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SVA Connect the Community – Sunday 31 July

The UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) loved seeing students and staff turn out for our last Connect the Community event so much that we thought, why not do it again?

On Sunday, 31 July, SVA is heading to Spreydon where we’ll provide free transport, free food and warm fuzzies for everyone helping out. Whether you find yourself painting a mural, planting trees, baking a cake or even building a house for displaced turtles (yes it’s a real project), there is something for everyone.

Everyone is welcome to join in and make a difference.

Buses will leave the Foundry at 8:20am for a 9am briefing at West Spreydon School. If you would like to be involved, and to sign up for transport, please sign up here.


Students pitch in to help Christchurch community

An area of wetland damaged by fire in 2014 was restored to its former glory with help from secondary school students and the University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army (SVA). In 2014, vandals drove a car into Halswell Quarry destroying an area of native planting before setting fire to a section of boardwalk.

Recently, students from 10 Christchurch secondary schools, alongside the UC SVA, took on the restoration project as part of the SVA’s UCan volunteer programme and, in the space of a few hours, transformed the wetland area. The UCan programme encourages local secondary students to become leaders in their communities through volunteering, while being mentored by SVA members.

Student Volunteer Army (SVA) together with High School students from around Christchurch complete a project at Halswell Quarry Park.

Despite a rainy day, around 35 Year 12 and 13 students arrived eager to get to work. One crew set about rebuilding the damaged boardwalk, another group cleared the area around young native plantings and another used bark mulch to restore the pathway.

Christchurch City Council park rangers Nigel Morritt and Robbie Hewson worked alongside the volunteers.

“It was an amazing effort. In the space of a few hours the volunteers transformed the area. With the boardwalk repaired, track mulched and native plants released, all traces of the fire were gone. The students were full of energy and enthusiasm for the project and were a credit to their schools and the organisation, ” Nigel Morritt says.Student Volunteer Army (SVA) together with High School students from around Christchurch complete a project at Halswell Quarry Park.Student Volunteer Army (SVA) together with High School students from around Christchurch complete a project at Halswell Quarry Park.

Tactix 2 for 1 Ticket Offer

EVNT5487_Tactix_web_button_300x250pxTo celebrate UC’s sponsorship and the first home game of the season, the Mainland Tactix have put together an exclusive ticket offer for all UC Staff including their family and friends.

Purchase one general admission ticket to this weekend’s game against the Northern Mystics & receive a second one, free!

Mainland Tactix vs Northern Mystics – Monday 25th April             Horncastle Arena from 7pm

Redeem this special offer here.




Crusaders ticket offer for UC staff, family and friends

Todd Blackadder here, Head Coach of the BNZ Crusaders.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 2016 Super Rugby season so far and are looking forward to some of the exciting home games we have coming up. We are pleased to be back on home soil, and it would be great see you, your friends and family at AMI Stadium to help make this season a success!

Offer for UC staff, family and friends

As an employee of University of Canterbury, one of our valued sponsors, we would like to offer you along with your family and friends an exclusive ticket offer for our upcoming home games:

Crusaders v Reds – Friday 6 May, 7.35pm
Crusaders v Waratahs – Friday 20 May, 7.35pm
Crusaders v Rebels – Saturday 9 July, 7.35pm
Crusaders v Hurricanes – Saturday 16 July, 5.15pm

Simply visit, select the game you wish to attend and the type of ticket(s) you wish to purchase. Then use the codewords listed below to receive one of the following offers:

CRU0641-Great-Mates-web-Tiles_540x200-1Great Mates Gold Ticket – $41
Includes Gold ticket plus a FREE Monteith’s Beer, wine or soft drink & FREE car park with every ticket purchased.
Codeword: GOLD

CRU0641-Great-Mates-web-Tiles_540x200-2Great Mates Copper Ticket – $25
Includes Copper ticket plus FREE Monteith’s Beer & Crusaders Pie with every ticket purchased.
Codeword: COPPER

CRU0641-Great-Mates-web-Tiles_540x200-3Take a Kid to Footy (TAKTF) Best seats – $24
Purchase our already great priced TAKTF tickets at $24 (1 adult, 1 Child) and we will upgrade you to sideline seats in the City Care Stand (The best seats in the house).
Codeword: FAMILY

Every ticket purchased will put you in the draw to win a signed Crusaders Jersey and a morning tea shout for you and your work mates delivered by some of the Crusaders players before our last home game.

Your support really does make a difference to the team, so I hope that you take up this great offer and back our team as we look to make you proud.

Todd Blackadder
Head Coach, BNZ Crusaders