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Covid-19 update: 23 September 2021

The University of Canterbury is currently operating under Covid Alert Level 2.

We’re pleased to update you on the following information, which has been confirmed since our email on Monday, and Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 22 September.

Vaccination clinic:
A pop-up Covid vaccination clinic will run in Haere-roa from 11am-5pm on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October.

There’s no need to book, just drop in with your friends, flatmates or whānau and the team will take care of you. Please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>

Following Auckland’s move to Covid Alert Level 3, and the finalisation of the Health Order, Cabinet have confirmed that updated rules for cross-boundary travel will prevent anyone from travelling into, out of or through an Alert Level 3 area.

Unfortunately, this means University of Canterbury students currently based in Auckland will be unable to return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, and the UC campus, at this time.

While there is precedent for permitted movement to attend an education entity, ‘the education entity must be within the same or adjacent region within the Alert Level 3 area’, which excludes travel to Ōtautahi Christchurch. For more on regional travel at Alert Level 3, click here>

We encourage any Auckland-based students to join the new, private UCSA Facebook group, 09 Lockdown Lowdown, so they can chat and stay connected. The student exec are online also. The vibe in the group is relaxed and it is a space where students can share anything from a study tip or challenge to a recipe and more. Join 09 Lockdown Lowdown here>

End of year exams:
All University of Canterbury examinations will be available online.

For some courses, face-to-face examinations have been approved and, in these cases, you will be expected to attend in-person, unless you’re affected by circumstances that prevent you from coming onto campus, such as travel restrictions or health issues. If this is the case, then an online exam will be available for you. 

Confirmation of courses with face-to-face exams will be sent to you by 1 October. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Support for students
If Covid-19 has affected your studies, you can apply for Special Consideration here.

Remember, there are a number of support services available to all students if you’re not feeling at your best right now:

For more on the University of Canterbury’s Covid-19 approach, click here>

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Covid-19 update

Earlier this afternoon, the Prime Minister confirmed that Aotearoa New Zealand, except Auckland, will continue at Alert Level 2. Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm, Tuesday 21 September. Alert levels will be reviewed again on Monday 4 October.

Also confirmed this afternoon is a change in the number of people allowed to gather for events. At Alert Level 2 gatherings of up to 100 can take place.

Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning will continue to operate as it has been. See the UC website for information on teaching and learning at Alert Level 2.

End of year exams
We intend to provide further information about end of year exams later this week.

Vaccination clinic on campus
A vaccination clinic will be set up in Haere-ora in early October for students and staff to get vaccinated. More information will be provided when the clinic is confirmed.

Information for students in Auckland

  • Travel – We are aware that some students who have been in Auckland for Alert Level 4 are looking at returning to Ōtautahi Christchurch. Cabinet has yet to decide the rules for cross-boundary travel once Auckland moves to Alert Level 3. Students and staff should remain in Auckland until the Health Order is finalised. Further information is available here and we will keep you updated.
  • UCSA Facebook group – The UCSA invites you to 09 Lockdown Lowdown – a private Facebook group where UC students still in Auckland can chat and stay connected over Levels 3 and 4. The Student Exec are online too if you’ve got feedback for them. The vibe is relaxed, and the group’s a space where you can share anything from a study tip or challenge to a mighty fine recipe. Join 09 Lockdown Lowdown:

Support for students
If Covid-19 has affected your studies, you can apply for Special Consideration here.

Remember, there are a number of support services available to all students if you’re not feeling at your best right now:

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Save the world from your couch!

Collaborate for change and save the world from your couch: the 2021 Aotearoa Virtual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit was fully recorded and is now available to watch on YouTube!

Hon. Minister Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Foreign Affairs, provides an Opening Address at the SDG Summit.

Packed full of inspiring workshops, project showcases and panel discussions, the Summit was focussed on using the SDGs as a tool for collaboratiing for systemic change, with Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the core of our actions.

Choose to catch up on workshops and sessions facilitated by business, community, government and eductation leaders with topics including collaboration in system change, Te Tiriti based climate assemblies, measuring wellbeing,  the future of education, innovation, tertiary institutions’ roles in delivering on the SDGs, conservation, waste minimisation, disaster risk reduction, climate research and more!

Interested? You can view, download, share & enjoy all the 35+ Summit session recordings here.

We had some amazing members of our UC whānau involved too – check out a few UC highlights below:

“Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Circular Economy” with UCE and William Murrell & Ben Scales –  UC students behind start-up KiwiFibre Innovations

School of Teacher Education: SDGs Research & Writing Group with UC’s Education, Health and Human Development Professors Glynne Mackey, Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke and Misty Sato

What next?

Incredible outcomes include the launch of the SDG Declaration with signings from the respective Vice Chancellors of the UC and LU — Professors Cheryl de la Rey and Bruce McKenzie — and an outline of their institutional commitment to the SDGs.

You can sign the SDG Declaration too – watch the recording below then follow the link here!

The SDG Alliance was also a major outcome from the Summit – check out the recording of the sesson ” Collaborating for a Better Future – Forming an SDG Alliance for Aotearoa through Collective of Pou Approach” here.

Continue the Aotearoa SDG Journey

The rākau was handed to the University of Waikato as the hosts of the next installment of the Aotearoa SDG Summit – but the mahi does’t end there! Continue to be part of the SDG story in Aotearoa by joining the Aotearoa SDG Alliance, staying in touch via social media, signing up to the SDG newsletter, and telling as many people as you can about the Sustainable Development Goals!

Interested in seeing some other amazing SDG aligned mahi from staff and students at UC? Check out the 2020 UC SDG Update here.

The 2021 SDG Summit was held online on 2 September, themed ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ and co-hosted by University of Canterbury and Lincoln University with support from Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. We thank our partners: ChristchurchNZ Tourism New Zealand New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) Te Pokai Tara | Universities NZ UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and Seeds Podcast.