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Meet and Greet in New Zealand Sign Language

New Zealand Sign Language Week is a chance to celebrate one of NZ’s official languages and have fun trying out a few signs!

Watch UC student Benazir and Disability Advisor Nicola to see how you can meet and greet in NZSL: 

You can use this handy Deaf Aotearoa poster to learn how to sign your name: 

Sign Language Tips 

  • Maintaining eye contact and using facial expressions are an important part of NZSL.
  • Use your dominant hand to execute all the signs (for some signs you’ll need both hands). 

Support at UC

The Equity & Disability Service (EDS) assists students with disabilities by providing study support services and specialist resources such as notetakers, assistive technology and special arrangements for exams. 

The EDS also offers introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) courses to UC students and staff. No previous NZSL experience is required. The course is full for this term, but more will be running next year – watch this space

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

UC Values – staff co-creation workshops in October

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

Two alternative times providing an opportunity for you to participate in this co-creation are available next month:

  • Friday 02 October 10.30 to 12 noon OR
  • Friday 09 October 1.30 to 3pm.

The sessions will include a short introduction to Organisational Values and the context and benefits of Values to an organisation and its staff. We’ll then take you through an exercise to identify concepts that are important to us as an organisation. Your conclusions will be added to those from other staff workshops as part of the process to identify 3 or 4 core UC Values and the behaviours that are the Values translated into day-to-day actions.

If you wish to participate in either of these sessions please email me  by  29 September. Indicate which date and time suits you and I will then send you an invitation with details. If you are unable to make these options but are interested in further sessions, let me know.

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture


Celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week

It’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week (21-27 September), a  celebration of one of Aotearoa’s official languages. The theme this year is ‘NZSL is for everyone’,  and is an opportunity to try out some signing. 

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl De La Rey has shared her support for NZSL: 

More resources on NZSL

Deaf Aotearoa has produced a series of NZSL resources, including some Let’s Talk booklets, which show you some quick vocabulary to start using with your whānua, friends and at work. 

You can also use this guide to the NZSL Alphabet to learn how to sign your name: 

EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we get closer to the end of the academic year and examinations. This year has been challenging and it will be important to continue encouraging students to focus on their wellbeing, learning and final examinations, while looking after your own wellbeing, to ensure a strong finish to this year.

In Term 4 all face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and you will need to continue providing online (live or recorded) lessons and course materials. You will still see seat stickers in lecture theatres, but at Level 1 they do not need to be abided by. You will be advised if the situation changes.

Even though there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location trackingis still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygieneby washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate.Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

The email sent to students today is available here.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions about the future direction of the University, email