Christchurch roadwork update website

Screenshot of the Transport for Christchurch website

Screenshot of the Transport for Christchurch website

I don’t know about you but driving through Christchurch can be incredibly frustrating! It really boils my blood when I’m trying to get somewhere and then I realise that the road up ahead is closed and I’ve been diverted. And then I’m on a one way. And then I’m stuck in traffic. And then I’m going in circles, still unable to reach my destination.  AHHHHH.

However I just discovered this really handy website which I find a lifesaver…so I wanted to share it with all of you! Once you head to you’ll see that there are a few helpful tools to stop your road rage in its tracks! You can look at a map of the city and see where there are: roadworks, road closures, incidents and get an idea of your approximate journey time. I find this really great for planning the fastest and least stressful driving route. The website also includes information about parking spaces and rates within the city, which makes it even easier for you to head out and about in Christchurch.

So check it out and make your sure you’re having lazy Sundays instead of stressful ones!

Andrew Drummond’s ‘Energy Device’ to enrich the University’s art collection!

The University of Canterbury’s Art Collection just got a lot richer with the addition of Andrew Drummond’s ‘Energy Device’!

A piece with central components of two branches of European beech joined together in a twisted copper cone and filled with wax, now  finds a new home at the University and adds to the existing collection of four other Andrew Drummond  pieces held by the University. The University of Canterbury’s Art Collection curator Jamie Hanton says “the latest addition strengthens the collection.”

The ANZ bank has generously donated the sculpture to the University after possessing it for more than 15 years. The sculpture, which is of national significance, was purchased by the bank in 1995 and displayed proudly in their Hereford Street branch in Christchurch and  was eventually transferred to Blenheim in January 1999 where it has been ever since, and displayed with the same pride.

Acquisition of this piece, which will be displayed in the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight, is a matter of great pride and joy for UC as Andrew Drummond has been associated with the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts significantly in the past. This piece is a physical representation of the relationship the University shares with the inspiring Kiwi artist.


The University has proudly reported its ranking as New Zealand’s no.1 university in two out of four rankings  that were recently announced by the  New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

According to the TEC, UC has the highest proportion of students completing qualifications as well as the highest ratio of students progressing into higher levels of education into various NZ universities. UC was also the first university in New Zealand to be rated five stars by international university QS rankings company and remains among the top three percent of universities in the world.

Here are the specific stats from the rankings as published by the University:

  1. “The proportion of Canterbury students who completed their qualifications was 88%, compared with the national average of 81%.
  2.  The proportion of Canterbury students who progressed to study at a higher level was 95%, with the national average at 79%.
  3. The university was ranked 3rd in the successful completion of courses and for students who remained in study.”

So, be proud to be a part of UC; a holistic university with exceptional academic and social standards of excellence, that is not only recognised nationally as one of the best, but also across the globe.

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