Category Archives: Community Notices

UC Web Room Booking page for 2019 now open

The UC Web Room Bookings Page 2019 is now open & available.

The links below became live at 5pm 12 Dec 2018. Any spaces on Campus with a 60 capacity or less can be booked by all UC Staff member using the (WRB) Web Room Bookings page Link here> 

Please check the availability of any spaces on specific specific dates & times on campus before submitting the larger room request by using the WRB reports link here>

The security team will be required to manually place requests on your behalf, for all spaces larger than 60 capacity.

Spaces not showing on the WRB, like new rooms located in buildings that have not been completed, will be added once they have been handed back to UC.

Please ensure you have checked the date, time and location and availability of the space before submitting your requested booking via email to, attn: Adam or Daniel

Please note that the bookings office will be closed between 21 Dec 2018 -7 Jan 2019.

UC Mailroom/Warehouse Update

The mailroom will stop receiving items at midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will be closed from 2pm on that day.

We will reopen at 10am on Monday 07 January 2019.

For urgent matters  during this time, call 027 809 7109. 

Please be advised that courier companies will not be delivering on site during these dates. Retrievals from depots can only be made in exceptional circumstances, and are not guaranteed.  

If you are expecting anything perishable or time sensitive during this period, please contact us before 12pm Friday 21 December on 03 369 2442 or by emailing

Thank you for your assistance. 

Merry Christmas from the UC Logistics team, we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Power shutdown to Psychology-Sociology building

On Saturday 15 December, power off to the Psychology-Sociology building (AR12) will be unavailable from 8.00am until 4.30pm.

Our Electrical Supervisor has advised users of the building and there should be no effect to connected buildings – Geography (AR06) and Psychology (AR08).

Temporary power has been organised to cover the animal areas and Café 101 freezers.

 – Facilities.

Remembering Ken Beckman

The HIT Lab NZ lost one of its main rudders recently.

HIT Lab Director Ken Beckman passed away suddenly on 12 November 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.

Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Ken lived for 11 years in the Pacific Islands of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji working in development assistance, before settling in New Zealand. He worked in educational administration in Aotearoa New Zealand for 15 years before joining the HIT Lab NZ.

Ken joined the Lab in 2007 as Lab Manager, and assumed the Directorship in 2015. He ably and humbly guided the Lab, working to make the lives of others as smooth as possible. Ken was a very student-focused leader, helping numerous students find their way through to joining the Lab.

Founding HIT Lab NZ Director Professor Mark Billinghurst recalls Ken fondly. “Ken tirelessly served the HIT Lab NZ for many years and is one of the main reasons that it is the success that it is today. I will be forever grateful for the help that he gave me in running the Lab in the early days and for the work he’s done since then. He was always willing to cheerfully help with complicated issues and provide students with the support that they needed. To have him passing so quickly is sad and shocking, I had always imagined him having a long and happy retirement, enjoying his mountain biking.”

Lab Research Leader Professor Rob Lindeman reflects “Ken was a modest individual. But he did so much ‘behind the scenes’ as it were to make people feel genuinely welcome, and to enable them to succeed in the Lab. He lived his life in a very balanced way, showing up early for work, working efficiently, then knocking off after a full day to enjoy his time outside of work. While at work, he was always humming something or other, and always had a cheerful word to share with people. Outside of work, he took great joy in spending time with his family and friends. I count myself lucky to have spent many hours in the mountain bike saddle following his lead along various tracks in the Port Hills and beyond. And also the well-earned pints of craft beer that followed, and that he so enjoyed.”

Ken is survived by his wife, two daughters, and numerous others whose lives he touched in profound ways.

He will be very much missed.

Messages to the family can be made online at Donations to the Nelson Tasman Hospice in Ken’s memory would be greatly appreciated.


Tribute re-posted from

Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People

A new book from Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan asks how school-based sexuality education can better equip young people to engage with contemporary social, political and cultural sexuality and relationships issues.

Challenging established approaches to sexuality education, Associate Professor Quinlivan’s book shines a new light on alternate perspectives that can help make sexuality and relationships education more relevant and meaningful for young people in a rapidly changing world.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, follow this link>