UC’s Summer school – enrolments open today

Do you know any students who could benefit from getting ahead over summer?

Enrolment opens today for UC’s Summer school.

Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the time it takes to complete their degree, retake a course they failed during the year, spread their workload or pick up a prerequisite course.

There are nearly 100 courses available for November and January start dates.


Ngāi Tahu Research Centre – October seminar

UC NGI TAHU RESEARCH CENTRE_1 LineNau mai, haere mai

The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre invites you to attend its October seminar with Tara McAllister presenting: Formidable Phormidium: Toxic algae in Canterbury Rivers.

When: Thursday 13 October, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Room 208, Level 2, Te Ao Marama Building, University of Canterbury

Toxic algal blooms, in both lakes and rivers, are a major concern in many countries due to their increasing extent and severity. The particular species Tara studied is called Phormidium and proliferates in many of our Canterbury rivers. Phormidium can produce powerful toxins, posing a significant health risk, Phormidium inadvertently affects the ecology and health of rivers.

Tara sampled eight different Canterbury rivers in order to elucidate the effect of different environmental factors, like river flow and water temperature, on growth. Tara manipulated nutrient and flow conditions in experimental river channels to see how these changes would affect growth.

These experiments will help us begin to think about how Phormidium is likely to respond with increasing agricultural intensification. The results of these two studies will be presented and discussed.

RSVP for this event by contacting: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz

Fijian Language Week – many cultures united under our noble banner blue

Bula vinaka and happy Fijian Language Week! The theme for Fijian Language Week in 2016 is Noqu vosa, me’u bula taka – My language, learn it, speak it, live it!

The University of Canterbury currently has around 70 students with Fijian heritage, and they play an important part in contributing to our diverse Pasifika community here. Today, second year Law student Curtis Fatiaki writes about his own Fijian heritage.

Ni sa Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Noia’ia e Mauri and warm Pacific greetings to you all!

CurtisThis week is Fijian Language Week, and I am going to share with you what it means to me. I am the proud son of a Rotuman father and a Kailoma mother. Now you may be thinking where in the world is Rotuma and what is a Kailoma?! Let me tell you…

Rotuma is a very small Polynesian Island situated 646km North of the main island of Viti Levu. It is 44km2 and home to 2,000 indigenous people but many more (aprox. 10,000) like myself live and have grown up in Fiji. Its cultures and traditions are very distinct from that of indigenous Fijians. The word Kailoma is an iTaukei (indigenous Fijian) word literally translating to ‘in-between.’ They are the descendants of early European settlers and local Fijian women.

Having a very multi-cultural background has allowed me to experience a full range of custom and tradition. This is very much reflective of our own nation which is also very multi-cultural as more and more intermarriage occurs. As time has passed we have learnt to become accepting of each other and actually celebrate our differences, having a ‘bilo’ (shell used for serving and drinking kava) with neighbours after a long day of work.

This week provides us, the many cultures that call Fiji home, to unite under our noble banner blue and celebrate our language and culture. We would like to invite you, our fellow students at the University of Canterbury to celebrate with us! Kaila!

Vinaka vaka levu and Faiaksia!

Children’s literature at the University Library

Yes, there is a picture book collection in the University Library! You can also borrow readers, Junior fiction and Young Adult fiction from the Education library on Dovedale campus.

IMG_1843We aim to purchase most New Zealand children’s books, and also award winners from overseas. We buy good books that we think you will enjoy reading and using.

If you know the title or author of the book you want, search for it on the library catalogue. You can also do a keyword search in the library catalogue and use “Limit by:  Picture Books” in the drop-down menu to the right of the screen.

“But I’m a serious physicist and we don’t bother with fiction!” Did you know Stephen Hawking wrote children’s books?  George’s secret key to the universe, by Lucy & Stephen Hawking, found in the Junior Fiction section.

“I need something to read to my children at night so they go to sleep & I can study.”  Try searching in the catalogue for Bedtime – juvenile fiction.

“That assignment was horrible, now it’s done, and I just want something to unwind with.” There are 643 humorous stories listed.

“I want to read the book that movie was based on.” Here is a list of some movies based on books that we have in the library.  We also have the DVD for many of them.

Wallow in nostalgia and re-read your favourite childhood books, like that one that was about an elephant who lives in a castle, and he wears a dressing gown, but you can’t remember the title… Talk to the librarians, we can help!