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World Car Free Day this Thursday

Oil up your bike chain and top up your bus cards… and perhaps score a free coffee as we ditch the car this World Car Free Day!

Every year on September 22 communities across the globe unite to celebrate World Car Free Day — a movement that encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day in favour of more climate-friendly modes of transport and to highlight the impact our transport choices make on greenhouse gas emissions.

Moving to more sustainable transport in and around our campuses is part of UC’s goal of reaching carbon neutral status by 2030.

Keen to get on board? Get some fresh air on a walk, bike, skate, or scoot, or chill out on the bus and avoid the stress of the traffic jam and the cost of petrol and parking. And, if you’re lucky… you might just win a spot prize for taking part!

Keep an eye out for student volunteers handing out free coffee vouchers near bus stops, bike stands and through campus on the morning of Thursday 22 September.

Learn about the different options to get to and from campus here, and together let’s think about how we can put down the car keys for the climate this Thursday!

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.

Cycle with Confidence!

Gain the skills to negotiate traffic with confidence!

Is riding a bike to uni, work, to the local shops or around town your goal? Then this the opportunity to get practical, personalised advice in a safe, supportive and fun environment!

Join the UC Sustainability Office for two free workshops designed to get you out and enjoying Ōtautahi Christchurch by bike (and saving some serious $$) this spring:

Session One | Tuesday 20 September will be covering cycle safety skills and techniques in an off-road setting. 

Session Two | Tuesday 27 September will be putting these into practice on the cycleways and quiet roads surrounding UC.

It’s recommended you attend both sessions (if you can) to get the most from the experience.

A few details:

  • Sessions are held on and around UC’s campus during the lunch hour (12pm – 12.50pm)
  • There is no cost to attend
  • No bike? No worries! Loan bikes and helmets can be provided on request.

The sessions will be led by Paul from Odlin Cycle Coaching, run in collaboration between the UC Sustainability Office and the Christchurch City Council. 

Registration is essential as spaces are limited. Email for more details and to register.