Opportunity for students to help Kaikōura

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) has a new opportunity for students—the NZTA Kaikōura Challenge.

Since the earthquakes of 2016, visitation numbers to Kaikōura have dropped drastically—and for a region heavily dependent on visitors—this poses a significant threat to the economic and social well-being of the residents and their businesses.

Taking place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May, the Challenge brings teams of students together from across the University with local and regional experts and mentors. Students will work with local business owners, residents and officials to develop strategies to help the community safeguard against losing their livelihoods by increasing visitor numbers to the area.

This opportunity is open to all current UC students from all levels and areas of study. However, it may be of particular interest to students in the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Global Humanitarian Engineering
  • Marine and Coastal Biology
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Science
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Media and Communications
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Retail Marketing
  • Social Work

If you know any students who would be interested in this Challenge, please forward this information on or direct them to the UCE website. Applications are now open and are closing at 12pm (noon) on Friday the 12 May. Students can apply by completing the online application form.

Additionally, if you are an academic with expertise that may be beneficial to the cause and would like to get involved in this competition, contact Michelle Panzer at michelle.panzer@canterbury.ac.nz ext. 93404