Category Archives: Sustainability

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



Cheaper student bus fares now here!

Metro has launched a huge new discount for uni students. You can now save 40% off travel if you have a Tertiary Student Metrocard.

With public transport now half price across the country until January 2023, that means you can travel within Ōtautahi Christchurch for only 75 cents on the bus. Top that! 

All you need to do is order your brand new free card here (you’ll need your UC login details for this).  You’ll be notified once your card is ready to be picked up from the UCSA counter at Haere-roa on Level 2. 

To be eligible for the Tertiary Student Metrocard, you have to be enrolled at UC for at least one semester. 

The discount is a 2-year trial, so let’s make it a success and travel sustainably! 

Check out the Metrocard website for more information here.  

Kia mataara | Think First – Be Light and Bright on your Bike!

Cycling can be a great way to travel all year round (…fuel prices anyone?)

However, with reduced daylight hours and cold or wet weather, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you and your bike are prepared for riding this winter season.

Check out our safety tips and stay light, bright and on your bike this winter!


Credit: @cyclista_zine

Bike lights & reflectors

  • Put white front lights and red rear lights on your bike at night and in low light conditions.
  • Wear something bright or colourful – avoid wearing dark clothing, even during the day.
  • Reflective strips on clothing or a bright backpack cover will improve your visibility.

Ride to the conditions

  • Wet weather makes surfaces slippery and always be mindful of ice on the roads
  • Beware of road markings, manhole covers and leaves – try to avoid braking or turning sharply as you cross them
  • Ride slower in wet conditions to keep control, and watch your following distances
  • Maintain a good road position so you can be seen by other road users
  • Pump the brakes gently when going down hills to avoid skidding
  • Mudguards, gloves and a good (and brightly coloured) rain jacket will be your best friends!

Look after your bike (and it’ll look after you!)

  • Check your tyres. Make sure there is good rubber for traction in the wet and there are no cuts or glass in them.
  • Check your brakes work well as they can wear down quicker in wet and dirty conditions.
  • Store your bike under cover.
  • Does your bike need some winter TLC to get it road ready? Bring it along to Dr Bike, our free weekly bike service or check out the RAD Bikes drop in sessions in town.

When you arrive

  • If you love it, lock it! Bike theft is on the rise in Ōtautahi. We recommend using a good quality D Lock to deter potential thieves. Check out the video below and see how different bike locks stack up!
  • Go a step further to protect your bike and register with the world’s largest community-powered bike recovery service, Garage 529. Upon registering, your bike will be included in a secure nationwide database, which makes it easy to report a stolen bike and for Police to return your bike to you if it’s found.

Keen to ride more, or all over it already? You can learn more about the facilities and services available for UC cyclists here.

Happy riding fam! Love, your UC Sustainability Office (follow us for more sustainable student tips on @ucsustain!)