New book encourages culturally responsive educational practices

Congratulations to Professor of Māori Research Angus Macfarlane (affiliates to Te Arawa) and Senior Lecturer Dr Sonja Macfarlane (Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Waewae) on the publishing of their book Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons

It scrutinises ethnic and cultural considerations in the hope of helping beginning and experienced teachers, special education advisors, psychologists, university lecturers, education professionals (from early childhood through to tertiary), and families.

The book’s contributors include UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gail Gillon (Ngāi Tahu) and Indigenous contributors from overseas.


Professor Angus Macfarlane and Dr Sonja Macfarlane at Sociocultural Realities book launch.

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Changed access into the Civil/Mechanical building

With the majority of the Civil and Natural Resources  (CNR) wing officially handed over to Hawkins last week, the covered walkway on the south side of the wing is now closed.

This means the only access into the Civil/Mechanical building is through the entrances at either end of the north-south walkway.

The Mechanical wing is currently being decanted, prior to being handed over to Hawkins in February 2016. Emergency exit  will be maintained out of Civil/Mechanical through the lane between these two wings at all times, and signage is in place to indicate this route.

The laneway bike stands have been relocated to the John Britten car park facing the north-south walkway, so cyclists can easily park up and enter the walkway.

All pedestrians on Engineering Road will be steered onto the western pavement behind the temporary barriers.

Quake-damaged UCSA building farewelled

More than 100 people gathered on the riverbank by the UCSA to farewell the quake-damaged building on Thursday. Among those attending was renowned architect Sir Miles Warren, who designed the UCSA building back in the late 1960s.

UCSA President Sarah Platt and ex-MP David Caygill who is Chair of the UCSA building fundraising committee and a former UCSA president, spoke at the ceremony sharing their memories of the building. UC Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr also spoke at the event, acknowledging the role of the UCSA, its associated clubs and the generations of students who passed through the building.

Rev Spanky Moore, UC’s Senior Ecumenical Chaplain and a former breakfast host on the student radio station RDU 98.5FM which used to broadcast from the UCSA building, blessed the site using water from the Avon River.

In contrast to an opening event when you might see a ribbon cut, the end of the ceremony was marked with the tying of ‘caution’ tape to cordon off the building.

The UCSA building will be demolished in 2016. A new purpose-designed facility will replace it on the same site.

Crowd shot



Ribbon tying