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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.

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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.

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It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Elsie Locke

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.

A woman well ahead of her time – a renowned activist in the peace and feminist movements in New Zealand.

A woman well ahead of her time, Elsie Locke was an ardent campaigner for birth control, women’s rights, nuclear disarmament, social justice and the environment long before these causes became popular.

A member of the Communist Party from 1932-1956, she came to the attention of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service at the same time as she raised her four children and fought vigorously to improve the world around her. Her essay Looking for Answers, which won the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, describes these turbulent times.

She was a prolific writer, particularly of children’s books, and contributed to a great number of publications for schools including the New Zealand School Journal and a series of historical books that educated Aotearoa New Zealand children about their social history. She studied te reo Māori and incorporated biculturalism as a central feature in her writing long before it became fashionable.

In 1987, Elsie was awarded an Hon Doc Litt by UC for her remarkable contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand society, and the building that houses the English Department at the University is named for her.

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