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Run Canterbury – Tackling half marathons together since ages ago

Are you looking to compete in your first 1/2 marathon in 2021?   Or maybe you just want to set a 5km or 10km goal first?   It can be daunting at first, but with the right support, it’ll be a cinch!

runners completing the dunedin half marathon
Gary Gin looking fresh completing the Dunedin Half Marathon

Run Canterbury is a small group of keen runners of all abilities, who just want to run!   We meet Tuesday and Thursday  evenings at the RecCentre, and sometimes in the hills on the weekends, to go for a run!   We have beginner, intermediate and advanced groups who head out for a trot rain or shine (but not hail or snow).   There’s an experienced leader of the pack, who’ll guide you round the course, and you can ask all your running questions at the end while you stretch.   It’s a friendly, relaxed and supportive group, and you’ll probably make some new friends too.

What’s the goal?

2021 sees us training for the Hanmer Half  or Wanaka Half, both on Saturday 1st May, but you can opt for the other distances if you prefer.   You can choose the destination that works best for you, the training will be the same.

Why join Run Canterbury?

Because we’re good at what we do!  We’ve got experience (over 25years operating), a great crew, and an affordable price.

  • 2x lead pack runs per week, plus some bonus ones on weekends
  • Full 12 week training plan for in-between pack runs
  • Online community support
  • Athlete educations seminars (recovery, nutrition, raceday)
  • More benefits – see our website for full list and more info
  • First meeting and pack run on Tuesday 2nd March, 2021
The investment?
  • UC Students & Staff, UC RecCentre Members (first time with Run Canterbury) $95
  • Community $155
  • Any returning participant $80

Check around, we’re confident you won’t find a better value running group!   If you’d like more information, check our website.  You can also email or just take the plunge and register online now.  

Let’s do this!
UC Rec & Sport

Little changes you’ll love at Café 1894

Are you looking for a great spot on campus for your next lunch or coffee meet-up? Café 1894 is the perfect destination – over the holiday, the Team have refreshed the space with comfortable new seating and stylish serving ware (a move away from the single-use containers of the past).

Drop by for a visit. Café 1894 is open in The Undercroft, Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

UC’s People and Culture Bot email address is changing

Last year, the UC Intelligent Automation team in partnership with People and Culture introduced Rosie – a Robotic Assistant who provides timely automated notifications to staff and managers regarding employment-related events. You may have seen an email come through from Rosie already.

We’re just about to update the email address that Rosie will use to send you correspondence from to so that it will be easier for you to tell that these emails are from Rosie.

You will also be able to tell if an email is from Rosie based on the email signature that will contain the sign-off “Rosie – Robotic Assistant on behalf of the People and Culture Team”. People and Culture team are on available to assist with any specific queries you may have regarding Rosie or any communication generated from Rosie.

Calling all volunteers – join us at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day)

Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day) is taking place on Friday 19 February from 9.00am – 2.30pm. To help the day run smoothly, we need your help as a staff volunteer.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

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 arriving 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.

O Day is a great opportunity to spend time with our new students, show how staff like to connect with students and join the fun on campus. This is your chance to welcome new students to our diverse UC community – we’re all a part of shaping our new students’ experience in 2021.

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is an opportunity for you to be part of O Day. Take a look at the roles below, check with your manager and sign up here. Please note you will need to commit to attending the event briefing at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
  • Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
  • Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

If you are unable to do a full shift and can only spare an hour or so, please email your preferred times to

If you have any questions please email the Events team.

Thank you in advance for your support. Look forward to seeing you there!

UCSA open hours

Welcome back to campus. We hope you had a fantastic holiday, and grabbed some well-deserved downtime.

The UCSA Team are also back on board, delivering services and planning for Orientation ’21. Below you can find our current open hours, which run until Semester One begins.

Haere-roa (the UCSA building)Monday to Friday: 8.30AM – 5PM

(UCSA Reception is open Monday to Thursday: 8.30AM – 5PM and Friday: 8.30AM – 4.30PM)

Collective (Dovedale)CLOSED
Undercroft Food CourtCLOSED
Chilton’sMonday to Friday: 8AM – 4PM
Café 1894Monday to Friday: 8AM – 4PM
Nuts & BoltsMonday to Friday: 9AM – 3PM
The FoundryMonday to Wednesday: 12PM (Noon) – 6PM

Thursday to Friday: 12PM (Noon) – 7PM