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Tupuānuku opening | New student accomodation building

It was a delight to celebrate the opening of the new student accommodation building on Thursday 10 June. It was an opportunity to learn more about Tupuānuku’s story, the kaupapa behind the model of student care, and the building’s design. 

The event closed with a stunning performance by Te Akatoki and kai [food] designed around theme of food from the earth.

Attendees at the official opening event included Tupuānuku partners architects Jasmax, construction company Southbase, engineers Powell Fenwick, project managers Proform Group, quantity surveyors RLB and furniture suppliers Bishop Interiors Ltd. 

A message from CCC | Upcoming Riccarton Road work

We’re about to start work on Riccarton Road replacing old underground water and sewer pipes between Matipo Street and Hansons Lane. This work is due to start early July, but potholing for services is currently underway.

Riccarton Road will stay open while our contractor Fulton Hogan does the work, but there will be delays. This project is expected to continue until March 2022.

There’s also several other projects planned in the Riccarton area between June to November 2021. See below images for works underway in June/July and keep up to date about what’s planned at

Travel safely on these dreary days

With this (not so) delightful weather, it’s important to check that we’ve adjusted our routines to suit the conditions as we come to and from campus on these cold, grey and sometimes wet days.

Walking / footpath users: Be aware of wet or frosty grounds if you are walking or using the footpath travelling to and from, or around campus. Take care moving on painted surfaces and in areas that are shady. Consider your footwear, use handrails when you can and walk on the grass during frosty mornings to avoid slippery surfaces.

Driving: Make sure you fully defrost your windows before you set off – it’s illegal to peer through a defrosted section the size of your hand, not to mention incredibly challenging. It’s worth using a drink bottle with good long distance squirt action and cold or luke-warm water. Don’t forget to turn your windscreen wipers on and get out of the way of the flicking water. A scraper might also do the trick too.

Biking: Stay warm by wearing plenty of layers. Make sure you can be seen by using a white/yellow head light and red tail light – some fluro clothing is a good idea too. Take care if it is wet and slippery on the road (road paint can be especially slippery when wet), and be careful in areas that don’t get sun during winter days.

How ever you’re travelling to/from and moving around campus, take care to plan extra time so you reach your destination safely, and prevent unnecessary stress in your day. 

Introduction to UC Pastoral Care Code Project Manager

Welcome to Sharon Forbes, who is starting this month on a fixed term contract as the UC Pastoral Care Code Project Manager. 

Sharon will be working across the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.  UC work days will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and can be contacted via email

Sharon has been contracted to carry out a gap analysis report for UC across teams and to complete UC 2021 self-review reporting requirements. With a background in Project Management, over 10 years as an Academic, Sharon is familiar with the Pastoral Code having recently been contracted by Universities New Zealand (UNZ) to carry out the 2020 self-reviews and to develop the 2021 self-review draft template.