Want to blog on the Insider’s Guide?

Do you have an interesting story to share? An amazing experience at UC perhaps? Or even a extraordinary / adventurous incident to tell?
You can do it right here on the Insider’s Guide!

Here’s 5 simple steps to get you started:

1. Content: Think of your best story/ unique experience that  you want to share.

2. Permission: Seek permission to blog from the Communications Department via e-mail on communications.canterbury.ac.nz or simply comment below. Introduce yourself and what/ why you want to blog.

3. Access: If permission is granted, the department needs a few days to set up your access and will provide you with individual log in details when done.

4. Blog: Log in with your credentials and get blogging! Write an article, no longer than 250 words in most cases and make sure to submit it for review. It’s fairly simple to find your way around the site, but should you have any questions feel free to get back in touch with the person you were dealing with.

5. Wait to be published: Once you’ve gone through steps 1 – 4, your job is done! You article will then be reviewed/ edited if necessary by the editors of the blog and published shortly.

Personally, blogging on this site is a great way to reach the wider community and somehow instills/ reassures a sense of belonging.

So give it ago, try it once and you may either want more or choose to leave it that. Regardless, it is something worth trying.

What’s the haps?! 6th-12th April

Here’s a look at some of the cool events that are happening around Christchurch over the first week of the university break!

Monday 6th:

Tuesday 7th:

  • 2015 Cavell Leitch NZ Jazz and Blues Festival: There are many awesome international, and homegrown acts on this year’s line-up! Pricing varies depending on which show you want to attend, so have a look online. The festival runs from Tuesday 7th- Sunday 12th.

Wednesday 8th:

Thursday 9th:

  • Phantom of the Opera: The longest running show in Broadway history will be brought to Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal this April. The show runs from Thursday 9th-May 2nd. Tickets start at $72.50 and can be purchased online.
  • Community Market: This market is held every Thursday in Linwood, at 51 Pages Rd from 8.00am-1.00pm. New and used goods, hot food and coffee will be on sale. Who knows, you may find some treasures!

Friday 10th: 

Saturday 11th:

  • Cookarama: 10.00am-4pm the Rotary Club of Chch will be holding their Cookarama event! Stalls will be selling delicious baked goods, fresh produce, kitchen appliances, books, plants, raffle tickets and more. Proceeds raised will be donated to the Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind.
  • SAGA International Tabletop Day: Held by SAGA here at UC, this event is a chance to break out the some classic board games! 8.00, Kirkwood G7, H3, H5. Free for members, gold coin for non-members.
  • New Brighton Seaside Market: This great community market is held from 10.00am-2.00pm every Saturday. Grab some food, or find some bargains, and take a walk down the beach while you’re there!
  • Pendulum DJ Set @ the Foundry: 9.00pm-2.00am. This is an R18 event, and tickets can be purchased online.
  • The Darkroom’s Best Books Sale: The second day of this event will be held today from 11-4pm.

Sunday 12th:

  • Cocopelli Inaugural Pizza Eating Contest: The first prize is $500, and a YEAR’S WORTH OF FREE PIZZA! Check out the pizza eaters, or enter yourself. Be there from 3pm-5pm outside Cocopelli Bar at The Palms to get in on the action.

Hot Cross buns recipe

Nothing is better than a good hot cross bun over Easter, and they are even better when they are home made!

Here is a recipe that I tested last weekend that is by far the best I have ever made (if I do say so myself).

Charlenes home made bunsMy home made buns!


  • 450 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon rind, finely grated
  • 2 tsp dry yeast, (2 x 7g sachets)
  • 25 g Canola Spread
  • 1/4 cup(s) skim milk, warmed
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 150 g mixed dried fruit (or just sultanas)
  • 1 tsp honey, to glaze


1. Sift flour, a large pinch of salt, all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl. Add lemon rind and yeast.

2. Place spread and warm milk into a large bowl and whisk until it melts. Add honey and egg and continue to whisk.

3. Blend warm, milky mixture into flour. Add dried fruits, mixing until you have a sticky dough. Turn this out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well, until dough becomes smooth and elastic.

4. Place in a lightly floured bowl and cover with lightly oiled cling wrap. Leave in a warm place to ‘prove’ until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

5. Lightly spray two baking trays with oil. Knock back dough, divide into 12 equal pieces and knead each one for 1 minute, before shaping into a bun. Space six buns on each sheet. Cover lightly with a piece of oiled cling wrap and leave in a draught-free area to double in size again.

6. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Use a knife to cut a cross on each bun. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until well risen and golden.

7. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and glaze hot cross buns by brushing a little warm clear honey over each one. Serve at once.


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