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Need to know: UC Insurance

UC has a comprehensive insurance programme that includes damage, loss, business interruption, travel, and liability policies.  Responsibility for the programme sits within my portfolio and following recent staff movements, I have taken the opportunity to revisit the management of various aspects of the programme.

Every year, our broker goes out to market on behalf of the university sector to secure the best conditions and premium for the sector. This annual renewal will continue to be managed by myself and the Financial Controller, Adrian Hayes.  Finance Shared Services will also continue to support the operational claims and renewal invoices.

All other operational and strategic insurance issues will now be managed by the Risk Manager, Jacqui Lyttle.  Jacqui has used this opportunity to update the Insurance site on the intranet and I encourage you to have a look at the extensive array of information that is on that site now.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jacqui directly or via the dedicated insurance email address with any insurance queries that you have.

Keith Longden, Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer | Kaihautū Matua Ahumoni

Samoan Language Week – ‘Kindness given, kindness gained’

“O la’u gagana o lo’u fa’asinomaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u mitamitaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u maluapapa”
“My language is my identity, my language is my pride, and my language is my shelter”

My language defines me and my ancestors. They sacrificed for my freedom, to speak freely and when appropriate. My language is a part of my identity that I take pride in.

I see it as my comfort zone because I feel confident when I speak my language as opposed to English. I don’t have to worry about “fobbing out” in front of people. This is what my language means to me as a Tama’ita’i Samoa (a woman of Samoa).

Words, when spoken in Samoan, lend very deep meaning. They say that words hurt more than anything else, and I tell you Samoan words hurt me a million times more than English words could. However, Samoan words are also the most soothing to me, for example when you hear an elder (or anyone in particular) speak our mother tongue. The words are spoken with so much grace and knowledge, you can feel the joy they bring. This is a constant reminder that our talatu’u – history was passed down from generation to generation through (mostly) stories.

This week is not only about celebrating our language, it’s also a celebration of our culture. The theme this year is – “Kindness given, Kindness gained” for Samoan Language Week (27 Mē – 2 Juni 2018). Kindness also known in Samoan as ‘Agalelei’ is one of the core foundations of Fa’a Samoa (Samoan culture and traditions). Everything you do within our culture, you should do it with kindness and with no expectation of anything in return.

This week is also a week of remembrance as Samoa celebrates its fifty-sixth year of Independence. We remember our people who fought hard for the freedom that we get to enjoy today.

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.’ Nelson Mandela

Ia manuia le vaiaso ole Gagana Samoa.