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July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi – and BYO cups

The July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi manaakitanga (hospitality) is hosted by UC Sustainability in honour of Plastic Free July. In the spirit of sustainability and reducing single use plastic waste, please bring your own coffee cup for refreshments.

Have you RSVP-ed? Please let us know today if you will join us by accepting the Outlook invite in your calendar for 1 July, 2-3.30pm.

We are using online platform for managing questions at the July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi. You can submit questions now, or at the forum, and you can rank the questions you most want answered. Join at and enter event code #StaffForum. Contact if you need any assistance.

The finalised programme is:

• Haere-roa opening on 9 July – UCSA President Sam Brosnahan
• E tū kia ora academic review progress – Vice-Chancellor |Te Tumu Professor Cheryl de la Rey
• Question and answer session – with Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua Ian Wright
• Sustainability at UC – the UC Sustainability team host manaakitanga

Minister Hipkins officially opens Rehua

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins cuts the ribbon to officially open Rehua.

The Minister of Education Chris Hipkins officially opened Rehua today along with Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

Rehua brings the College of Education, Health and Human Development from the Dovedale campus to the central campus for the first time, joined by the Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE), and MBA and Business Taught Masters programmes.

Designed to facilitate collaboration and cultural inclusiveness, Rehua features significant cultural elements, including an exquisitely carved timber ceiling inside the flagship Te Moana Nui a Kiwa room and a Pasifika tapa cloth outside the same room.

Staff and students gather each weekday morning to sing waiata and karakia together and are also invited to participate in a weekly kapa haka practice.

Rehua – design features and naming

Name: Rehua is spoken of as a chief among stars. It is associated with wellness, healing and leadership, as well as the bright star in the sky that signals the start of summer. The name was gifted by mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

Design elements: The themes of weaving and mountains are present through tiling, wood panelling and carving designs and motifs.

The panelling has the Poutama pattern symbolising various levels of learning and intellectual achievement. Some say they represent the steps Tāne-o-te-wānanga ascended to the topmost realm in his quest for superior knowledge and religion.

The tile pattern is symbolic of a leaf pattern in the native forest.

The colour palette chosen for each floor represents an aspect of the natural surroundings rising up from:

  • L0 – Whenua (Earth) 
  • L1 – Maunga (Mountain)
  • L2 – Tarutaru (Vegetation)
  • L3 – Kowhai (Yellow flower)
  • L4 – Ra (Sun)
  • L5 – Roto (Lake)
  • L6 – Rangi (Sky)

The tapa cloth outside Te Moana Nui a Kiwa is a traditional Pasifika pattern designed by a UC student.

The carved timber panelling outside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa uses a traditional pattern and is randomly spaced symbolising the islands spread across the Pacific.

Carved timber ceiling panels inside Te Moana Nui A Kiwa are from the UC-commissioned Kowhaiwhai collection of Maori artworks.

Te Reo and English are used for signage and wayfinding.

Community: The community engagement hub in the southeast corner of level 1 is seen as a central place for students to debate, to meet socially, to meet with community groups and generally support their own community.

The informal teaching spaces and community engagement hub are very popular with students. 

Ramadan Celebrations with Malaysian student society

IRO members Audrey Voon, Sherry Chen and Will Shannon were hosted by UC’s Malaysian student society at the Raya Open Home to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri Eid Mubarak.

This is a special celebration which marks the end of a month of Ramadan fasting.

Will Shannon (International Partnerships Manager) and Audrey Voon (International Recruitment Coordinator)

2019 Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards – Applications Open

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards & the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards are now open for applications.

For full details, and the application forms, please refer to the VC General Staff Development Awards page under the Learning and Development intranet, or Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards page on the Health and Safety Intranet.

Applications close 4 pm, Wednesday 17 July 2019.

For any further queries, please email