July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi – Sli.do and BYO cups

The July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi manaakitanga (hospitality) is this Monday 1 July. 

This is an a opportunity to hear updates about the E tū kia ora academic strategy and the new Haere-roa building, ask questions, and join your colleagues for refreshments. 

Have you RSVP-ed? Please let us know today if you will join us by accepting the Outlook invite in your calendar for 1 July, 2-3.30pm.


We are trying out the Sli.do online platform for managing questions at the July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi. You can submit questions now, or at the forum, and you can rank the questions you most want answered. Join at https://www.sli.do/ and enter event code #StaffForum. Contact events@canterbury.ac.nz if you need any assistance.

UC Sustainability hosts manaakitanga

Join us in C Block foyer after the forum for manaakitanga hosted by UC Sustainability in honour of Plastic Free July. In the spirit of sustainability and reducing single use plastic waste, please bring your own coffee cup for refreshments.

The confirmed programme is:

• Haere-roa opening on 9 July – UCSA President Sam Brosnahan
• E tū kia ora academic review progress – Vice-Chancellor |Te Tumu Professor Cheryl de la Rey
• Question and answer session – with Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua Ian Wright
• Sustainability at UC – the UC Sustainability team host manaakitanga. 

Using Email Read Receipts

This is one of those things that you may be doing without realising what a nuisance it can be for those receiving your emails.

I’m talking about using “Request a Delivery Receipt” and “Request a Read Receipt” by default – ie, using them for every message you send.

This becomes a real nuisance for your recipient because they have to acknowledge , or “approve”, the receipt for every email of yours that they read (and they can choose not to send the receipt). So it becomes especially tiresome if they have a back-and-forth email exchange with you.

Of course, you may need to use this feature from time to time, but try to avoid using it as the default.

You can find them when you create a new email message, on the Options Ribbon:

Don’t be a nuisance – leave these switched off by Default.

For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

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Minister Hipkins officially opens Rehua

Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins cuts the ribbon officially opening Rehua.

The Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins officially opened Rehua on 25 June along with Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

Rehua brings the College of Education, Health and Human Development from the Dovedale campus to the central campus for the first time, joined by the Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), and MBA and Business Taught Masters programmes.

Designed to facilitate collaboration and cultural inclusiveness, Rehua features significant cultural elements, including an exquisitely carved timber ceiling inside the flagship Te Moana Nui a Kiwa room and a Pasifika tapa cloth outside the same room. The building’s outstanding design was recently recognised with two New Zealand Institute of Architects Canterbury branch awards; for interior and architecture in the Education Building award category.

Staff and students gather each weekday morning to sing waiata and karakia together and are also invited to participate in a weekly kapa haka practice.

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Rehua – design features and naming

Name: Rehua is spoken of as a chief among stars. It is associated with wellness, healing and leadership, as well as the bright star in the sky that signals the start of summer. The name was gifted by mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

Design elements: The themes of weaving and mountains are present through tiling, wood panelling and carving designs and motifs.

The panelling has the Poutama pattern symbolising various levels of learning and intellectual achievement. Some say they represent the steps Tāne-o-te-wānanga ascended to the topmost realm in his quest for superior knowledge and religion.

The tile pattern is symbolic of a leaf pattern in the native forest.

The colour palette chosen for each floor represents an aspect of the natural surroundings rising up from:

  • L0 – Whenua (Earth) 
  • L1 – Maunga (Mountain)
  • L2 – Tarutaru (Vegetation)
  • L3 – Kowhai (Yellow flower)
  • L4 – Ra (Sun)
  • L5 – Roto (Lake)
  • L6 – Rangi (Sky)

The tapa cloth outside Te Moana Nui a Kiwa is a traditional Pasifika pattern.

The carved timber panelling outside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa uses a traditional pattern and is randomly spaced symbolising the islands spread across the Pacific.

Carved timber ceiling panels inside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa are from the UC-commissioned Kowhaiwhai collection of Maori artworks.

Te Reo and English are used for signage and wayfinding.

Community: The community engagement hub in the southeast corner of level 1 is seen as a central place for students to debate, to meet socially, to meet with community groups and generally support their own community.

The informal teaching spaces and community engagement hub are very popular with students. 

New V-Plate digital card launches

The UCSA  has launched the new V-Plate digital card, a convenient new way to grab your on-campus discounts  and vouchers.

To download it, either visit the Android or Apple app store and search ‘vplate’. Or scan either QR Code below. You can also visit the V-Plate website here.

Google Play

Left: Google Play. Right: Apple Store

If you already have a V-Plate card but want to use the new digital version, you can. Just use the email address you registered with and your card number with an extra ‘0’ at the end. For example, card number ‘12345’ will have pin number ‘123450’. For security reasons, it’s recommended that you change your pin number when you first log in.

Plastic Free July is almost here!

We’re gearing up for an entire month of celebrating all things plastic free during the worldwide Plastic Free July Campaign.

Interested in taking part? All you have to do is ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics for a month (or longer), and you’re automatically an eco-warrior!
Want to get started?

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup to campus, and make the most of the BYO cup discounts on offer
  • Bring your lunch from home and swap out plastic cling film for a reusable beeswax wrap or a container. Or, if you’re buying food on campus, bring a plate or bowl from your office and avoid using that takeaway box!
  • Take your own bags to get your groceries – and don’t forget smaller bags for loose produce
  • Drink loose leaf tea – did you know tea bags contain plastic?
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle too!
  • Already got those covered? Why not try some simple swaps at home – like switching your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one, or giving solid shampoo bars a go!

Want some more help?

We’ve got a whole bunch of plastic free activities planned next month to help you along the way, including a DIY zero waste workshop, student bloggers sharing their experiences about going plastic free on campus, and heaps of awesome plastic free giveaways over on our Facebook page!

Join us for a month (or more) of ditching single use plastics for good!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page during July for event updates and those giveaways – you don’t want to miss them.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Plastic Free July, where we encourage our UC community quit single use plastics for the month. For more information and tips, see the Plastic Free July website.