo on the radio

Esteemed lecturer and coordinator of Te Hōaka Pounamu – Te Hurinui Clarke will be presenting a daily dose of te reo Māori tutorage for the listeners at Te Reo Irirangi o Hokonui ki Hakatere.

The morning breakfast show will be promoting te reo Māori throughout Māori Language Week and will touch upon a variety of interesting topics for how and when to use the language.

Te Hurinui Clarke, who lectures at UC, has an extensive knowledge base of te reo Māori me ōna Tikanga (language customs). He lectures completely in te reo Māori and has specialised knowledge in second language acquisition and mātauranga Māori (Māori epistemology).

Te Hurinui has an infectious sense of humour that makes him a favourite amongst his students within the education department.

Make sure to be listening every morning at 8 am for a great show.

Mauri ora!

– by Teariki Tuiono 

Crusaders vs Hurricanes 16 July

Winterlude marks half of the academic year whizzing past us, and this year it also marks the Super 15 season coming to an end.

This Winterlude Cantabs bring you Crusaders vs Hurricanes on 16 July. It is the last guaranteed home match for the boys in red and black, and the Crusaders have been having an absolute cracker of a season so it’s sure to be an epic match-up.

Cantabs have put together all your must-haves to charge on AMI in one convenient little package. Everything will be going down at the Foundry from 3pm. There is going to be plenty happening to get you Bank stand ready. There will be Cantabs overalls with stenciling and customisation facilities, as well as face painting, and The Foundry will be putting on a few food and drink specials to keep morale and energy levels high. Complementary buses leaving the foundry at 4pm for ticket holders.

During the week before game day the Cantabs will be on campus with a few chances for you to score a double pass to the Cantabs Pre-match and the game. At the Pre-match Cantabs will have spot prizes to those who make the extra effort with their attire (helpful hint: if you’re in red and black, you’re on the right track).

This event isn’t just about the game being played, it’s also about being part of a student community and being a Cantabrian – and we all know Rugby is the heart of the south. This game is a chance to snap an excellent selfie, hashtag your heart out, throw some chat around, and get out and about as a Canterbury student and see some Canterbury sport.

Give Cantabs a Like on Facebook and we will make sure all the info about what is happening and when it’s happening is posted up on the book https://www.facebook.com/cantabs/.

Tickets are available on Dash now!

Cantabs  Members:  http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/bn94vm0xw

Non Members/UC Students: http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/wsd4hm65f

Winterlude Combo: http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/2mbvkhwf0

Students preparing for, travelling to and enjoying the Crusaders versus Blues Rugby match, 4.3.16

UC Iranian Students Celebrate Winter Solistice

Almost 70 people attended the University of Canterbury Iranian Society’s celebration of winter solstice on June 18th.

On the longest and darkest night of the year, Iranians traditionally rejoice in the triumph of light over darkness during an evening of celebrations referred to as ‘Shab e Cheleh’ also known as ‘Yalda Night’.

Yalda is one of the most celebrated events on the Iranian calendar and has its roots in the ancient Zoroastrian traditions and its dualistic features of good and evil.

The University of Canterbury Iranian Society (UCIS) executive members at the traditional Yalda celebration. From left to right: Negar Ghrahshir, Donna Miles and Parisa Soleimani Tadi.
The University of Canterbury Iranian Society (UCIS) executive members at the traditional Yalda celebration. From left to right: Negar Ghrahshir, Donna Miles and Parisa Soleimani Tadi.

The celebration was held at the University of Canterbury Ilam campus. The attendees were treated to Iranian tea, sweets and nuts and listened to traditional Iranian music and poetry.

This is the society’s second major cultural event on campus. The first event was held in March to celebrate the Iranian New Year. The society plans to hold regular poetry evenings following a successful poetry event held in May.

The Iranian Society welcomes members from non-Iranian backgrounds and aims to promote greater cross-cultural awareness and cooperation within and beyond the university campuses.

Close to 70 people attended the traditional Iranian Yalda Night celebration at the University of Canterbury
Close to 70 people attended the traditional Iranian Yalda Night celebration at the University of Canterbury.