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Build the biggest and best LEGO tower!

Join in with the Te Rua Makerspace events coming up this July (including a LEGO tower building competition!): 

LEGO Graffiti Wall
Come add your block to the Te Rua Makerspace Wall. Located in PJH Library on level 2 next to the info desk.

Beeswax Wrap Workshop, Wednesday 22 July, 1-3pm
Come along to the Te Rua Makerspace and make your own Beeswax Wrap! All materials supplied. Find out more>

LEGO Tower Competition, Thursday 23 July, 2-3pm
Calling all LEGO fans! Come along and have a go at building the tallest tower possible.

Awards for:

  • tallest tower
  • best teamwork
  • most perseverance
  • most creative

Find out more here>

Model Making, Tuesday 28 July, 2-4pm
Create a 3D model using card, wood and glue. Have fun, be creative and relax! Find out more here>

Model Making, Thursday 30 July, 2-4pm
Create a 3D model using card, wood and glue. Have fun, be creative and relax! Find out more here>

It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Dame Margaret Mahy

This Tuesday 16 June marked 147 years of UC history. To celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s author of more than 120 titles.

After graduating from Canterbury University College in 1955, Margaret published her early stories in the NZ Department of Education School Journal.

Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969 while working as a Librarian in the Canterbury Public Library. She produced over 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. Many of her works won medals and awards, and have been translated into a host of languages around the world. Some of her best known books include:

  • A lion in the meadow (1969)
  • The Dragon of an ordinary family (1969)
  • The man whose mother was a pirate (1972)
  • The Haunting (1982)
  • The Changeover (1984)
  • The catalogue of the Universe (1985)
  • The Moon and Farmer McPhee (2010)

In 1993, she was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the highest of the country’s honours, for her lasting contribution to children’s literature.

Interested to learn more? Check out the rest of our legends here>

It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Elsie Locke

This Tuesday 16 June marked 147 years of UC history. To celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

A woman well ahead of her time – a renowned activist in the peace and feminist movements in New Zealand.

A woman well ahead of her time, Elsie Locke was an ardent campaigner for birth control, women’s rights, nuclear disarmament, social justice and the environment long before these causes became popular.

A member of the Communist Party from 1932-1956, she came to the attention of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service at the same time as she raised her four children and fought vigorously to improve the world around her. Her essay Looking for Answers, which won the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, describes these turbulent times.

She was a prolific writer, particularly of children’s books, and contributed to a great number of publications for schools including the New Zealand School Journal and a series of historical books that educated Aotearoa New Zealand children about their social history. She studied te reo Māori and incorporated biculturalism as a central feature in her writing long before it became fashionable.

In 1987, Elsie was awarded an Hon Doc Litt by UC for her remarkable contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand society, and the building that houses the English Department at the University is named for her.

Interested to learn more? Check out the rest of our legends here>