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Wellington Chapter Alumni Function

You are invited to our next University of Canterbury alumni chapter event in Wellington with guest speaker Hon. Justice Christine Grice. 

Date: Thursday September 19 2019 
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Wellington Club
Kumutoto Room
6th Floor
88 The Terrace
Cost: $25 + GST Refreshments will be provided. 

Guest Speaker: Hon. Justice Christine Grice. 

Justice Grice graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB (Hons) in 1979 and was a partner in private practice from 1981 to 2010. During that time, from 2000 to 2003, she chaired the Board and Council of the New Zealand Law Society as President. She was also active in governance roles including Radion New Zealand and the closely held commercial group of companies, the Perry Group. She was awarded a fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. In 2004 Justice Grice was also made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the legal profession. Since 2007, Justice Grice has been a judge of the High Court of the Cook Islands. In 2010 she left private partnership to take the role of Executive Director of the New Zealand Law Society. She was sworn in as a judge of the High Court in Wellington on 1 February 2018. 

Please note, this event is open to the public. 

Register online here

Please contact if you have any questions or require any assistance. 

Mt John Weekend with the Stars

**Our Mt John Weekend is now sold out. Thank you for your interest. If you would like to go onto a waiting list please contact Look out for our emails and advertising for the next event in 2020. ** 

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 Tekapo.

We would like to invite you to attend our weekend trip to Mt John on Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September 2019. An example of the weekend programme can be seen below. Please note that places are limited.

Register here. 


The afternoon starts at 12.45pm Saturday, with a daytime tour of the Mt John Observatory facilities followed by afternoon tea. We then enjoy an Astronomy lecture down in the village followed by a buffet dinner.

After dinner we hope to 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 dependent*).

On Sunday morning we finish our weekend with a geography/nature walk around the Mt John Summit Track. This provides a great opportunity to learn the history of the area.

Date: Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September 2019
Time: 12:45pm Saturday to 11:30am Sunday
Location: Mt John Observatory
Cost: $115

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 three trips, please note that we cannot refund the payment as it goes towards dinner and the upkeep of Mt John/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 40 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 12 years.

UC Journalism 50th

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019
Time: 7-11pm
Location: UCSA Function Room, 90 Ilam Rd, University of Canterbury
Cost: $50 + gst 

The University of Canterbury will be celebrating 50 years of postgraduate journalism in September. Join us in Christchurch on Saturday 7 September for a cocktail event with guest speaker, UC alumna and broadcaster, Kim Hill. This will be one of the first gigs in the new UCSA building and it will be a great chance to catch up with former Grad Dip. J classmates, tutors, and other journalism graduates. 

Register online here

More information

Tara Ross
Senior Lecturer
Phone: 03 369 5846 ext 95846




Golden Graduates 2019 - Afternoon Tea 

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Ti Kouka Function Room, Haere-roa - UCSA building, University of Canterbury, 90 Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch
Cost: Complimentary 

The 2019 Golden Graduates Afternoon Tea is a great opportunity to reunite with old friends, reminisce, see our new facilities on campus, and hear about developments at the University. Golden Graduates are alumni who are over 65 years old.

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Engineering) will welcome guests on behalf of the University and provide a brief update on recent developments.  We will also hear from our guest speaker, Sir Colin Humphreys, a Distinguished Erskine Visitor to the University. He is a Director of Research at the University of Cambridge. Read more about Sir Humphreys here.

Register online here

*Please register no later than Wednesday 18 September 2019 to reserve your seat as spaces are limited (the earlier the better!).  If you are unable to register online please email or phone Lisa Kulczycki or Cushla Dares in the UC Alumni Office on 03 369 3839.

Please note:
1. Parking: Free parking in the UCSA Car Park will be available, but is limited on the day. There will be pay and display car parks available in this lot as well. Alternatively, we suggest guests are dropped off, take a taxi, or bus where possible. There is a bus stop directly outside of the venue on Ilam Road.
2. Venue: Space is limited for the afternoon tea, so please register early.  The Ti Kouka function room is on the main floor of the venue, so those with mobility issues should be fine (there are no stairs).
3. Cost: The afternoon tea is free of charge, and tickets are complimentary, but please register early to secure a seat.
4. Guests: Invited guests are University of Canterbury alumni and friends over the age of 65. If you require someone to help you or accompany you to the event please book in 2 tickets.
5.Dress code: Smart casual


UC Alumni Speaker Series 2019 - Dunedin 

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin

Price: Complimentary

You are invited to the fourth and final 2019 Alumni Speaker Series event which celebrates the inspirational and unique career journeys of UC alumni throughout New Zealand.

This will be a great opportunity to meet our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, and to network with fellow alumni living in Dunedin.

We will also hear from our guest speaker, Sandra Clair. Sandra is the founder of Artemis, New Zealand's leading plant medicine company, and is leading the charge to integrate plant-based medicine into a contemporary healthcare system. 

Register online here