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Your opportunity to participate in research

Gabrielle Mulder, a student studying their Masters in Child and Family Psychology, is exploring the influence of New Zealand European, Māori and Asian culture on parenting practices and children’s social behaviours.

  • How does culture influence parenting practices?
  • Do parents view their parenting through a cultural lens?
  • How do parents of different cultures perceive their children’s behaviours?
  • What are some of the similarities and differences among cultures in regards to parenting and children’s behaviour?

This project is seeking mothers and fathers of children between 3-5 who identify as either New Zealand European, Māori or Asian (Chinese, Indian, Filipino) to share their views and perceptions around how their culture has influenced their parenting, and their children’s social behaviours, with a view to completing two short questionnaires and an interview.

If you meet the criteria and are interesting in participating, please email Gabrielle Masters, who will be happy to send you through some more information.

‘Obrero’ film screening

All are invited to attend an on-campus screening of the documentary, Obrero next Monday, 6 August.

The largely untold story of the thousands of migrant workers who came to Christchurch from the Philippines following the earthquakes, Obrero details the Filipino workers’ involvement in construction and related industries to help rebuild the city, including the UC campus. 

The workers talk about their dreams, their lives in Aotearoa New Zealand and the contribution they’ve made to our city.

Director Norman Zafra will be available for a Q&A directly following the screening. Zafra is a Filipino documentary maker, currently completing his doctoral studies at Auckland University.

  • Date: Monday 6 August
  • Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm
  • Location: E12 Lecture Theatre

Free careers seminar for parents of teens

Guiding teenagers through the various career and study options available to them in the modern world can be a challenge, but UC’s Careers team can help.

Its free Parents as Career Educators seminars are on in August, where UC Career Consultants will talk with parents and caregivers of secondary school aged students (Years 9-13) about how to support their rangatahi in making informed decisions about their futures. 

The seminars will cover:

  • The world of work: looking forward
  • How to make informed career decisions now and in the future
  • How parents can assist
  • Career development resources 

This seminar will be held in the Engineering Core on UC’s Ōtautahi Christchurch campus at 7pm on Thursday 9 August and repeated on 16 and 23 August – so choose the one date that suits you best. 

UC staff and their friends are welcome to attend. Register online via the events website.

Mindfulness for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 7-11 years) who struggle with stress, anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness. 

PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress. Our recent pilot group at the Psychology Centre also found that PBS is effective at reducing anxiety and improving coping in children.

The group will run between 4 – 5pm, from Wednesday 15 August  for 7 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. The course requires both child and parent/ caregiver to attend, and learn together. The cost of the program is $120.

For more information, call 3693777 or email ann.huggett@canterbury.ac.nz.

YMCA – UC Community Action Award, nominations close 31 July

Youth Voice Canterbury are excited to bring back the YMCA Canterbury Youth Awards for a second time to celebrate the amazing things that young people are doing in our communities! Youth in Canterbury are doing lots of great things and in 2018 we’re pulling together even more categories to create more opportunities to acknowledge our region’s rangatahi. 

Have you considered nominating someone for the UC Community Action Award?

Nominations opened at the beginning of July and close at 11pm on Tuesday 31st July 2018. If you’re keen to nominate someone you will need to provide:

  • Your details (the nominator)
  • Their details such as name, age, email, contact phone (the nominee)
  • Select the category you wish to nominate them for (can be more than one)
  • A referee

Tell us why you are nominating this person! You might include activities they are involved in, how they contribute to the community, something they’re achieved, how they’ve demonstrated leadership… anything that aligns to the criteria and category that the person/group is nominated for


There are many categories designed to recognise amazing people in our region including young people, youth groups, adults that support young people, and two new categories for Christchurch children! Check out the categories below:

  • Wayne Francis Charitable Trust Leadership Award
  • PYLAT Commitment to Wellbeing Award
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity Award
  • University of Canterbury Community Action Award
  • YMCA Young Champion Award
  • Youth Voice Canterbury Te Tohu Tokomaha (group award)
  • Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Te Tohu Hihiri Taumata (supporting youth award)

We also have categories to recognise just one outstanding young person from each District:

  • Te Hā o Mātauranga Supreme Youth Award for Kaikoura
  • Supreme Youth Award for Hurunui
  • Matt Doocey Supreme Youth Award for Waimakariri
  • Norman Kirk Supreme Youth Award for Christchurch
  • Supreme Youth Award for Selwyn
  • Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth Award for Ashburton
  • Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth Award for Timaru

Find out more and nominate someone now>