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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

End of lectures Coffee Party

Coffe party UCSA

The Coffee Party is a free, all ages, alcohol free event for UC students brought to you by UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team and the UCSA Events team. It is a chance to relax and enjoy that end of lectures feeling.

Friday 20 October, 11am – 2pm
C Block Lawn (Undercroft if it is raining)

There will be free coffee/tea/hot chocolate, cakes, BBQ, giveaways and Husky cuddles.  As well as music, giant games and stalls such as Bounce NZ, Lifeline, UC Health Centre and UC Chaplaincy.

Come along. relax on the lawn listening to soothing music and just chill coz lectures are finally over!!

I’ll be taking tea

Every year in October there is a sense of anticipation and excitement around campus. Not only is the academic year coming to a close, but summer is also on the way. If the excitement of this is not enough, the UCSA Tea Party will once again take place on Ilam fields, and it is not only for undergrads!

There are so many reasons to celebrate the end of the academic year. If you have been hard at work tutoring all year to ensure the young guns are able to pass their exams, then you should celebrate. If you managed to smash out a couple of chapters and are thinking of a summer holiday, then you should celebrate. Or, if you need to put your head down and make some serious progress on your thesis then why not one last massive party, so big you won’t need another one until 2018?

However, as we all know, it is the people you’re with that make the day. Go and grab your postgrad mates (bribing or gentle coercion is encouraged), conduct a focus group on dress up options and get to work. You could go as a gaggle of geese or Tarzan or whatever, just make it memorable.

See, there are just so many reasons why you shouldn’t miss it. Every year UCSA pulls out all the stops with epic bands, super fun activities and chill out zones for everyone to enjoy. So clear your desk of old coffee cups, drag yourself out of the office and celebrate the coming of summer. Who said postgrad’s only sit in the office and do nothing but read and write? Not me, I’ll be at the Tea Party!

Written by Thomas Gillman, UCSA Postgrad Rep