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Matatū

In exciting news, this October UC was proud to sign as a partner of the new South Island women’s rugby team, Matatū.

This new partnership enables internships for students and new research into women’s performance and elite sport. Nearly a quarter of the players contracted so far for Matatū (the team name gifted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri) are UC-educated wāhine, and we are proud to help support these elite women pave the way for future generations. Matatū will compete in the Super Rugby Aupiki competition taking place over four weekends in March 2022.

The name Matatū will be proudly carried forward by the team when they compete in the inaugural competition next season. The University of Canterbury is committed to gender equity and social inclusion, and we are proud to support South Island wāhine competing under the Super Rugby banner. 

Read all about the partnership here.

Haere mai to new UC Councillor Amy Adams

Kia ora koutou,

I am pleased to inform you that Hon Amy Adams, former MP and UC graduate, has joined Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the UC Council after being appointed by the Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins. She has been appointed for a four-year term, which began on 8 September 2021.

In his letter, the Minister thanked Steve Wakefield, who is retiring from the UC Council after four years as Pro-Chancellor, for his service to the University.

Amy has expressed her delight in joining the University of Canterbury’s governing body. “I’m excited to have another opportunity to serve my community as I become one of the Council members | Ngā Mema o te Kaunihera. It’s an honour to join this group of people, guiding this critical local  organsiation and I’m looking forward to getting started, with the September Council meeting coming up very quickly.”

Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury. Her legal career included becoming a partner in the Christchurch law firm Mortlock McCormack. She was selected as the National Party candidate for the Selwyn seat for the 2008 general election, and served as a Cabinet Minister for 6 years in a number of roles including as Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications, and Minister of Justice. Amy was the Member of Parliament for Selwyn from 2008 until 2020, when she retired from politics.

Please join me in welcoming Amy back to the University, where I am sure she will do a wonderful job bringing her expertise, connections, and experience to the Council table.

Ngā mihi,

Sue McCormack
Tumu Kaunihera | Chancellor

Steve Wakefield retires as University of Canterbury Pro-Chancellor

Kia ora koutou,

I would like to inform you that Steve Wakefield is stepping down from his role after four years as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury Council.

Steve was appointed to UC Council in 2017 and has been a fine Pro-Chancellor, supporting me in my role as Chancellor and bringing vast expertise and experience in governance to the Council table. His professional background and close knowledge of Christchurch’s rebuild and rejuvenation has been invaluable.

An accountant by profession, Steve has a big heart for the community and has focused on adding value through strong governance. His strong commitment and contribution to the Council has had a meaningful impact over the past four years.

In 2017, Steve Wakefield was appointed to the Council by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. He was elected Pro-Chancellor of the Council and has been on the following Committees at the University:

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance, Planning and Resource Committee
  • Audit and Risk
  • Honours and Appointments Committee
  • Vice-Chancellor Appointment Committee

On behalf of UC, I’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude for Steve’s commitment and contribution to the Council.

Ngā mihi,

Sue McCormack
Tumu Kaunihera | Chancellor

Keep up to date: Equity Review next steps

Thank you to those who have provided their feedback so far in response to the Equity Review findings. Before we moved Alert Levels, the majority of workshops had taken place, including workshops for leaders and managers, open workshops and most of the sessions for student and staff representatives of underserved communities at the University. However, there are still a number of workshops that were postponed due to Alert Levels 4 and 3 restrictions, which has halted the overall process to some extent.

If you (or your students) had registered for the sessions that were postponed, please note that we will be in touch with those affected to advise of a new date and all the information you need to know.

Please remember that if you wanted to attend an open workshop but missed the opportunity to register, you can still email your feedback to equity@canterbury.ac.nz.

The feedback we are gathering will be highly beneficial in completing the Response Plan, and especially in defining a shared understanding of equity. This is a pivotal step in giving effect and meaningful outcome to this work going forward at the University of Canterbury.

As we work through this process, I recommend spending time familiarising yourself with the Organisational Values that have been introduced to UC this year. Embedding these further into your work life will help us build a stronger sense of wellbeing and connection with each other, as we strive to provide a more equitable environment for all people in our community.

He mana tō te tangata | We value people and their differences.

Ngā mihi,
Jessica Maclean

Equity Review Open Workshops full

Thank you to those who have provided their feedback so far in response to the Equity Review findings. Three workshops for managers and leaders have now taken place. Over the rest of August and into early September we have scheduled numerous sessions for student and staff representatives of underserved communities at the University. 

The open staff workshops that are coming up this Friday and next week are now full, however if you wanted to attend but missed the opportunity to register, we encourage you to email your feedback to equity@canterbury.ac.nz. 

The feedback we are gathering will be highly beneficial in completing the Response Plan, and especially in defining a shared understanding of equity. This will be pivotal to give effect and meaningful outcome to this work going forward at the University of Canterbury.

Ngā mihi,

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Jessica Maclean