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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.

For more about the UCSA, visit their website here>

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

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.

How to help our students build their new home>


This year the friendly team at The Shilling Club have a special offer for UC staff groups looking to host an end of year celebration.

Just for UC staff, the team are offering two all-inclusive catering packages at a specially discounted rate of $30 per person.

The cost includes venue hire, staff, GST and some excellent catering, making organising this year’s function a breeze.

Menu 1)

Frankincense Breakfast         $35 p/p – $30 p/p*

  • Sparkling grape juice on arrival

Breakfast Buffet

  • Hot breakfast with scrambled eggs
  • Continental – Including cold meats and cheeses
  • Filter coffee & tea
  • Orange juice

Menu 2)

Christmas cracker      $35 p/p – $30 p/p*

  • Sparkling Grape Juice on Arrival


  • Christmas Carvery Glazed Ham with Apple sauce
  • Minted New Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Seasonal Salads with House made Dressings
  • Christmas fruit mince pies
  • Festive Pavlova

*UC Staff only

Contact George for availability, bookings and t’s & c’s
Email functions@ucsa.org.nz or call 027 809 9972

Meet the 2019 UCSA Leadership Team

It was the UCSA’s biggest and most successful election yet, with over 5,800 students voting. That is just over 45% of the student body. The UCSA works closely with UC in helping students succeed and belong on campus.

New President | Tūmuaki Sam Brosnahan and Vice-President |Tūmuaki Tuarua Tori McNoe are excited for 2019 and all that it’s got in store:

2019 Executives:

  • President – Sam Brosnahan
  • Vice-President – Tori McNoe
  • Finance Officer – Millie Morgan
  • Equity & Wellbeing – Jack Whittam
  • Postgraduate Rep – Katie Mills
  • International Rep – Kevin Fernando
  • Equity and Wellbeing Rep – Jack Whittam

General Executive:

  • Olly Ng
  • Elise Wilson
  • Elric Clarke-Beatson
  • Raymond Ellwood
  • Charlotte Merrall
  • Christal Leung