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Water Outage on Dovedale Campus this Wednesday morning

Water will be shut off on Dovedale Campus this Wednesday 22 May between 5.00 am and 7.30am to complete valve replacement works.

Water will be turned off to all buildings on Dovedale Campus, including:

  • Wairakei                                   – Otakaro
  • Waimairi                                   – Orakipaoa
  • Wharenui                                – Wheki
  • Wairarapa                               – Hayashi – Student Accommodation
  • Sonoda – Student Accommodation

How will this affect me or others on Dovedale Campus?

There will be no water on Dovedale Campus during this time. This includes:

  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Kitchens

What do I need to do?

  • Avoid turning on any taps during this time.
  • Turn off any taps that you turn on during this time to avoid flooding when water is restored.
  • Avoid using the toilet until after water is restored.

Please share this information with colleagues, students, and other users or contractors associated with Dovedale Campus.

We appreciate your consideration as we perform these essential works.

Please direct any enquiries or issues to

Security tips for your safety

At UC, we’re lucky to generally have a safe campus, but it’s good to remember safety tips just in case you need them.  

Here are some simple things you can do to make our campus safer for you and everyone else. Check out our security tips and take charge of your own safety. 

For example, it’s important to use the recommended walking routes on campus at night – see the Safe walk map. Know your bus timetables to avoid long waits – especially if you’re alone. 

In an emergency, contact UC Security 0800 823 637 or 92111 (put the number in your phone) or use one of the 13 Help point towers on Ilam Campus.  

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