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Apply now for the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition 2018

Just launched, the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition for 2018.

Inspiring Explorers is a programme that seeks to connect young people with the spirit of exploration and gives them a platform to share their stories and inspire others.

Applications are now open for the Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition for 2018!

The expedition will attempt a 560km crossing on skis of the Greenland ice cap.

We are looking for three young New Zealanders or Australians (20-35 years) to participate.

The expedition honours Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland ice cap in 1888. Nansen is regarded as an icon of polar exploration and his innovations and expeditions inspired explorers of the Antarctic heroic-era, including Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen.

We are looking for young people with an adventurous spirit, resilience and endurance to be a part of this special team. Applicants do not need to be seasoned polar explorers.

Applications close Sunday 19 November.

For more information and the application form check out the website>


International students – help us and win a Black Cat cruise

International students – we need your help, and you might win a Black Cat cruise!

We need a focus group of international students who enrolled for the first time at UC in Semester 1 or 2 this year (2017) to spend one-hour with us on Friday 27 October 12 noon to 1 pm to give us advice on the Guide to UC for international students.

We’ll provide lunch plus you have the opportunity to go into a draw to win a double pass to experience the Akaroa Harbour Nature 2011 AHNC composite 3a RGBCruise.

Thanks Black Cat Cruises!  #blackcatcruises
Check out their info and the photo gallery below.

Interested? Here’s what to do:

  1. Email us  by 5pm Tuesday 24 October at communications@canterbury.ac.nz with the subject heading: UC Guide.
  2. Tell us why you think you would be good at providing us with advice on the Guide to UC for international students.
  3. Provide us with your student identification number.

We will let you know if you have been selected to be a part of the focus group on Wednesday 25 October.

Check out these awesome photos and imagine yourself on a Black Cat cruise…


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Building awareness around food waste

Jack Whittam

ELDP students Jack Whittam, Katy Byrne and Ailine Kei.

12,856 tonnes. It’s not only the weight of the Eiffel Tower, or even the amount of weight you feel like you’ve put on since the Hot Wok started doing daily $2 rice, it’s also the amount of bread thrown away every year in New Zealand!

In fact, bread is the number one food thrown away in New Zealand, making up 10.5% of all food that is wasted. As a part of a national food waste awareness campaign, in conjunction with Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand and Christchurch City Council, a bunch of keen UC students built a pyramid out of 2,283 loaves of bread, representing how many loaves are wasted in New Zealand every hour.

As members of the Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP), a group of us were able to volunteer at the event, preparing the pyramid for construction and feeding curious students passing by with a ‘meal in a mug’ – a super simple sweet treat that minimises food waste, and maximises easy cooking, convenience and taste!

The ELDP has a great focus on teaching leadership skills to students through community volunteering opportunities, and our contribution to this event punctuated the last of seven service projects the Emerging Leaders cohort has undertaken this year.

Other voluntary service projects have included sorting food relief packages at the Christchurch City Mission, walking rescue husky dogs for Husky Rescue New Zealand, maintaining public spaces for Gap Filler and providing free academic tutoring to high school students.

The student’s enthusiastic contribution toward these events reflects the passion these students have shown to make a real difference in their community.

Written by Jack Whittam ELDP student