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Fun day for tamariki 5 Oct – ‘What’s in our waterways?’

The CAREX team are hosting a Tamariki day in conjunction with Te Taumutu Rūnunga at one of our waterway research and demonstration sites in Springston, on Thursday October 5th (10am – 2pm).

The theme of the day is “What’s in our waterways?” and the tamariki will have the opportunity to be freshwater explorers and scientists for the day. Staff from our CAREX team (www.carex.org.nz) and postgraduates from the Freshwater Ecology Research Group in the School of Biological Sciences will lead the activities, including water quality monitoring, freshwater bug and fish identification, and a scavenger hunt through the wetland at the top of the waterway in the morning. In the afternoon, we will learn to weave harakeke/flax with Liz Brown (UC AVC Māori), with whom we have co-developed this outreach day.

Kristy Hogsden

Jef Neve Spirit Control on tour

Jef Neve Spirit Control on tour

It’s not everyday in Christchurch that you have the opportunity to experience world class jazz music. However, this October you get the opportunity to indulge in world-class live music when NCRE hosts Jef Neve and The Piano.

In recent years, Jef Neve has grown into one of Belgium’s most famous jazz musicians. His album Spirit Control got to the top 10 of the Belgian pop chart in the first week of its release – unheard of for a jazz artist. But is it still jazz? And if so, does it matter?

Neve is someone who does not think in boxes, and approaches each project with an open mind, which has resulted in exciting collaborations that cannot be captured in one genre. From Toots Thielemans to Jonathan Jeremiah, José James to Jamie Cullum, and  Dutch rapper Typhoon to Gabriel Rios and Kobe Proesmans, every time the exchange of ideas has produced musical fireworks.

This time round, there is a remarkable duet with American pop musician Sam Sparro called Caterpillar. Again, not an obvious combination, but you can hear both artists almost literally step out of their comfort zones and (maybe for that very reason) create a result that is as surprising as it is successful. “I like a taste of everything, and it’s not in my nature to rule out any cooperation in advance. I’m open to experimentation. Often it’s the very thing that enriches my music” says Neve.

As Mary James of the London Jazz News describes, “Neve writes beautiful tunes that hang around in your head and send you back to replay this album again and again, so satisfying is his virtuosity and eloquency of feeling. This is a truly beautiful personal album of many layers and subtle colours from the master of emotional intensity truly at ease with himself.”

Jef Neve will be bringing music from his new album, Spirit Control, to The Piano on Thursday 12 October at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased via Eventfinder here>


Fascinated with health? Simulation Centre Tour

170906 health showcase

UC supports the vision of a Health Precinct in Christchurch that integrates health care, population health, industry services, research, education and innovation in a world-class environment that attracts and retains top talent and delivers outstanding health outcomes. Partners include the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury, ARA and the University of Otago.

You are warmly invited to the University of Otago, Christchurch, Health Showcase.

Sunday, 1 October, 1pm to  5pm, University of Otago, Christchurch, building at 2 Riccarton Ave (on the Christchurch Hospital campus).

Tour the labs, visit the medical Simulation Centre (where students and other health professionals practice skills before using them in real-life medical situations), watch a debate hosted by Gary McCormick called We can all live to 120 years old and talk to our researchers.

Get details about the day>

The Health Precinct is an area within the city dedicated entirely to testing, fixing and discovering new ways to improve the wellbeing of the Christchurch community.  Read more>

Free financial planning for 35 – 55 year olds

Come along to a free lunchtime workshop and learn how to make the most of your financial situation.

“I attended one of these workshops earlier in the year and with an experienced and knowledgeable presenter, I found it extremely useful. In the short time frame they really packed a lot of useful information in” – past attendee

This workshop is aimed at people who want to position themselves well to enter the transition phase where they need to be saving for retirement. Attendees would generally:

  • have committed to take a planned approach to creating financial independence and ensuring a preferred lifestyle
  • be highly motivated to make best use of increasing surplus income and/or investment assets for future lifestyle
  • have children who are now, or shortly, leaving home
  • be making financial independence and self-sufficiency a key focus.

When: 12pm – 1.30pm on Wednesday 13 September 2017

Click here for more info.

Please register your interest for this seminar by contacting Shelley Dick.
Email: shelleyd@chchnzfp.co.nz
Phone: (03) 375 4040.