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Seeing the Change for the SDGs in Aotearoa

The first online hui of the Aotearoa/NZ Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series was held last month, attracting virtual participants and a group of inspiring speakers, who sparked conversations and connections across Aotearoa.

Co-hosted by UC and Lincoln University, the 2020-2021 SDG Summit Series focuses on how Aotearoa can implement and take action on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series is designed to take people on a journey; from an individual understanding of the Global Goals to how to take collective and urgent action to achieve them. This journey will take place through a series of online events and a final in-person Summit event to be held in September 2021.

Last month’s online hui was themed ‘See the Change’ and was designed to help participants gain a solid foundation and a better understanding of the SDGs. It was also an opportunity to hear from inspiring people in our communities, through lightning talks and a panel Q&A. The event was MC’d by Corban Te Aika, Kaiārahi, and the incredible speakers included;

  • 14-year-old climate activist and singer/songwriter Lucy Gray (coordinator of the Christchurch School Strike for Climate)
  • Ngāi Tahu student Tāmati Cunningham (Cashmere High School student leader and manawhenua representative for Environment Canterbury’s Youth Rōpu)
  • Raewyn Jones (WEL Energy Trust Chief Executive and Waikato Wellbeing Project Co-Chair)
  • Dr Pedram Pirnia (Special Advisor for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Association of New Zealand).

See Raewyn Jones speak to the collective impact happening within her community as part of her work as Co-Chair of the Waikato Wellbeing Project, below:

Following a beautiful musical performance by Lucy, the hui finished with participants breaking out into two practical and interactive workshop streams, one aimed at those new to the SDGs and one for those wishing to take them to the next level through creativity and visual story-telling.

See the entire first half of Hui#1: See the Change here:

Interested in being part of the journey with us?

The second online hui, ‘Be the Change’ is scheduled for 25 March 2021, and the third online hui, ‘Working Together for Change’ will be held on 24 June 2021.

The third and final summit will be a face-to-face event on 2-3 September 2021, with day one being held at UC. The theme of the third Summit will be ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ with day two featuring field trips to experience SDGs in action in and around Waitaha Canterbury.

More information on these events and how you can participate are coming soon.

What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The 17 SDGs are the world’s best plan for achieving a better future for all. In September 2015, the leaders of all 193 UN member states (including Aotearoa New Zealand) adopted Agenda 2030, a universal agenda that contains the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Over the next ten years, countries will mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring no one is left behind.

New Zealand’s eight universities have unanimously resolved to work together and with other sectors – specifically central and local government, civil society, the private sector and youth – to show leadership in the implementation of the SDGs at a national level.

This includes a commitment to hosting a series of national summits that aim to promote, build and accelerate multi-sector action to implement the SDGs in New Zealand.

The 2020-2021 SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. This event and the ones to follow are organised with Ngāi Tuahuririri and Ngāi Tahu, as well as Pasifika communities, and involved support from the Ara Institute of Technology and the Christchurch City Council. Supporting partners also included ChristchurchNZ, SEEDS Podcast, Tourism NZ and the New Zealand National Commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Stay connected with the Aotearoa SDG Summit Series via their website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and by signing up to the mailing list here.

Peddling through a department’s history

Last month the team from the Canterbury College Collections Survey project visited the UC Forestry Department and discovered a bicycle with over 100 years of history. Its traceable record begins at Cass Field Station, which has been a research centre for the University since 1914 and is the oldest field station in New Zealand.

A photograph, taken at the station by Mr Charles Foweraker around 1914-15, identifies this very bicycle in the foreground. We can imagine that the bicycle was a useful addition to the station for students and researchers exploring the local area.

The bicycle can be seen leaning against the first building at Cass Field Station

Foweraker was likely one who benefited from the useof the bicycle, as he spent many years taking students to Cass and carrying out research in the surrounding area. Having studied Botany at Canterbury before WWI, Foweraker returned from the War and became New Zealand’s first university lecturer in Forestry in 1921. Other artefacts that have now been surveyed in the Forestry Department include two microscopes that Foweraker built as a student of Botany and continued to use for years afterwards.

Mr Charles Foweraker

To commemorate his significant work around Cass and the surrounding area, Foweraker’s name has since been given to a prominent mountain in Arthur’s Pass National Park, which can be seen from the field station in Cass.

It is not known how long the bicycle at Cass remained in use, but it was rescued from the Cass dump site in the 1980s and brought back to Ilam campus where it was stored in the basement of the Von Haast building. In 2014 the Forestry Department gave the bicycle a new seat and fresh tyres and proudly displayed it as a symbol of the department’s valuable history for their 100th anniversary.

Artefacts continue to appear in interesting and unexpected places. The survey team are looking forward to exploring more history at some of the University’s remote field stations over the coming weeks. As always, please contact us if you would like to provide any information about heritage artefacts from around the University that may be of interest to the project.

Images supplied by the University of Canterbury School of Forestry

Amy Boswell-Hore, collection technician

Natalie Looyer, collection technician

Homestead Lane closing to vehicle traffic from 3 December 2020

With work continuing on the final stages of Tupuānuku, the new student accommodation building, Homestead Lane will be closed to vehicles from Thursday 3 December. There will be no through access. See map for details: Homestead Lane closure map Nov 2020.

Initially this closure is to ensure safety around the construction site, however a shift to prioritise pedestrians will become permanent when Tupuānuku opens in February 2021.

Tupuānuku adds 504 beds to the student accommodation along Homestead Lane. The safety of our students is our priority and for this reason Homestead Lane will:
• No longer be accessible for through-traffic between Ilam and Waimairi roads
• Provide limited student vehicle access to Ilam apartments, Tupuānuku and Bishop Julius accommodation halls from either Waimairi or Ilam Road entrances

Homestead Lane is also a key part of UC’s recommended safe-walking routes for students at night, especially for those who live in student accommodation on Homestead Lane and Waimairi Road. The route is designed to direct UC students away from Ilam Gardens and Ilam Fields and towards the well-lit busy pedestrian route of Homestead Lane.

Homestead Lane was originally a service access from Waimairi Road for Ilam Homestead in the early 1970s, which was later developed and extended to join Ilam Road to support new student accommodation buildings. At six-metres-wide, it is narrow and over time traffic and pedestrian use of Homestead Lane has increased significantly. Although it has been used as a through-road by the community, Homestead Lane is a private road owned by the university.

Thank you for your understanding.
Ngā mihi,
Paul O’Flaherty
Executive Director of People, Culture and Campus

One month FREE gym membership – no strings attached!

With the summer days rapidly approaching,  how about getting a little jumpstart on your health for the holidays?

Free UC Staff Memberships

One month to go – FREE RecCentre membership

With the students away, now is a great time to explore the UC RecCentre – less crowds, same great classes and a fully equipped gym with courts and climbing to boot!   ABSOLUTELY NO STRINGS ATTACHED!   Straight up, free membership until we close this year – that’s Tuesday December 22, 2020.  In our first week, we’ve seen 30 staff take up the offer to get moving, which is sensational.  Get the max amount of free gym time by coming over today!

Courts, Classes and Climbing

The RecCentre is more than just a bog standard gym.  Yes, our building is retro chic (take a virtual tour), but our services and staff are top notch.   Joining gives you free access to the bouldering wall, sport courts, group fitness classes and of course, a cardio and weights equipment if that’s your thing.   Why not try our drop-in sport sessions and meet up with other staff, or experience a lunchtime yoga class?

How to get yours?

Simply head over to the UC RecCentre with your Staff ID card (this is critical, we’ll add facility access to this, and it becomes your membership card).  We’ll get you to sign your membership form to agree to our terms and conditions , and voila, you’re good to go.

Do you need the app?

We strongly recommend downloading the app.   You’ll get free access to our on-demand classes until 31 December and all the other features.  Plus, it’s how you book your Group Fitness classes.  We can sign you in on arrival as a casual if there is space, however, if the class is full, we will sadly have to turn you away.

Move better.  Feel better.  Think better.
UC Rec&Sport