2019 Graham Nuthall lecture – Professor Angus Macfarlane

The 2019 Graham Nuthall Lecture attracted a full house of 350 educators, academics and community members to listen to Angus Hikairo Macfarlane (Ngāti Whakāue), Professor of Māori Research at UC, Director of the UC Māori Research Laboratory (Te Rū Rangahau) and Co-Director of the UC Child Wellbeing Institute.

Letitia Fickel, Angus MacFarlane, Sue McCormack, Cheryl de la Rey and Misty Sato. 

Professor Macfarlane’s topic, drawn from many years of exploring Indigenous and sociocultural imperatives that influence education and psychology, was Restlessness, Resoluteness, and Reason: the evolving passage of culturally responsive pedagogies.
The ‘braided rivers’ (He Awa Whiria) approach informed Professor Macfarlane’s lecture. “This approach draws from Indigenous streams of knowledge, combining these with appropriate Western scientific viewpoints – to inform the professional practice of teachers”. As the first Māori presenter of this acclaimed event, Professor Macfarlane acknowledged the pillars of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi – asking how do we educate as partners, how do we reach out to Māori learners and their whānau to become authentic participants within the system, and in what ways do educators protect the mana of māturanga Māori, Indigenous knowledge? Professor Macfarlane regularly referred to the pioneering research of Graham Nuthall to complement his own work.

The Macfarlane family

Jill-Nuthall, Letitia-Fickel, Angus-MacFarlane and Te-hurinui-Clarke. 

Professor Nuthall was one of UC’s most esteemed academics and this annual lecture hosted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai me te Hauora and UC, contributes to inform the national education dialogue.
Watch the full 2019 lecture here.

Next week’s School Strike 4 Climate NZ

UC recognises the School Strike 4 Climate NZ event, which is the third such protest this year, on Friday 27 September. However, this time organisers are calling on universities, and everyone who is concerned about climate change, to join them.

As a learning institution we are committed to discovering and sharing the solutions that will contribute to a sustainable future. We understand that staff and students may want to attend this event in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Staff who want to take a few hours away from work on 27 September to attend the School Strike 4 Climate can take paid leave, providing that their line manager approves their absence request and that the operations of the University will not be impacted. Teaching staff who have lectures at the time will need to put the learning needs of their students first, as classes will continue as usual.

Please apply for your manager’s approval well in advance of the day and apply for “time off in lieu” within UC People.

Students have been advised by email “to make arrangements to catch up on any lectures or other work you may miss, as classes will continue as usual on the day at UC. You will only be able to miss assessments by prior arrangement with your lecturer. Please arrange this well before the day, as lecturers are not obliged to accommodate your absence”.

You can continue to take action after the School Strike 4 Climate – see the Sustainability pages of our website for ways to help create a more sustainable future.

Ngā mihi

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Westpac Champion Business Awards: Winners Announced

There was plenty of success for UC alumni at last night’s Westpac Champion Business Awards, run by Champion Canterbury Ltd.

The annual awards ceremony has been running since 2003 and has evolved into one of the largest business awards ceremonies in Aotearoa New Zealand. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Canterbury.

Congratulations to all the winners, including the following UC alumni:

  • Medsalv – Oliver Hunt
  • Christchurch Engine Centre – Jonas Aust and Ben Bainbury
  • Taska Prosthetic – Jamie Carins
  • Ethique – Brianne West
  • The New Zealand Merino Company Limited – John Brackenridge
  • Canterbury District Health Board – John Wood and David Meates
  • Anton Matthews (Fush) – Anton Matthews
  • Special Commendation – Bruce Irvine

We would also like to acknowledge our UC alumni who were chosen as finalists:

  • ENGEO – Greg Martin
  • Berkano Foods – Britteny Bryan
  • Totalspan North Canterbury – operated by Jamie and Ellen Petersen under Petersen Construction Ltd
  • Jeuneora – Meg Falconer
  • Trees for Canterbury – Tim Jenkins
  • Can Do Canterbury – Kathryn Jones


Diversity at UC – this is me.

As part of Diversity Fest 2019 we are exploring what a diverse and inclusive UC community looks like.

This week the UCSA International Rep Kevin Fernando was out and about on campus talking to students about how they are their true self, how they are represented and how they are able to express themselves at UC.

Check out the thoughtful responses of some of our students in the video.

Join the conversation – we want to hear from as many of you as possible, if you missed the chance to share your thoughts, please include them in the comments below.

You can also check out last week’s Diversity at UC clip that highlighted a few facts about the UC community>