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Clear your desks: the Great Stationery Swap is coming!

Join us in recycling, reusing and repurposing all that stationery that has been left in your bottom drawer, stationery cupboard or resource room with the Great Stationery Swap, coming next week!

How to take part:

  • Drop off your stationery and other office supplies to the old UCSA Offices (Level 1, Puaka James-Hight) on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April between 9am – 4pm. Please place your items neatly on the tables provided.
  • Come back on Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 April between 9am – 4pm and  browse through to take what you or your department needs!
  • You don’t have to donate anything in order to take something back to your space. Our goal is to re-home as many items of unloved stationery as we can!

What to bring:

Any stationery or office supplies that are in good, clean, working condition will be welcomed at the Swap.

Why swap stationery?

By reusing, repurposing and rehoming already existing stationery and office supplies on campus, we are:

  • reducing the amount that goes to landfill
  • saving money by reducing purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • lowering the input of materials that goes into production and,
  • Taking action on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the creation of a circular economy! 

A big thanks to Barb Fletcher from FM and the UC Admin Plus network for their support for this event. This message was brought to by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.

Is preserving totally your ‘jam’?

Join us for a free  lunch-hour workshop in Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) on the 27 April to learn the magic of preserving fruit and veggies for the winter months ahead.
Our guest speakers Dee and Steve will be be guiding you through the preserving process, from sterilising jars right through to eating the finished (delicious) product. Spoiler alert: we’ll be making an organic beetroot chutney!
There will be time for Q&A and sharing and sampling of other recipes and ideas for chutneys, jams and relishes to try at home.
What: Autumn Sustainable Living Series Workshop #1: Preserving
When: Tuesday 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden)
More details and updates: Can be found on the Facebook event here.
Spots are limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to to reserve your place.
We are asking for donations of small (jam – sized) jars for this workshop series. If you have jars to donate, please drop these to Waiutuutu Community Garden or the Sustainability Office ahead of the workshop.
Keep an eye out on the UC Sustainability Community Facebook page for the next two workshops to be announced in the series (hint, fermenting and brewing!).
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UC SVA Big Give 2021

Ten years ago, before the February 22nd earthquakes in Ōtautahi-Christchurch, very few would have predicted the youth volunteer movement that was to arise. A massive UC student movement began with those earthquakes, and ten years on, this community spirit remains. 

On Saturday the 13th of March, hundreds of students from the University of Canterbury got up early to a beautiful sunny day for the UC Student Volunteer Army’s largest event of the year. The UC SVA hosted its fifth annual Big Give, clocking in well over 1000 volunteer hours over eight projects in the Ōtautahi-Christchurch Red Zone. Our students worked alongside local community groups, including Cultivate Christchurch, Greening the Red Zone and Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park. Students spent the morning weeding, mulching and planting as well as collecting rubble around the east side of Christchurch.

Zane, a ranger from the Christchurch city Council managing one project, remarked that the work that the Student Volunteer Army had done in one day would have taken their team approximately a week. Looking at the piles of rubble the volunteers collected, there looked to be about three tonnes. But it was more than that! The rubble collected had been sitting there for ten years, and still this area is used for morning strolls, dog walking, and recreation. So while it may have seemed small at the time, picking up leftover rubble meant a lot to local residents. It was a reminder that others still care, and the community rebuilding process is still underway.

We could feel the passion of the community group leaders spread among our volunteers as they told their stories. Many have big plans for the areas. The Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park group is one such group, showing volunteers their vision for the future of Brooker Reserve. They hope to make Ōtautahi a National Park City, with native habitats intertwined between residential areas, to create a wildlife corridor and promote biodiversity. Their enthusiasm has left many volunteers wanting to stay involved in this vision.

Our volunteers undoubtedly enjoyed the day, with one telling us how cool it was to see the progress made since last year’s Big Give in the Red Zone. Another loved seeing everyone getting involved and putting their heart and soul into cleaning up Christchurch. Their ability to work well with strangers and take away new friendships continues to amaze us, and it is awesome seeing so many new faces. 

After the volunteer work was completed, a free barbeque lunch and live concert was hosted for the well deserving students. Lunar Intruder, Too Woke for Toast, and Cake and Eat it performed thanks to our partner TuneSoc. It was a wholesome way to top off a very productive day.

President Luke Burke noted that “while the turnout wasn’t looking as strong leading up to it as in previous years, we managed to rally around four hundred volunteers. That was even after pushing the event back a week. It was still a lot of hands, over 1000 man-hours of work, and we achieved everything we set out to do for the community”.

Our 2021 Big Give has given us hope for the future of UC volunteering. Many students chip in during crises; we know this from the earthquake movement and our latest COVID-19 response. However, what is inspiring is that further on, even ten years after a crisis, the drive to contribute to a growing community is ingrained among us. We are pleased to know volunteering is alive, and holds strong in the hearts of many UC students. With a Student Volunteer Army like ours, it is exciting to think of the difference we can make for the future of Ōtautahi-Christchurch.

Crusaders Partner Discounts

The Crusaders are now officially on sale for all home games at Orangetheory Stadium in 2021. As a valued partner of the Crusaders, UC have been given a 20% sponsors discount for staff and their families for all home games in all seating categories.  The 20% promotional code will stay live for the whole season across all home games. To purchase Crusaders Tickets Click Here and enter the promo code: UNICAN20

In addition to the ticket discount, you can also get 30% off all 2021 Crusaders Adidas range items.  Access this discount by clicking here and entering the promo code: Forever21 on checkout.

You are also invited to a pre-match function before the first Crusaders home game of the season on Saturday 6 March 2021. Find everything you need to know here>

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team

Kia ora koutou, we are Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team.

Student experience is a generic term many of you will be familiar with, so what does it mean to be the team with that term in our name?

To us, it means we live and breathe student experience! Everything we do is designed to engage and develop our students to thrive at UC and beyond, so they are people ‘prepared to make a difference’.

About Us

We are a team of four; our strength being the diverse backgrounds and experience we bring together at UC.

Jeni Moir leads the team. Jeni relocated from South Africa in 2001 from a successful career in tertiary teaching and academic development. Jeni’s psych and social work training, together with her film and television production experience, surfaces our best ideas to keep pace with the ever-changing student and tertiary environment.

Rose Reynolds joined the team in 2017. Originally from the USA, Rose is mother of two and now calls Ōtautahi home. Rose is a UC graduate in Sociology and Media & Communication, with a background in project coordination and brings to the team optimism, enthusiasm and ideas galore.

Janina Good has been part of the team since 2018. Janina moved to NZ from her native Germany to join her kiwi wine-maker husband, and now has a gorgeous bilingual kiwi daughter in-tow. Janina’s background includes language and secondary teaching and she contributes amazing attention to detail and an uncanny ability to get things done with incredible efficiency.

Jarred Skelton is our newest team member. Jarred joined the team in 2020 after seven years in primary teaching. Jarred completed CUP and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at UC. Jarred moonlights as an improv-comedy expert, teller of dad-jokes, and brings joy to all. He is also an excellent meme-generator.

Our Mahi

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team are involved in university-led initiatives to support student engagement, retention and success. Our key initiatives are:

UC Mentoring

We recruit, train and support over 50 student mentors annually whom are matched with new students at all levels of study, to support successful transition into UC.


A peer-to-peer group mentoring programme specifically for first-year students not living in the halls of residence. The programme is designed to optimise student success by facing challenges together and sharing strategies to combat common pitfalls.

Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP)

A UC-sponsored leadership programme for recipients of the Horomata, Kaitoko Māori and Kaitoko Pasifika scholarships. Programme alumni support the team to provide participants with many experiences including service, workshops, social events and more.

Check out the video our ELDP students made about the programme

Go Waitaha Canterbury (GWC)

Scholarship recipients from Auckland and Wellington receive a full-year programme of personal development opportunities and adventures exploring their new home Waitaha | Canterbury. They are mentored in small groups by GWC alumni and all live together in Tupuānuku hall in 2021.

Ākonga Leadership Incubator (ĀLI)

A professional development programme for student leaders who work as group mentors in ELDP, UniLife, and GWC. They develop their leadership profile and learn how to support their students in their transition from high school to university.

Pathways to Tertiary

The primary aim of this outreach programme into low socio-economic schools is to develop the confidence and ability of academically able students to enter and succeed in tertiary education. The main means of achieving this goal is regular peer mentoring and support engagements between UC Transition Mentors and selected senior students. The Team delivered a pilot into Linwood College during 2020 and plan to engage with two this year.

Our Vision

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team holds strongly to the UC vision of Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora | People Prepared to Make a Difference. Our particular contribution is advocating for a supportive campus environment that emphasises diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and belonging. We provide leadership and equity pathways: students in our programmes become student leaders, mentors, club leaders and UCSA exec members. Our team supports students’ personal and professional growth through our training workshops, so they can contribute to growing a nurturing and inspiring culture at UC.

We love working collaboratively across UC to create the best student experience in New Zealand; so if you are keen to work with us, please get in touch!