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In memory of the 22 February Earthquake 2011

Ko whakamahurutia kā nekeneke a Rūaumoko, heoi, e kārueruea tou a Manawa.

Although the movements of Rūaumoko, the atua or guardian of earthquakes, have pacified, the heart still trembles.


In memory of the 22 February Earthquake, the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor took a moment to lay a puapua whakamahara, a wreath, woven by two local kairaranga (weavers), at Roimata this morning. 

To acknowledge the ninth anniversary of the 22 February Earthquake, the puapua whakamahara was woven with a base of kareao, grapevine, wiwi and wawa. The different plants used represent unity between all of the people of Ōtautahi, the rest of Aotearoa and the world. There are 17 lilies to represent the 17 countries who lost citizens in the earthquake. One red lily represents the personal loss of one of the weavers’ Aunt Jo, who died in the CTV building. The red roses and black kōrari represent Waitaha Canterbury colours. The fresh fern leaves are a symbol of new beginnings in the rebuilding of our city, Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

E ngā kaiwhatu o te aroha, e ngā kaiwhītiki o tēnei koha, nāia te whakamiha mā ō kōrua whakaaro rangatira.  Special thanks to Cathy, Lisa and Corabelle from Kahu Collective for weaving this puapua whakamahara.

The First Te Wānanga Kaimahi | Staff Forum of 2020

Today you received an invite to attend the first Te Wānanga Kaimahi | Staff Forum of 2020. This will be held on Friday 20 March 3.15pm-4.45pm and is not to be missed! Please RSVP by accepting or declining the meeting request in your Outlook calendar.

At this forum you will have the chance to hear an important update from our Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey as well key presentations from members of the Senior Management team, followed by a Q&A session. You can submit questions ahead of time – click here or go to and enter the event code #StaffForum.

Following these presentations UC will once again provide paramanawa (refreshments) with your colleagues on Beatrice Tinsley Plaza.

As UC enters a new year and a new decade it is so valuable to hear directly from our leadership and to engage with what is coming up in the next 12 months.

See you at Te Wānanga Kaimahi!

COVID-19 impact on Travel Insurance

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created some real challenges for travel insurance.  The University sector in New Zealand is insured by Allianz.  This Insurer has issued a travel advisory that effectively excludes coverage for any claim “caused by or in any way connected with this event”.  The exclusion applies to any travel bookings secured after 30 January 2020. 

If your booking was made prior to this date, there is some potential for coverage (but not much!).  A copy of the travel advisory has been posted on the Travel Insurance intranet site but feel free to contact Jacqui Lyttle if you wish to discuss your specific travel plans further.

UC Herea tō Waka | Orientation Day (O Day)

Kia ora koutou,

UC Herea tō Waka | Orientation Day (O Day) will take place tomorrow (Friday 14 February) from 9.30am – 2pm.

For most students, family and whānau, O Day is their first true exposure to university life and their experience tomorrow will set the scene for their time here. We hope the day will lay the foundations for academic success and connections with the UC community.

O Day is a great opportunity to showcase UC at its best, get to know our new students and demonstrate the tools UC offers to help them succeed.

Feel free to join in the O Day experience – mark where you are from on the world map outside C Block, have a chat to a new student or buy lunch from one of the food trucks along the pathway – but please leave the giveaways for our new students.

Volunteers play essential roles in these events and we are enormously grateful to the staff who have generously donated their time to help. If you haven’t signed up and would like to volunteer, you can email Even if you can’t volunteer, please make our new students welcome with a smile and a ‘kia ora’.

Campus activity
O Day will bring a large number of people into the centre of campus throughout the day and there will be increased noise from activities, live music, food vendors and people moving about. This may affect people in nearby buildings, who might choose to locate themselves elsewhere for the day if they need a quiet workspace. We expect the busiest periods in the centre of campus will be between 9.30am – 1pm.

Parking and road closures 
Some car parks will be unavailable for a set period of time to cater for our new students and their whānau. There will be more vehicles parking on campus and there will be road closures in place from 8am tomorrow to allow for students and whānau to walk the O Day trails.

The Psychology and Te Ao Marama car parks will be affected by a road closure. These will be accessible before 8am and vehicles can remain parked there, but will not be able to leave until after 12pm.

  • Arts Road will be closed from the Clyde Road car park west
  • There will be no access to Arts Road from Forestry Road past Rehua
  • Attendees will be encouraged to park in the Clyde Road car park, but we expect that all car parks will be affected in some way.

Your cooperation and understanding on these during this time are greatly appreciated.

New student initiatives
Two initiatives are being introduced this year to help transition new students into UC and ensure they stay on track to succeed in their studies.

Orientation+ induction modules
All first-year undergraduate students will be required to complete five online induction modules. The modules are designed to ensure new students have the essential information they need for a successful first year of study, understand their responsibilities as part of the UC community and know how to access support services and facilities available on campus. Topics covered include wellbeing, belonging/inclusiveness, the student code of conduct, safety/security, and alcohol/drugs.  UC will follow-up with students who do not complete the online induction modules.

Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE)
Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) is a new online dashboard platform that will provide students and staff with a real-time view of engagement with learning systems like LEARN and Echo360 data. It will help to flag decreased student engagement, as well as sudden changes in engagement compared to their peers, and connect the student with institutional support resources.

The tool will be visible on LEARN from Monday 17 February, with work identifying students at risk of disengagement starting from week three. ACE will initially be rolled out to first-year (100-level) undergraduate students, with further developments to come over the year. More information about ACE will be available from the start of next week on the UC website – keep an eye out in Intercom for more information.

We’re looking forward to welcoming our students back on campus.

Ngā mihi,

Lynn McClelland and Catherine Moran