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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

Commemorating March 15th

Dear Members of the University Community,

On March 15th, a date etched in our collective memory for the tragic events that unfolded in Christchurch, we are reminded of the profound impact it continues to have on individuals, families, and communities, both near and far.

At the University of Canterbury, we acknowledge with deep compassion the pain and sorrow that persists within our Muslim community and beyond. We recognise that among our students and staff, there are those who have been directly affected by the events of March 15th, 2019, and who continue to grapple with the enduring trauma and loss.

As members of a diverse and inclusive university community, it is incumbent upon us to stand together in solidarity and support. In this spirit, we want to emphasise that our hearts are with all those who are still healing from the wounds of that fateful day.

If you feel the need to talk, share, or seek guidance in processing your emotions or experiences related to March 15th, we want you to know that support is available here at UC. Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care offers the dedicated services of a Muslim Student Advisor Abdifatah Ibrahim (email) who is here to provide understanding, empathy, and assistance tailored to your needs.

Additionally, as we reflect on the significance of this day, we invite you to join in commemorating March 15th by acknowledging the innocent lives lost and reaffirm our UC commitment to fostering equity and diversity; as expressed in UC’s Strategic Vision. UC recognises that a sense of belonging is an integral part of university life. We’re committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, cooperative environment for everyone.

In the words of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion, and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain.” Let us continue to stand together as one body, offering solace, support, and strength to each other during this difficult time.

With heartfelt solidarity,

Abdifatah Ibrahim, Muslim Student Wellbeing Advisor, and Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care team

Ramadan wishes and wellbeing

Dear UC Students,

As we begin the month of Ramadan, we want to extend our support to all our students and staff observing this sacred time. At UC, we believe in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where all our students feel valued and respected, regardless of their religious beliefs.

As you observe Ramadan, we want to ensure that you prioritise your health and wellbeing. Here are some tips to help you maintain your physical and mental wellness during this fasting period.

Maintain a Balanced Diet – Plan your meals carefully to include a variety of nutrients and avoid excessive consumption of unhealthy foods. Include whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water during non-fasting hours to prevent dehydration. Aim to consume at least 8 glasses of water between iftar and suhoor to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Plan Meals and Snacks – Prepare your meals and snacks in advance to ensure you have nutritious options readily available. Include foods that provide sustained energy, such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

Limit Caffeine and Sugary Foods – Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and sugary foods, as they can lead to energy crashes and dehydration. Opt for natural sources of energy, such as dates and fresh fruits, to break your fast.

Prioritise Sleep and Rest – Aim to get sufficient rest and sleep during the fasting period to support your overall health and wellbeing. Establish a bedtime routine and create a relaxing environment to ensure you get quality sleep each night.

Manage Stress – Practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or gentle exercise to help you relax and unwind during Ramadan. Take breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge.

Seek Support – Remember that you’re not alone during Ramadan. Reach out to your peers, friends, family, and university resources for support and encouragement. We’re here to support you through this journey.

For specialised support tailored to Muslim students, we encourage you to reach out to the recently appointed Muslim Student Wellbeing Advisor at Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care Abdifatah Ibrahim ( who can provide guidance and support to help you navigate any challenges you may face during this month of fasting.

Please note that UCMUSA is excited to announce the launch of this year’s Iftar program. To accommodate the academic commitments of students, weekday Iftars will be provided during the first three weeks of Ramadan. While the Mussalla remains open to all, bringing your own Iftar meal is encouraged, and any surplus food will be shared among attendees to promote generosity and inclusivity.

Wishing you a blessed Ramadan filled with peace, joy, and spiritual growth.

Warm regards,
Abdifatah and Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care Team