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Join in the fun and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day

Kick-start your new year by volunteering at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021! 

The Events team is looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students and their whānau to the UC community, creating a sense of belonging and helping them get their bearings on their first day. 

Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021
Friday 19 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is an opportunity for you to be part of O Day. If you are interested, please review the roles, check with your manager and sign up by Friday 12 February 2021. Please note you will need to commit to attending the Event Briefing on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

O Day volunteer roles:

Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy. We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC.

Information Guru

Providing help and answering questions is your gig. You know campus well and can point people in the right direction (or point them to someone who can!)

Session Greeter
You’re there to scan people into sessions, all the while being that friendly face on their first day. 

Data Gatherer
You’ll happily ask people what they think. iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on O Day.

 Campus Explorer
You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off. We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities.

Volunteer now or email the Events team if you have any questions.

Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

Aukaha Tau 10 prepares Taiohi Māori for their journey to higher education

Ka mau te wehi! A record number of taiohi Māori from schools across Ōtautahi Christchurch took part in hands on science experiments, tested their understanding of the Law and engaged with Colleges at UC as part of an interactive day designed to inspire students to further their study.

Led by Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity, the annual Aukaha Tau 10 event provided a welcoming, fun and supportive environment for over 170 taiohi Māori to start thinking about their future after school and explore their study options at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

The name ‘Aukaha’ is taken from a Kāi Tahu whakataukī ‘Aukaha ana tō waka’ meaning ‘strengthen the lashings of your own waka’- in this context this whakatauki is a metaphor for taiohi to prepare themselves for the journey ahead, readying themselves for future tertiary study. 

The day started with a mihi whakatau, and taiohi Māori then took part in a number of interactive, educational sessions on different subject areas taught at UC. College Advisors were on hand to provide information and advice about courses options and career pathways. Taiohi Māori were guided through the day by tuākana mentors, current ākonga Māori, who offered a warm welcome and shared their own experience of life on campus.

Aukaha Tau 10 is the first-step in a series of kaupapa to engage with secondary school taiohi, making connections between the learning and opportunities available to them at UC. Whakawhanaungatanga is key in Aukaha for connecting taiohi with UC communities and facilities on campus.

See some photos from the day here: 

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Friday 16 October

It’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 16 October! All students and staff are encouraged to wear pink and join in this global movement celebrating diversity and taking a stand against bullying.

How to get involved 

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora

Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying

Where to vote on campus in the General Election

The General Election and referendums are just around the corner. This year you can vote from Saturday 3 October, right through until 7pm Election Day, Saturday 17 October. You need to be enrolled to vote and you can enrol right up to and on election day – you can do it online at People enrolling now won’t receive an EasyVote card in the mail, but you can still vote without one.

This year, you can vote on campus at Haere-roa and in the Undercroft. 

Vote in Haere-roa on:

Mon 5 – Wed 7 Oct         10am-4pm 

Mon 12 – Thu 15 Oct      10am-4pm 

Fri 16 Oct                              10am-3pm 

Vote in the Undercroft on: 

Mon 5 Oct -Sat 10 Oct                    11am – 5pm

Mon 12 Oct – Thu 15 Oct              11am – 5pm

Fri 16 Oct                                                11am – 3pm

When you go to vote, you’ll be given a voting paper for the election and voting paper for the referendums. On your election voting paper, place a tick next to the party you support, and a tick by the name of the person you want to represent your local area. You can also vote in the two referendums – the End of Life Choice referendum and the cannibis legalisation and control referendum. You can find more information at

Some other helpful websites are:

Special Considerations for students

Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of studies. If students are struggling to finish their assessments, there is support here at UC:  

  • If students find their workload challenging, they can apply for an extension. Students have been advised to speak to their course coordinator about this.
  • If students miss assessments, or are unable to complete work to the best of their ability, please encourage them to apply for a Special Consideration.

If a student requests an extension and the course coordinator is willing to grant this then they do not need to apply for a Special Consideration.

Please encourage students to make the most of this support. Find out more here>

Students can also access other UC support services if they need help or someone to talk to:

Final dates for enrolment changes and withdrawals

The last date for students make changes to enrolment or withdraw without academic penalty from Semester 2 courses is Friday 25 September 2020. Find out more here>