Jandals 1 – Games Tournament 2020

Warmest Pasifika Greetings,

We would like to warmly invite you all to our Jandals 1: Games Tournament happening on:

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: UC – Central Lecture Theatres lawn, corner of Arts and Forestry Road

What: Games tournament, mixture of activities & sport

Jandals is about bringing our Pacific students and community together in a relaxed, comfortable and culturally familiar setting where they can reconnect with ease and be a part of a growing Pacific community on campus. There will also be speakers and food provided.


Community Garden Open Day this Friday

Join us in Waiutuutu Community Garden on your lunch break this Friday!

Come and explore UC’s very own beautiful garden, join a composting or seedling workshop, take a tour of the orchard, meet like-minded people and stay for wood fired pizza and herbal tea. What’s not to love?

Drop by and visit us this Friday for an afternoon of garden-goodness!

What: Community Garden Open Day

When: Friday 28th February, 12pm – 1.30pm

Where: Waiutuutu Community Garden – located just off Engineering Road, follow the stream path towards Ilam Fields. Check out the map here if you get lost!

What to bring: Please wear closed toe shoes, and bring a hat and a water bottle.

The Open Day activities (including pizza) will run from 12pm – 1.30pm. Following this, you are invited to stay and join in with our regular Friday garden working bee, which runs until 5pm.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Spread the word, and we’ll see you there!


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In memory of the 22 February Earthquake 2011

Ko whakamahurutia kā nekeneke a Rūaumoko, heoi, e kārueruea tou a Manawa.

Although the movements of Rūaumoko, the atua or guardian of earthquakes, have pacified, the heart still trembles.


In memory of the 22 February Earthquake, the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor took a moment to lay a puapua whakamahara, a wreath, woven by two local kairaranga (weavers), at Roimata this morning. 

To acknowledge the ninth anniversary of the 22 February Earthquake, the puapua whakamahara was woven with a base of kareao, grapevine, wiwi and wawa. The different plants used represent unity between all of the people of Ōtautahi, the rest of Aotearoa and the world. There are 17 lilies to represent the 17 countries who lost citizens in the earthquake. One red lily represents the personal loss of one of the weavers’ Aunt Jo, who died in the CTV building. The red roses and black kōrari represent Waitaha Canterbury colours. The fresh fern leaves are a symbol of new beginnings in the rebuilding of our city, Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

E ngā kaiwhatu o te aroha, e ngā kaiwhītiki o tēnei koha, nāia te whakamiha mā ō kōrua whakaaro rangatira.  Special thanks to Cathy, Lisa and Corabelle from Kahu Collective for weaving this puapua whakamahara.

UC Business School Social Impact Presentation

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The UC Business School Research Committee has recently supported the creation of a ‘Social Impact Group’. The group exists to support multi-disciplinary research that focuses on social well-being, welfare and external impact.

This seminar will be an opportunity to share the kaupapa and vision for this group. We will also share some early ideas of growing the group’s ability to generate external funding and support for research that has a well-being focus.

We encourage anyone working in a similar area to come to the hui to see what is happening so far and learn how they can be a part of the group’s ongoing passion for this type of research. We have no methodological boundaries or specific focus on unit of analysis at this stage. Micro, meso or macro level research is all welcome.

The group is co-directed by Prof. Ekant Veer and Dr. Ann-Marie Kennedy and is open to new members of any level who wish to be part of this type of research and engagement community on campus.

The seminar will include morning tea. Please RSVP to catherine.woods@canterbury.ac.nz for catering purposes. Please note, this is a UC Business School venture and not aligned with any other research group processes.

Day:               Wednesday 18 March 2020
Time:             10-11am
Venue:          Meremere 236, 2nd floor, College of Business and Law
RSVP:            Please rsvp to this email invitation by 9 March to catherine.woods@canterbury.ac.nz

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Work continues across UC to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and support our students in China. It’s challenging working with changeable circumstances and multiple sets of data, which teams are trying to bring together from both internal and external sources such as Immigration NZ.  If in doubt, reach out!  Please stay informed and just ask if you need support.

New information:

Students arriving in the coming weeks

Immigration NZ (INZ) have clarified that people arriving here from other countries, including from Asia, who have not been in China for the previous 14 days do not need to self-isolate when they arrive in Aotearoa New Zealand. Importantly, if someone does not comply with completing 14 days outside of mainland China they will not be permitted into the country. We do expect to have students arriving in the next few weeks who have responded quickly to the situation and have already travelled out of China.

INZ have answered these questions:

If I stay outside of China for more than 14 days can I then travel to New Zealand?


Are there any countries I cannot spend the 14 days in after being in China?

At this stage no, there are no restrictions on other countries.

When do the 14 days start from?

The 14 days is prior to boarding your plane or cruise liner to New Zealand, so if you were boarding at 4:00pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020, you would have had to have been outside of China since 4:00pm on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

What is included in “mainland China”?

Mainland China includes all of China, but not Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, and not Taiwan.

Summary of key information for UC staff:

  • Travel restrictions from China to NZ remain in place until Monday 24 February 2020 (reviewed by MoH every 48 hours).
  • Technical support is available to help you to provide online delivery – please contact Nick Ford
  • Keep washing your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face.
  • Hand Sanitiser is available throughout the campus. In big lecture theatres and common spaces (eg Library) permanent bottles are being installed.
  • If you need support, speak with your manager and don’t forget that we have an EAP service, call 0800 327 669.
  • The coronavirus operations group is setup to manage the overall situation, so please use ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz to alert the group to any matters you believe need to be handled.
  • The UC website continues to be updated daily. Recent updates on the website include advice on student visas, SSL and enrolling online.
  • Staff and student updates are only sent when important new information comes to hand. 

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