Category Archives: Community Notices

Two new UC Māori language resources for kaimahi

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, in addition to attending one of our Māori Language Week events or activities , Te Waka Pākākano are launching two new rauemi reo (Māori language resources) designed to support you with using and valuing te reo in your everyday mahi.

The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent.  Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).

The second rauemi reo, available on Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori AKO | LEARN site, is a Karakia booklet.  The Karakia booklet includes a selection of karakia for kaimahi (staff) of UC to support them with beginning and closing hui, and to indicate appreciation for kai (food).  Useful sound files to help you with pronunciation are also included and you can also print or save a copy as a downloadable PDF.

Nā reira, e ngā manu kōrihi, e ngā manu korokī o tō tātou whare wānanga nei!
Kia hāro tō tātou reo Māori anō nei he kāhu ki runga i ngā mānia o Waitaha!
Tēnā, tukua kia rere ki te ao!

What’s next for waste?

What’s next for waste?
Come hear Green Party MP Eugenie Sage talk waste reduction and the pathway to a more sustainable future with UC Sustainability and UC Greens!
Waste is everywhere, and despite our best efforts, it’s almost impossible to live without it. Eugenie has been fighting this problem for years, and knows that the problem isn’t the individual – it’s the system.
What: Waste reduction and Q&A with Green MP Eugenie Sage
When: Friday 11th September 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Where: Undercroft 101
See the Facebook event here for more information.

This message was brought to you 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.


Dr Bike is back

Dr Bike is back for Term Four!

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Thursday afternoon until the end of term and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Thursday from 1pm – 2.30pm. Come past and say hi, and get your bike ready for summer riding with us!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these two on Thursdays!

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The Student Volunteer Army and the UC Sustainability Office have teamed up to run a series of reusable face mask workshops on campus – and they need your help to make as many masks as possible for our UC community!

The next workshop is planned for Monday 7 September, with afternoon and early evening volunteer shifts available. To learn more and to register for a workshop, follow this link here.

Sewing experience for these workshops are not required (but is of course, welcomed). We have plenty of tasks like cutting, pinning and ironing for the non-sewers out there!

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to contribute by donating materials or making masks at home (all fabric and pattern supplied) please contact Chloe on

Come along to a relaxed and fun workshop to make a mask for our UC students and staff, plus take a mask home for yourself! Keep an eye out for more workshops over the coming weeks as they are confirmed.

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Spotting a phishing email

Earlier this afternoon some staff received an email that at first glance, appeared to have come from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

This email was a sophisticated phishing scam, and was identified through words or phrasing not usually associated with the VC, including ‘commuter trains’, ‘hockey sticks’ and the spelling of ‘corona-virus’.

Please do not engage with this email, or open any attachments associated with it. IT have completed a search and destroy of this email, however if you see it in your inbox please ignore it.

UPDATE – 5pm Friday 28 August 

There was a widespread phishing campaign on Friday, 28 August where a spammer pretended to be sending email from Cheryl de la Rey ( with the subject: “Corona-virus (COVID-19) information for the University of Canterbury.” The attachment when opened took users to a webpage that requested authentication to open the document. If you put any information in this webpage, then you will need to change your password immediately. To change your password, go to the University of Canterbury website, click on “Logins” in the banner, then “Password Reset.”

Most University of Canterbury users would have had the email blocked from arriving in their inbox by our spam filter PreciseMail. Users who had the email delivered to their inbox received it either due to an allow rule set in their profile: * or because they OPTED OUT of using PreciseMail.

The * allow rule should not be used as it is not required and will only allow SPAM to arrive in your inbox.

To remove this allow rule please follow these steps:

  • Log in to
  • Click on  Create, Update, or Review Your Allow List
  • Find the rule in the list then click Delete and then click Save Changes

If you wish to OPT BACK IN to using our spam filter, please do the following:

  • Login to
  • Click on Set your Preferences
  • Click on Opt in and then Save Preferences
  • We don’t recommend that you have any allow rules for a whole domain e.g.:  * as that will cause any email sent from those domains to bypass the spam filter