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Lots to celebrate at UCSA’s Coffee Party

Thanks to everyone who came along to the UCSA Coffee Party to celebrate the end of lectures and Pink Shirt Day!

People enjoyed chilling out on the lawn with a BBQ, listening to live music, catching up over coffee & cake, and making a fuss of the wee animals. 

Take a look at some of the photos here: 

Nominations for The University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award are open!

Anyone come to mind when you hear the words #ChangeMaker? Nominate them now for The University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award Te Mātātahi o te Tau!

Recognising the change makers of our future, nominees should be young people brimming with the potential to produce a bright future for Aotearoa, striving across the last year to improve not only themselves but their whole community.

The judges will consider the following criteria when considering the nomination:

  • Their contribution and benefit to society
  • Initiatives demonstrated in a leadership capacity
  • The involvement in establishing and / or setting the direction of a group, organisation or cause in which they have been involved
  • Guidance, support, training and encouragement of group members
  • Effort in working toward goals
  • Commitment in terms of time / hours committed paid or unpaid
  • Commitment to their own personal development by participation in courses, forums, conventions, community activities and other training or educational opportunities nationally or globally
  • Value of contribution to their local community and / or nation or globally

Nominations are open until August 30.

To nominate, click here>

It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Dame Margaret Mahy

This Tuesday 16 June marked 147 years of UC history. To celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s author of more than 120 titles.

After graduating from Canterbury University College in 1955, Margaret published her early stories in the NZ Department of Education School Journal.

Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969 while working as a Librarian in the Canterbury Public Library. She produced over 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. Many of her works won medals and awards, and have been translated into a host of languages around the world. Some of her best known books include:

  • A lion in the meadow (1969)
  • The Dragon of an ordinary family (1969)
  • The man whose mother was a pirate (1972)
  • The Haunting (1982)
  • The Changeover (1984)
  • The catalogue of the Universe (1985)
  • The Moon and Farmer McPhee (2010)

In 1993, she was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the highest of the country’s honours, for her lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Interested to learn more? Check out the rest of our legends here>