Student Choice Award Finalists

This year we received 230 nominations from students, who shared some amazing stories about UC staff who they’d like to celebrate!

Since 1995, the UCSA Student Choice Awards (formerly Staff of the Year Awards) have given students the opportunity to nominate staff members who have gone above and beyond and made a real difference to their university experience. This encompasses lecturers, supervisors, administrators, and other non-academic staff members on the UC campus.

The UCSA and the Student Choice Award committee are excited to announce the following staff members as finalists for the 2021 Student Choice Awards (in alphabetical order):

Lecturer of the Year: College of Arts
Phillip Borell
Serena Kelly
Donald Matheson
Antonio Viselli

Lecturer of the Year: College of Business and Law
Ruth Ballantyne
Anna Earl
Stephen Todd
Debra Wilson

Lecturer of the Year: College of Education, Health and Human Development
Jenny Clarke
Kari Kururangi
Rachel Maitland
Christoph Teschers

Lecturer of the Year: College of Engineering
Adrian Clark
Phillipa Gourdie
Robin Lee
Christopher Price

Lecturer of the Year: College of Science
Jim Briskie
Maggie-Lee Huckabee
Angus McIntosh
Greg O’Beirne

Administrator of the Year
Kylie Boyd
Alison Lowery
Julie Scott
Patricia Ydgren

Great Character
Phillip Borell
Te Hurinui Clarke
Lyndon Fraser
Eric Mouhica

Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year
Lyndon Fraser
Anushia Inthiran
Annie Potts
Thomas Woods

Superstar Award
Grant Buchanan
Jarrod Gilbert
Sanna Malinen
Heather Wolffram

Support Services Staff Member of the Year Award
Theresa Buller
Jonie Chang
Ruth MacAskill
Philippa Martin

Technical Staff Member of the Year Award
Daniel Bishop
Siale Faitotonu
Craig Gallilee

The Wellbeing Teaching Award
Ruth Ballantyne
Natalia Chaban
Nicki Dabner
Michael Grimshaw

Make Your Own Award
Dan Bedggood
Adrian Clarke
Michael Grimshaw
Tiina Vares
UC Library Social Media Staff

+ more to be announced on the night 🙂

The Student Choice Awards will be held on October 1 in Haere-roa. Spaces are incredibly limited this year due to the event being held under Alert Level 2 guidelines. Invitations have been sent to nominees, and we request that those who have received them respond ASAP, and consider not bringing a +1 so that as many nominees as possible can attend.

Any questions should be directed to events@ucsa.org.nz

Ka whakatū a Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha i te Tari Mana Tiriti, Kā Waimaero

Ka whakatū a Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu me Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha i te Tari Mana Tiriti, Kā Waimaero | the Ngāi Tahu Centre.

He tohu tēnei i ngā hurihanga hou kei te Whare Wānanga, me te herenga ō Tāngata Tiriti kia Mana Whenua i runga i te mana ō te Tiriti – he tuatahitanga tēnei ki roto i ngā whare wānanga ō Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu. Kua whakamana Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha me Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu ki te whakatū i te Tari Mana Tiriti ki runga i taua whare wānanga.

He tohu te whakatū i Kā Waimaero i te herenga me te mahi ngātahi ō Mana Whenua ki te Tumu Whakarae, kia whakahaere i a rātou whakaaetanga mātāpono, me te akiaki i te mana whakatipu ō Ngāi Māori ki roto i ngā whare wānanga puta noa i te motu.

Ka riro a Ahorangi Tūhono Te Maire Tau, Upoko ō Ngāi Tūāhuriri, i te tūranga hou a *Pou Whakahaere ō Kā Waimaero. Ka mahi ngātahi a ia ki Tumu Whakarae Ahorangi Cheryl de la Rey, me te aro ki te pūnaha mātauranga, ngā kaupapa ō Te Ao Māori, ngā Tikanga Māori, Mātauranga Māori me te whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.

Hai tā Ahorangi De la Rey; “E ngākau nui ana mātou ki te whakataukī a Ngāi Tahu: mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei”

“Kua roa nei a Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha e whakawhanake ana i tō mātou māramatanga ki te whakawhaiti ahurei me te kawe i ngā whanonga pono ō Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te hāpai i te hononga ki waenga i a mātou ko Ngāi Tūāhuriri me Ngāi Tahu ka koke haere tō mātou tikanga rua, me te manawanui ki tō tātou hāpori Māori. Koinei te hua ō ērā wawata,”

Hai tā te Pou Whakarae; ka taea e Kā Waimaero, te ruku, te whakaatu hoki i ngā whakatutukitanga ō te mātauranga i roto i ngā momo akoranga katoa. Ka hāpai hoki i te mana me ngā wawata ō tāngata whenua.

“Ehara ko te mātauranga Māori anake te take. Ka whakaatu te Whare Wānanga nei i tōna whaitake ki te taiōhanga rohe me Te Ao Māori”, hai tā Ahorangi Tūhono Tau. “He whakakitenga tēnei i te mana ō te Tiriti, tāria te wā ka puta ngā hua mai i tēnei tari, ka tino harikoa.”

Ko Kā Waimaero te ingoa Māori mō te Ngāi Tahu Centre, ka tapaina tēnei ingoa hai tūhonohono ki te whenua ō tēnei rohe, me te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.

Whakamārama

I te marama ō Maehe 2019, i hainatia e Ngāi Tūāhuriri me Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha i tētahi whakaaetanga mātāpono ki te marae ō Tuahiwi e whakamana ana i te herenga ki te hapū, me te whakahou i te herenga ki te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu hoki.

Ki roto i te whakaaetanga mātāpono, ko ngā whanonga pono me ngā rautaki mō te mahi ngātahi a ngā rōpū nei, ka whakapū ki ngā mātāpono ō te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka hui katoa ngā kaupapa ō Te Reo Māori, ngā tikanga Māori ki te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, te tautoko i ngā tauira me ngā wawata ō Ngāi Tūāhuriri, ō Ngāi Tahu hoki ki roto i te rohe ō Waitaha, ā puta noa. Nā te Upoko ō mua a H.R.Tau i whakamana i te tau 2001.

Nā te hainatanga ō tēnei whakaaetanga mātāpono, kua kaha hui a Ringatohu ō Kā Waimaero, te  Upoko ō Ngāi Tūāhuriri a Ahorangi Tūhono Te Maire Tau me Tumu Whakarae Cheryl de la Rey i ngā kaupapa ō te rautaki mātauranga, mahi haumi, tikanga me te manaaki manuhiri.

*Ko te Pou Whakarae he kupu e hāngai ki ngā pou ō te pā, ki tētahi tangata aukaha hoki. Kua tapaina tēnei ingoa mō te tūranga hou kia whakaatu i te herenga ō Ngāi Tūāhuriri me te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. Ka hono hoki tēnei ingoa ki tētahi tūranga kē o te Whare Wānanga, arā, ko te Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor. Ko te Tumu Whakaraehe, he pou nui o te pā, he kupu anō mō te kaiwhakahaere matua ō tētahi kamupene. Ko te mea ōrite ō ēnei ingoa, ko te kupu whakarae – e whakamānawa ana i te herenga ō mana whenua ki te whakanōhanga ō te Whare Wānanga. Mātua i tērā ko te mahi ngātahi ā te Pou Whakarae me te Tumu Whakarae.

University of Canterbury announces Office of Treaty Partnership, the Ngāi Tahu Centre

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury (UC) have announced the establishment of an Office of Treaty Partnership, Kā Waimaero | the Ngāi Tahu Centre.

Today’s announcement signals progressive new changes to the structure of the University to acknowledge mana whenua Treaty Partners – believed to be a first for Aotearoa New Zealand universities. The UC Council and the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu have endorsed the establishment of an Office of Treaty Partnership on campus.

The establishment of the Ngāi Tahu Centre will create a tangible space that represents the partnership and works directly with the Vice-Chancellor to oversee the implementation of the partnership agreement and provide strong Māori academic leadership on a pan-university basis. 

Associate Professor Te Maire Tau, who is also Ngāi Tūāhuriri Ūpoko, will become *Pou Whakarae of the Ngāi Tahu Centre, signifying a direct relationship with the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey, and a commitment to working towards an education system that includes te ao Māori, Māori world views and mātauranga, and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the University of Canterbury.

“We are inspired by the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī: mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us,” Professor De la Rey says.

“This is a journey the University of Canterbury began a long time ago in developing a greater understanding of cultural inclusiveness and the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi in action. Building a strong relationship with Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu is fundamental to continuing our bicultural journey and engaging our Māori community. This is the practical manifestation of that,” she says.

The Ngāi Tahu Centre will enable the exploration and demonstration of academic achievement in all disciplines, its Pou Whakarae says, as well as upholding the mana and aspirations of tangata whenua.

“This is not just about mātauranga. This will contribute to the relevance of the University to the regional economy and to Māori,” Associate Professor Tau says. “This is a tangible demonstration of our strong Treaty relationship, and we look forward to cementing this further through this office and future initiatives.”

Kā Waimaero is the reo name for the Ngāi Tahu Centre, as it is grounded in the landscape, and it is part of the University of Canterbury.

Background

Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury signed a partnership agreement in March 2019 at Tuahiwi marae to formalise and extend the longstanding relationship between the hapū, including reconfirming the relationship with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the University.

The agreement, which outlined the principles and mechanisms for working together into the future, is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles. This includes supporting the use of te reo and Tikanga Māori at UC and supporting Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu students and aspirations for Ngāi Tahu development in the Waitaha Canterbury region and beyond. This relationship was originally signed by the previous Ūpoko, H.R. Tau, in 2001.

Since the signing of the partnership, the Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, and current Ngāi Tūāhuriri Ūpoko, Associate Professor Te Maire Tau and Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey have met regularly to discuss academic strategy, investment opportunities, ceremonial activities, and the hosting of UC guests.

*Pou Whakarae is a term associated with the main post of a palisade within a pā, fortified village. It can also be interpreted as a prominent figure, or stalwart. Reflecting the Treaty partnership between Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury, the name also aligns with other naming conventions on campus, notably the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor. Tumu Whakarae being a large carved post in the palisading of a pā, or the chief of highest rank, or chief executive. The common denominator between the two roles – whakarae – acknowledges the partnership between mana whenua and the institution, and more specifically, the working relationship between the Pou Whakarae and Tumu Whakarae.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES – NOMINATIONS (still) OPEN

Kia ora koutou

Health and Safety Representatives are critical to effective health and safety at UC.

We provide appointees with training and a clear scope, so the role ends up being an important but manageable responsibility.

H&S Committee hui are a great opportunity to meet reps from other business units and hear the latest H&S news.

The job description can be found here.

The nomination form can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

The following business units have vacancies:

Committee GroupDepartment/ServiceVacancies
College of ArtsHumanities & Creative Arts (Admin)1
College of ArtsCollege Office1
College of EngineeringForestry1
College of EngineeringChemical & Process Engineering1
College of EngineeringCivil & Natural Resources1
College of EngineeringCivil & Natural Resources1
College of EngineeringCollege Office1
College of EngineeringProduct Design1
College of ScienceCollege Office1
College of ScienceGeological1
College of ScienceGeography1
College of ScienceBiological1
Service 1Financial Services1
Service 1AVC Maori1
Student LifeHealth Centre1

Work-Integrated Learning – Guest speaker from Waikato University, 30 Sep

Kia ora koutou,

I’m delighted to announce new investment in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of the University’s strategic vision and commitment to future-focused learning. Connecting across UCOnline, Kia Angitu, External Engagement and the Digital Strategy, it will be a pan-university initiative with positive student outcomes at its heart.

Clare Murray has been appointed as Director of WIL, working towards creating a centre for WIL best practice. The initiative seeks to enable and support all staff involved in WIL (in its many forms).

Come and hear more as UC starts on this exciting journey. To kick-off the conversation, Dr Karsten Zegwaard Director of Work-Integrated Learning Research, will present on the WIL journey that Waikato University embarked on a few years ago.

When:  9 – 10am, Thursday 30 September
Where:  Rehua 329 (in person and recorded)
Note:  Informal chat for any who wishes to stay afterwards (10 – 10.30am)

Ngā mihi,
Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

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