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New Zealand Sign Language is Essential

NZSL is essential for Deaf people in education, health, workplaces and to be able to participate equally in society.

This year’s theme for NZSL Week 2022 is ‘NZSL is Essential’.

Following Monday’s post, we would like to share with you how to start a kōrero | conversation in NZSL.

Once again, UC student and NZSL tutor Cory’s amazing mahi provides us with the wonderful opportunity to take a quick dive into NZSL!


We hope you are taking some learnings from this week.

To check out UC’s Te Ratonga Whaikaha|Student Accessibility Service, click here.

If you wish to support Deaf Aotearoa, you can donate here.

2022 Flu vaccine

This year all UC students enrolled with the UC Health Centre will be able to get a free flu vaccine.

If you’re not enrolled with the Health Centre but you are a student at UC (domestic or international), the UCSA and UC Health Centre will subsidise the cost of flu vaccines for you. You will be able to get a flu vaccine for $5 – when you phone to book in you will be asked by the receptionist to pay $5 online to cover the cost of the vaccine.

When can I get a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine clinics will be run from Monday to Thursday, 9-10am at the UC Health Centre. You will need to book a time.

For most students, the flu vaccine will be offered from 20 April.

For anyone aged 65 and over, and Māori and Pasifika ages 55 and over, the clinics will start Monday 4 April – 14 April 2022.

How to book your vaccine

  • Phone reception and book a time with a nurse on 369 4444
  • Please don’t come to the Health Centre if you feel unwell and phone reception to let them know
  • Only come in as the time stated on your booking to prevent overfilling waiting rooms
  • There is no waiting time after your vaccination, but it is recommended to stay close by in case of a reaction. There will be more information when you are given the vaccine.

Influenza strains in vaccine

New Zealand’s 2022 flu vaccine, AFLURIA Quad, will protect against four strains of flu virus – two influenza type A strains and two influenza type B strains:

  • A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1) pdm 09-like virus
  • A/Darwin/9/2021 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Austria/1359417/2021-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus

Did you know that UCGO will send you an alert if there is an emergency that affects campus?

If there is a campus-wide emergency situation, such as an evacuation or lockdown, UCGO will send a push notification to your phone so that you know what’s going on. To receive this kind of information, you need to make sure you allow push notifications for UCGO. 

We’re about to ‘Fall back’, why don’t you take a moment to check that you have allowed notifications? Make sure you keep them turned on!

Don’t worry, you won’t get spammed – push notifications from UCGO are only used in an emergency situation. 

FYI – there will be a UCGO emergency test in the morning on Thursday 31 March.

Don’t have the app?
Find out more about UCGO, and how to download it or bookmark it on your desktop, here>