Category Archives: Announcements

Zumba Master Class at the UC RecCentre

Zumba masterclass details 8 Feb 2020
Image of Zumba Masterclass Flyer with event details

Experience the excitement of a Zumba Master Class with Zumba legends Maria Teresa Stone and Jarrod Tucker! 

Zumba is a party.  It’s exercise in disguise.   Take two ZESs (that’s Zumba speak for master trainers), put them on a stage with lights and let them go! The result is a dance party like no other!

Maria is now based in Christchurch, and Jarrod has flown over from Sydney.  Together, they’ll be delivering 90mins of pure Zumba joy on Saturday 8th February at the UC RecCentre.   Doors open at 6pm, and the class will run from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. 

Tickets cost $25, and we’ve got a very special discounted rate for RecCentre Members, just $15.    This event is being hosted by CC Productions, which means tickets aren’t purchased at the RecCentre.  They are pretty easy to get though.  To get yours, email Lis Cribb  and she’ll get you sorted.     You can also check out the Facebook event page.


New general password tool and Identity & Access Management platform is now live (Jade/Oracle Financials not affected).

Tēnā koutou katoa,

After a long weekend of implementation work by the project team UC’s new IAM solution is in production.

The new method of migrating data allowed the data to be entered into the new environment within the allocated change window.

Testing was successfully completed on staff, student and visitor data, with all tests meeting the required standards.


IAM Project
IAM Project

The project team is ready to carry out support of the environment for the next couple of weeks as things settle down.

I would like to thank the project team for their hard work over the weeks building up to today and the long hours worked this weekend.

The UC ITS website pages and links have been updated accordingly.

Where can I get help?

Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

What has changed?

Find out what has changed for students, staff and visitors on the IAM Intranet site.

Note: Jade SMS and Oracle Financials are not affected. Those systems manage passwords themselves. There is no change to how password changes will occur in Jade SMS and Oracle Financials.

Further questions?

If you have any questions regarding the IAM Programme, please do not hesitate to email

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou | Seasons greetings for Christmas and the New Year

Paul O’Flaherty

Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata
IAM Project Sponsor

See previous IAM related communication:

New statement from Hon. Kit Toogood QC

The University has received a further statement from the Former High Court Judge Hon Kit Toogood QC, who is leading the independent investigation into the delay in discovering the death of a student at Sonoda Village residential hall.

Update on timing of release of report on the Mason Pendrous investigation

I have now completed my independent investigation into the delay in finding Mason’s body and the policies and procedures relevant to student welfare issues.

However, before I am able to report my findings and recommendations, two significant processes need to be concluded:

  1. Although my inquiry is separate from the coronial process, the Coroner’s findings about the place and cause of Mason’s death will be significant.  They are not yet available.
  2. Following the conclusion of the inquest process, natural justice requires me to consult the University, CLV and Mason’s family so I can take the views of each into account before I provide a final report.

I appreciate the University’s request that I should provide the report in a timely manner.  I will work to release it as soon as I can.

Hon. Kit Toogood QC

December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi 2019 – thank you

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi this week. Some 520 staff attended the event.

Please take five minutes to complete the staff survey before 19 December. This will help us to improve these events in the future and ensure they remain relevant, engaging and informative.

If you missed the forum, a video recording is now available on the Staff Forum intranet page>

Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera reflected back on the year, signifying the end of the UC Futures Programme.

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae then looked forward, sharing UC’s future direction as it looks ahead to 2020 and beyond.

This year’s final staff forum was opened with a mihi whakatau and closed with a karakia to bless the food, delivered by mana whenua representative Corban Te Aika.

UC staff gathered to enjoy manaakitanga catered by locally founded Christchurch business Fritz Wieners, on our newly constructed Beatrice Tinsley Plaza.

Find out more on the topics raised:

  • Visit the UC Strategy website – Tangata tū, Tangata ora to read and download the full strategy.
  • Uni-Voice – an ongoing forum for people prepared to make a difference for the university, and for our community. Members of the university community are encouraged to write blogs and start conversations to inspire change in the workplace. Get in touch>

Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau

Tenā katou,

I am very pleased to advise the new appointment of Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau, replacing Professor Bryce Williamson who is retiring from this role at year-end.

Professor McAuliffe will be seconded to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and lead the Postgraduate Research Office from her position in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing for a period of two years, with effect from mid-January 2020.

Professor McAuliffe will be responsible for leading the strategic development of postgraduate research at UC, and ongoing oversight of progressing our Doctoral students through their studies. As outlined in UC’s new institutional strategy, we have particular aspirations in ensuring our Doctoral students contribute to the agenda of UC being an internationally recognised research intensive university, and progressively growing our Doctoral student numbers to over 1300 over the next 4-5 years. Megan’s leadership will be integral to crystallizing these objectives. I know Megan looks forward to working across the Colleges, interacting with staff, and will bring new perspectives to our postgraduate research programmes.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bryce for his sustained contributions to the Postgraduate Research Office over a number of years, including his prior role as Associate Dean Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), and more recently as the Dean. He has advanced a number of complex and largely unseen initiatives, and his deep and sincere support of UC’s Doctoral students is to be commended.

Ngā mihi

Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua