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In the pink at ITS

Michael Oulsnam, our new Chief Digital Officer, Information Technology Services, sent through a photo of the team celebrating Pink Shirt Day today. 

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. 

Professor Jeanette King calls for tolerance and te reo as Te Wiki o Te Reo opens at UC

Professor Jeanette King opened Te Wiki o Te Reo at UC on Monday 14 September (her words were read by Dr Abby Suzko) with a call to all to upskill in te reo:

Mēnā he tauiwi koe, he maha ngā hua o te ako, me te kōrero i te reo Māori
For those who aren’t Māori, there are many benefits to learning and speaking te reo

Engari ko te hua nui rawa atu ki ahau ko te hono ki te reo o ngā tāngata whenua o tēnei whenua
But I think the most important reason is being able to connect with the original inhabitants of our country

Kia kī koe he tangata tūturu o tēnei whenua
So you can say that you are properly living in this country

Kia mōhio pai koe ki ngā tikanga me ngā āhuatanga o te iwi Māori
So you can engage with the customs and other aspects of the Māori populace

Kia kī koe he tangata tiriti koe
So you can call yourself a ‘tangata tiriti’

Kia tū tātou katoa hei tāngata manaaki, tāngata atawhai i a tātou anō
So we can all be tolerant and caring to each other

Ki te ako koe i tētahi atu reo ka hurihia ngā āhuatanga o tō roro
Learning another language rewires your brain

Ki te whakawhānui i ō whakaaro me tō māramatanga
To broaden your thinking and understanding

Nō reira, kei te reo te wairua me ngā tikanga o te ao Māori
As a result, Māori language is the door to the Māori way of thinking and being

Kia tū pai koe hei tangata nō Aotearoa
So you can stand proudly as an inhabitant of Aotearoa

College of Science Pūtaiao Koiora building decant

From Monday 17 August we will begin a coordinated decant of the of the College of Science Pūtaiao Koiora building [formerly known as the School of Biological Sciences Research building] on Ilam campus. This follows a structural assessment by Holmes Consulting, conducted as part of our ongoing seismic upgrade programme.

The findings of this assessment indicate the Pūtaiao Koiora building doesn’t meet the current building code.

Legally Pūtaiao Koiora can be occupied, however our main concern is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, so we are acting quickly to restrict access and minimise activities in the building. We met with affected staff and students today to explain these developments and will follow this with more information.

The main developments are:

  • From Monday 17 August all scheduled classes in Pūtaiao Koira will be relocated – students will be informed prior to Monday via email and LEARN of any timetable changes.
  • From 5pm Friday 21 August, access to the Pūtaiao Koiora building will be restricted. Limited access will be granted to essential staff and research students at crucial stages of their thesis work or experiments.
  • At the start of Term 4, all teaching and research activities will be relocated into West and Ernest Rutherford buildings.

We are striving to minimise the impact of these changes on staff and students and would like to assure everyone these developments will not negatively impact on teaching and research activities.

Ngā mihi,

Paul O’Flaherty
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata | Executive Director of People, Culture and Campus

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura awards

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura has 50+ awards in 2020 ranging from $1,000 to $15,0000 in value, including for research.

Please share this information and opportunity with your women students, colleagues and whanau.

The awards on offer are for women who are studying, undertaking research or innovative projects in New Zealand. Information on the awards offered are available on the website

There are three types of awards on offer:
• Second-chance Education for women returning to study at foundation certificate, diploma or degree levels
• Awards for women or groups undertaking research that will be of benefit to women and girls in New Zealand
• Awards for study or projects with a specific purpose. There is quite a range – have a look to see if any suit the programme of study or innovation that you are pursuing.

Awards offered include:
Refugee Study Award – one award for $3,000 sponsored by Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust
The Gwen Ryan Educational Award for Migrant-refugee Women – one award for $3000 for a migrant or refugee woman who is undertaking education at tertiary level
Sonja Davies Peace Award – one award up to $4,000 promotes initiatives that advance peace in New Zealand. The award is available to a woman or group led by a woman who is developing an initiative that will help them create a more peaceful world at home, school, the workplace, or in the community. (Not for tertiary study).
The Public Service Association Award (PSA Award) – one award for $3000 for a woman studying at post-graduate level in New Zealand, in the area of gender and pay equity.
An Outward Bound Classic and an Outward Bound Discovery course, co-sponsored by Outward Bound and New Horizons for Women: Hine Kahukura

Applications for all awards close 30 April. Apply here

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura would like to acknowledge the many sponsors, donors and benefactors that have made it possible to offer these awards.