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Celebrating another successful O Day

This year’s Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) at the University of Canterbury has been another record-breaker.

According to preliminary numbers we’re up 8.5% on 2018, with more than 3800 new students and whānau attending O Day.  Which is an increase on 2017 as well.

A total of 3193 people attended our College sessions – well up on 2715 in 2018.

A big thanks to our Events team and all of the staff who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2019.

Win yourself a copy of ‘When Running Made History’

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.

His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.

This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.

Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons

Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.

To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:

  • What was Roger Robinson’s role at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games?
    Find a hint here>

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 22 February.


With O Day just one week away, and new and returning international students on campus from this week for International Enrolment in Person, we are ready to kick off a new academic year at UC.

In preparation for start-of-year, here’s a rundown of what’s taken place, what’s coming up and an introduction to some new materials designed to support our new and returning students:

  • International Enrolment | Whakamanuhiri mai – We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.
    Find out more>
  • UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka – With one week to go we are looking forward to welcoming our new students to campus next Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2pm. For most new students, family and whānau, O Day is their first true exposure to university life, and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here. We hope the day will set the foundations of academic success and connection with our UC community.
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  • Welcome Centre – International students can come and get help printing any documents they need for enrolment.  Students can also get help with enrolling in courses, sorting out their timetable, and can find out what services UC provides.  Domestic students can also register for their Community Card, which makes general practitioner visits free and lowers the cost of other medical services.

A new slide pack has also been developed to play on a loop at the Welcome Centre. It highlights a variety of services on campus and tells students where they can go online to find out more information about each. Stop by the Welcome Centre on the first floor of the Matariki building to find out more.

  • Student handbooks – Three new student handbooks have been developed to help students navigate their waka at UC:
    • UC Wellbeing – Details support, health and advice services available on campus, including the Student Services Centre, Student Care, the Health Centre, UniLife and equity and diversity.
    • UC Study – Provides information and guidance to help students succeed academically. Features services like LEARN, the Academic Skills Centre, Disability Resource Service and mentoring.
    • UC Student Life – Illustrates the variety of opportunities to get involved and find something geared towards a student’s specific interest. Highlights services like UC Rec & Sport, UCSA and clubs and societies.

Copies will be distributed to new students on O Day. Electronic versions of the handbooks can be downloaded HERE.

  • Staff and student referral guide – This helpful guide has been revamped to include additional services offered to both students and staff. While it is still primarily student-focused, staff members can now use it themselves for services such as Communications and Events, Media, Marketing, Design and the Canterbury University Press (CUP). Additionally, services such as IT, printing and copying and the Library have been added to help make students’ lives easier, along with a campus map highlighting the locations of some key support services.

Copies of the new referral guide will be distributed at the Staff Forum on Wednesday 13 February.

  • O Day | Herea tō waka video – An engaging video detailing a few of UC’s key services will be played on a loop around campus to help familiarise new students with the resources we offer to help them succeed. Check out the video here:

  • New Students webpage – New students can find all of the information they need on the New Students webpage. On the page, new students can download the new student guides, find information about their first six weeks, review the Code of Conduct and find information about support services.

Mindfulness Group for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them in learning skills to enhance their wellbeing?

The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a programme for children (between 7-10 years who struggle with stress and anxiety) and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness. 

PBS is an evidence-based programme, developed by the Mental Health Foundation and is found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduce stress.

The group will run for 8 weeks from Wednesday 20 February 4 – 5pm, at UC’s Psychology Centre.

The programme requires both child and parent/ caregiver to attend and learn together. The total cost of the program is $160.

If you would like more information, email

  • Click here> to hear kids talking about PBS. 
  • For more information about the research and benefits of PBS click here>

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back for February 2019

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February (for just 10minutes or more!).

Regular commuter cyclists rejoice: this is a great opportunity to encourage your colleagues to give cycling a shot during February. There is plenty of awesome prizes to tempt your team along the way (like cycle trips, bike accessories, chocolate, more chocolate, morning tea shouts and even a new bike!). Plus, there’s some great inter-department competition opportunities (bragging rights are totally up for grabs).

How does it work?
You and your workplace team earn points for every km you ride, every day that you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign up across UC during the month. The competition is organised so we only compete against other workplaces of comparable size – UC falls into the 500-1999 staff category. By participating in the challenge you’ll earn individual points for days ridden, kms travelled and people encouraged, plus your points contribute to your department and organisation’s total tally.

The best part is, it’s not just about cycling to work. All rides during the month count, so while cycling to work is a great option for some, we know it doesn’t work for everyone. You can log all rides: your commute, your weekend mountain bike, your family day out, or your trip to the shops!  

UC’s track record 
We’ve got a pretty good track record in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, with UC coming third in our category for Christchurch last year! During Feb 2018, UC staff cycled a total of 115,467kms, with 9.5% of our staff registering a ride during the month.

Our own Diana Hinterleitner from the UC Enrolments Team is the “Challenge Champion” here on campus, for the work she did in 2017 setting up UC as an organisation to participate in the challenge. She also is our Top Encourager, encouraging 11 people to sign up and log a ride during the challenge last year. Since 2017, a number of departments have joined the fun and taken on the challenge – from Product Design to Financial Services. We reckon there’s a pretty good chance your department is already registered, but if not, it’s easy to sign up. You can see all the UC team members and departments that participated in the challenge last year here (there’s some pretty impressive numbers of kms there, College of Engineering we’re looking at you!)

I’m interested, how do I take part?
Follow these easy steps:

  1. Register yourself and/or your department on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge website.
  2. Ride a bike anywhere, any time for at least 10minutes during the challenge (1-28 Feb)
  3. Record your ride on the Bike Challenge website, and tell your friends and coworkers about the challenge
  4. Reward yourself and your team by winning prizes!

Is your team already participating in the 2019 Bike Challenge, or planning to now? Let the Sustainability Office know! We would love to hear about it, so we can support you all the way.

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year, and what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge! Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

A big thanks to Diana Hinterleitner for providing the photographs for this blog.

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