Category Archives: Events and entertainment

Events, movies, concerts, books, funny stuff…you name it – we’re talking about it!

Let’s talk waste – with Ethically Kate

Did you know we are sending about 700kg of waste per person to landfill every year? 

You think that’s a lot? We do, too! So, let’s do something about it. 

We are excited to welcome educator, writer and content creator Ethically Kate to campus to discuss all things waste on Thursday 2 May. Kate will take us on a 45-minute interactive journey that will inspire us and provide the tips and tricks we need to live more sustainably.  

You can expect to: 

  • Understand why it’s great to live with less waste  
  • Take away practical tips to reduce your waste every day  
  • Feel inspired to talk to others and further your waste reduction journey  
  • Learn about the importance of composting  

This event is not to be missed so be in quick! We are anticipating that the talk will sell out, so save your spot for this event and grab a free ticket now

See you there!

Sunday 5th May, Puaka-James Hight featuring in Open Christchurch Architectural Festival


20. University of Canterbury - Puaka-James Hight (Central Library) Building, Sun: 11am-2pm | Open Christchurch

On Sunday the 5th of May between 11am and 2pm, the Puaka-James Hight building which houses the Undercroft, Central Library, and Te Pātaka student services hub, will be joining a number of other UC buildings featuring in the annual city-wide architectural event, Open Christchurch! 

Open Christchurch is a free, one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture, run by Te Pūtahi, Centre for Architecture and City Making. It is open to everyone in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 3-5 May (Puaka-James Hight is participating on Sunday 5 May only). Find out more about the Open Christchurch festival here.

What’s happening in Puaka-James Hight?

The building will be open from 11am – 2pm on Sunday 5 May for people to explore our 53-metre-tall beacon of brutalism.
We will have staff on hand taking guided tours of the building.

A display showcasing the architecture, construction, and library history, featuring archival material from our Macmillan Brown Library, will be up in the space between the lifts on level 2 (main entry) of the library.

Pick up one of our Puaka-James Hight postcards or bookmarks (featuring badges and stickers made in our Te Rua Makerspace) as a souvenir of the event.

Can’t make it to the event?

Our display will be up for some time after the event. You can also check out our online collection of Puaka-James Hight themed items from our archives on Kā kohika, our art and archives catalogue.

Ngā mihi,                                                                                                                              UC Library

Win a jar of Easter Eggs

Want to win a big jar of Easter Eggs for you and your flatties this Easter? We’ve got you!  All you have to do to enter is….guess how many eggs (and bunnies) are in the jar?  

Easter Egg Prize Jar

Where’s the jar? 

At the RecCentre! Yeah, you knew there was a catch.    

To enter you’ll need to:

  1. Pop down to the RecCentre and put in your guess 
  2. You’ll need to have a current membership (it’s free) to come through the gates, and then make your guess on the old school piece of paper 
  3. You can make one guess/entry every time you visit between now and Wednesday 27th March , 2024. 1 entry  per member, per visit, per day.    
  4. We’ll make the draw on Thursday 28th March, and we’ll give you a call to let you know to come and collect.  

Do you have to work out when you get here?
No, you don’t, hopefully you’ve walked, and that can be considered a ‘health walk’ in our books.  Not everything needs to be a sweat sesh to bring you health benefits after all! There’s even health benefits in chocolate, in moderation of course, which is why we suggest sharing your prize with your flatties (but you know, you do you!) 

 Joining the RecCentre is easy and it’s free! 

As a UC Student, part of your fees includes a student levy.  This levy goes towards a range of services on campus, including your RecCentre membership.  So yes, you can join any gym you like, but there’s no additional cost to join ours as well – having an option on campus may just make it easier to get in some exercise!   All group fitness classes are included in your membership, you can shoot hoops, do some bouldering, do some weights or cardio, or play some sport. We have a range of Discovery classes and sessions to help get you started as well. 

Good luck with the last couple of weeks, we know there’s a flurry of tests and essays to get through! See you soon!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport