Professor De la Rey visits Roimata on 22 February.
Our community remembers the 22 February 2011 earthquake in a number of ways: by visiting a particular place or by having a moment of silence and remembrance. We share that reflection together, wherever we are.
Today, staff may want to visit the Roimata statue, at the Clyde Road end of the Unicycle pathway to reflect on the events of 22 February 2011. Roimata was designed by Māori artist Riki Manuel and unveiled by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel on the seventh anniversary last year. The sculpture depicts a koru facing down, representing a life taken before fully grown, while the rippled surface represents the river Ōtākaro |Avon.
UC Events has placed road cones and flowers along the cycleway to acknowledge the anniversary. This was one of the special traditions that evolved across Christchurch as a way for the community to remember the Christchurch earthquakes. UC dedicated the Unicycle pathway along University Drive as a commemorative pathway to acknowledge the courage and contribution of the University community following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes.
UC academics have been involved in many of the top Science stories of 2016, from the Kaikoura quakes to the Ross Sea protected area, climate change, driverless cars, and gravitational waves (and UC’s amazing Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr), Rocket Lab and sugar labelling.
Here’s the media’s full list of the top 2016 Science stories – nationally and internationally: www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11766044
The following message has been sent to Indonesian students from the Student Development team.
Please refer to it if you have any Indonesian students affected by the earthquake and tsunami warnings.
We are contacting current and prospective Indonesian students as a response to the earthquake which hit Indonesia 02/03/16.
Our thoughts are with you as reports are emerging about the impact of the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami warnings which followed. We realise that you may have loved ones or people that you are concerned about at this time.
If these events are causing you concern or distress or affecting your studies in any way, we encourage you to talk to those around you in either your accommodation, college, school or department and know that there are a dedicated team of support, development and Health Care services accessible here on campus.
When events such as an earthquake occur it can be a challenge to check on the safety and welfare of family members and loved ones in the worst affected areas. Please let us know if you have been unable to reach loved ones and we can work with the Red Cross to assist or make contact directly yourself. The Red Cross has a people finding service called Family links which can assist with getting information from people responding to the situation on the ground. Email: email@example.com, or call 04 494 1312 or 027 846 5363 and you will be assisted to register your enquiry.
Another practical way we can assist is by helping you to phone home. Please come to our offices on Level 2 of Puaka-James Hight (Central Library) and you would be welcome to try to call out from here.
Please feel free to make contact with the Student Development Team if you have been affected by these events or just drop in for a drink and a chat.
Other support services on campus
Please remember you do not have to deal with things on your own, we are here to assist.
On behalf of the Student Development Team
Sunday’s event (14 February) provided us with a great reminder to restock our “Go Bags” at work.
Your Go Bag could include:
- Water (is it time to refresh your bottle? Does it have an expiry date?)
- Warm clothing and walking shoes (closed-toed)
- Essential medication
- Personal first-aid kit
- Non-perishable, high energy food (muesli bars, sweets, chocolate, dried food – check the expiry dates)
- Torch and (new) batteries
Do you have your ICE (In Case of Emergency) details entered in your phone?