Support for those affected by Port Hills fires

A number of university staff families have been evacuated or self-evacuated and this is a difficult time for the individuals and families affected and for our city.

Any staff needing support should speak to their manager.  If you have been evacuated and have nowhere to go, there are a number of short term places available in Campus Living Villages.  Should you wish to discuss this, please contact Abi Spencer on 027 839 6309.

UC is communicating with students, parents and agents to provide information and reassurance to the extent we can.

Staff receiving questions from students can tell them:

“While the University is operating as normal, support is available to any student who has been personally affected.  If you’re already on campus, please contact Student Care on Level 2 of the Central Library in the Puaka-James Hight Building. Alternatively, you can telephone 03 369 3388 or email studentcare@canterbury.ac.nz with any concerns.

Other support is available from:

“Even if you don’t require support, please keep in touch with your parents, friends and family so they can be assured you are safe.”

UC will keep staff and students informed by email, and if necessary, by Twitter (@UCNZ) and the University of Canterbury Facebook page. While these social media channels are open and viewable by searching from any internet device, you can follow UC on both Twitter and Facebook to ensure you receive messages from the University as quickly as possible.

City Council updates are available at https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1406. Local radio and websites such as www.stuff.co.nz are also good sources for the latest information about the fire.

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