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Minister praises selection for Early Childhood Education programme

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, has congratulated the College of Education, Health and Human Development for being selected to deliver a new Early Childhood Education (ECE) endorsement in the Master of Teaching and Learning  programme.

Ms Parata said in a letter to the College’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gail Gillon, that in being selected to deliver the programme in 2016, the University of Canterbury is making a major contribution to the knowledge base around effective initial teacher education for the ECE sector.

Professor Gillon says that the new early childhood option is a clear endorsement for the College from Ministry of Education.

“It recognises our strong reputation and considerable commitment to early childhood education. We are very excited about offering this new and innovative pathway to a wonderful teaching career.”

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Hot Air – Film Screening and Panel Discussion on climate change

Hot Air – The politics of climate change in New Zealand: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015, 07:00PM to 10 November 2015, 09:00PM
  • Location: C1 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury Ilam Campus

In the build up to the climate talks in Paris, UC Department of Political Science & International Relations is proud to host a screening of the documentary film Hot Air followed by a discussion with director Alister Barry who is  joined by a panel of speakers reflecting on the path to Paris, issues for New Zealand and the world.

During the summer of 1988 temperatures soared across America causing widespread droughts. Climate change was now on the world’s political agenda and New Zealand promised to do its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand’s emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage.

Key political leaders inside and outside parliament describe their victories and defeats, businessmen and lobbyists explain their strategies and concerns. Political commentators and academics take us behind the scenes to show how politics in New Zealand really works.

Including a wealth of archival material and interviews, this feature documentary is a thoughtful and provocative response to the question – is it possible for a small democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of the age?

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