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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!

Biketober is coming to Ōtautahi next month!

Biketober (=Bike + October) is Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling, and is all about giving cycling a go. Whether you ride a bike already, would like to try, or just want to join the fun, there will be cycling events and activities for you and your whānau to enjoy almost every day this October!

Curious? Check out the website & event calendar here.

Some of the Sustainability Office’s top event picks this year are:

So grab a bike, check out the entire month’s event calendar here and have fun!

Biketober 2021 events are being run according to MOH guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please refer to the Biketober website here for event specific updates.

CREATE YOUR PATHWAY FOR ACTION

How can we collaborate for systemic change, and together, develop clear pathways for urgent action?

Be a part of the next steps in the Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series journey, and discover some of the answers with us!

Online SDG Hui #3: Working Together for Change, Thursday 24 June

 

Online SDG Hui #3 is focused towards “working together for change” and by bringing together experts from academia, community organisations, business and government agencies, aims to investigate opportunities for action across different sectors.

Two incredible UC academics, Professor Steven Ratuva (Director, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies) and Professor Bronwyn Hayward, will be facilitating conversations on ‘Aotearoa, the Pacific and the SDGs’ and ‘Intergenerational Conversations’ respectively. Through these panel sessions, participants will have space to dive deeply into topics of justice, power, climate, communities and young people and will unpack the importance of participatory, inclusive decision making across all levels.

 

Join the kōrero on Thursday 24 June from 7pm – 9pm, online via Zoom. Tickets are just $5 for Youth and $10 for General. Ticketing and more details are available here.

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Hui #3 also features a concurrent interactive workshop stream: ‘Future Fit Business: a tool for Organisations’, exploring how organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand can credibly measure their sustainability and contribution to the SDGs using the Future Fit Business Benchmark. This workshop is co-hosted by Sally Wilkins, a sustainability consultant at Proxima Consulting (an accredited Future Fit Partner since 2019) and Roger Robson-Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer at Plant and Food Research (an early adopter of the Benchmark in Aotearoa).

Book here for Online Hui 3#, Working Together for Change, on 24 June, 7pm – 9pm.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, University of Canterbury, Ōtautahi Christchurch

 

With workshops, world cafes, panel sessions, kōrerorero, creative stations, activations and small group discussions, plus field trips and a community-style feast, the 2021 Aotearoa SDG Summit ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ focuses on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 SDGs.

Held across two days and based from the University of Canterbury campus, this is a Summit event like no other!

 See here for ticketing and more details. Early Bird tickets are now available, and all tickets purchased before 24 June receive free access to Online Hui #3!

The 2020-2021 Aotearoa New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit series is co-hosted by UC and Lincoln University, with mana whenua Ngāi Tuahuriri, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury. The Series is supported by Tourism New Zealand, Te Pokai Tara – Universities New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ,  New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Seeds Podcast and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Stay connected with the Aotearoa SDG Summit Series via their website, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and by signing up to the mailing list here.

 

Cycle Matariki

Celebrate Matariki and the Winter Solstice with an evening bike ride around Hagley Park on Monday 21 June!

The UC Sustainability Office will be leading a gentle group ride from UC campus to Hagley Park, to join hundreds of other Ōtautahi cyclists celebrating the longest night of the year.

This is the 10th annual Christchurch Matariki Night Light Bike Ride event – and it’s going to be bigger and brighter than ever!

The purpose of the ride is to brightly support safe, healthy and fun cycling for commuters, children riding to school and for all recreational cyclists.

See more details on the Facebook event here.

Want to join the group ride to the event?

Please meet Chloe from the UC Sustainability Office with your bike, helmet and bike lights by the Locke/Logie carpark on Monday 21 June, from 430pm. We will be departing campus at 4.40pm.

Our ride will take us along the Uni-Cycle cycleway, through Riccarton Bush and into Hagley Park. The event officially begins at the Armagh Street Mickle Gates at 5.30pm (with riders encouraged to gather from 5pm). From the meeting point, the ride will take us clockwise around the park, and will finish around 630pm.

Afterwards we will gather at the Pegasus Arms on Oxford Terrace for a drink and a chance to connect with our cycling community. We’ll kick back, relax and discuss how to help make Ōtautahi a world-class safe cycling city!

The Christchurch Matariki Night Light Bike Ride is hosted and organised by Spokes Canterbury, Cycling CHCH, Biketober Christchurch, Avon-Ōtākaro Network and Venduco Ltd.

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Get excited – the Aotearoa SDG Summit is coming to UC!

Would you like to be a part of a two-day Summit event, focussed on connecting, learning, collaborating, and taking real action on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Then get your diary out and save the date – because the SDG Summit is coming to UC this September!

The SDG Summit event will be held over two consecutive days (September 2 – 3) in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Far from your ‘usual’ conference event, on the first day you can expect a mixture of panel discussions and interactive participant-led activations on our UC campus. Think workshops, activities, creative stations and small group discussions, all focussed around collaboration for the SDGs!

This first day will be followed by a community feast in the City Centre.

The second day will be primarily field trips, with the opportunity for Summit attendees to see examples of the SDGs in action around the Waitaha Canterbury region – Lincoln, Banks Peninsula and the City Centre.

Are you excited yet? Tickets and more details will be released in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out on here, and on the SDG Summit Series social media channels.

Can’t wait ’til September?

Save the date for June 24, where the third (and final) online hui in the Summit Series will be taking place.  Ticketing will be released at the same time as the September Summit tickets, so keep an eye out and grab a deal on attending both SDG events!

Missed our previous two online SDG hui? You can get up to speed and check out all the session and workshop recordings here – like the one below from Hui #2, with Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu), Head of School, Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, on Te Tiriti and the SDGs.

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 SDGs 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, and follow their mahi on social media.