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We are all in this together – Whiria te Taura Tangata #14

Kia ora koutou!

He waka eke noa.

My understanding of this whakataukī is “we are all in this together”.

It uses the waka as a symbol of the need for cooperation and collaboration in order to move together towards a shared place or vision. With the Colleges of Arts and Engineering, and now the UC Health Centre, receiving their culture results we can now truly say this is the case.

Blue CLUES. The planning for the first Blue CLUES is underway and invitations will be sent soon to those in Culture Leadership roles.  The invitation is still open for work areas to host one of these seminars – open the session, contribute to the content etc. so just let me know if you wish to take this opportunity.

Contributions welcome. Contributions to this blog are welcome. If you have a story to share, feel free to talk to me or post it yourself.

Culture Bites Podcasts.The podcasts by Human Synergistics Australia are a useful resource that can be listened to, for example, in the car. The latest one “But in this industry we have to be like that…”  David Byrum and Dominic Gourley from Human Synergistics discuss the concept of different cultures within different industries – “In a University, we have to be Oppositional because …..” You can listen to it here (or download to your phone): But in this Industry we have to be like that…

Change in OD Team. Karen Grant has taken up a new role within HR as Reward and Recognition Consultant. Karen’s contribution to getting the culture development programme to this point has been significant and I thank her for everything she has done. Rachel Dillon, who has worked here as an HR Advisor, is now in the OD Advisor role.  Rachel will be managing the LSI, OCI/OEI, Blue CLUES etc. – so say kia ora.

Finding Out More

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), Karen

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

All Right? Campaign – Rainbow Research

The All Right? Campaign is undertaking a piece of research into the wellbeing of the Rainbow community in Christchurch.

The Campaign has carried out similar research with other communities over the past six years and now they are keen to understand how the LGBT + community is faring in post disaster Christchurch. In particular, they want to know what LGBT+ people identify as their strengths, what changes the community would still like to see, to hear about any emerging issues which impact on the wellbeing of the community and to consider how the All Right?  campaign could positively contribute. 

The research process is made up of three major components:

  • Interviewing a range of key informants to gather a broad brush picture of what is currently happening in Christchurch and to guide the focus group direction.
  • Running focus groups with a diverse range of community members to gather qualitative and quantitative evidence and feedback.
  • Engaging the community with an online survey to compile quantitative evidence to further inform and test our findings.

This is an invitation to Christchurch Rainbow community members to participate in the focus groups. They will run for approximately two hours and there will be snacks and (non-alcoholic) refreshments. They will also provide a small koha.

For more information and to register, please click here

See also All Right? Facebook here>

UC’s first Rainbow Hui

On Tuesday, 23rd October at 12:30pm in Undercroft 101 UC’s inaugural Rainbow Hui will be held. This will be a gathering of staff and students, rainbow and non-rainbow, from different colleges and areas. If you are involved with the rainbow community, or wish to know how to support your rainbow students, staff, and colleagues come along.

You need not bring anything but yourself. 

This is a chance for you to share and observe what has been happening across the university, interact with staff and students, and also plan for the future. 

Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand

Dr Sue Yong, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, will be delivering a seminar as part of the ACIS Seminar Series on the topic of “Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand”.

L236, Meremere Building

Wednesday, 15 August at 11.00am.

A light lunch will be served from 12.00pm after the seminar.

Learn about the role of accounting, accountants, and the cash management processes of indigenous Māori and Pacific (collectively referred as Polynesian) entrepreneurs in New Zealand.
Consider the influence of cultural values on Polynesians’ accounting decision-making processes and gain unique insights into the interrelationships of the cultural, economic and social dynamics that sculpt Polynesians’ decisions towards accounting, cash management and their accountants.

All staff and students are welcome.

Feedback welcome on UC’s Harassment Policy

UC’s Harassment Policy is under review. Staff and students are welcome to provide feedback on the draft Policy before it is updated. Feedback may be emailed to summer.pringle@canterbury.ac.nz by 12.00pm on Thursday 3 May. Alternatively, Tim Turnbull and Summer Pringle from HR, along with Julie Pratt from Student Services, will be available to receive feedback in person at an informal drop-in session on Thursday 3 May between 11.00am and 12.00pm in the Engineering Core meeting room 1 (room 129 on the ground floor).