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Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited University for over a year now, and we get to celebrate by being part of Fairtrade Fortnight: 3 -16 August.

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand are holding their annual Fairtrade Fortnight in August to raise awareness of all the benefits that fair trade brings. 

UC Sustainability is joining the celebration by holding several events, presentations and activities on campus throughout the fortnight. Check out some highlights below and follow UC Sustainability on Facebook for all the event details!

Intro to Fair Trade
Friday 3 August | Presentation from Trade Aid NZ: What is Fair Trade? | 12 – 2pm | Puaka James-Hight 210

We’re kicking off Fairtrade Fortnight with an interactive Q&A from Trade Aid, one of New Zealand’s biggest importers of Fair Trade products. It’s the perfect introduction to what fair trade is. Drop in any time during the session, and learn what Trade Aid is doing for fair trade producers around the world.

Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird
Friday 10 August | Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird | 10 – 11am | Puaka James-Hight 210

Our second event is close to home, with a one-hour presentation from Samantha Jones, UC alumna and CEO of fair trade clothing company Little Yellow Bird.

Sam will be discussing the importance of ethical fashion and knowing where your clothes come from.

This event is also sponsored by All Good Bananas, the only fair trade and organic banana company in NZ. During the talk there will be a spot prizes of banana bunches and organic fair trade tee shirts made by Little Yellow Bird (with bananas on them of course).

Fair Trade Fair
Friday 10 August | Fair Trade Fair | 12 – 2pm | Undercroft

Our biggest event during Fairtrade Fortnight this year is our Fair Trade Fair. It gives staff and students a chance to meet some of the suppliers that helped UC earn their Fair Trade accreditation.

The brands and businesses will be sharing how they celebrate and support all things fair trade with stalls, competitions, and giveaways.

Expect to try Trade Aid’s delicious chocolate range, sample their tea, coffee and hot chocolates, enjoy free tastings of fair trade soft drinks from Karma Cola, and free iced coffee shots from our coffee supplier Common Good Coffee Roasters.

Plus more fair trade giveaways throughout the fair, from local fair trade businesses.

Fair Trade Film Night
Tuesday 14 August | Film Screening: Black Gold | 5 – 7pm | Undercroft 101

And finally, to wrap up Fairtrade Fortnight, we are holding a fair trade film night. We’re screening Indie doco ‘Black Gold’, which explores Ethiopia’s coffee industry, and the ways fair trade can benefit the 15 million coffee workers in the county.

Fair Trade hot chocolates and baking will be provided by our wonderful eco volunteer team. See the documentary trailer here.


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Fair Trade spreads across campus

We support Fair TradeGreat news! Café 101 and Reboot have joined the Fair Trade journey, meaning that anywhere on campus you choose to have your coffee or hot chocolate now, you’ll be helping to ensure workers in developing countries are receiving basic humanitarian services. Think – good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children. All those things we just take for granted.


Fair Trade Celebration – 8 August

We’re so proud and excited that the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ has recognised UC as a Fair Trade University that we want to celebrate with you.

Between 12pm and 1pm on 8 August, we invite all staff and students to join us in the Undercroft to witness the presentation of our certificate, enjoy music, stalls and, of course, to taste samples of Fair Trade coffe, hot chocolate, tea and chocolate.

You can also see the draw of the SnapChat competiton for Fair Trade goodies the UCSA will run closer to the event. You can find out more about Fair Trade at UC here.


UC receives Fair Trade Accreditation

We support Fair Trade

UC has been recognised by the Fair Trade Association of Australia and Zealand as a Fair Trade University, one of only two in New Zealand, and the first entirely Fair Trade campus.

Because UC owns its 87 hectare Christchurch campus, we needed to provide Fair Trade tea and coffee brands in every café, kitchenette and staffroom across the entire campus to gain accreditation, which translates to a significant commitment on everyone’s part.

The fact that the UCSA had already introduced Fair Trade coffee into all their cafés on campus by 2012 made that transition somewhat easier. Our students are to be congratulated in leading the way by already deciding that Fair Trade was a good thing to support.

It was the strong endorsement of the University Council during 2016 however, that gave the movement real momentum. A Fair Trade Steering Group, chaired by Associate Professor John Hopkins, was established to manage the policy, administrative and cultural changes involved in converting all UC purchased tea and coffee to Fair Trade brands.

Criteria for accreditation is that 50 percent of products should be Fair Trade, where Fair Trade options are available. By the time we applied for accreditation, UC purchases for tea and coffee had reached 80 percent, and are still rising.

Every staff member and student who drinks tea and coffee on campus is to be commended for their part in making a difference on a global scale. Conditions in a Fair Trade tea or coffee plantation bear no resemblance to one that is not. By supporting Fair Trade products, we are playing a real part in ensuring that workers in coffee and tea plantations in developing countries receive basic humanitarian services such as good health, clean water, decent wages and schooling for their children.

An official launch in the Undercroft on August 8 will give you all the chance to taste some of the Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate currently on offer.