He aitua – Tahu Pōtiki

He pōkēao rukiruki ko tau ki ruka o Pukekura
Ko te au waikamo o Ōtākou e rere noa
Ko taka te pou kaiāwhā o Te Whare o Ruahikihiki
E hopo nei tō rahi, ko tuakoka tō iwi i tāhau riroka atu
Kai te pātaka mātauraka, kai te toki kao matariki
Ko karakahia koe e kā pou tūtei o Hinenuitepō
E Tahu Kūmea, e Tahu Whakaero,
E Tahu, hanatu atu rā ki te whare o Pōhutukawa
E au te moe

It is with sadness that we mourn the loss of Tahu Pōtiki, esteemed tribal leader of Ngāi Tahu.

Tahu served his iwi in various roles including CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Chair of the Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation. He worked relentlessly to revitalise and preserve Ngāi Tahu reo, tikanga and history across his iwi, hapū whānau and extended communities.

We wish to pass on our thoughts to his wife, Megan and their three children, Rīpeka, Timoti and Tukitaharaki.

His funeral service will be held on Sunday 1 September at 11am.

Nā reira, kai te tuakana, kai te hoa, haere atu rā

Nāhaku noa, nā

Darryn Russell
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori | Te Amokapua Māori

Ethics drop-in session

The Human Ethics Committee Chair and Coordinator are holding 10 minute drop in sessions for students requiring help or advice on completing their ethics forms. Please encourage your students to drop by at any time between 1pm – 3pm.

If you would like more information please email human-ethics@canterbury.ac.nz
You can find the application templates here:

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Puaka-James Hight Central Library, 212a & 212b Level 2

September is FASD Awareness Month

9 September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day and we’d love to see you wearing your red shoes during the whole month of September.

Red Shoes Rock! is about everyday kiwis stepping out in red shoes to build awareness of FASD during September.

Help spread the word by sharing why you’ll be Rocking Red Shoes in September!

We can all play a part, big or small, in preventing FASD. We have the choice to give our children the best start in life, and we can do it today!

For more, check out our Facebook page here> 




Intelligent Automation: 1st RPA Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm –  1pm Wednesday 11th September 2019 at Puaka James Hight 210

UC has started a programme of work to assess and implement intelligent automation opportunities across the university and form a Centre of Excellence in process automation. The aim of this programme is to utilise intelligent automation to provide improved service to students, clients, suppliers and staff and provide staff with more time to complete unfinished tasks, solve complex problems, and perform additional tasks.  UC currently has two automated processes live and running, with a further three in development.

The aim of this session is to cover the following four topics:

  • What is Intelligent Automation, and where does Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) sit on the spectrum between rules-based and adaptive thinking.
  • What is UC currently doing in Robotic Process Automation, including case studies and end-user experiences.
  • Could RPA be a potential solution for a current pain point you experience that is effecting your ability to complete your required tasks, or provide the required level of service to UC’s students, clients and staff.
  • What are the required skillsets for working with intelligent automation, and how can I  upskill myself.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team at intelligentautomation@canterbury.ac.nz.

We will re-run a similar session 12pm – 1pm  on Friday 27 September at Puaka James Hight 210 for those who are unable to make the first session.

Scheduled Network Maintenance Saturday 31st August

On Saturday 31 August between 7am and 10am we will be performing scheduled maintenance of network infrastructure.

The following buildings and networks may experience a break in service of up to 10 minutes during this outage window:

Halls of Residence
ICT Building
Remote offices and field stations
Wireless networks

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