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It’s not too late to volunteer for Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day) on Friday 19 February!

This is our biggest event to welcome new ākonga (students) and whānau into the UC community and staff volunteers are essential to the smooth running of this event. The Events team still needs your help!

If you are interested in volunteering but unable to do a full shift please email your preferred times to Bree Cumming at events@canterbury.ac.nz and she will work around this. Any time you can spare, even if it’s just an hour, would be so helpful. 

If you are interested, please review the roles, check with your manager and sign up here. 

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people – only 3 shifts left!
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig – only 8 shifts left!
  • Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions – only 18 shifts left!
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think – only 4 shifts left!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

If you have any questions please email us at events@canterbury.ac.nz. Please note you will need to commit to attending the event briefing at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2021. If you are able to volunteer but can’t make it to the briefing, please still send us an email.  

Thank you in advance for your support! Also a big thanks to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer.

Ngā mihi,

Te Rōpū Pāpori
Communications and Events 

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.