Category Archives: Community Notices

2021 Women of Influence

The search for 2021 Women of Influence continues! We would like to encourage everyone to nominate an incredible wāhine they know who helps making Aotearoa a better place, especially as we have so many here at UC. 

There are ten award categories that can be entered into, and you have until 16 August to make your nomination. 

The Women of Influence programme is also hosting its annual Speaker Series in July and early August, with breakfast events in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Please find details for the Christchurch Speaker Series here>

These events provide great networking opportunities for your work teams, colleagues and friends with a stellar lineup of speakers and hosts that make for an engaging and thought-provoking morning –  a great way to get out of the office for a couple of hours and come away feeling inspired!

For more about the speaker lineup and to book tickets, as well as more about nominations, visit

Go Plastic Free this July!

Be part of the solution to plastic pollution

Plastic Free July is officially here! PFJ is a global movement that encourages, inspires, educates and supports millions of people around the world to choose to refuse single-use plastics for an entire month.

Want to get involved?  The good news is, anyone can take part! The Plastic Free July website has heaps of ideas, tips and resources to help you get started. See here for the different types of plastics and situations where you can #choosetorefuse single-use (and other problematic) plastics, no matter where you are on your journey.

Keen to take part in Plastic Free July?

Here’s a few ways you can get involved at UC:

UC Sustainability is running weekly online challenges for you to participate in, with epic prizes up for grabs each week. From low-waste recipes to bulk-bin buying, they want to see how you are showing your love for Papatūānuku and reducing plastics in your life.  We’ll be sharing some student ideas each week too!

Keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram for the first weekly challenge coming on Friday 2 July (or check out this sneak peak for a head start!)




Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku 

Matariki in Aotearoa is a time of rejuvenation and reset for both people and planet.  Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku encourages individuals, whānau and other groups from both Aotearoa and around the world to dedicate just one lunar cycle to our taiao (environment).

This year, this falls from June 25 – July 24 2021.

Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association is planning some activities to celebrate Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku, so keep an eye out on their social media for ways you can be involved!

EnviroPAST: Plastic and Sustainability Talks

EnviroPAST is a by-youth-for-youth conference held at UC on 16 – 17 July, with an aim to inspire, educate, connect, and challenge young people to make positive environmental change, with a focus on plastic pollution.

The 2021 programme draws inspiration from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and seeks to break down the scientific basis of plastic pollution issues and solutions in ways that are relatable and engaging for students. The programme comprises five talks by experts in the field, four interactive workshops, and a beach clean-up and litter audit.

The organising team consists of four student volunteers: Zac Baker (UC),  E Wen Wong (UC), Emma Burton (Massey University), and William Wray (Burnside High School). Check out the details of this incredible student-led event here.

Are you taking part in Plastic Free July, either at home or at work? Send us an email, or be in touch over our social media channels so we can share and celebrate your mahi!


We Stand Here – the Christchurch Documentary Project and Children’s Vision for Their Ōtautahi.

Celebrating five years of the Christchurch Documentary Project and Children’s Vision for Their Ōtautahi.

Two exhibitions that celebrate recent UC student and staff collaborations within the community.

 July 10th – September 27th, Tūranga.

 Between 2014 and 2019 Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Internship students at the Ilam School of Fine Arts (SoFA) were charged with documenting the people and physical environment of a number of Christchurch communities during a time of rapid change. Initiated by Christchurch City Libraries as a collaboration with Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project, the documentary archive housed within SoFA, this collaboration resulted in over 1,500 photographs being accessioned into the library’s digital repository and made publicly accessible via Canterbury Stories.

This exhibition recognises the photographers’ significant contribution to this public archive, and acknowledges the generous support and privileged level of access granted by many people they came in contact with along the way.

The intention of the exhibition is also to act as a catalyst for the involved institutions to consciously collect more content to better represent Ōtautahi’s bi-cultural heritage, as well as the many Pacific and migrant communities that call this place home. Archives of this nature, by definition, give a broad picture of life, time and culture. So what are the ways to encourage and ensure more inclusive representation of local communities within these ever-growing digital resources?

To this end, the exhibition of PACE internship work was conceived in conjunction with an additional exhibition, We Stand Here: Children’s Vision for Ōtautahi. While work within the PACE show presents a snapshot of the not so distant past to present, this exhibition presents an aspirational vision for our growing city by twenty-four children of Christchurch East School.

During a series of workshops delivered by Senior Lectuer in Photography, Tim J. Veling with assistance by Diploma in Art Curatorship student, Raine Angeles, students were guided in the creation of a mixed-media art work to embody their imagined city – a vibrant, diverse and exciting place they would be proud to call home. Their vision serves as a strong reminder for us to always look forward – to look to young citizens and diverse communities for ideas, inspiration and creative solutions. This city, our place, is always growing, evolving and morphing. We’d do well to listen to all they have to say.

Please join us at the exhibition to celebrate the achievements and voices of our students, collaborators and community.

Tim J. Veling
Senior Lecturer in Photography
Ilam School of Fine Arts
Director of Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project

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

Cycle Matariki

Celebrate Matariki and the Winter Solstice with an evening bike ride around Hagley Park on Monday 21 June!

The UC Sustainability Office will be leading a gentle group ride from UC campus to Hagley Park, to join hundreds of other Ōtautahi cyclists celebrating the longest night of the year.

This is the 10th annual Christchurch Matariki Night Light Bike Ride event – and it’s going to be bigger and brighter than ever!

The purpose of the ride is to brightly support safe, healthy and fun cycling for commuters, children riding to school and for all recreational cyclists.

See more details on the Facebook event here.

Want to join the group ride to the event?

Please meet Chloe from the UC Sustainability Office with your bike, helmet and bike lights by the Locke/Logie carpark on Monday 21 June, from 430pm. We will be departing campus at 4.40pm.

Our ride will take us along the Uni-Cycle cycleway, through Riccarton Bush and into Hagley Park. The event officially begins at the Armagh Street Mickle Gates at 5.30pm (with riders encouraged to gather from 5pm). From the meeting point, the ride will take us clockwise around the park, and will finish around 630pm.

Afterwards we will gather at the Pegasus Arms on Oxford Terrace for a drink and a chance to connect with our cycling community. We’ll kick back, relax and discuss how to help make Ōtautahi a world-class safe cycling city!

The Christchurch Matariki Night Light Bike Ride is hosted and organised by Spokes Canterbury, Cycling CHCH, Biketober Christchurch, Avon-Ōtākaro Network and Venduco Ltd.

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