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Strike action, Thursday 6 October

The TEU, PSA and E tū unions have advised us of their intention to strike on Thursday 6 October from 1pm to 3pm.

We anticipate some teaching and learning activities during this time may be impacted and, although striking staff are not obliged to do so, have asked them to advise students of any impact via AKO | LEARN.

The University of Canterbury bargaining team believes the talks at UC have been constructive and we will continue the dialogue that aims to address the issues that are relevant to UC staff.

Work to begin on UC’s Digital Screen Campus

We’re excited to confirm that from next week, our Digital Screen Campus will be one step closer.

Under the first package of work designed to transform Dovedale into the Digital Screen Campus, four of our existing buildings will be redeveloped.

  • Education Music (ED01)
  • Ōtākaro (ED03)
  • Henry Field (ED08)
  • Jack Mann (ED10)

Ōtākaro will be the first cab off the ranks, with work on its internal refit scheduled to begin Monday 19 September and will be finished for the beginning of Semester 1 next year.

Once complete Ōtākaro will house teaching, postgraduate and meeting spaces, computer labs, visual effects (VFX) suites, a motion capture room and more.

To compliment the building’s title, the original name of Ōtautahi’s Avon River, teaching spaces within Ōtākaro will reference specific waterway elements:

  • Hīwai: Spring
  • Māpua: Spring
  • Kōmanawa: To well up to the surface
  • Mātāwai: Place where water pools before flowing
  • Kāuru: Head of a river                  
  • Kautawa: Tributary
  • Muriwai: Junction
  • Korou: Major current

Here’s a glimpse at designs from buildings up and down Aotearoa New Zealand that have been inspiring the team when it comes to the innovative new look and feel for Ōtākaro’s interior:

Start dates for the work being undertaken on the remaining buildings; Education Music, Henry Field and Jack Mann, will be shared in due course.

Interested in story sovereignty?

We’re excited to host the upcoming WIFT panel on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety on our Digital Screen Campus!

Date: Thursday 25 August
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start
Location: Digital Screen Campus, Dovedale Ave, Ilam [More specific location information will be published closer to the event].

Having control over one’s stories and the right to determine the direction of these stories is an essential and ongoing korero.

So we’re extremely lucky to have Dr Hana O’Regan, Tumu Whakarae of CORE Education, moderating this panel.

Dr O’Regan has worked in the areas of language revitalisation, identity and cultural development, te reo Māori and education for over 25 years. Dr O’Regan is a published author and composer and is recognised internationally for her work in indigenous language acquisition and revitalisation. In 2021 she was appointed as a member to The Waitangi Tribunal.

Some of the topics and questions the panel will explore  on the night include:

  • How can our industry centre the voices and concerns of Tangata Whenua, Tangata Moana, pan-Asian and other underserved groups?
  • How can our industry empower these groups in the storytelling space and ensure the protection of cultural, genealogical and spiritual capital?
  • How can we as an industry move beyond token representation onscreen and behind the camera to ensure meaningful collaboration?
  • What does cultural safety mean throughout all levels of the storytelling process?
  • What is Story Sovereignty and is there a collective understanding of what it is?

 This is an important and multi-layered conversation which we hope will add to the discourse on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety.


  • Te O Kahurangi Waaka,  Pou Whakahaere – Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Producer (Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko). Te O Kahurangi is a producer with extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations, as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues. She has been producer for Kura Productions, has served as a board member of Ngā Aho Whakaari, and is the Chair of the Trade Marks Māori Advisory Committee.
  • Anna CantonCreative Producer, Brand & Marketing Specialist, (Pākehā/Chinese).  With an interest in edgy, high-stakes genre film, Anna brings a wealth of commercial project management skills, cultural leadership insight, practical film experience, and passionate storytelling to the table. As a Producer, her short films ‘GRAVEL 3000’ and award-winning* ‘MODEL 15’ have played at local and international festivals. As a woman-of-colour, she is focused on giving voice to those currently underrepresented in our industry.
  • Tusiata AviaMNZM, Poet, Author, Scriptwriter (Samoa/NZ Pākehā). Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and children’s book writer, known for her dynamic performance style. She is regularly published in international literary journals and invited to appear at writers festivals around the globe. Her poetry is described by poet and novelist Sia Figiel as ‘quite revolutionary in the sense that, not only does it define the face of Pacific literature in New Zealand, but it redefines the face of New Zealand literature itself.’ 

WIFT members FREE; non-members $15 cash. Includes a drink and nibbles.
RSVP essential to 

Digital Screen Campus team