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Wakaroa Pigeon Bay Art Trail – Easter weekend

Easter Weekend, Saturday 31 March – Sunday 1 April
Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm, free admission

Celebrate the life of Wakaroa Pigeon Bay through site-responsive artworks and installations across five sites in Wakaroa Pigeon Bay over Easter Weekend. From the bus shelter at Summit Rd/Pigeon Bay Rd, Knox churchyard, Pigeon Bay Hall, and Pigeon Bay Boating Club to Wakaroa point with support from Annandale.

Based on research towards a Masters in Fine Arts at  University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, this trail provides a space to explore a community story that has developed over generations, and investigates ideas of identity, expressions of heritage and tradition, and relationships to place in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Responding to oral narratives shared by the Bay community over many months and using locally sourced materials such as sunlight, plants, timber and recycled fabric, these works have been co-created with the community of Wakaroa Pigeon Bay and operate as signposts to exchanges, experiences and encounters of place. Tying in with an exhibition by local art makers at Pigeon Bay Hall over the same weekend, this trail invites everyone to relax, explore, participate and share in the story of the Bay.

Accompanying the trail is a public programme of free workshops including storytelling with The Court Theatre, tī kouka cabbage tree leaf ropemaking with Rekindle, edible weeds and tastings with KoruKai, and palm readings with Expressions of Divinity, as well as bands, The Great Depression Blues Band and Swan Sisters, performances by various artists scheduled each day, and a special talk by June Hay presenting 100 years of Pigeon Bay from 1914- 2014 through photographs and stories in Knox Church at 3.00pm on Sunday 1 April.

Bring a picnic, stay for the day! Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou, all welcome!

This trail has been made possible thanks to the wonderful support of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch City Council, Harbour Arts Trust, Duvauchelle School, Pigeon Bay Recreation Reserve, Cake NZ, and the Wakaroa Pigeon Bay community. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

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Join the SVA Big Give – Saturday 3 March

Do you want to be part of something amazing? Want an excuse to get out and see the best of Christchurch? 

This Saturday 3 March, join the hundreds-strong UC Student Volunteer Army as we head to Godley Head for ‘The Big Give’. 

The goal of ‘The Big Give’ is to introduce you to Christchurch and carry out a day of volunteering in the community, ultimately giving you another rewarding University experience. Activities on the day include restoring historical WWII buildings, painting, planting, track laying, fencing, and more!

Godley Head sports some spectacular coastal views, a penguin colony, quirky old baches and a slice of New Zealand’s military history.

This is a FREE event, and you’ll get a whole bunch of rad FREE stuff for your efforts, including (but not limited to): the honoured SVA t-shirt, a BBQ lunch and sponsors merchandise. You’ll also enjoy a live gig with Souldrop.

Buses will be departing to Godley Head from The Foundry carpark from 8.30am, and return from 2.00pm onward. Bring your flat(mates), a hat, and be the change!

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Good grades don’t equal self-worth

A few weeks back I was “The Cook’n Chaplain” for a 6 day emotional health course I’d organised for 24 students. And so while I was madly panicking in the kitchen making 50 hamburgers, everyone else were learning life changing things about making friends with their own mental health. As they chowed down on my Spankburgers™ (personal note: other people don’t love beetroot as much as I do) loads of them would tell me about how much pressure and anxiety they were feeling about their upcoming exams. “If I fail this paper, I don’t know what I’ll do! It’s just not worth thinking about…”

Sadly, most students I meet seem to believe the lie that their self worth is something they must constantly work hard to earn. Be it through good grades, securing a high paying job, or keeping their parents happy. Remove one of them and they feel their personal self worth begin to shrivel up. But as the famous monk Father Henri Nouwen put it “You are not what you do, you are not what you have, and you are not what others think of you. No! You are the beloved child of a loving creator.”

Now – you may not buy that last sentence, but regardless of your spiritual beliefs his big point is, you don’t need to earn your worth by passing some exam. Seriously. Because whether you feel it or not, you really are someone of huge worth. Without doing a thing.
Of course failure never feels very good. In the depths of disappointment it can feel like we’re nothing more than a sad garden slug being stood on by a giant academic boot, as we feel our hopes ooze out of us. But sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and get some perspective because despite what some people might imply – getting good grades really isn’t the meaning of life.
You are a person of infinite worth, and a D- or A+ means absolutely nothing on that score. So take a deep breath, remember you are so much more than the grades you get at Uni and remind yourself that in the bigger scheme of things (and if you allow it to), this experience will only make you stronger.

Rev Spanky Moore, Uni Chaplain