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UCSA Student Choice Awards 2022

Nominations for Student Choice Awards close on Thursday 8 September!

Help us celebrate any UC staff you think deserves to be recognised.
From the Wellbeing Champion, the most unique personality for the Great Character Award, the administrator king and queen, to your favourite lecturer. Nominate them all!

We appreciate your time so when you submit a 100-word+ nomination of a UC Staff member, you can be in to win a $200 Prezzy Card!

You can check out the criteria on our website to see what award the staff member should be nominated for. These awards are:
– Faculty Lecturer Awards (who will be considered for the overall Lecturer of the Year Award)
a) Faculty of Arts
b) Faculty of Business
c) Faculty of Law
d) Faculty of Education
e) Faculty of Health
f) Faculty of Engineering
g) Faculty of Science
– Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year Award
– Administrator of the Year Award
– Technical Staff Member of the Year Award
– Support Services Staff Member of the Year Award
– Superstar Award
– Great Character Award
– The Wellbeing Champion Award


For more information and to nominate please visit:


We would love your help in celebrating our amazing staff so nominate as many people you think deserve it!

Nominations close 6PM Thursday 8th September.

Tohu Kahurangi | University of Canterbury Blues Awards 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Tohu Kahurangi | University of Canterbury Blues Awards close on the 12th of September.

Receiving an award at our Tohu Kahurangi | Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in the Sport, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Check out the criteria on our website to see if you are eligible for an Individual Blues award. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Outstanding achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori community
  • Outstanding contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding contribution to Sustainability

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives etc.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement during the nomination period

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Friday 12th September

The Blues Awards will be held at the Haere-roa on Saturday the 15th of October



Interested in story sovereignty?

We’re excited to host the upcoming WIFT panel on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety on our Digital Screen Campus!

Date: Thursday 25 August
Time: 6:00pm drinks for a 6:30pm start
Location: Digital Screen Campus, Dovedale Ave, Ilam [More specific location information will be published closer to the event].

Having control over one’s stories and the right to determine the direction of these stories is an essential and ongoing korero.

So we’re extremely lucky to have Dr Hana O’Regan, Tumu Whakarae of CORE Education, moderating this panel.

Dr O’Regan has worked in the areas of language revitalisation, identity and cultural development, te reo Māori and education for over 25 years. Dr O’Regan is a published author and composer and is recognised internationally for her work in indigenous language acquisition and revitalisation. In 2021 she was appointed as a member to The Waitangi Tribunal.

Some of the topics and questions the panel will explore  on the night include:

  • How can our industry centre the voices and concerns of Tangata Whenua, Tangata Moana, pan-Asian and other underserved groups?
  • How can our industry empower these groups in the storytelling space and ensure the protection of cultural, genealogical and spiritual capital?
  • How can we as an industry move beyond token representation onscreen and behind the camera to ensure meaningful collaboration?
  • What does cultural safety mean throughout all levels of the storytelling process?
  • What is Story Sovereignty and is there a collective understanding of what it is?

 This is an important and multi-layered conversation which we hope will add to the discourse on Story Sovereignty and Cultural Safety.


  • Te O Kahurangi Waaka,  Pou Whakahaere – Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission, Producer (Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko). Te O Kahurangi is a producer with extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations, as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues. She has been producer for Kura Productions, has served as a board member of Ngā Aho Whakaari, and is the Chair of the Trade Marks Māori Advisory Committee.
  • Anna CantonCreative Producer, Brand & Marketing Specialist, (Pākehā/Chinese).  With an interest in edgy, high-stakes genre film, Anna brings a wealth of commercial project management skills, cultural leadership insight, practical film experience, and passionate storytelling to the table. As a Producer, her short films ‘GRAVEL 3000’ and award-winning* ‘MODEL 15’ have played at local and international festivals. As a woman-of-colour, she is focused on giving voice to those currently underrepresented in our industry.
  • Tusiata AviaMNZM, Poet, Author, Scriptwriter (Samoa/NZ Pākehā). Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and children’s book writer, known for her dynamic performance style. She is regularly published in international literary journals and invited to appear at writers festivals around the globe. Her poetry is described by poet and novelist Sia Figiel as ‘quite revolutionary in the sense that, not only does it define the face of Pacific literature in New Zealand, but it redefines the face of New Zealand literature itself.’ 

WIFT members FREE; non-members $15 cash. Includes a drink and nibbles.
RSVP essential to 

Digital Screen Campus team