Are Pākehā up for the challenge?

Excerpts from an interesting article by Andrew Robb about where Pākehā fit in on a marae – as manuhiri or tangata whenua?:

“On a marae, we can’t become tangata whenua until we, as a Pākehā community, have come through the waharoa, through the front gate, participated in a pōhiri, explained who we are and why we’re here, and been embraced by the tangata whenua at a cultural level.

“At present we’re in the anomalous position of people who have come on to the marae ‘around the back’ – and we’re lurking in a cultural limbo.

“To me, our situation won’t be resolved until we go back outside (culturally speaking) and come on again through the front gate as manuhiri, acknowledging and accepting the special status of tangata whenua in our local community. “

You may be interested to read this article by Andrew Robb in full

You may also choose to enrol in Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora to learn more – book for the November session now.

Are you being the problem meeting attendee?

When I’m sending group invitations, I often have to add a line along the lines of:

When you accept/decline this invitation, please ensure that you send a response, otherwise we don’t know whether you are attending or not.

Yes, when you Accept, Decline or mark Tentative on a meeting request, if you choose “Don’t send a response” you create a real headache for the owner of the meeting. Why? Because they have no idea whether you are attending or not!

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You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development

Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Course

9 May – 27 June, Tuesdays 6pm-8.30 pm,
Psychology Department, University of Canterbury.

The Psychology Centre is running another MBSR course. Our previous courses have received positive feedback from UC staff and students; supporting them to be better able to shift from the automatic pilot of a busy life, to living more fully in the present and reduce their stress. This 8-week course will introduce you to a range of mindfulness practices and has an experiential and educational focus.

Cost: $400 (incl. audios and reading material).
If you are interested please contact Janet Cumberpatch on ext 94292 or email

Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

You may not realise that UC offers a wide range of professional development courses for their staff.

Go through to our intranet site and explore to see what courses might aid you in your role

Simply click on the tile most relevant to what you’re looking for eg, Capability Development, and see what courses are related to that topic.

Alternatively, click on the A-Z at the bottom of the page to see all of the courses we offer.

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Applications open: Cambridge, Oxford and Canterbury Academic Exchanges

erskineThe Erskine Programme is pleased to announce that applications for the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme for 2018 visits are now open (i.e. Cambridge Grants and Fellowships).


This is in addition to applications for:

  • Oxford/Canterbury Academic Exchanges
    (Oxford Grants and Fellowships)
  • Canterbury Grants and Fellowships.

Application forms for all grants and fellowships and further information are on the intranet.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 5 May 2017.

If you have any questions please contact the Erskine Programme Manager on x93984 or by email at