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

ANZAC Day Service 2024


Join us to commemorate ANZAC Day 2024

Please join us to commemorate ANZAC Day on Thursday 25th April between 10 am-11 am. All are welcome to attend – students, staff and the wider community.

ANZAC Day promotes a widely felt sense of unity and is an opportunity for New Zealand to pay respects to those who are serving, or have served, and who are called upon to support the country in times of war, conflict and disaster.

Our service will be held on the Quad between Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Building, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. This will be followed by some refreshments on Okeover Lawn at the Field of Remembrance and the Gallipoli Lone Pine.


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