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Remembrance services being held this week

This week, there are a number of commemorations being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch to mark March 15 and to show aroha for the Muslim community.

Sharing Messages of Aroha and Hope

Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 10.30AM to 2PM
Location: C-Block Lawn, University of Canterbury (or wet weather venue Tī Kōuka room,  Haere-roa at Canterbury University)
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1320670181475646/

This week, to express our aroha for our Muslim whānau—and in a stand against racism and discrimination of any kind—the Student Volunteer Army and University of Canterbury Students’ Association have partnered with All Right? to create one kilometre of messages of hope and compassion.

Thousands of paper flags have been sent out to schools, libraries and museums around Ōtautahi Christchurch. Now, we need your help to combine these messages together before they are displayed in front of Christchurch Cathedral on Friday morning.

Join us on the C-Block lawn (or wet weather venue Tī Kōuka room, Haere-roa) at the University of Canterbury this Thursday 12th March from 10.30am onwards to write your own words of support or to help us string the messages together.

Paper flags are also available to write on in the Puaka James Hight Central Library from this Monday.

The messages will be collected at the completion of the project and turned into art by the Giving Seeds of Love project.

Help us string together 1kn of aroha and hope



Colour Your Day

Time: All day
Date: Friday 13 March
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/206691603739206/?active_tab=about

On Friday, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association invites you to join Colour Your Day to commemorate March 15 by wearing bright colours to University in an expression of aroha and hope.

For cultural reasons, please don’t wear red. Any other colour would be OK.

Colour Your Day



National Remembrance Service

Update 14 March – Please note tomorrow’s National Remembrance Service marking the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attacks has been cancelled, as a precautionary approach to Covid-19 (the Corona Virus). Read more>

Time: 3PM to 4.30PM
Date: Sunday 15 March
More information: https://ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/whats-on/show/3674

A National Remembrance Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday 15 March.

The service, Ko Tātou, Tātou We Are One, will be jointly led by the local Muslim community, Christchurch City Council, the Government and Ngāi Tūāhuriri as mana whenua.

It will be an opportunity for people to come together in unity, to show compassion, love and support for all our communities, and the value we place on being an inclusive and diverse country.

Free park and ride buses will be running from UC’s Arts car park and Eastgate Mall between 1pm – 2.30pm on Sunday. Returning buses will depart from Lincoln Road (between Lindores and Twigger Streets) after the service.

SVA’s 10 Essential Lessons for Sustaining a Youth Movement

The Student Volunteer Army (SVA) this week released the 10 Essential Lessons for starting, growing and sustaining a Youth Movement, as understood by the SVA and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student leaders.

In July 2018, 28 student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to New Zealand to engage with 30 members of the 2018 Student Volunteer Army Executive.  The two groups participated in a week long exchange of ideas on youth-led change, sustainable movements, leadership and activism.

To find out more go here>

UC unveils sculpture, dedicates pathway on quake anniversary

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On the seventh anniversary of the 22 February earthquake, the University of Canterbury dedicated the Unicycle pathway along University Drive as a commemorative pathway to acknowledge the courage and contribution of the University community, and the losses and injuries sustained by students, staff, alumni and friends of the University in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes.

As part of this dedication, a specially commissioned sculpture, Roimata, was unveiled at the Clyde Road end of the Unicycle pathway. It has been designed for UC by Māori artist Riki Manuel.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the UC Student Volunteer Army was an example of extraordinary generosity.

SVA founder Sam Johnson and former UCSA President Erin Jackson also spoke at the event. Sam said he was often asked if there would be an SVA without the earthquakes and mentioned the thousands of primary school children who took part in SVA voluntary work across New Zealand last year. He praised the ongoing momentum and strength of the current SVA and noted that the SVA is now the largest student club at the University of Canterbury.

The sculpture Roimata tells a story of remembrance, and depicts a community ritual that has emerged from a tragedy that is now an inherent part of the heritage of Christchurch. The sculpture depicts a koru facing down, as it represents a life taken before fully grown. The undulating surface is rippled, to represent the river Ōtākaro Avon, and a scattering of brass roses, cherry blossoms and daffodils on top represent the flowers that the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch throw into the river each year on 22 February, in remembrance.

After the unveiling UC staff, students and guests were invited to throw flowers onto the river to flow into the city in time for the formal remembrance service at the National Earthquake Memorial in central Christchurch.

Read Rev. Josh (Spanky) Moore’s prayer>

Be proud of this special place says Mayor>