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UCSA Ngaio Marsh Theatre – Save Me a Seat

Find out below about the Ngaio Marsh Theatre Save Me a Seat fundraising initiative from UCSA President Sam Brosnahan. 

The Ngaio Marsh Theatre created amazing memories for generations of UC students. Now’s your chance to give future generations that same opportunity, and to be a part of the student experience for years to come.

The earthquakes destroyed the old theatre, but they could never destroy its spirit and history. That lives on in everyone that watched, crewed or performed in a show. And that’s why it’s so important we bring the Ngaio Marsh Theatre back as part of Haere-roa, the new UCSA building.

Of course, that requires money. (Yeah, you already know what we’re getting at with this.) But we think it also needs a sense of history. That when students step out on to that stage – maybe for the first time in their lives, maybe the only time in their lives – they feel like they’re part of a larger tradition. The tradition that you were part of.

In recognition of your support for the Ngaio Marsh Theatre, we will celebrate your gift with an engraved name plate on one of the auditorium seats for every $500 received. There are now less than 300 seats up for grabs so get in quick! Click here to Save A Seat

On behalf of students past, present and future, thank you for your support!

Ngā mihi nui,

Sam Brosnahan
UCSA President

Haere-roa update

Haere-roa, the new UCSA building is starting to take shape – the structural frame has been completed, and roof and cladding works are almost complete with the building due to be weather tight early in the New Year. Internally the work continues at pace with good progress being made on pipework, ducts, cables and walls.

While work on Haere-roa is progressing, there have been some challenges along the way that have resulted in a delay to the construction programme. This means Haere-roa is now scheduled to open in Semester 2 2019.

UCSA’s offices and the Events Centre/Foundry will remain in their current locations during Semester 1 next year.

Find out more about the new UCSA building and the meaning behind its name, Haere-roa.

Ground broken on new UCSA building Haere-roa

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Friday to celebrate the new University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) building, with Leighs Construction to begin work before the end of the month.

Despite the wet weather there was a good turnout at the event. Guests included UC alumni, donors, friends of the UCSA, Leighs Construction staff, UC staff and UC clubs and students.

UC 17-0296-39 - UCSA groundbreakingUCSA President James Addington and Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera  Dr John Wood were on official ground-breaking duties, along with Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Dr Rod Carr and Chair of the UCSA building fundraising committee David Caygill.

At the ceremony James also announced the new UCSA building will be named Haere-roa. The name has been kindly gifted to the UCSA by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and is linked to the Ōtākaro Avon River, which flows past the UCSA site. The name also strongly aligns with UC’s campus-wide cultural narrative.

James explained the name Haere-roa translates to the longest stream or the long wanderer. It recognises the UCSA as a space that hosts and welcomes people. For many UC students the UCSA will be an important part of their journey, it’s a place where they will receive support, access resources, learn new things and meet new people, preparing them for the next part of their journey.

Read the full story about the UCSA ground-breaking.

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Our roving Intercom reported  sat down with UCSA President James Addington to get his take on the new UCSA building:

What facilities/events can students expect in the new building?Everything that currently happens in the UCSA Events Centre (Foundry & Bentley’s) will move into the new building. The large events that happen on the fields (e.g. Tea Party) will also move back to the UCSA building site. Performance clubs will have a fit-for-purpose theatre. There will also be additional spaces, eg, movie space, outdoor amphitheatre and multi-functional spaces, where our students can organise new events and activities.

What aspect of the new building are you most excited about?Personally, the Ngaio Marsh Theatre is what I am most excited about. Instead of our performance clubs having to make do with the Jack Mann Theatre, they will now have a brand new student facility available for shows.

What will happen to the beloved Foundry building?
UC owns the building (UCSA operates and owns the fit-out) so who knows. It could potentially stay where it is and be repurposed.

UCSA building site update – April

Early enabling works and ground improvements are continuing on the UCSA building site.

During April and May a large excavator will be carrying out earthworks and stabilising the ground. Large machinery will also be on site compacting gravel.

Noise levels are likely to increase – as well as general construction noise, there will be heavy compaction of gravel and truck movements.

Please take care when travelling near the site – watch for construction vehicles coming and going.

Note – The footbridge located between the UCSA site and University Drive (opposite the University Bookshop) will remain closed until the end of May. Please continue to use the two footbridges located between the Health Centre and University Drive (opposite the ICT car park). See more information

All early enabling works and ground improvements are expected to be completed by June.

If you have any concerns please contact David Wong, UCSA Project Manager – email david.wong@canterbury.ac.nz

UCSA demolition update – noisy work

The final phase of the UCSA building demolition is now under way. This involves breaking up the concrete foundation and removing ground services.

Between now and the end of November the UCSA site will be noisy due to the use of excavators, hydraulic jack hammers and compactors. Those located in buildings near the UCSA site may also experience some ground vibrations.

For more information see the UCSA demolition timeline or if you have any concerns please contact David Wong, UCSA Demolition Project Manager – email david.wong@canterbury.ac.nz