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New working bee time added

Autumn brings more time in the māra (garden)!

As well as the regular Friday afternoon working bee, we are now also offering an extra working bee at UC’s community garden on Tuesday mornings from 10am – 12pm. Working bees run all year, including in the holidays.


Drop in for your weekly fix of gardening, fresh air, tea and chats. All volunteers get to take home a share of the fresh harvest. 🥕

Learn more about Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu | Waiutuutu Community Garden here. Follow us @waiutuutugarden on Instagram to learn about our upcoming events and workshops.

If you have any questions about the garden, get in touch with UC Community Gardens Coordinator, Jam, on 🌻

Free bike servicing on campus

Did you know UC offers free bike servicing on campus? 🚲

Dr Bike is a free weekly service provided by the UC Sustainability Office, where students and staff can have their bikes looked at and fixed up by Dr Bike mechanics.

This service provides free basic maintenance and repairs such as puncture repair, tuning brakes and oiling chains. You can drop anytime during the session and it’s completely free.

When: Weekly* on Thursday afternoons, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Near C Block Lawn. Look for the red flag.

*Dr Bike runs during term time only. The last two sessions for term one are Thursday 21st and 28th March. Dr Bike will then be back from Thursday 2 May.

Get it sorted ♻

From 1 February 2024, new national standards to kerbside bin collections are in place, which means a consistent approach to how we sort recycling, organics and rubbish across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The new national standards have bought about some changes to what is accepted in what bin on UC campus.

Some of the key changes include:

  • Pizza boxes now go into recycling (not organics)
  • Tea bags now go into landfill (not organics)
  • Soiled paper and dirty napkins now go into landfill
  • All types of takeaway packaging (whether marked ‘compostable’ or not) must go into landfill. This includes coffee cups.

All staff and students can make a difference by sorting their waste correctly to minimise the contamination of our waste streams.

For example, it is extremely important that all food, food scraps and organic material are placed in the green organics bin, and not in the red landfill bins.

Want to reduce your waste to landfill? Same! Keep an eye out on here and on our social media for some inspiration for how you can get creative, save some money, and have fun while reducing your waste footprint at the same time.

Learn more about waste management and minimisation at UC here.