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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week (14-19 Rima | September)! Get involved in the abundance of great activities on offer at UC to celebrate over the week.

Activities begin at 12pm today with the Whakatuwhera | Opening of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Te Puna Mātauraka | Central Library, Puaka-James Hight.

There is also a chance to join the Te Reo Māori Moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September, and have a conversation in Te Reo! Find out more here>

Have a look at everything going on at UC over the week, click here>

Keen to make your kawhe (coffee) order in te reo? Here’s a guideline to get you started:

Be part of the Māori Language Moment

People across Aotearoa will come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to speak, sing or play te reo Māori. Join this historic moment and celebrate te reo at UC!

You can get involved in any way you like – this could be saying “kia ora” to a colleague or student, starting a lecture with a karakia, or teaching yourself a new saying. Use the resources provided by UC Māori to help you get started (available here). 

Māori Language Moment marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori, and there are lots of events and activities coming up on campus. Have a look at the timetable for activities around UC here.

A message from our VC: Volunteer for Rā Tomene | Open Day

Kia ora koutou,

This year has been challenging and I continue to be grateful for your agility and capacity to adapt to the situation as it changes. Thank you for your continued commitment to the University.

Rā Tomene | Open Day, is one of UC’s most important recruitment activities each year. By now you will know the event has been postponed twice due to COVID-19, and following the Prime Minister’s latest Alert Level announcement, the difficult decision was made to move the event to Saturday 19 September.

With different stressors on UC’s financial position and restrictions on international students’ ability to come into the country, we believe it is even more critical this year to do everything we can to support the recruitment of domestic students. Rā Tomene | Open Day has a strong reputation as a key activity in the decision making of potential future students, which cannot be achieved without the support of UC staff volunteers.

It has been heart-warming to see staff put their hand up to help, showing once again their enthusiasm to support the University in this essential recruitment activity, but we require more volunteers. If you can volunteer a couple of hours, or the whole day, please register now.

Volunteers can choose either a UC hoodie or UC umbrella to utilise at the event for weather circumstances. Refreshments and food will also be provided for all staff volunteering on the day.

I really appreciate your support of this event. Please click here to register and select your item (and size) by midday Monday.

Thank you again for your flexibility during this unprecedented time, and for supporting the recruitment efforts of Rā Tomene | Open Day 2020.

We will get through this together – He waka ehe noa.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae


Congratulations to UC Civil and Natural Resources Engineer Dr Gabriele Chiaro, who has been presented with the 2020 NZSEE Otto Glogau 2020 Award for the best earthquake engineering paper published in the Bulletin of the NZSEE within the previous three years.

The paper ‘Reconnaissance report on geotechnical and geological aspects of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, Japan’ discusses the types and extent of landslides and other ground damage triggered by the Kumamoto earthquakes in April 2016, and the consequent damage to infrastructure and the built environment. It also discusses the observations in the context of New Zealand, helping to identify where similar hazards and impacts could occur, as well as providing insights on how to mitigate against such hazards.

The paper was co-authored by Gavin Alexander (Beca Ltd.), Brabhaharan Pathmanathan (WPS Opus), Chris Massey (GNS), Junichi Koseki (University of Tokyo), Suguru Yamada (Osaka City University) & Yudai Aoyagi (University of Tokyo).

Dr Chiaro (Team Leader) and his team during the 2016 NZSEE “Learning for Earthquake” mission in Kumamoto, Japan

“I’m happy our paper was well-received by New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, particularly for the technical outcomes and recommendations we provided that contribute to reducing the impacts of earthquakes on NZ communities,” Dr Chiaro says.

Dr Gabriele Chiaro has been presented with the 2020 NZSEE Otto Glogau Award.