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The story behind our new UCSA logo

Following the recent Staff Forum, many people have been asking about the meaning behind the UCSA’s new logo.

The logo was designed as an iconic representation of the Haere-Roa, spring-source of the Ōtākaro | Avon River, flowing through the University Campus.

Alongside their new logo, UCSA have also incorporated Ākonga tū, ākonga ora as a motto, which was inspired in part, by UC’s vision of People prepared to make a difference – Tangata tū, tangata ora.

Both statements are adapted from the original whakataukī (proverb), Tama tū, tama ora; tama noho, tama matekai (Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove, pg 358), which captures the importance of being engaged, connected and active in life in order to flourish and live well.

Ākonga is the te reo Māori term used for student across UC and so it was used in place of ‘tangata’ in the UCSA motto in recognition of their role as representatives and advocates for the UC student community.

For the UCSA, ‘Ākonga tū, ākonga ora’ is about being there to support all UC students to belong and succeed.

Named after the spring-source Haere-roa, the UCSA’s new building, embodies the tribal tenets of manaakitanga. It recognises UCSA as a place for all people to be welcomed, to rest, to be hosted and to receive sustenance.

For many, UCSA will be a marker in their journey, it will be a place they stop to contemplate, replenish and prepare for the next part of the journey.

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VC and USCA reps’ marathon success

UCSA President Josh Proctor provides an account of fundraising efforts for the new UCSA building Haere-roa at the recent Queenstown Marathon. 

(From left to right: UCSA President Josh Proctor, USAC exec member Alex Holmes, VC Dr Rod Carr, UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Sam Broshnahan.)

The Queenstown Marathon was a fantastic event that those involved will remember for a long time.

Rod completed his twenty-first marathon and was accompanied by UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Alex Holmes who were both completing their first.

Alex and Rod ended up passing each other a few times throughout the race, with Alex eventually finishing slightly in front.

Shayne chugged away and his halftime Facebook message stating he was on track to achieve a PB was accurate, and despite the pain, he was all smiles crossing the finish line.

 Sam Brosnahan and I were entered in the half marathon, Sam’s second and my first.

All in all, we had a lot of fun and are glad to have been able to run in support of Rod who raised over $11,000 for Haere-roa. The UCSA Fundraising campaign is etching closer to $3 million and we’re very excited to be opening our new home next year.

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