Category Archives: Community Notices

Crusaders Club Membership – Exclusive Offer

To kick off 2020, all UC staff have access to a discount offer on Crusaders Club Memberships!

The offer includes a discount in both the platinum and gold seating categories at Orangetheory Stadium for all 7 Crusaders home games, and they are also offering Kids Go Free in covered seats with a paying adult. UC staff who join as Crusaders Club Members also receive 30% off all Crusaders shop merchandise.

To purchase this offer, visit www.crusaders.co.nz and head to the Crusaders Club Membership page, enter the promo code: 2020club

This is a limited time offer and will close on 1 Feb.

See membership prices here>

Ōtautahi Christchurch 10km: Discount code

The Christchurch 10km Series 2020 is kicking off on 19 Jan 2020 and all UC staff and students have a discount code for $5 off entry to any event in the 10km series!

Sand    Sunday 19th January 2020        North New Brighton Beach (Hard Sand)

Park     Sunday 2nd February 2020       Hagley Park

Trail     Sunday 23rd February 2020      Christchurch Adventure Park

Mix       Sunday 15th March 2020          Spencer Park

To utilise your $5 off promo, simply go to www.chch10km.co.nz and register for any (or all) 10km Series events! When you get to the payment screen enter code:

20CANTERBURYUNI20

and your $5 discount will be applied.

More information can be found on the events themselves by visiting: Facebook (Fusion Events) / Facebook (Christchurch 10km Series)

The power of Yet

Have you come back with a little (or big) desire to make changes to bring about more wellbeing in your life? Perhaps we can help with that.

First up, i’d like to introduce you to the power of a little word  – yet. Put it at the end of a sentence, and it changes everything.

“I can’t touch my toes…yet”
“I don’t journal…yet”
“I haven’t found an exercise I like…yet”
“I can’t play guitar…yet”
“I don’t speak Italian…yet”

Finding your best wellbeing formula will require a bit of trial and error.   You might find journalling or a self-care routine is enough to put you in your happy place, but you might also find it doesn’t.  Check out these 15 tips to boost your wellbeing  and you might just get some inspiration.

Part of that formula should include some exercise.  Find something joyful, that every time you move you look forward to it, and are perhaps a little sad when it’s over!   This could be outdoors, indoors, at the beach or in the garden.

If you think structured exercise may help (perhaps you love routine, or recognise that your spontaneous nature could do with a little routine to balance you out), then we’d love to see you at the RecCentre.    More than just your standard gym, we offer a big range of activities under one roof, so you can get a taste of what the fitness industry has to offer at a super low price.   Just maybe we ‘ve got something that will excite you!

Right now, we have a 3-month membership special, which runs until 19 January, to help you get started.  If you’re not sure, pop over for a look through, then start with a 2-week trial – it’s free for UC Staff.

Have a happy and healthy 2020!

 

 

Rediscovering Wonder this Christmas

I wonder what pastime or hobby you used to love doing when you were a kid at primary school, but now that you’re older, you no longer do at all?

My friend Scottie used to absolutely love playing cricket when he was a little kid. But as soon he got to High School he didn’t make the rep team, and so he just stopped playing, and started doing other things he could be more successful at. But still to this day he misses it.

You see, Scotty has this theory. He thinks that when you’re a kid, you spend most of your time doing the things that bring you joy and fill you with wonder. But when you get to High School people often stop doing those things, and instead focus on the stuff that other people tell them you’re good at instead.

When I was a little kid, I used to love painting, flying kites, and making model aeroplanes. Sure, I was horrible at all three – but all of those things filled me with this life affirming sense of wonder at the world. And yet, once I started High School, I quickly realised none of those things would help me progress up the social ladder of my school, and so I just stopped doing them. And yet to this day, I still miss painting, kites and model aeroplanes.

Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish poet with a huge beard and even huger eyebrows  famously wrote “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”

But it’s funny how as we get older our sense of Christmas wonder can shrivel up – worn down by the stresses of work, the geo-politics of Christmas dinners, and the hum-drum of the domestic grind. I talk to so many people who are either burnt out or bored (or both!) as they wind up the year and head into Christmas.

One of my favourite contemporary religions artists is a chap called Scott Erickson (www.instagram.com/scottthepainter) who’s been doing a fantastic series throughout Advent, and he’s introduced me to this wonderful word; “Ostrananie”.

It means the art of making what’s familiar unfamiliar again. He says “This advent season I’m going to attempt to do this with our seasonal narratives that have mostly been developed by marketing and commercialism. Because in the unknowing of it all, the doorway of wonder will open up… and hopefully we may catch a glimpse of the wonder of the Divine in our midst right now.”

Now that’s the kind of Christmas I’m in desperate need of this year!  So maybe this summer break it’s time you got in touch with some wonder filled hobby or activity you used to do as a kid – as a sort of spiritual practice of becoming like a child again? Maybe it’s time you were intentional about making space for wonder?

So if you’re looking for me this holidays, you’ll find me on Ilam Fields flying a kite badly with my kids, with a huge smile on my face.

Rev Spanky Moore
Senior Ecumenical Chaplain | University of Canterbury

MA Scholarship: History of Canterbury Environmental and Conservation leadership and heritage

Research proposals are invited for a funded 1-year MA in History. The project will explore aspects of the history of environmental-conservation leadership and heritage in Canterbury using an oral history approach. Besides their supervisors, the successful candidate will work closely with contract partners Colleen Philip and Diana Shand at Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and the ECO Canterbury Environment Network, and with Lyndon Fraser at the UC Oral History Centre. This unique public history opportunity allows the successful candidate to develop new skills in community network engagement alongside their academic work. An understanding of, and passion for, environmental-conservation activism and issues might be advantageous.

An essential outcome of the project is the recording, transcribing and archiving of between five and eight oral history interviews with local environmental leaders we have identified. The candidate will undertake and complete UC Human Ethics Committee and Māori Research Consultation applications in February 2020 and carry out the recordings by June 2020. They will work with sector partners and present their initial findings at a public forum in 2020.

Thesis topic proposals may address any aspect of environmental and conservation leadership in Canterbury which incorporates elements of oral history. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • A particular organisation or campaign (e.g. the Clean Air Society).
  • The role and methods of environmental and/or conservation leaders and activists, or a particular individual’s impact in this area.
  • A broad analysis of the environmental or conservation movement in the region.
  • Bicultural approaches to environmental and/or conservation activism.

A research proposal of no more than 1000 words, including a project outline and brief bibliography, should be submitted by Monday 20 January 2020 at 5pm.

Eligible candidates will have a first-class or 2:1 Honours degree in History or a related discipline, and are also encouraged to apply for a UC Masters Scholarship, alongside this award of $8,000. Students are welcome to contact Associate-Professor Lyndon Fraser (lyndon.fraser@canterbury.ac.nz) for further advice about the application.