Events on campus this week – what you need to know

This week will see two large events taking place on campus that will affect staff: the official opening of Ernest Rutherford on Thursday 15 February at 3.45pm and UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) on Friday 16 February 9.30am – 2.00pm.

As part of the official opening of Ernest Rutherford, a number of valued stakeholders will be on campus, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who will officially open the building. This will affect campus security and parking on the day – please read the section below on road closures and car parking for further details.

For most students, family and whānau O Day is their first true exposure to university life and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here, helping set the foundations of academic success and connection with our University community.

O Day is a great opportunity to showcase UC at its best, get to know our new students and demonstrate our determination to help them succeed.  Please join in at O Day – add where you are from on the world map outside C Block, have a chat to a new student, or buy lunch from one of the food trucks along the pathway – but please leave the giveaways for our visitors.

O Day requires some changes to cater for our new students and whānau, with some car parks unavailable for a set period. There will be more vehicles parking on campus and there will be road closures to allow for students and their whānau to walk the O Day trails. Further details are below.

Volunteers play a huge part in these events.  I am enormously grateful to the staff who have volunteered to help at one or both of these events. If you haven’t already and would like to volunteer, you can email by 2.00pm Wednesday.

Your co-operation, understanding and participation on these days would be really appreciated.

Noise and crowds

O Day will bring a large number of people into the centre of campus throughout the day. There will be increased noise from activities, live music, food vendors and people moving about. This may affect people in nearby buildings, who might choose to locate themselves elsewhere for the day if they need a quiet workspace.

We expect the busiest periods in the centre of campus will be 9.30am-11.00am and 12.30pm-2:00pm.

Road closures and car parking

Ernest Rutherford opening – Thursday 15 February
The Science Road car park will be closed to staff all day to allow VIP guest parking for the opening of Ernest Rutherford. Read more about this closure on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo.

O Day | Herea tō waka – Friday 16 February
On O Day road closures will be in place from 8.00am. Car parks affected by road closures (Psychology, Te Ao Marama and Science Road car parks) will be accessible before 8.00am and vehicles can remain parked there, but will not be able to leave until after 12.00pm.

  • Arts Road will be closed from the Clyde Road car park west
  • There will be no access to Arts Road from Forestry Road past Rehua
  • Science Road will be closed completely.

Attendees will be encouraged to park in the Clyde Road car park, but we expect that all car parks will be affected in some way on O Day.