Tree removal on Ilam campus next week

Tree removal will take place next week, Monday to Friday, 19 – 23 November in preparation for pedestrian upgrades to the Law Car Park and footpaths through to Kirkwood Avenue.

Work will take place daily 8am – 4.30pm and noise is expected from machinery during this time.

This work is to provide safer pedestrian routes through the Law Car Park for the increase in staff and student numbers accessing the RecCentre and K1 Lecture Theatre.

Parts of the Law Car Park will be closed and access to the RecCentre Car Park and Warehouse will be reduced to single-lane traffic movements from Kirkwood Avenue while this work is being carried out. We recommend that staff park in Clyde Car Park during this time.

We do not approach the removal of trees lightly and will ensure that new plantings are incorporated into future development plans.

We apologise for any disruption during this time.


Team Management Profile

To encourage interactions at the group level across UC we have piloted the Team Management Profile (TMP) throughout 2018.  Close to 300 staff having taken the strengths-based self-assessment survey and then participated in a variety of workshops to debrief the results.

In addition to providing individual feedback on areas for development, the tool allows us to understand the working preferences of our colleagues.  This in turn is helping UC staff to overcome barriers that may have existed, and is leading to improved working relationships and performance.

Feedback has been positive from people who have used the tool, with many saying how fun and interactive the workshops are.

Some other comments received include:

“I used the TMP pacing tool before our first meeting and I felt it really made a difference.  Our communication style matched what it predicted, and I felt we achieved more in the meeting.”

“My Team have commented that they found it really interesting as well as fun.  They have all commented on the revelation that everyone in the Team would rather have a conversation about something rather than sending emails.  In just 24 hours I have seen staff being much freer in communicating face to face as we all now understand that this is a communication style that works for all of us.”

“I have had staff express to me how they are excited about being able to focus more on where their strengths lie and how they now have some more insight into how others operate at work.”

“I’ve had two 1:1 meetings with staff today and both staff members were eager to talk about their profiles in terms of what they are learning about themselves and generating ideas about how we could capitalise on the preferred working styles of the whole Team.”

If you are interested in finding out how the TMP could benefit your Research Group/Team/Area please talk to your HR Advisor.

Blue CLUES #4 – Moving Groups from the Red to the Blue

A reminder that our final Blue CLUES sessions for 2018 are being held next week (Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November).  If you would like to come along and have not yet registered, please email

Hei konā mai

Karen Grant
Organisational Development Advisor

Whiria te Taura Tangata | Weave the Rope of People – UC’s Organisational Culture Development Programme

Celebrating the 2018 Chancellor’s Dinner and UC Council Awards

A highlight of the UC social calendar, the Chancellor’s Dinner and UC Council Awards | Te Hākari a Te Tumu Kaunihera, was held last Friday, 9 November.

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Hosted this year in the atrium of the new Ernest Rutherford building, the Chancellor’s Dinner allows us to promote and build relationships with a wide range of Christchurch businesses and community leaders, while honouring those whose contributions made a significant impact on the University throughout 2018.

The event also allowed us to celebrate the exceptional contribution of Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Dr Rod Carr.

Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Dr John Wood paid tribute to Dr Carr, emphasising the impact he’d had on both the University and our students during his almost decade-long tenure.

Videos outlining the accomplishments of the 2018 UC Council award winners were shown prior to the presentation of their medals. The videos are now live under UC’s YouTube channel, follow the links below to view:

For the third year, the event was generously sponsored by our friends at Lane Neave, one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading law firms.

Who do you forward a phishing email to?

We have an email address to send phishing scams to.
However you need to do it in a particular way:

  1. Create a new email message, addressed to
  2. Drag the phishing email from your email Inbox and drop it onto the new email message. This adds the phishing email as an attachment to the new email message – this is an important step because ITS need the internet header of the scam email.

You might be wondering why you can’t just forward the phishing email? By attaching the email you ensure that the phishing email’s sender header information is included too, and ITS need that information.

Further reading:

For great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the Technology Information for Staff website.

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The Grounds Department is having a Plant Sale


One day only,  rain or shine

What:  Would you like to buy a Rhododendron for ONE DOLLAR?!

Due to the nursery downsizing and wanting to do less watering in Summer, the Grounds Department is having a Clearance Sale of Plants

— Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias
— Natives, Cultivated Natives
— Exotics

Nothing above $10.00

Price includes plant, the pot it came in, and soil. Weeds are free.

Bring a bag, bring a box, bring a trailer.
Buy, buy and take away.

Payment only by EFTPOS, Debit / Credit Cards
– Absolutely NO Cash Sales.

Where: Grounds Department on Homestead Lane opposite CLV Ilam Apartments

When: 8.00am -4.00pm

Other  items available to purchase, inquire on the day.
SAFETY FIRST:  Enclosed shoes must be worn, Beware slips, trips and falls.

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