Category Archives: Events

UC Picnic on the Lawn

On 21 November, over 200 UC alumni, staff and their families gathered for our Picnic on the Lawn event. With face-painting for the kids (and some adults), bouncy castles, live music, lawn games, ice cream and more, lots of fun was had by everyone. Check out some photos from the event here.

If you attended the picnic and would like to view all of the photos, please email

Take part in Smart Seeds Christchurch 2021

UC, in partnership with GHD, will be hosting the 2021 Smart Seeds Christchurch Showcase in the Haere-Roa building.

The Smart Seeds initiative is a 10-week design-led innovation program, developed by GHD, that focuses on generating fresh ideas to tackle complex challenges, and to create lasting community benefit in today’s rapidly changing world.

The program starts on 27 January when GHD, UC and community partners will gather to determine what this year’s challenges will be. At this hui we will discuss what are the pressing issues that we want participants to engage in. We encourage all UC staff that have a passion for understanding and solving complex issues facing our community to participate and share their input at this hui.

Once challenges are decided teams of emerging leaders from around the region are assigned to tackle the problems and come up with solutions. These teams are supported by mentors with expertise and experience. Again, any UC staff who wish to act as a mentor are encouraged to get in touch with Grahame Burgess ( 

Smart Seeds seeks to empower emerging leaders to co-create integrated solutions to complex challenges. Smart Seeds is held in 12 cities across the globe with more than 1,500 industry leaders inspired to enable change in our communities. To achieve this requires collective insights, diversity, creativity, agility and leadership.

Read more about the Smart Seeds story

The Smart Seeds program is mentored by industry professionals, and provides a collaborative environment to make diverse connections and influence change across organisations and communities.

Find out more about the Smart Seeds program

UC Product Design: Graduating Projects Showcase 2020

The School of Product Design at UC is proud to present the Bachelor of Product Design Class of 2020! Come along to our Graduating Projects Showcase running between 15-17 Dec, 9am-6pm at Riverside Kitchen (upstairs at Riverside Market).

The Showcase features projects and posters by our inaugural batch of Product Design graduates majoring in Applied Immersive Game Design, Chemical Formulation Design, and Industrial Product Design. Come along and see our work, support our amazing young graduate designers!

More info:

Join in the fun and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day

Kick-start your new year by volunteering at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021! 

The Events team is looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students and their whānau to the UC community, creating a sense of belonging and helping them get their bearings on their first day. 

Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021
Friday 19 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is an opportunity for you to be part of O Day. If you are interested, please review the roles, check with your manager and sign up by Friday 12 February 2021. Please note you will need to commit to attending the Event Briefing on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

O Day volunteer roles:

Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy. We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC.

Information Guru

Providing help and answering questions is your gig. You know campus well and can point people in the right direction (or point them to someone who can!)

Session Greeter
You’re there to scan people into sessions, all the while being that friendly face on their first day. 

Data Gatherer
You’ll happily ask people what they think. iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on O Day.

 Campus Explorer
You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off. We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities.

Volunteer now or email the Events team if you have any questions.

Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

Aukaha Tau 10 prepares Taiohi Māori for their journey to higher education

Ka mau te wehi! A record number of taiohi Māori from schools across Ōtautahi Christchurch took part in hands on science experiments, tested their understanding of the Law and engaged with Colleges at UC as part of an interactive day designed to inspire students to further their study.

Led by Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity, the annual Aukaha Tau 10 event provided a welcoming, fun and supportive environment for over 170 taiohi Māori to start thinking about their future after school and explore their study options at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

The name ‘Aukaha’ is taken from a Kāi Tahu whakataukī ‘Aukaha ana tō waka’ meaning ‘strengthen the lashings of your own waka’- in this context this whakatauki is a metaphor for taiohi to prepare themselves for the journey ahead, readying themselves for future tertiary study. 

The day started with a mihi whakatau, and taiohi Māori then took part in a number of interactive, educational sessions on different subject areas taught at UC. College Advisors were on hand to provide information and advice about courses options and career pathways. Taiohi Māori were guided through the day by tuākana mentors, current ākonga Māori, who offered a warm welcome and shared their own experience of life on campus.

Aukaha Tau 10 is the first-step in a series of kaupapa to engage with secondary school taiohi, making connections between the learning and opportunities available to them at UC. Whakawhanaungatanga is key in Aukaha for connecting taiohi with UC communities and facilities on campus.

See some photos from the day here: