Child Speech Development App Created by UC Student

University of Canterbury student Kristi Rabbitt.

University of Canterbury student Kristi Rabbitt.

Third year UC speech and language therapy student Kristi Rabbitt has developed an app called Childchat which aims to help parents keep track of their child’s speech and language development. The app, which is expected to be on the market soon, will provide access to resources, different support systems and contacts.  Additionally Rabbitt’s app recently won the Entre Apps Challenge at UC.

Read more about the work and aspirations of this bright UC student here: http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/?feed=news&articleId=1441  

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 http://www.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz/ 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.

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