Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Kia ora UC community, 

My name is Ash Anderson, and I am currently interning with Zin South at UC Sustainability over summer! Zin and I are interning through the UC Arts PACE program.

Zin and I by one of the many wonderful fig trees.

I thought I would share a little about myself. I am a second year student at UC studying a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classics. I have always been interested in living a more sustainable life so being able to work with likeminded people has been an absolute treat so far!

The main project Zin and I are working on with the incredible team at UC Sustainability is updating the edible campus map! Wait, did you not know UC was an edible campus? Well, neither did I before being introduced to this project. Thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute and their wonderful intern Matthew Conley, we have been able to partner together to create a virtual story map of UC’s food forging locations! This means that everyone can help themselves to various fruits available on campus! Including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas and much more!

Pears growing on the tree near Cafe 1894
A fig growing on the tree by the Fine Arts building.

The UC Sustainability Office’s goal is to help create and change practices within the university and the wider community to be more sustainable and economical. Food forging is just one of the ways they embody this. Having access to fruit trees encompasses many of the UN’s  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we can’t wait to share more about this in our next blog post. 

Stay tuned on social media for updates around this project, including the launch date of the map!

Until next time,

Ash Anderson. 

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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, 9.00am – 2.30pm

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.

Support Your Favourite Charities Through Payroll Giving

Do you ever think about donating to your favourite charity but never seem to get around to it? To make supporting your community easier than ever, UC is launching Payroll Giving which is now available to all UC staff.

Sign up today to support your favourite charity or charities directly through your fortnightly pay.  

How to Sign Up

Click here to sign up for payroll giving. 

The link will take you to a personalised, pre-populated UC form from which you need to:

  1. Select up to three charities you’d like to support
  2. Indicate how much you would like to be deducted from your fortnightly pay

Please contact the charity or charities directly to share the good news. They’ll be delighted to hear from you.  

You can update your preferences at any time to change your contribution amount or stop your donation. To do so, update your preferences on the Payroll Giving form.

Hands Holding Hearts

Why Sign Up for Payroll Giving?

With Payroll Giving, a 33.33% tax refund is automatically applied to your fortnightly pay. So if you donate $100 to your preferred charity or charities, that’s a refund of NZ$33.33.

Donating to your favourite New Zealand charities through automatic salary deductions saves you the hassle of submitting a tax-receipt to the IRD at the end of the year. With Payroll Giving your refund is automatic.

Which Charities Can I Support?

Staff recently voted on the charities they’d like to see included in the brand new Payroll Giving programme at UC. While four are available to support now, the rest will be available to select in the new year.

A big thanks to everyone for contributing. We saw a wide range of charities represented and it’s clear how much you care about supporting our community.

Here are the 20 charities you chose to support:

  1. University of Canterbury Foundation
  2. UC Student’s Association (UCSA)
  3. The Volunteer Army Foundation (SVA)
  4. Christchurch Foundation
  5. Christchurch City Mission
  6. St John Ambulance
  7. Kids Can
  8. Aviva
  9. Cancer Society of NZ – Canterbury
  10. Ronald McDonald House – South Island
  11. SPCA
  12. Breast Cancer Research Trust
  13. Salvation Army
  14. Friends of the Arts Centre
  15. NZ Red Cross
  16. Rainbow Youth Inc
  17. Victim Support
  18. Cholmondeley Children’s Centre
  19. Forest and Bird NZ
  20. Air Rescue Trust

Thanks for making a difference. If you have any questions, please contact the UC Foundation at ucfoundation@canterbury.ac.nz.


It’s time to join The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

It’s aim is to enable better understanding of current affairs and complex issues by working with university academics and researchers to unlock their deep expertise for use by the wider public, and we’re encouraging all UC academics to sign up>

This free resource has become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites. Around 35% of readers are from outside Australia, with editions for Africa, Canada, France, United Kingdom, United States and global readerships.

As well as a respected media resource, The Conversation is a source of ideas, experts and free content (under creative commons) with its articles often quoted and republished in mainstream media around the world. It’s a way that academics and researchers can persuade influential people outside their field – including funding assessors, politicians, the media, industry and the public – that their work matters.


Those with experience in Australian universities are already aware of the positive impact contributing to The Conversation can have on academic careers – via awareness of research, researchers and increased citations.

Why it works – trusted content: All The Conversation authors are academics and researchers; you must be a member of an academic or research institution to write for The Conversation.

Its editors are professional journalists who can help create high quality content that’s also easy to read.

The Conversation codes of conduct ensure accuracy. All articles carry a disclosure statement listing any potential conflict, and the authors retain final sign-off on all their articles. The content is subject to an Editorial Charter to ensure it is evidence-based, independent and trusted writing.

Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Arts + Culture
  • Business + Economy
  • Cities
  • Education
  • Environment + Energy
  • FactCheck
  • Health + Medicine
  • Politics + Society
  • Science + Technology

For more information, contact the UC Comms team>


Looking after your devices

Do you share thoughts and memories, pictures of holidays, gatherings and other adventures online? Do you share these things on one or more social media platforms?

One of the most vulnerable and common channels for attack is outdated software. Cyber criminals have millions of infected machines that continually scan the internet looking for vulnerable devices to attack. They use holes in software, operating systems and communications, to push their way through the cracks and try to execute code, and once they have a foothold they can cause a huge amount of damage.

Damage could include:

  • stealing your information
  • using your device without your knowledge to spread malware, attack online services, mine cryptocurrency, etc.
  • overriding safety settings on your device and encrypting the data.

To avoid this you should actively keep your device up to date installing updates that are available for your device. Also make sure you keep software and apps on your devices up to date. These updates often ‘patch’ security vulnerabilities that criminals use to exploit devices. Take a few minutes now to make sure your device is up to date.

Other things to consider.

  • Make sure you download software from reputable sources such as Apple App Store, Google Play, Microsoft, Amazon, Steam.
  • If you are getting ‘free’ software, what are you giving the publisher in return? They might be tracking your location or want access to your address book.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-malware tools to scan your device regularly (yes, even MacOS users should do this).
  • Avoid using portable USB storage across multiple devices.
  • Is information on your device backed-up somewhere?
  • Is your device need a password to gain access? – it should.
  • Use a secure browser and think about where you are browsing too, is it ‘legit’?

How to report a cyber security incident at UC

Log a ticket on the IT Self Service portal>
Ring IT Service Desk on 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.
Email report-phishing@canterbury.ac.nz and attach phishing email, ensuring header of scam email is included.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk or visit the desk located in the Central Library. Call us on our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.

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