City Promenade $10,000 Scavenger Hunt

Otakaro is celebrating the completion of the City Promenade on Sun 25 November.

Walk, bike or trike the City Promenade anytime between 10am and 4pm.  Hunt out the answers to 10 simple questions, and go in the draw to win $10,000 worth of prizes, including a $5,000 Discover Travel voucher!

Along the new riverside walkway you’ll find entertainment, eel feeding, free face painting, food and drink and spot prizes.

The official opening will be held outside the Pegasus Arms in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct at 10am.

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Information and Question session – Technology Information for Staff

Have you seen the Technology Information for Staff website yet? Got questions?

Martin Budd, IT Applications Training Specialist and author of Intercom Tech Tips, will be talking next week about the Technology Information for Staff website and answering questions.

11.15 – 12.00 noon, Friday 9 November
in Forestry Lecture Theatre 3.

Please email Catherine Woods anytime before 6 November with your intention to attend, so that we have enough printed materials.

Please note that we will also spend a few minutes giving an update on the speakers confirmed for the Professional Development Day, 11 April 2019.

The Technology Information for Staff website is a portal to the everyday technology things you need to know while doing your job here at UC. If you are looking for general IT information, this is the  place to start. It covers everything from passwords to training, remote access to electronic filing, SPAM to traveling with your mobile devices, Skype for Business to ergonomics, and more.

The Technology Information for Staff web site also serves as an IT Induction for new staff, so please direct new staff members to it. (It is also on the New Staff Orientation Checklist). If you are a new staff member you can work through it, starting on your first day and continuing from there.

To learn more about the Technology Information for Staff website read the Intercom Blog post:

Have you seen our Archive of Tech Tips?

For Professional Development, see the Learning and Development website.

UCPeople (PeopleSoft) outage 10.30am Tuesday 6 – 12noon Wednesday 7 November

The PeopleSoft system (including UCVacancies and UCTempVacancies) will be unavailable Tuesday 6 November through to Wednesday 7 November for planned system maintenance.

This outage is scheduled to start at 10.30am, but this will be dependent upon the completion of Pay finalisation on Tuesday 6 November. Completion of the system maintenance is anticipated before 12noon Wednesday 7 November.

We encourage staff to complete any urgent PeopleSoft self-service transactions prior to 10.30am Tuesday 6 November and log out of PeopleSoft. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 If you have any questions about this maintenance, or problems once the system is available, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Black Flu – Why should we remember the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand?

A century on, the lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help New Zealand plan for a future pandemic, according to UC Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Rice. In this UC Connect video he shares insights into the pandemic and discusses the risk of another major influenza pandemic is even greater now, thanks to international jet travel.


HIT Lab Open Day – Let’s Get Connected!


The HIT Lab NZ is holding an Open Day

You’ll have a chance to:
  • communicate with robots
  • run, jump and walk through virtual worlds
  • visit Antarctica without leaving your seat – it’s like you are there
Human Interface Technology Lab is a research lab within the College of Engineering. Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This tech can enhance countless parts of our lives. Current project topics include: medicine, education and training, entertainment, psychology, arts, and business.
We want to explore collaboration options, and show you our innovative projects.
  • Can we improve your research?
  • Do you want to get involved?
  • Are you curious?

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 21 November, 2018
Visit any time between 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Level 2, John Britten Building
69 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch