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You’re invited: NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019

ChristchurchNZ and Airbus invite you to the upcoming New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019 Pitchfest and Awards events.

  • Friday 18 October
    Vodafone Innov8, 213-220 Tuam Street, Christchurch


Finalist Pitchfest, 7.45am to 11.15am

Watch up to 10 of the finalists pitch their technology to the judging panel. The top three finalists will be decided and announced by the judges

Tea and coffee provided on arrival and a light morning tea will be served

Register for the Finalist Pitchfest here


New Zealand Aerospace 2019 Awards, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

See the top three finalists from the morning session present their solution. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by Valentin Merino Villeneuve, Head of Airbus Defence and Space Australasia, and Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event

Register for the NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019 Awards event here>

Alternatively, you can REGISTER FOR BOTH EVENTS HERE>

Octopus wrestling, short fictions and your chance to win

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions traverses exciting new  terrain between prose poetry and short fiction, delivering stories that are darkly comic, dynamic and surreal.

The eagerly awaited fourth book from award-winning writer Frankie McMillan, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions is steeped in human vulnerability and eccentricity. 

Dubbed New Zealand’s ‘maestro of flash fiction’ by renowned short story writer Owen Marshall for her previous collection My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, McMillan is recognised internationally for her mastery of the increasingly popular flash fiction genre.

“Every story is like a sky rocket we haven’t seen before – flaring and sparkling in unexpected ways,” award-winning author Lloyd Jones says of the latest collection

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What was the title of Frankie’s 2016 book of small fictions? [hint here]

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 11 September.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 20 September.

Celebrating Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr

Following his election to the Royal Society (UK) earlier this year, UC’s Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr was formally admitted as a Royal Society Fellow on 12 July.

Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr signing the admissions book
Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr shaking hands with Royal Society President , Venkatraman Ramakrishnan


Photos courtesy of The Royal Society (UK)

Licence CC BY 4.0 

Have your say about the future of education

The Government wants to shift towards an education system with stronger student voice – where all students have their voices valued, listened and responded to and are empowered to be strong advocates for their own and others’ educational journeys.

To help them move towards this, they want to hear from as many tertiary students, staff, providers, organisations, and education agencies as possible.
They want to know what UC staff and students think about student voice, and some of the government’s initial thinking on how to enhance student voice.

They can do this by completing a short survey available here>
The survey closes  4 October 2019.

We will then publish a summary of what we heard on the Ministry of Education’s Kōrero Mātauranga website, so that everyone can see how we have captured and included their voices.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact the team at
Thank you,
The Ministry of Education | Kia pai tō koutou rā

Apply now: Fulbright Scholars Applications for 2020

Awards for NZ professionals, academics and artists.

From the personal to the professional, Fulbright creates lasting, meaningful connections in a complex and changing world.

Scholar Awards aren’t just for academics – Fulbright is encouraging professionals, artists and other leaders to apply. There are a large variety of UC institutions who host Scholars – from universities or colleges, to museums, non-profits, think-tanks – any organisation with a research or lecturing component.

The awards are valued at up to US$37,500 towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research at US institutions.

Applications must be received by 1 October.

Read more here, or download a PDF of the Fulbright NZ Scholar Brochure here>

If you have any questions about the NZ Scholar Awards, contact Lauren Parsons at Fulbright New Zealand.

Read more about UC’s relationship with Fulbright here>