Did you get your free Office 365?

At UC we like to help our students save money and this free Microsoft offer does just that! All enrolled students can download Microsoft Office 365 for free, so why wait?

Get your FREE office here: http://office.com/getoffice365

You get: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

The download is 1GB in size and you will require 3GB of disk space.

Be careful: if you’re on campus this will use your internet allowance so check your credit first. If you choose to download the software while on campus, it’s best to use the network ports provided in the Central and Education libraries rather than wireless (internet charges apply).

Matariki – the Maori new year

In August last year UC announced that the old Registry building would be renamed Matariki which was specially gifted to UC by Ngāi Tahu.

Matariki is both the name of a small distinctive star cluster (Pleiades) and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, and is seen as the beginning of the New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year.

The Christchurch City Council recognises the cultural significance of Matariki. “It’s a time of change, a time to prepare and a time of action. During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.”

This year, today marks the beginning of the Matariki season. For more information and a guide to help you locate the Matariki star cluster click here.

There is a free Matariki celebration this Sunday at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens from 11am-3pm.

Ultimate treat: s’mores dip

Sooo good...

Sooo good…

I have found one of the best treat ideas ever. S’mores dip! It’s been trending on social media recently and I thought I’d try it out to see if it actually is as good as it looks…and it really is!! It’s ideal for a flat-night-in: all sitting in the lounge, rugged up warm with a delicious treat to share together. Aw!

You will need:

  • 2 180g bags of Pascall marshmallows
  • 1 250g bag of chocolate drops
  • 1-2 packets of vanilla wine biscuits


  • Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
  • Tip the chocolate drops into a medium, round baking dish and level them out into an even layer.
  • Place the marshmallows on top of the chocolate drops around the edge of the dish, working your way in until there are no gaps.
  • Wait until the oven has reached temperature and place on a high rack so the marshmallows go golden and crispy on top.
  • Make sure you KEEP AN EYE ON IT as the marshmallows can burn quickly.
  • Once the marshmallows are nice and golden, remove it from the oven. Depending on your oven this should take around 10 minutes.
  • Dip a wine biscuit (or three) into the gooey dip and you’ll be in sweet treat heaven!

Want to take it to the next level? You could turn it into peanut butter cup s’mores by spreading a layer of peanut butter on the bottom of the dish before adding the chocolate drops. #mindblown

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