Category Archives: Pasifika

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinner 2

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinners are social evenings for our mature or adult Pasifika students, who might like to spend time with other adult students and staff.

The dinners are an opportunity for these students and staff to get together, unwind and escape the stress and pressure of exams, research and or writing.

Please note we have no strict definition of what makes a ‘mature’ or ‘adult’ student, so if this feels like it’s for you, come along!

  • What: Old Skool Dinner 2
  • Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Venue: Pacific Lali Room, Te Ao Marama 208, Arts Road, University of Canterbury

Jandals 2

Bula Vinaka – Jandals 2 is fast approaching!

  • Date and Time: Wednesday 15 May, 5pm
  • Location: Rehua 009

Come join us and test your knowledge to win awesome prizes and as per usual, dinner is on us!

We encourage all staff to join us by putting a team together to compete – no need to register, just turn up on the night.

Don’t have a team but want to join in? come anyway! We’ll have a team for you – see you there!

For more on Jandals, click here>

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

 

Artist in residence expression of interest

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) and Creative New Zealand

We invite expressions of interest (EOI) from Pacific artists for a three month artist in residence position at the University of Canterbury. The applicants will have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas: fine art, carving, tattooing, music, weaving, pottery, dancing, graphic design, poetry, creative writing, new media art and other forms of creative expression. The residency aims to promote Pacific artistic innovation to the university community and nationally, regionally and internationally. 

The residency is worth $18,000 for three months and the artist will be required to present the work produced by way of exhibition, performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for artists who are willing to engage and share their work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pacific community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.  

Applicants must send in:

  1. their CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.              

The short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is expected to take place between the months of April and August 2019 and the actual start date could be negotiated.  

Applications should be sent as a single PDF attachment to Patricia Ydgren patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

Applications close 4 February, 2019.    

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Mālō e lelei!  

The Pacific Development Team are proud to celebrate Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga this week, 2 –  8 September. 

The theme for this year’s language week is Fakakoloa O Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E ‘Ofa Fonua’, or Enriching Aotearoa with the love of duty and service to country, community and people.

The Ministry of Pacific Peoples have worked in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to develop a free education resource that will help with learning the language. This can be found on their website here>

You can find out more about Tongan Language through the ministry’s Tongan Language Fact Sheet, here>

Further information about UC’s Uike Katoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga celebrations can be found from the UC Pacific Development Team’s Facebook page.