Tag Archives: Equity & Wellbeing

A sense of belonging for all

Many of you will be aware of the political situation in Hong Kong. Sometimes global events impact on our students here at UC. This is a reminder that we want all students to feel that they belong to the wider UC community.

At UC we are committed to academic freedom and freedom of speech. While people have different opinions on a matter, they must express those opinions in a way that respects the rights and views of others. Without exception the University will not tolerate racism or harassment of any kind.

If you witness racist behaviour at any time you can choose to take action if you feel comfortable to do so, or you can report what you have seen by using the Report It tool or you can ring Security on 0800 823 637.

Wear your Pink Shirt – Friday 26 May

Speak up – stand together – stop bullying

Are you ready to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and stand together to take action against bullying?

Tomorrow, Friday 26 May is the day to get your pink shirt on.

Take a photograph and send it to communications@canterbury.ac.nz by 12noon on Friday 26 May with a comment on speaking up, standing together and stopping bullying so we can show each other and the world through our UC comms channels our commitment to this great cause.


Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.

Everyone has mana – respect for self and others

Written for Pink Shirt Day (26 May) this message from student leader Tessa will help us all throughout 2017 and beyond.

“He mauri tō te tangata, he whakapapa tōna, he mana motuhake.”

Everyone has mana, everyone has a whakapapa (a genealogy), everyone has an identity that makes them no more or no less important than the next.

Moreover, everyone has a level of self respect from which their ability to respect others flows. As a leader and in particular as a member of the 2017 ELDP executive, I have both an inherent responsibility and an opportunity to promote such a level of self respect in the interest of all tāngata. We model respectful behaviour by passing our own level of self worth, of self respect, onto others, treating them as we desire and deserve to be treated. By acknowledging the individuality of our own mana, of our own whakapapa and of our own identity, we are able to form a level of respect which takes into account and further, appreciates the diversity of others. We should always strive to positively value the self worth of tāngata, as to demonstrate that someone has self worth is to treat them with respect.

Nā reira,
He mauri tōu, he whakapapa tōu, he mana motuhake; you have mana, you have a whakapapa, you have an identity that makes you no more or no less important than the next.

Tessa Barrett-Walker – student leader: UC Emerging Leaders Development Programme