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Our VC Professor Cheryl de la Rey has been appointed to the NZQA Board

Congratulations to our VC, Professor Cheryl de la Rey on her appointment to the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for a term of three years. 

NZQA Acting Chair, Professor Neil Quigley, said he was delighted by the appointment.

“Professor De la Rey’s extensive experience and expertise in tertiary education in both New Zealand and South Africa, will strengthen NZQA’s connection to the higher education sector and provide the Board with valuable insights,” Professor Quigley said.

NZQA administers the National Certificates of Educational Achievement system for secondary school students.

NZQA also provides oversight for non-university tertiary training providers and New Zealand qualifications overseas. It also ensures overseas qualifications are appropriately recognised in New Zealand.

The new Working from Home Guidelines

Working from home during lockdown raised many questions and a lot of feedback.

In response, the People and Culture team have created Working from Home Guidelines to support staff and mangers with information and guidance in relation to working from home.

The Working from Home Guidelines are in support of our existing flexible working from home policy.

The University’s Flexible Employment Policy offers a framework for considering flexible working arrangements that support a balance between work and personal life.

Go to the HR toolkit for more information and resources about Flexible Working Arrangements at UC. 

Māpura Māori – Puaka, Matariki e!

Tīpuna Māori, Māori ancestors, read the rising of whetū (stars) in alignment with lunar phases of the moon, the māramataka, in order to better understand the nature of coming seasons.

Of important significance to Ngāi Tahu, Puaka – also known as Rigel – is a blue-white star seen above the constellation of Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt.  Marking the end of the tītī (mutton bird) and tuna (eel) season, these taonga species are still gathered today as part of mahinga kai or traditional Ngāi Tahu food gathering practices.

While many iwi acknowledge different narratives about whetū in different ways, the rising of Te Iwa o Matariki, a cluster of nine stars during mid-winter, signals the start of a new year.  Traditionally during this time of year, crops were harvested, and seafood and birds which had been collected, were stored away.

The rising of Matariki marks an ecological shift in season.  It is a time to reflect and remember those of our loved ones who passed on in the previous twelve months, and signals a time for us to plan and set intentions for the twelve months ahead.

Here on campus, Puaka is the name given to our UC Library building – Puaka-James Hight, and Matariki is the name of our central Registry building.  Alongside other UC buildings which carry the names and narratives of navigation and exploration, the characteristics of whetū and celestial bodies have been overlaid across our campus in order to provide a map for our ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff) as they journey through campus, their studies and experiences here with us at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.

Ka rewa a Matariki ki runga, ka piri te aitanga a Tiki
When Matariki rises above, humanity gathers.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Matariki.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Puaka.

Did you know that you can access the RecCentre Timetables quickly using UCGO?

UCGO has useful tools readily available no matter where you are. Scan your way to a free coffee using the V-Plate digital card, or have a quick look at the RecCentre timetable from your phone. Not only can it improve your day to day work experience, it also provides access to the most important information when you need it. 

For example, here’s how to look at the RecCentre timetable through the UCGO app on your mobile: 

  1. Open the app. If you’re logged into the staff profile, it will look something like this: 

If you haven’t downloaded the app, do it now. If you have downloaded and logged into UCGO previously, you can log out and log back into the staff profile.

2. Tap on the “RecCentre” icon, then it will open to look like this on your screen: 

3. Select “Group Fitness Timetable” and you’ll be able to see the most up to date timetable information, like you can see here: 

If you get stuck at the first step, please log a ticket through the self-service portal. Your feedback is always welcome, which you can submit through the app settings. 

Download UCGO from the App Store and Google Play.