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Learning from lockdown – the voices of parents of Māori and Pasifika students

What can we learn from this period of school closures? Authors of the report School-led learning at home: The voices of parents of Maori and Pasifika students, Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch, Tufulasi Taleni and Ally Bull, will discuss the value of parent voice and some of the key findings of their recent research in an upcoming webinar for teachers.

The panel of speakers will discuss how school-led learning at home is conceptualised and the experiences of Māori and Pasifika families over the period of school closures. They also will consider what we can learn from the past weeks about the value of home-school partnerships and what this means for schools moving forward.

Please join us for this informative and interactive webinar for teachers. As usual, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

When: 7:30pm , Thursday 14 May 2020
Where: Register online through the Education Hub website:
For more information:

Tufulasi Taleni
Kaiarahi Pasifika
College of Education, Health and Human Development


Festschrift: Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Experimenting with Sexuality Education: Into the Wild

A Festschrift where International and New Zealand scholars honour and celebrate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan’s contribution to the field of Critical Sexuality Education Studies over the course of her lifetime.

Day: Friday 17 January 2020
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Rehua 620
RSVP by email to:

Order of Proceedings
The Festschrift will begin with a mihi, followed by speakers from the University of Canterbury and partner universities. It will conclude with a poroporoaki. Morning tea will be served.

You are warmly invited to attend this special celebration for Kathleen.

Festschrifts – translated as celebratory writing – are nowadays often organised as a symposium to honour an academic towards the end of their career. This Festschrift takes its cue from Kathleen Quinlivan’s work – it’s an opportunity to think alongside her and to reflect on the “desiring forces” which she has encountered and brought together in sexuality education, internationally and at home. It is a chance to articulate how encountering the field with Kathleen continues to reshape our own student/teacher/researcher/friend subjectivities and the field.

In her latest book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People, Professor Quinlivan talks about sexuality education as unpredictable, messy and discombobulating. Kathleen values the creativity already burgeoning in young people’s lives, and urges us to “experiment with the potentialities that are already present in the lived everyday world of classrooms and research sites” (2018).  She urges us to recognise unproductive furrows (of which there are many in sexuality education and the academy) and also to experiment with the wildness of becoming other in terms of ideas/methods/practices and pedagogies.

She knows working with wild desires can be ‘dangerous’ – especially when we are engaging with young people in the confines of schools. But we should not understand Professor Quinlivan as simply jettisoning all that has come before; she recognises that history continues to live in the present and that the rhizome and the root – ‘are often interconnected – they simultaneously resprout as each other when broken off’ to “interrupt traditional binaries” – adult/youth, rationality/emotion, pleasure/prophylactics. At this event we will reflect together on Kathleen’s often wild interruptions, provocations and connections – pondering what they have offered each of us, and, what they will continue to offer the field of sexuality education.

Speakers at the event:

Professor Peter Aggleton, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Professor Louisa Allen, University of Auckland
Professor Jessica Fields, University of Toronto, Canada (zoom)
Associate Professor Jen Gilbert, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Didi Khayatt, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Sharon Lamb, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Dr Jean McPhail, formerly of University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor MaryLou Rasmussen, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Charles Shaw, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ngā mihi nui,
Associate Professor Annelies Kamp
Head of School
School of Educational Studies and Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Development

University Community Engagement: Lessons from the US

How can universities use their resources, knowledge, and student skill and passion to address real-world issues and challenges in their communities?

World-wide, academic service-learning and other forms of university-community engagement help students learn academic content, develop civic and professional skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. In this Prestige Lecture, Visiting Canterbury Fellow Dr Paul Matthews (University of Georgia, USA) shares the key components, best practices, and research around academic service-learning, with examples from a range of disciplines and partnerships.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering courses, programmes and activities that encourage and support students’ engagement within their communities.


When: Tuesday 6 August, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108
Find out more at: 

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

Multicultural Strategy Consultation Meeting

Consultation Meeting for Christchurch City Council’s Multicultural Strategy

When: Wednesday 20 July 2016, 12noon -1pm
Where: Okeover 106 (Okeover Room)

Facilitated by Ekant Veer and Representatives from the Christchurch City Council

This consultation meeting is an opportunity for staff and students at the University of Canterbury to express their views on the City Council’s proposed Multicultural strategy.

The strategy has been developed to recognise the growing diversity in Christchurch and how the city council should respond to make our city a welcoming place for all people.

We encourage participants to attend the meeting and voice their views on the proposed strategy and offer suggestions for improvement.

RSVP to Ekant Veer by email:

The full strategy can be found at:

You may also provide feedback through the Your Voice website if you are unable to attend the meeting on campus.