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Come one, come all, to WORD Christchurch 2022

Word Christchurch, Ōtautahi’s festival of books, storytelling and ideas, is back again from August 31 to September 4. We have a huge programme, with performances, panels, workshops, and masterclasses – there’s something for everyone!

This year, I was lucky enough to be selected as the UC Student Guest Programmer, which means, with the amazing support and mentorship of the WORD Christchurch team, I’ve had the opportunity to conceive and deliver an event in this year’s festival.

I knew I wanted my event to showcase the beautiful, funny, strong, and clever work of wāhine Māori writers in Aotearoa – from there, I had to come up with a concept, invite writers on as guests (scary!), and decide on how best to promote it. I’ve also been able to get a look behind the scenes to learn how a festival works – from coming up with the big ideas to nailing down the details – and met some wonderful people who have been nothing but helpful and kind the whole way through. We were also able to make this a part of PACE, so it counts towards my degree.

Next steps for me are promoting my event, Mana Wāhine: Influence and Craft, and the wider festival at large to students (ahem, hence this blog post), and helping during the festival itself – you might even see me with a headset and walkie-talkie, hopefully looking like I know what I’m doing.

Come along to WORD! There are heaps of free events (including mine, yay!) with so many opportunities to learn and listen to some fantastic people.

My Top 3 picks for the festival (besides mine, of course) are:

  1. Keri Hulme: He Kōtuku Rereka Tahi
  2. Nuku: 100 Kickass Indigenous Women
  3. The Faraway Near: Ottessa Moshfegh

See you at WORD 2022!


It might feel like the last thing you want to do, but the mid-semester break is a great time to take charge and get ahead on your studies. Although lectures won’t be running, UC’s support services will still be here for you to catch up on your study and plan ahead for the rest of the semester. 

Take charge with Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre

With Term 2 workshops soon to be released, the break is the perfect time to book in some classes, whether you’re looking to upskill in notetaking, presenting or essay writing. You can also book in a one-on-one workshop to get help with specific assessments or challenges you’re facing. Learn more about Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako here>

Learn About Your Success Toolkit

Everybody learns differently, but there are core tips that help everyone succeed when studying. UC’s Success Toolkit helps you build on your skills with some key tools and tips.

Download UCGO

Keep updated on the move, with the app that gives you access to your emails, timetable and key study info, wherever you spend your break. Learn more and download now>

Not sure about your courses?

Reaching the end of Term 1 can make you reflect on the work you’ve done so far, and what your options are for the rest of the semester. Uni is all about growing and changing, so if you’re thinking about changing courses, UC’s kaitohutohu ākonga | student advisors are incredibly helpful when planning your degree.  

Make time for you 

Over the next few weeks make sure to refresh, recharge and take some time for yourself too. Ngahau! (Enjoy!)

Check out the Careers Hub

It’s never too early to start thinking about your graduate plans – and UC are here to help. Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers offer a range of seminars, career consultations and resources that can fast track your professional aspirations. They can help you find out where you want to go with your degree, provide job and application tools, as well as giving you feedback on your CV or LinkedIn profile.

What else can you do to make the most of the break? 


You did it – you’re halfway through the first semester! Now’s the time to reset, recharge, hang out with mates and do a few things you enjoy. 

Check up on yourself

It’s easy to put your health on the backburner when life gets busy with study and work. Over the break, it’s a good idea to book in those appointments you’ve been meaning to get to.

Te Whare Hauora | Health Centre offers a range of services, including check-ups and counselling, all at a low cost – or even for free – depending on your enrolment.

UCSA also offers a subsidised dental scheme for students, with discounted check-ups, hygiene appointments and treatments. You can learn more and book in here>

Screen looking a bit blurry? The UCSA have partnered with Specsavers Riccarton to offer students $10 eye exams, plus 25% of glasses. Check out the full offer here>

Feeling burnt out?

It’s normal to feel tired after a busy term, but sometimes it’s more than that. If you need to talk – about feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or anything that’s bothering you – Te Rantonga Ākonga | Student Care team are here to help. Learn more & book an appointment>

If you’re a Māori or Pasifika ākonga (student), you can tap into the specialised support services at Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Vice Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

  • UC Māori can provide support and guidance to ensure the path you choose is right for you
  • The Pacific Development Team offers pastoral care to Pacific students and are on hand to answer any of your questions or just have a chat if you need someone to talk to. 

Talk to someone who knows what’s going on

Uni is exciting – but also challenging. If you’re feeling a little lost, it’s great to talk to someone who’s been there and done that: an older UC student. With a range of mentorship options, including a Māori Leadership Programme and Pacific Mentoring Programme, sometimes all it takes is a helping hand. Learn more and register to get a mentor here>

Check out UC’s Wellbeing Hub for tips on looking after you – and have a well-deserved mid-semester break!

What else can you do to make the most of the break?