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Wellington Alumni Chapter Function - 12 April 2018

You are invited along to the next Wellington Chapter Function to hear from our guest speaker, Jane Patterson, Political Editor, Radio New Zealand.

Guest Speaker: Jane Patterson, Political Editor, Radio New Zealand

Jane has been in her present role since 2015. She has been in the Parliamentary Press gallery for Radio NZ since 2003. In these remarks Jane will focus on the domestic political scene, drawing on her years of experience as an observer and commentator 'close to the action'. There has certainly been plenty of action in that arena in recent months!

Jane will provide some reflections on the 2017 election campaign and recent political party leadership changes. She will offer a 'first hundred days performance review' of the Labour-led Government, 'Expectations against Delivery'. This promises to be a fascinating talk and very timely.

Jane has a BA and a Bachelors Degree in Broadcasting and Communications from the University of Canterbury. She is in the final year of completing an MBA from Victoria University. 

Date: Thursday 12 April 2018
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Wellington Club
Kumutoto Room
6th Floor
88 The Terrace
Cost: $25 per person which includes refreshments

Register online here by Thursday 05 April 2018

Please contact the Alumni Relations Coordinator at if you have any questions.

Mt John

Mt John weekend with the stars - 14 & 15 April 2018

As alumni of UC, you are invited to take a special look into one of the University’s most significant field stations, the Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo.

We would like to invite you to attend our weekend trip to Mt John on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018. An example of the weekend programme can be seen below, please note that places are limited.

The afternoon starts at 12.45pm Saturday, with a daytime tour of the facilities followed by afternoon tea at the Observatory. We then head down the mountain to our venue for some presentations on Astronomy, and dinner.

The buffet dinner will be held after the presentation at Peppers Bluewater Resort, after which we return to the Observatory where you will be given the opportunity to view the night sky through one of the telescopes (please note that star viewings are weather dependant).

On Sunday morning we will be joined by one of Lake Tekapo's long standing residents, Graeme Murray for a geography/nature walk around the Mt John Summit Track, this is great to learn the history of the area. This is the end of our weekend's activities.

Cost: $115 per person

Registration is required to attend and can by done by following the link here

Please note:

1. Travel: You will need to organise your own travel to and from Tekapo.
2. Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the price of this tour. Check out the accommodation providers on the Tekapo Tourism site.
3. Weather conditions: While this is the optimum time of year to visit, the visibility of the stars is still dependant on weather. In the event of cloudy weather, we have an inside lecture after dinner instead. (This happens around once in every four trips, please note that we cannot refund the payment as it goes towards dinner and the upkeep of the Mt John Observatory and use of facilities).
4. Group numbers: Due to space constraints of the telescopes and the observatory facilities, and to ensure everyone enjoys a quality experience, the maximum number for this event is 50 people. Registration will close when we reach the allotted number, and you may only register for yourself and one guest.
5. Age of attendees: The recommended minimum age for attendees is 16 years.
Any questions, please email

If you cannot make it on this trip, but would like to receive the invitation first for the next visit, email with your details.

London Alumni function - 03 May 2018

Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr would like to invite you to a UC alumni function in London. This event will be a great chance to meet with alumni and to hear the latest from the university. 

Our guest speaker is alumnus Brent Hansen. Brent has had a successful career in the music video business (MTV), and is a governor of the Southbank Centre, the UK's largest cultural Institution. Brent's talk is titled 'My professional life in music from analogue to digital' and is one not to be missed.

This will be Dr Carr's last visit to London as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury before he ends his almost decade-long tenure in February 2019.

Date:   Thursday 3 May 2018
Time:    6:30pm - 8:30pm
 Venue:    The Penthouse, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1 Y4TQ
 Cost:    Free

Refreshments will be provided.

Spaces are limited and registration is required. Please register online here by Wednesday 25 April 2018.

If you are unable to attend the London event, you may wish to attend one of the following:

Oxford - Tuesday 01 May 2018
Cambridge - Wednesday 02 May 2018

For further assistance, please contact