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Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Student Accessibility Service name change

Tēnā koutou katoa,

In line with our strength-based approach to students accessing their learning, and after a period of consultation with registered students, the team at Te Ratonga Whaikaha has updated our ingoa Pākehā (English name) to reflect better the way we work, and to align with our ingoa Māori.

As of Friday 11th February 2022 the Equity and Disability Service will now be known as Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Student Accessibility Service.

As a service we aim to support and empower our students to embrace their differences and achieve academic independence and success, and this is now reflected in both of our names.

​​​​​​​We estimate that between 20-25% of students at the University experience barriers to accessing learning, and Te Ratonga Whaikaha|Student Accessibility Service (TRW|SAS) is here to provide support services, assistance, and advice to ensure that you make the most of your time here and achieve your academic goals.

Visit our updated website to see what support we can offer, and to book an appointment with one of our Accessibility Advisors.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at our new email address:


How to wear your face mask safely

Following the government’s decision to tighten the rules on face masks this week, now’s a good time to double check you’re wearing your mask correctly. 

Take a look at this handy how-to guide, including how to clean or dispose your mask, here> 

Wearing masks at UC
Unless you’re exempt from wearing a face mask, these must be worn indoors in all areas of UC that are open to the public and by all  students attending formal teaching and learning activities.

The requirement does not apply outdoors, or to students working in offices/spaces that are not open to the public. However, even if you do not work in a public-facing role, we strongly encourage you to wear a face mask while you’re on campus to protect yourself and others from Covid-19.

Masks can be disposed of in the dark green bins that have mask disposal signage on them around campus.

When you need to wear a surgical mask
Under the current government rules, you’ll need to wear a surgical grade mask (e.g. disposable blue surgical mask or N95 masks) if there is a government mandate to be vaccinated in your role i.e providing a health service or education (school placement).

If you’re in doubt, check with your course coordinator or contact 

Keep up-to-date with the latest UC info on the UC Covid-19 webpage here> 

UC pharmacy opening hours

The University Pharmacy in the Undercroft will be closing for Christmas at 12pm on Thursday the 23rd of December 2021 and will re-open at 9am on Friday the 14th of January 2022.

If you have any repeats or a new prescription you will need whilst we are closed please come in before the 23rd of December and we will be happy to supply these to you early. (please note you won’t be able to collect repeats from another Pharmacy whilst we are closed).

We would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support during the year and would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

David & Lisa Erdman
University Pharmacy