Category Archives: Events

Have your say about MBIE’s RSI strategy

The Government is developing a Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Strategy that sets out their vision for RSI in Aotearoa New Zealand and its role in delivering a productive, sustainable, and inclusive future.

The draft strategy has recently been released for public consultation (available here) and MBIE are keen to hear the views of New Zealanders so they can get a better understanding of what our country needs from RSI.

These views will inform the direction of Government investment in RSI and the research and innovation areas for the team to focus on as a country, as well as help them understand the challenges they need to overcome.

MBIE are hosting a public presentation/discussion session on the draft Strategy on Thursday 10 October,  3 – 4.00 pm at UC’s John Britten Foyer.  

They welcome anyone with an interest to come along to hear more about the Strategy, and share their thoughts. Please register here if you would like to attend.

MBIE are taking feedback on the draft strategy via written submissions, and encourage you to make a submission through the template form available here. The closing date for submissions is 10 November 2019.

You’re invited: NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019

ChristchurchNZ and Airbus invite you to the upcoming New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019 Pitchfest and Awards events.

  • Friday 18 October
    Vodafone Innov8, 213-220 Tuam Street, Christchurch


Finalist Pitchfest, 7.45am to 11.15am

Watch up to 10 of the finalists pitch their technology to the judging panel. The top three finalists will be decided and announced by the judges

Tea and coffee provided on arrival and a light morning tea will be served

Register for the Finalist Pitchfest here


New Zealand Aerospace 2019 Awards, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

See the top three finalists from the morning session present their solution. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by Valentin Merino Villeneuve, Head of Airbus Defence and Space Australasia, and Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event

Register for the NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019 Awards event here>

Alternatively, you can REGISTER FOR BOTH EVENTS HERE>

All music students take to stage for Sing! Sing! Sing!

For the second year running UC Music has partnered with The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora to present a series of concerts in the beautiful Great Hall.

Sing! Sing! Sing! will be performed on Sunday October 13 at 2pm. This concert marks the final in this series for 2019, and will feature just about all of our performance music students on stage at the same time!

The programme includes two main works: The Old Maid & the Thief by Menotti and Artificial Life by George Lewis.

The Old Maid & the Thief is a 1950’s radio play that is staged before your eyes, complete with divas, sound effects, and era appropriate commercials composed by School of Music composers. It tells the story of an old maid who takes a young, attractive man into her house, causing scandal in the neighbourhood. The resulting chaos is both entertaining and absurd!

Two of the UC vocal students playing key roles in The Old Maid & the Thief are Hayley Tait, in the role of Miss Todd, and Yumeka Hildreth playing Leticia, the maid. Both singers can’t wait for another opportunity to perform in their favourite venue, The Great Hall.

Hayley says the sound in the hall can’t be beaten. “You just look up and it goes all the way to the back of the room! My voice sounds triple the size; I can hear it roaring in there!” Yumeka agrees, “It’s super easy to sing in there. You don’t have to push, it’s just effortless.”

They both find The Old Maid & the Thief a satisfying challenge. For Hayley it was her first opportunity to perform a work that challenged her theatrically. “I’ve never been able to get into a role where I can act so that was really nerve wracking for me. Being able to build on that was so much fun!” Yumeka was also challenged by the acting elements, as well as memorising such a significant work. “It takes so much time to get it into your body, so it’s been a real challenge for my time management.”

The remainder of the programme will be a performance of Artificial Life by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and jazz trombonist, George Lewis. Performed from an interactive score, this work can be performed by any number of players on any type of instrument; no two performances are the same. UC performance music students have been working towards a public performance of this work for the second half of the year, and no doubt what they produce at this concert will be unique, special and exciting!

Musicians are personally and collectively responsible for the sonic environment they create in this work; balancing personal freedom with the challenge of listening and responding to their fellow musicians. Students describe the work as “full of rapid changes, with moments of fun, as well as sudden silence and dramatic dynamics.” The score requires students to make smart decisions and follow the direction the music is taking them. Come and see what they have in store for you at Sing! Sing! Sing!

Tickets are $20 for waged, $10 for unwaged and are on sale now. You can purchase in advance via the Arts Centre’s website or at the door on the day of the concert.

Intelligent Automation: RPA Brown Bag Lunch

UC has started a programme of work to assess and implement intelligent automation opportunities across the university and form a Centre of Excellence in process automation.

The aim of this programme is to utilise intelligent automation to provide improved service to students, clients, suppliers and staff and provide staff with more time to complete unfinished tasks, solve complex problems, and perform additional tasks.  UC has now completed development of five automated processes, with a further two in development.

What: 3rd RPA Brown Bag Lunch
When: 12pm – 1pm Tuesday 8 October 2019
Where: Puaka James Hight 210

The aim of this session is to cover the following four topics:

  • What is Intelligent Automation, and where does Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) sit on the spectrum between rules-based and adaptive thinking.
  • What is UC currently doing in Robotic Process Automation, including case studies and end-user experiences.
  • Could RPA be a potential solution for a current pain point you experience that is effecting your ability to complete your required tasks, or provide the required level of service to UC’s students, clients and staff.
  • What are the required skillsets for working with intelligent automation, and how can I upskill myself.

So bring along your lunch and have a chat.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team at