Category Archives: Celebrate

Super Rugby Aupiki trophy on campus!

Come and check out the Super Rugby Aupiki trophy on campus this week 🏆 🏉

The amazing wāhine at Matatū have given it their all for Super Rugby Aupiki 2023 and are this year’s champions 🎉 

Come take a peak at their victorious trophy, which will be displayed on campus. All info below.

When: Wednesday 26 April afternoon – Friday 28 April 2023 afternoon

Where: Puaka-James Height Ground Floor

As a sponsor, we are so proud of the Matatū team and their amazing season.

Read more about the partnership between Matatū & UC here> 

UC Young New Zealander of the Year Announced

Shaneel Lal was recently named the 2023 University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Te Mātātahi o te Tau.

Shaneel’s life story as a survivor of conversion therapy has fuelled their passion to create positive change for the LGBTQIA+ community. Their drive to end conversion therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand resulted in the New Zealand government passing legislation to ban conversion therapy in 2022.  

They also continue to advocate for greater protections for the LGBTQIA+ community, championing reforms to hate-speech laws and blood donation policies to ensure that queer people are not discriminated against.  

Congratulations Shaneel! 


Celebrate UC’s 150th Anniversary in a special Grad Week Street Parade!

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations and to mark the beginning of grad week, UC is holding a special street parade in Ōtautahi Christchurch.  

Come join us and bring your friends and whānau along to cheer on our graduates as they process through the central city – the more the merrier.  

This is an awesome opportunity for you to celebrate with your peers and join the festivities at the end of the parade. 

When: Tuesday 4 April, 10am 

Where: Hack Circle, corner High and Cashel streets 

The procession, led by the New Zealand Army Band, will start at Hack Circle and process along Cashel Street, Oxford Terrace and end at Victoria Square where Ōtautahi Christchurch Mayor Phil Mauger will deliver a speech, and Tumu Tuarua Kaunihera I Pro-Chancellor Shayne Te Aika will toast our graduates.  It will be a festive atmosphere and additional refreshments for purchase will be available from food trucks at Victoria Square. 

You can check out the Street Parade map here> 

See you there!