Sam Johnson heading back to Nepal

Sam Johnson met Prince Harry at UC this week

Sam Johnson met Prince Harry at UC this week

Student Volunteer Army co-founder Sam Johnson is returning to Nepal following a second fatal earthquake that measured 7.3 on May 12th, killing at least 66 people.

In between his meetings with royalty (pictured above) Sam will be working with young people in remote areas of Nepal. The team called Rise Nepal and a number of organisations will be developing plans to rebuild village schools.

Sam is appealing to young New Zealanders with engineering skills to join him when he heads back to Nepal in a few weeks. He plans to talk to UC engineering students in the next 10 days.

You can also support Nepal by donating here:

See this media release for more information.


Blue bins on campus

Have you seen the blue bins on campus and wondered what they are? Read on to learn more…

If you haven’t noticed yet, there are blue bins on campus which are placed right next to the standard green, red and yellow ones. The label reads “coffee cups only”.

After a successful initial trial last year, the Sustainability Office has now started an extended 2 year trial till the end of 2016, to investigate the long term viability of composting coffee cups. Keep in mind that it is coffee cups only that go into the blue bins, not the lids!

Borrow a bike from the UCSA

borrow a bike

Don’t have a bike? No problem! Borrow one from the UCSA.

The UCSA has recently restored all of its bikes that can be borrowed. The old ones have been replaced with bright, new, fun, coloured bikes with a slightly vintage look and a nice, sturdy chain lock to keep them safe.

Borrowing a bike is simple:

1. Select the one you like the best and take note of its number

2. Head to the UCSA reception and provide your UC ID card and the bike number at reception

3. You can now ride the bike till 5pm

Make sure you return it!

Bikes can also be borrowed from Ilam and Sonoda Apartments, University Hall and Waimari Village ONLY if you are resident. Contact your respective office for more information.


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