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Host UC international students for a Kiwi Summer Day

Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.

This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.

How can you help?

We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.

Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.

If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021.  IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact candice.houghton@canterbury.ac.nz

Thanks for helping to ensure UC’s international student whānau feel supported and connected to our community this summer. You are truly engaging in the UC Values!

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: From Data to Insight

Free Geospatial Research Institute Seminar – 30th July 2021

In this time of rapid global change, we need new ways to identify, monitor and understand the impact of change on environments and human dynamics such as economy, health and sociopolitical stability.

In this seminar, Rafael Kargren – Director of Oceania and Pacifica, presents Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities. Book your free tickets here or join in on Zoom

When: 30th July, 1-2 PM and light refreshments from 12.30PM
Location: Ernest Rutherford 263 or online via Zoom

Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities help customers map, detect, address and predict change at unprecedented speed and scale. Fueled largely by Maxar’s own constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites and combining multi-source data and applied artificial intelligence, machine learning and rich domain knowledge is able to deliver insight as a service.

Rafael is heading Maxar in Oceania and Pacific and has long background in remote sensing and earth observation. He has been involved in implementation of national earth observation data centers and information management systems in collaboration with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Australian state governments for initiatives such as Open Data Cube, Copernicus Data Hub, Digital Earth Australia and New Zealand’s Centre for Space and Science. He has been involved in many international initiatives to improve humanitarian actions and disaster response for Pacific Islands.

Rafael is also a lecturer at International Space University (ISU), board member at Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC), Space Ops Committee, Asia and Oceania Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and Christchurch Aerospace. He provides active mentoring, coaching and support to several space start-ups and students in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Rafael Kargren - Director Oceania and Pacifica
Rafael Kargren – Director Oceania and Pacifica

 

 

 

Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury
geospatial.ac.nz
enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

 

SEMINAR: DEMOCRATISING GIS DATA TO SOLVE AOTEAROA’S FRESHWATER CHALLENGE

GRISS – Geospatial Research Institute Seminar
Speaker: Mike Taitoko – CEO, Takiwā
Democratising GIS Data to Solve Aotearoa’s Freshwater Challenge

25th June 2021  1-2 PM

Light Refreshments from 12.30 PM onwards

Location: Beatrice Tinsely 111

FREE Registration

Please see our website for registration details. www.geospatial.ac.nz/news/ 

In this talk Takiwā CEO Mike Taitoko will introduce the Takiwā platform and illustrate how it can help to empower organisations, iwi and communities to build their own data capability and capacity to solve complex freshwater challenges.  The only way we can address these complex issues is to create a shared understanding of the issues, impacts and solutions though a multi-stakeholder, multi-perspective view of the issues.

Takiwā is an award winning data management and analytics platform that allows end-users to upload, analyse and present multiple types of data and information within a spatial context in order to solve complex problems. A critical design feature of Takiwā has been the ability to draw together cultural and maatauranga Māori data and information alongside Western scientific data while managing cultural and commercial sensitivities of any datasets.

Mike Taitoko – CEO, Takiwā

Mike is of Maniapoto descent and is a leading specialist in the field of Māori and indigenous economic development. He previously founded Tuia Consulting, a leading Māori economic development advisory firm in New Zealand and the Pacific. During that time Mike built a cloud-based analytical processing platform to democratise data from government agencies, regional councils and industries out to iwi and Māori organisations, science projects, community groups and others. The idea was to use data to drive better visibility across the policy space and improve policy outcomes in areas that need it most. From there Mike formed Takiwā to build the tools and technologies that drive transformational change in areas that most impact Māori and Aotearoa generally, with a particular focus on land-use and impacts on freshwater.

Mike is a co-founder of Toha, an impact investment platform and it’s first venture Calm The Farm, as well as director of other family-owned companies and an independent director of Mercury Energy.

Please see our website for registration details. www.geospatial.ac.nz/news/ 

GEOSPATIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
Email: gri-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

Work Together for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tickets for online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change are LIVE!

Interested in hearing a panel discussion focussed on Intergenerational Conversations and Justice? What about one led by youth leaders and the Children’s Commission, and chaired by Professor Bronwyn Hayward?

Or, how about learning about Aotearoa New Zealand’s place in the Pacific, and pathways for change with a panel chaired by Professor Steven Ratuva? 

Then mark your calendars: Online SDG Hui #3 ‘Working Together for Change’ is coming up on Thursday 24 June, 7pm – 9pm!

This final online hui in the 2020-2021 Summit Series will build on kōrero from Hui#1 and Hui#2, and will be two hours of incredible panel discussions, an interactive workshop stream and a creative moment. This hui aims to inspire thinking and action on creating meaningful, inclusive, participatory and collaborative partnerships for change.

Tickets are just $5 – $10. Get yours here now and be a part of Aotearoa’s SDG journey!

In honour of Sāmoan Language Week, we wanted to share with you  the incredible Daisy Lavea-Timo’s slam poetry magic from online SDG Hui #2 ‘Be the Change’  back in March.

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. Building on two previous SDG Summits, the 2020-2021 Series is here to take people on a journey from an individual understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to collective action, under an overall theme of ‘Pathways to (Urgent) Action’.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit Series, check out the website, sign up to the mailing list, see the Youtube channel and follow their mahi on social media.

Save the date – Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo

In partnership with ChristchurchNZ and supported by Ara, Lincoln & UC, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers Advice and Study Expo will be held at the Ōtautahi Christchurch Town Hall on 3 June from 12.30 – 5.30pm.

Whether you are (or someone you know is) entering the workforce, thinking of changing roles or keen to upskill or reskill, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo could be for you!

Save the date and come along to gain insight into what employers are looking for, what skills are in high demand, and the full suite of study and financial options for you.

More information to come – keep an eye out in Tū ki te tahi.