Category Archives: Celebration

Come one, come all, to WORD Christchurch 2022

Word Christchurch, Ōtautahi’s festival of books, storytelling and ideas, is back again from August 31 to September 4. We have a huge programme, with performances, panels, workshops, and masterclasses – there’s something for everyone!

This year, I was lucky enough to be selected as the UC Student Guest Programmer, which means, with the amazing support and mentorship of the WORD Christchurch team, I’ve had the opportunity to conceive and deliver an event in this year’s festival.

I knew I wanted my event to showcase the beautiful, funny, strong, and clever work of wāhine Māori writers in Aotearoa – from there, I had to come up with a concept, invite writers on as guests (scary!), and decide on how best to promote it. I’ve also been able to get a look behind the scenes to learn how a festival works – from coming up with the big ideas to nailing down the details – and met some wonderful people who have been nothing but helpful and kind the whole way through. We were also able to make this a part of PACE, so it counts towards my degree.

Next steps for me are promoting my event, Mana Wāhine: Influence and Craft, and the wider festival at large to students (ahem, hence this blog post), and helping during the festival itself – you might even see me with a headset and walkie-talkie, hopefully looking like I know what I’m doing.

Come along to WORD! There are heaps of free events (including mine, yay!) with so many opportunities to learn and listen to some fantastic people.

My Top 3 picks for the festival (besides mine, of course) are:

  1. Keri Hulme: He Kōtuku Rereka Tahi
  2. Nuku: 100 Kickass Indigenous Women
  3. The Faraway Near: Ottessa Moshfegh

See you at WORD 2022!

Nominate the next Young New Zealander Of The Year

Do you have a mate who’s a natural leader and full of potential to build a bright future for Aotearoa? Maybe they’re the next University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year?

It’s time to nominate a young change maker you know for the UC Young New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Mātātahi o te Tau and recognise their amazing mahi! They can be recognised for their effort to improve themselves, their communities, and their nation.

Click here to check the nomination criteria and here to start your nomination (it takes 5 minutes). 


At UC, we’re committed to empowering Young New Zealanders across Aotearoa to make a difference, especially now, as the world continues to face challenges connected to the pandemic, climate change and wellbeing. We’re super proud to celebrate these young leaders and support their success as they lead change in their communities. 

Nominations are open until August 31. You could also check out other categories to nominate others while you’re at it here>

Head over to @UCNZ Instagram to be into win a years free Spotify and Netflix! 

NZ Biosecurity Awards

It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got but we want to celebrate those biosecurity heroes going above and beyond for New Zealand – could this be you or someone you know?

It’s easy to enter your own team or make a nomination online. There are multiple categories, and you can enter more than one Award.
Find out more about the Award categories and criteria.

Entries are open until 31 July, so get in quick!