Engineering north/south walkway closure from 22 August to 6 September

north/south walkway






A number of works need to be undertaken in Plant Room 12 which currently forms part of the north/south walkway through the engineering precinct.

Because these works necessitate closure of the plant room, they are being undertaken during mid-term break when the majority of students are absent from campus.

The plant room will be closed from Saturday 22 August until Sunday 6 September, and alternative access will be signposted during the period.

All other areas around the plant room, that formed part of the north/south walkway, will remain accessible and the walkway will be back in operation when lectures resume Monday 7 September.

Seeking: Queenstown accom

I have stupidly (or not so stupidly..?) entered into the Queenstown half-marathon with two fellow wahine flatmates. Like our training, we have put off booking accommodation until now and see there are some issues (nothing surprising).

Does anyone have/know of any accommodation available in the Queenstown area for the Fri and Sat nights (20&21 Nov)? Obviously happy to pay – we just need somewhere to lay and recover.

Flick me an email


UC FMIS Refresh Project update

The UC FMIS Refresh Project is progressing on schedule and is targeted to go-live in early October 2015.  Project scope includes changes to IT infrastructure, some functionality, and integration with peripheral systems and related processes, which will help UC, move to a fully supported environment.

Key milestones

The User Acceptance Testing (UAT) phase, lead by Judy McKay, begun on 18 August and is planned to complete in mid-September.

End User training invites for Unimarket, scheduled for 28-19 September have been sent.

For updates please check the Project web site

For further information or questions please contact the Project Manager, Reuben Hunt,  Let him know if you would like to be added to his distribution list(s) for regular email communications.

New Zealand Flag Consideration Project

Long List of 40 Alternative Flag Designs
On 10 August 2015 the Panel announced a long list of 40 alternative flag designs for further investigation. In finalising the long list, the Panel was guided by what thousands of kiwis shared about what is special to them about New Zealand, and invited a number of cultural (including tikanga), vexillology, art and design experts to review the selection to ensure the designs are workable and there are no known impediments.

Engagement Process (mid-September to mid-November)
By mid-September the Panel will have released four alternative flag designs, which eligible voters will be able to rank in the first binding referendum later this year (20 November – 11 December). During this time panel members will be available to present the four flag designs to significant community groups and events including, but not limited to, Māori, Pasifika, business groups, churches, ethnic communities and youth groups.

This is the first time in New Zealand’s history that the public has been provided with an opportunity to have a say in our national flag.

There’s an opportunity the Panel may be on campus to do a presentation, but this will be confirmed at a later date.

Engineering Honours Survey

Engineering Honours student Agnues Yu is running a survey regarding the importance of components of bus travel time.

With the response from the survey, the aim is to gain a better understanding of people’s mode choice behaviour and to give some insight whether a hub-and spoke bus system is suitable in Christchurch. 

The survey will only take about 5 to 10 minutes and one does not need to be a bus user to complete the survey

P.S. There will be a draw for a $50(NZD) Westfield Voucher for participants.  

If you have any questions and need further information, please contact Agnes on 027-239-1688 or via email:


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