Electrical outages weekend of 20-21 January

Please be advised that there are two electrical outages planned for Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2024 on Ilam Campus.

For those in affected buildings, Facilities Management recommend that you:

  • Turn off IT equipment in preparation for these outages
  • Ensure any uninterrupted power supply (UPS) equipment is operating correctly
  • Plan to shut down and reset any specialist equipment


Outage 1 – Ernest Rutherford – West wing only – 20-21 January

Ernest Rutherford West wing will be without power for two days from 7am 20 January 2024 to 7pm 21 January 2024.

This will enable contractors to complete alterations to the main switchboard for the Ground Source Heat Pump Project (GSHP).

This outage will affect Ernest Rutherford West wing only.


Outage 2 – Multiple buildings – 20 January

Power will be shut down across multiple buildings from 7am-9.30am on 20 January 2024.

This will allow for essential annual testing and maintenance, to ensure that UC’s electrical infrastructure is resilient in the event of wider network outages.

The following buildings will be without power:

  • Alice Candy
  • Angus Tait
  • School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing
  • Beatrice Tinsley
  • Biology Glasshouses
  • Central Lecture Theatres
  • Elsie Locke
  • Ernest Rutherford [east and west]
  • Fine Arts 1,2, 3 & 4
  • Forestry
  • ICT Building
  • James Logie
  • Jane Soons
  • Julius Von Haast
  • Karl Popper
  • Library Warehouse
  • Matariki
  • McMillan Brown Library
  • Meremere
  • Music
  • North Arts Lecture Theatres
  • Okeover
  • Psychology Lab
  • Puaka-James Hight inc. Undercroft
  • Rehua
  • School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora
  • School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing
  • South Arts Lecture Theatres
  • Te Ao Mārama
  • University Bookshop

Facilities Management electricians and our external contractors will be onsite during this period to attend to any significant infrastructure issues. Equipment requiring any specialist shut down or reset due to this outage needs to be coordinated by appropriate Faculty or Service Department staff.

For more information, please contact Facilities Management by emailing FMAssist@canterbury.ac.nz.

Ngā Mihi,  

Te Ratonga Whakahaere Paenga | Facilities Management

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