Event: Oceanic Memory – islands, ecologies, people

Oceanic Memory: islands, ecologies, people
30 November – 2 December, 2017

UC Arts, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Nau Mai Haere Mai | Welcome | Afio Mai | Aere Mai | Malo e me’a mai | Fakatalofa atu | Veikidavaki | Fakaalofa lahi atu | Ulu tonu mai

Memories are complex, selective, and evolve over time. Some memories are hegemonic and powerful and some are subordinate and marginalized. This conference seeks to address the complex politics of cultural memory in the Pacific from a variety of critical perspectives.

This three day event features international keynote speakers from Australia, Fiji and the USA as well as UC’s very own Director of the the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Professor Steven Ratuva.

Hosted by the College of Arts and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in conjunction with Memory Research in Aotearoa Network.

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What’s with the sticky trees?

Grounds staff have advised that the sticky substance falling from the trees all around campus is honey dew. It is a sugar rich sticky liquid, secreted by aphids and some scale insects as they feed on a plant.

When the aphids’ mouth part penetrates the phloem,  they automatically excrete the sugary liquid.

It is particularly bad this year because we have had a mild wet winter and there weren’t the significant frosts we usually endure in Canterbury. These frosts usually control the aphid population. 

The substance should easily wash off your car, but we advise that you don’t lick the honey dew off the leaves!  

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Mindful or mindless? Turn stress into positive energy

Mindfulness training starts NOW. How often do you find your mind drifting into the future “what if?” and the past “if only”. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. But how do we do that when our daily existence is full of distractions? In the workplace we are constantly responding to noise and disruption in open plan environments and the urgent response needed to emails and mobile phones.

The next culture session explores mindfulness as a key strategy for re-energising and refocusing in all areas of your life but especially at work. And there are some major health benefits. The next session is Thursday 30 November, 2:00pm-3:00pm at Dovedale DD02-101.

The workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale campuses. You will meet some like-minded people and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. All welcome. For the dates of further sessions refer to the following link.

Ernest Rutherford Blessed

The Blessing of the new Ernest Rutherford Building, Stage 1 of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre, took place at 9am on Wednesday 22 November 2017. This is a prelude to the College of Science beginning their relocation into the new building, an exciting event that is just around the corner.

Present from the College of Science were Charmaine Atherfold, Professor Mike Reid and Professor Matthew Turnball, from the Office of the DVC Maori – Ripeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Liz Brown, and from Capital Works – Mark Homewood and Mary Watson. The Blessing was conducted by Reverend Spanky Moore.

Photo: from left – Charmaine Atherfold, Reverend Spanky Moore, Professor Mike Reid and Professor Matthew Turnbull