Staff forum questions: follow-up #2

Two more questions asked in the recent staff forum are covered below.

Did you read last week’s answer to the question about International Students and Fluent IQ?

Q. Skype: What will functionality be for Mac?

A. Only the Lync 2013 client is available for the Mac client; from our trial exercise it became apparent that the Mac Lync client did not perform to our expectations, therefore the project has decided to first focus on deployment of the Microsoft Windows Skype for Business client throughout the University.  On occasions when the deployment team encounter a Mac we may take the decision to deploy a Skype for Business phone until the Mac Skype for Business client has been released.

Microsoft have recently announced that a new Mac Skype for Business client will be available later on this year, when the new client has been released the project will readdress the deployment to Mac users.

Q. What cultural training is available for staff?

Learning and Development offers staff free workshops throughout the year. Cross Cultural Interactions and Supporting Students in Crisis are two of these offerings that will provide staff with an overview of considerations when welcoming, teaching & interacting with International Students.

Did you know? If you are a Christchurch City Council Library member then you have free access to There are a handful of online videos such as “Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence” available (just search “cultural” for more). Find more details on the L&D Online Learning page.

Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2016

This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week over two weeks, from 4 to 15 Hōngongoi – July. The theme is ‘Ākina te Reo’ – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence. A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next two weeks.  View the full Te Wiki programme here.

How to get involved

  • Pick up a Free UC Te Reo resource pack. These are available for all staff and students to collect from Monday 4 July. Visit the Māori Development Team Reception, Level Two, Te Ao Mārama building, Arts Road.
  • Find out what’s happening on campus and attend Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events.
  • Check out the new online LEARN page that provides te reo resources and support.
  • Listen to the new sound files on the Ngā Ingoa Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha webpage. Here you can learn key role and unit names at UC, and how to pronounce them in te reo Māori.
  • Keep an eye on UC’s Facebook and Twitter for words and phrases.
  • Download Te Wiki resources.

Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities to further your Māori AVCM5639_Te_Wiki_PROlanguage and culture knowledge at UC, including Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora and Te Reo Māori for the Workplace.

Start this week and use the words you learn in everyday conversation on an ongoing basis.

Kia kaha e hoa mā!

SCIRT work Ilam Road – 3 July, no exit from Science Road

SCIRT will continue repairing a wastewater main on Ilam Road on Sunday 3 July, between 7am and 6pm. The work will take place between Montana Ave and Science Road.

Traffic impacts

  • Two-way traffic will remain on Ilam Road, Stop/Go traffic management will be in place.
  • There will be no on-street parking in the work area and a shoulder closure will be in place – watch for cyclists merging.
  • There will be no exit from Science Road onto Ilam Road. Please exit the car park via Engineering Road onto Creyke Road.
  • There will be no exit from Montana Avenue onto Ilam Road. Please exit Montana Avenue via Creyke Road.

Please take care when travelling through the area and expect delays.

For more information contact SCIRT’s McConnell Dowell team – phone 0508 718 719.

160630 SCIRT day work map

Multicultural Strategy Consultation Meeting

Consultation Meeting for Christchurch City Council’s Multicultural Strategy

When: Wednesday 20 July 2016, 12noon -1pm
Where: Okeover 106 (Okeover Room)

Facilitated by Ekant Veer and Representatives from the Christchurch City Council

This consultation meeting is an opportunity for staff and students at the University of Canterbury to express their views on the City Council’s proposed Multicultural strategy.

The strategy has been developed to recognise the growing diversity in Christchurch and how the city council should respond to make our city a welcoming place for all people.

We encourage participants to attend the meeting and voice their views on the proposed strategy and offer suggestions for improvement.

RSVP to Ekant Veer by email:

The full strategy can be found at:

You may also provide feedback through the Your Voice website if you are unable to attend the meeting on campus.