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BBC Radio star Natalie Haynes to spend time with UC Classics students

While in Christchurch as part of her performance at WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View season, Natalie Haynes is taking time out of her schedule to spend with UC Classics students and staff.

Natalie is a writer and broadcaster; the star of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics’ and author of four books on classical themes. Her new novel, ‘A Thousand Ships’ was published in May of this year and is a retelling of the Trojan War.









Natalie is presenting her acclaimed show ‘Troy Story’ on Sunday August 18 at 6pm in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. She will be introduced by Head of Classics, Enrica Sciarrino and the Teece Museum will be open from 5pm before the event. Interested students can use this link to pick up a ticket for $15. 

During ‘Troy Story’, Natalie will take you on a tour around Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full stop. From the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath, this show encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written. The stories of the women whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. Continuing a project she began with her novel, The Children of Jocasta, Natalie takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

Following her performance for WORD, UC Classics is very excited to be hosting Natalie in conversation at an exclusive event for UC Classics students and staff. The discussion will include areas of Natalie’s research and writing, their own research areas and other topics of interest relevant to current UC Classics courses; a fantastic opportunity and a real treat for the department!

Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

From the 2 – 15 August 2019, we’re celebrating all things fair trade and ethical –  because it’s officially Fairtrade Fortnight! We’d love for you to come on this journey with us, as we stand with organisations around Aotearoa to raise awareness that trade isn’t always fair.

What is fair trade and why should we care?

Fair trade supports marginalised farmers and workers in developing countries. By supporting them, we’re enabling them to take better care of their environment and to build a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. From the coffee you drink, the chocolate you eat and the clothes you wear – products that are fairly traded create a real, positive difference in people’s lives. By choosing to buy fair trade, we are guaranteeing producers receive a minimum price regardless of global trends. We’re also ensuring that workers receive liveable wages, safe working conditions, access to clean water and schooling for their children. If you’re interested to see what fair trade looks like in action, check out this video of coffee farmers in Papua New Guinea.

We’re committed to supporting fair trade, and UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited University since 2017. That means all the coffee found in campus cafes is 100% Fairtrade certified, you can find a range of fair trade chocolate and sweet treats on campus, and you can order a huge selection of fair trade goods through Unimarket for your department kitchens. Yum!

Get involved with us this Fairtrade Fortnight! You can join us in a couple of different ways:

  1. Choose to buy fair trade food and drink – both on and off campus. You can tell if something is guaranteed fair trade by looking for these two symbols:

As well as in our campus cafes, you can find fair trade goodies like chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and even ice cream (!) at New World, Countdown and in organic stores like Piko Wholefoods.

2. Follow along on our social media channels as we share stories from our UC fair trade suppliers, and the chance for you to enter in our sweet (and fair) giveaways – find our UC Sustainability Community Facebook page here.

3. Attend our Fair Trade Fair next week – it’s our annual fair trade celebration on campus! This year, we’re holding our Fair on Wednesday 14 August from 11am – 1pm. It’s a great chance to meet our UC suppliers, and try their yummy fairly traded treats. See the Facebook event here for all the details.

4. Check out Fairtrade NZ’s webpage, or follow their socials for more info on fair trade, the fair trade movement, and the impact this has on communities around the world.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.



Nominate your sustainability hero today!

Know someone at UC doing great things for Sustainability? Or maybe it’s you? We want to hear about it!

Get your thinking caps on… nominations for the UC Sustainability Awards are open from 5 – 31 August.

The Sustainability Awards are about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation, imagination and optimism of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, a student group or club who are changing the world, your supervisors research, or perhaps  your own? Maybe it’s the flatties next door who compost like crazy, and bike to UC rain or shine?

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations are open until the end of August, and the Awards Ceremony will be held on 2 October.

If you know of someone whose work deserves acknowledgement and celebration, nominate them! We want to hear from you.

For a recap on 2017’s Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some inspiration.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.