Category: News

Summer Jobs Galore in tourism & hospo

If your students have a fun summer planned, a casual, flexible job is a great way to fund it.

Tourism and hospitality roles are often flexible enough to fit around any schedule – and as the country begins to heat up, the jobs are starting to pour in.

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High demand for medical imaging technologists

Do you have students who are great communicators, like helping people, are good with technology and have an eye for detail?

They might enjoy a job as a medical imaging technologist. This job may work with x-rays or more advanced equipment such as MRI scanners.

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Te Kura Summer School for NCEA Top Ups

Te Kura summer school enrollments are now open for any students who think they will need to complete standards for their Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy, UE literacy or to complete their NCEA certificate at Level 2 or 3.

There is no cost to families for enrollments and is open to all students in New Zealand to support students gaining the qualifications they need to achieve their goals.

The work and assessments completed between the end of December and the start of February will count towards this year’s results and endorsements.

Students in Years 11 and 12 returning to school next year can enrol under the Dual Ākonga section, Year 13 and any student not returning next year can apply through the Young Adult Ākonga section.

Some useful links to explore if you are thinking about enrolling are:

Te Kura Website
List of available subjects

If you have any issues with your enrollment Te Kura are more than happy to support you with this.
CONTACT: 0800 65 99 88.


Get your student finances sorted for 2022

Now’s the time to apply to StudyLink for your 2022 student allowance or student loan, so you can get everything sorted and ready for the start of your tertiary study.

If you apply and get all your documents sent off by Thursday 16 December, you’ll be in with a chance to win a MacBook.

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UC Young New Zealander of the Year semi-finalists announced

Ten leaders of tomorrow brimming with the potential to build a bright future for Aotearoa have been named in the young people’s category of the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards for 2022.

The 10 semi-finalists for the University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Te Mātātahi o te Tau Award are striving to improve themselves, their communities and their nation. Two UC graduates among the 10 inspiring young kiwis.

The semi-finalists are:

  • Abbas Nazari graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in 2016. Nazari’s journey with his family as a child refugee from Afghanistan to New Zealand is harrowing, and the success he’s achieved since is exceptional.
  • Ezra Hirawani started his own power company to provide electricity to the many New Zealanders living in energy hardship, and against the odds, he has compelled the industry to make systemic change.
  • Jacinta Gulasekharam is a social entrepreneur who is using candour and positivity to end period poverty. Her work has helped provide thousands of free period products to young people in need and secured free products for school students.
  • Josiah Tualamali’i has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at UC. Tualamali’i is a young mental health activist and leader, he works hard and speaks up to ensure Pacific perspectives and needs are met.
  • Pania Newton became the face of a new generation of activists during the occupation at Ihumātao, her unwavering commitment to protect her whenua ignited complex conversations and raised awareness of the land’s rich history.
  • Rangipo Takuira-Mita is a young innovator working with a group of environmental leaders to inspire the restoration of tupuna mātauranga, encouraging caring communities that nurture nature.
  • Sophie Pascoe is a top athlete, winning 11 Paralympic gold medals and four Commonwealth gold medals. She has shown New Zealanders that any set back is surmountable.
  • Stan Walker is a New Zealand musician who aims to use his voice to keep te reo Māori alive and promote all the gifts of te ao Māori.
  • Tayla Nasmith started a charity for mothers to be at just 12 years old. Partnering with Police and midwives, Tayla works to provide essentials for those in greatest need.
  • Zak Devey, whose mahi is helping young prisoners be creative and self-reflective with writing. The university student runs creative writing workshops at Mt Eden Prison to support the hauora of young men.

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SVA Hits 3,000 Deliveries of Groceries

Having completed more than 3,000 grocery deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) is pausing their online delivery service and preparing to put it back into action in the new year should they be required to do so

“Two years ago, we did not expect to become a grocery delivery organisation, but that’s what SVA does,” says co-founder and CEO Sam Johnson.

“When normal services are overwhelmed by extraordinary circumstances, SVA helps mobilise the community to make sure that nobody gets left behind. People want to help, and thanks to the support of donors we’re able to provide a structure to make it easy for them to do that.”

Their work also continues in primary schools and secondary schools across the country with SVA Kids and the SVA Service Award, teaching young people how to volunteer and rewarding them for their hours of service to the community. The programme’s mission is to make sure that there is a sustainable future of volunteering in Aotearoa. SVA clubs are also active at six tertiary institutions across the country.

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Mathematical modelling & Covid-19

University of Canterbury Associate Professor of Mathematics Rua Murray has been presented with the University of Canterbury Teaching Medal, the institution’s highest award for teaching excellence.
In the video below Associate Professor Murray talks about his passion for teaching, and inspiring young minds with the love of maths.

Mathematical modelling & Covid-19

Professor Michael Plank (University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering) has been recognised with a 2021 UC Research Medal. His clear communication with the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant health and social impacts.
In this video, Professor Plank describes how his mathematical modelling work with Te Pūnaha Matatini has helped make sense of complex data: